My German class is going splendidly! We have learned the alphabet, some verbs, and a lot of vocab words. For last week’s class we were supposed to write some short sentences using the limited knowledge we had at the time. Here is mine:
Mein name ist Meggan. Ich wohne in nordwest Portland. Portland ist schön aber das Wetter ist nass. Mein haus ist auf eine leise Straße. Die Wand in mein Haus ist hellgrün. Ich habe viele Bücher. Ich habe keine Katze.
It’s okay to laugh. I don’t know very many words yet! This should say: “My name is Meggan. I live in Northwest Portland. Portland is beautiful but the weather is wet. My house is on a quiet street. The wall in my house is light green. I have many books. I have no cats.” (Probably should have said “the walls in my house are” but… I didn’t think of it at the time.)
We had to read these out loud and I think I did all right. I can’t roll my Rs to save my life (I couldn’t when I took Spanish in high school either) so I sound quite like an American but I think I’m pronouncing things okay.
This week, we learned about family and different words for family members. For next Tuesday we are supposed to write some short sentences about our families. Here is mine so far:
Ich habe ein Vater, eine Mutter, und zwei Brüder. Mein Brüder sind jung aber gross – ich bin klein. Ich habe keine Schwestern. Ich habe zwei Großmutter und zwei Großvater; ein Großsvater ist alt und krank, andere sind alt und gesund.
I’m not done yet, only because I want to talk about Daniel’s family so I can practice the words for stepmother and stepsisters and such. I have a huge extended family so I’m not too concerned about subject material. My sentences should say, “I have a father, a mother, and two brothers. My brothers are young but tall – I am short. I have no sisters. I have two grandmothers and two grandfathers; one grandfather is old and sick, the others are old and healthy.”
I’ve been told that for our “final” (this is a non-credit course so no grades and no college credits), we go to an authentic German restaurant and have to order our food in German. The instructor said, “If you are unable to do this… [dramatic pause, wherein we all think we will be penalized horribly] …you will go hungry.”
My teacher is WONDERFUL. She’s this adorable great-grandmother (!) who came to Oregon from Germany when she was 25. She tells wonderful stories and is great at explaining words and concepts. I’m so glad I lucked out with a great instructor.
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