Monday, September 5, 2011

Learning Deutsch

August 29, 2011
Last January, I discovered that they had Kinderbetreuung (childcare) for German classes at the Volkshochschule (VHS) (community college~ish). I was soooo excited. I called to register only to find out the kiddos have to be over 18 months. I then set my sights on Fall 2011 (yup - Simon is 18 months!). All summer I  have been anticipating finally delving into the language and doing something for myself. This is just what I need!

Yesterday was the first day of testing and registration at VHS. I entered and spoke to one of the instructors who gave me a placement exam to take. I struggled my way through it, as German grammar never stuck too well and I haven't really cared if I it should be ruhige or ruhigen. Same difference.

Upon completion, I went up to another instructor to review my exam. Reading comprehension - excellent! Grammar - not very good! Another grammar section - even worse! Writing section - excellent! "Das passt nicht - This doesn't fit," the instructor told. He said that I should go down a level so that I can focus on grammar, even though my comprehension and speaking seem to be a bit higher (not great - just higher). He got out the course book, and just as he made his recommendation I told him that I needed one of the courses that had childcare. That's when my world came crashing down.

OK. Yes. This may sound a little dramatic. And it was. For me. I watched as the instructor registered the disappointment on my face. And if it wasn't clear, I am pretty sure he got the picture when I kind of turned my head and loudly said "FUCK!!!" Sorry, it was necessary. He seemed to understand. I was devastated.

August 30, 2011
I was talking to my friend Maha about my extreme disappointment regarding the German class. There was so little time to try to figure out another arrangement for childcare - I didn't know what to do. Then she offered to take Simon during my classes. WOW! So great to have amazing friends. I felt bad - I know it's a lot to ask (but she offered!). Then I remember how they always tell moms never to say no to help. I get very little help - so saying no did not sound like a good option. I know that this is something I really need for myself - after living 15 months in a German-speaking country I feel like an idiot for not speaking better. I don't know how I'll pay her back - but I'll try!

September 5, 2011
Registered for class today. It's official - I start Monday!


  1. Hey Kris, I am catching up on your blog! Yeah for time alone and taking a class! I hope your first days went well! I am so happy for you that you accepted the offer for help; it is not as easy as it sounds on paper. I hope it goes well!

  2. Thanks Erin! The class is over now, at least for me. It was a nice break, not all that I had hoped for, but now I have a private tutor for a while. I think this will really make a difference.