Learning German. One tense at a time.
I've been living in Berlin for almost 3 years now. I am very overdue to really start learning German. It's not that I don't speak any German, but I got so far and then kinda took a step backwards, due to lack of practice.
It's time to fix that.
I very much enjoy my life in Germany. But, if I am really to integrate here, I've got to make the effort to learn the language.
This last point is important. My spread of knowledge stretches all the way from A1 to B1. The problem is do not know all of A1 to B1. I actually do not know all of any level between A1 and B1.
So today I had my first one-to-one German lesson. The focus was on working out the gaps in my knowledge but also forcing me to speak German; I do not do much of that day-to-day.
Towards the end of the lesson, my teacher had the best back-handed compliment for me:
For someone who knows so little German, you know an awful lot of German.
As my German lessons progress, I might occasionally write about how I am progressing. For now, my focus is on getting A1 and A2 German nailed, so that I can then join an intensive B1 course.