Since I do not speak German, the plan was for me to take at least three months of German language classes starting as soon as we arrived. I have now completed my first four-week session and have begun level 2. We had to take a test at the end of level 1 and I was very nervous that I wouldn’t pass. I can speak basics: Mein name ist Jennifer. Ich komme aus den USA. Ich wohne in Dusseldorf-Hamm. Ich spreche Englisch und ein bisschen Deutsch! FYI…I am much better at reading German than speaking it. I find the grammar difficult at times as well. I know that I should make Christian speak more German with me but it is so much easier in English! I’m hoping with each class I can understand and speak more and more.
For my first day of class, Christian presented me with a Shultüte (school cone). This is a typical gift children get on the first day of school. Inside was a notebook, pencils, pens, erasers, highlighters and candy!