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Sprechen Sie Deutsch?: Impressions After One Week of German Class

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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.

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“Do you speak German?”

“No.”

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.

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