Journey to Fluency

In three months – less than that now, yikes! – I’ll be standing before an audience in Mainz, Germany. I’d like to address them in German, at least for a few sentences.

And, even though I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve visited Germany, I’d like to get a better experience this time around instead of drifting around in a tourist fog where everyone else knows what’s going on and I’m not entirely sure.

So, I’ve signed up for a Beginner’s German course, the text is “German in Three Months” – that’s a good sign, eh? – and I’ve looked into Benny Lewis’ Language Hacking series.

Benny advises setting goals rather than having a nebulous objective. Yes, I want to speak German, but exactly how well?

  1. I want to be able to make a short speech in German
  2. i want to be able to read signs and get around without pulling out a phrasebook
  3. I want to be able to conduct basic conversations
  4. I want to watch a news bulletin and get the gist of what’s happening

Benny also advises keeping a language log, gives the WordPress.com link and says he’ll wait while I set one up and write my first entry.

So here it is!

Pete

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