My friend’s German colleague said to her, “Speaking German is easy. Even babies do it.” Well, okay, true, but screaming, “JUICE!”, in the middle of a restaurant only gets you so far after age five…so I decided to sign up for a language class.
“Do you speak German?”
That was the test I had to take to be able to sign up for beginners’ Deutsch at the Mainz Volkshochschule. If that was the test that my classmates had to take, then 90% of them are liars. On the first day, our teacher began the class by speaking only German. I was shocked when several people responded to her! In German! Those liars are not beginners. Despite my initial feelings of betrayal, I am happy to report that my classmates are incredibly friendly and eager to learn, I can now, after a little over a week of classes, sprechen ein bisschen Deutsch…and my accent is atrocious.