Hah für Hugo

In the nick of time my German text has arrived. This is the text for my University of the Third Age course, beginning tomorrow.

The tutor had warned us – after I had sent off my order – not to buy the expensive edition with the three included CDs because he had made a CD comprising all the conversations we would study plus some additional material.

Guess which edition I had ordered? I’d taken the position that getting the conversation right is half the battle, and I didn’t see any mention of a download site for the spoken texts. Sure, I could puzzle out the pronunciation and try to remember the voice of the tutor, but there’s really no substitute for hearing native speakers say the words.

And I could listen again and again, speak along with the CD, really drill the words and the word order and the pronunciations into my thick head.

Not to worry. Only a few dollars more. All up, the whole thing would cost me not much more than a hundred dollars for a year of instruction. That’s the beauty of U3A. It’s all pretty much free. We students pay a dollar an hour for the room rent, a few dollars for incidentals such as photocopying and refreshments, and that’s it. The tutor provides their services for nothing more than the pleasure of passing along their lifetime skills.

I had a quick shufti through the book. Standard stuff, beginning with the alphabet, some basic grammar, and getting into conversation as soon as possible. I didn’t bother to get stuck into serious study; the tutor would tell us how to approach the text.