As this post’s title alludes to, I am now in one-on-one German training. I came in with some German from living in Germany as an exchange student back in the day, so have had about 1/3 of the normal course and am on a different timeline than the folks who started from scratch. When I started German, they put me in a class with students who had started the course in September and the normal end for that course is in mid-May. So, my two classmates and many other students in the German department had their exams about two weeks ago. Fortunately, many of them, including my two classmates, passed the exam and have moved on to other courses, their posts, and such. However, there are still some of us left and because of different abilities, schedules, etc. and the fact that there are now far fewer students in the section but still the same number of teachers, a few of us are getting one-on-one instruction for awhile.
The one-on-one instruction is a truly wonderful opportunity to really get a lot of practice and to focus on things that I struggle with, but I have to admit that my brain is complete mush by the end of the day. While reading an article in German at the end of the day, I found myself stumbling over easy words that I know that I know. However, hopefully, it will all pay off in the end. My test is soon, and based on how others have done, I feel like I’m well prepared, but I’m still a bit nervous, since there’s a lot riding on it, and not passing means either having to delay my arrival in Germany or asking for a waiver of the language requirement, which can be hard to get. So, wish me good luck and drückt mir mal die Daumen, as they say in German. 🙂
In other news, I continue to work on all of the admin stuff that has to happen before I can move. I’ve scheduled my packout, made arrangements to ship my car, taken the Diplocat in for her vaccinations and discussed the paperwork she’ll need with the vet, applied for my visa, etc. I’ve also continued to catch up with friends. Several friends have had birthdays recently and friends from Juarez and A-100 have been rotating back in to town as they get back from overseas posts and start new assignments in DC or training at FSI. So, it’s been good to see some folks I haven’t seen in a long time, some of them even since I left for Ciudad Juarez in 2010!
So, that’s what’s new here. Hope all is well in the blogosphere!