Germany calling: Ich Heisse

First lesson today. Everything kicked off well, even if a few people were late. So being in Germany isn’t rubbing off on everyone. There are 22 people in the class, 8 boys and 14 girls. There were 23, but one girl was in the class by accident and ended up leaving us for one 2 or 3 levels more advanced! People seem to be from all over with Canada, Ireland, the UK and the US making up the native English speaking contingent.

We didn’t do much, but at the same time we did a lot. The class in entirely in German, so it takes a lot of concentration and time to adapt to that – both for us and the teacher. So as well as what was in the syllabus we picked up a whole lot of other stuff that makes the lesson go smoother; like “doodlezac”. With 22 people in the class it is difficult to make sure that everyone gets equal time speaking, but it all worked out well.

There are two 1.5 hr classes per day with 25 minutes between. So far everyone is speaking their native tongue at break, or else English. We need to do better than that.

We got homework. On the first day! It turned out to be slightly more difficult than I expected, but I was just being lazy and not concentrating. Once I gave it my full attention it came together fairly easily. Another of my rent-jobs here is to get the scanner and the printer working together and with the house PC. Once that happens I can share my homework with everyone :-)

One of the CDs that comes with the course seems to be an interactive guide to the book. But have had trouble accessing it as its based around a windows program. Its only a set of xml, mp3, swf and jpegs but you need the right .exe file to out it all together. I’ll do what I can with what I have.

After classes I treated myself to sushi for lunch – from the supermarket – and salad. I made up a dressing from the included wasabi, soy sauce, chilli, garlic and lime juice. That worked equally well with the salad and the sushi so I shall have that again.

The weekend is beginning to fill up. I have been invited to a bbq on friday night and there is rugby on Saturday, And there are more bookshops to discover as well!

3 Responses to “Germany calling: Ich Heisse”

  1. Joe Says:

    what is “doodlezac” exactly? And can’t you put Windows onto your Intel-based computer?

  2. mgb Says:

    Doodlezac is bagpipes. And we had confirmation that same evening when it was also used in the Simpsons.

    Everybody (all the native English speakers anyway) seems to recommend the Simpsons for vocabulary and general Germananity (!). But it only works on the episodes where I can already quote full passages and so do real time translation in my head.

  3. Joe Says:

    ah right, “Dudelsack” – that ‘u’ sound comes out like “oo”
    Du -> ‘Doo’, not ‘Duh’

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