Today is another installment of “Mark goes to German class for his weekly humiliation, I mean humility lesson!”
I knew I had plenty of pride in me, but my goodness, when will the humility lessons get easier?
My class is rather interesting in that I am really happy with my progress I have made on the bike and can get to class in ever-faster times (or is it that it is cold out and I just pedal faster to stay warm?)
On the return, I can even pedal all the way up every hills without changing out of top gear, just brute force up the little mountains. (Or is that I am so bewildered with myself from German class that I have too much frustration that needs to burn off?)
I also could just be stupid and have suffered too many concussions from American football. Who actually knows?
Today we went through more variants, variations, tenses, and fun German grammar rules that seem to make sense, yet, are no where near fluent in my ability to just think, speak, or write the language. If the entire German speaking world slowed down about 40% in speed of speaking – I might have a shot at fitting in a bit.
The reality of my brains is first; I really always struggled with languages. There must be some think in my mind that just doesn’t like to play nice with trying to learn all the variants.
You can ask me to take 100,302,194 unrelated items to find unique patterns and new possibilities with all of them, but don’t ask to be good in the code or language.
What does it all feel like? One moment you are excited that you think you are understanding, making progress, learning – the next you realize you had no clue or are applying what you know in the wrong way. It just gets a tad more confusing in that the local dialect of Swiss German doesn’t sound a whole lot to my ears like the High German I am being taught.
You just go, take a beating in class, keep getting up, and trying to learn…
At least I am learning a bit more about humility. Too bad I signed up to learn how to read and write German.