In mid-October, I started taking German language classes at a language school in Stuttgart which is about 45 minutes away with public transportation. I had to take a placement test before getting assigned to a class. It’s an intensive course which runs for 4.5 hours a day, Monday to Friday. We have 2 teachers who alternate teaching our classes.
My first impression of the class was that it was very different to any kind of German class that I ever took in Vancouver. First off, the entire class is taught in German (as opposed to mostly in English or half in English, half in German like I was used to in Vancouver). Second, my classmates are not native English speakers; in fact, I am only one of two native English speakers in my class! My classmates come from all over the world – Turkey, Iraq, Brazil, Kosovo, Indonesia, China, Russia, Georgia, Romania, Spain and Cameroon. The teachers are very direct and opinionated which was (and still is) a bit difficult to get used to. So far, I’m learning a lot but there’s still a long road of language learning ahead!
After 2 weeks of classes, my Mom came to visit me and S for a week! It was nice to see someone from home and catch up on all the latest news. I was especially tickled to get a few treats from home (and some things I couldn’t pack in my suitcase when I moved to Germany), like my beloved Bath and Body Works candles, my mixing bowls, canned pumpkin, my old UBC sweatpants, and one of my favourite cookbooks. Thanks for the goodies, Mom!