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Learnin’ German

‘Sprechen sie Deutsch?’

‘Ja, ein wenig…’

Today, Ben and I finally sat for our A1 Start Deutsch exam at the Goethe-Institut, Sydney. I say ‘finally’ because we first booked in to sit the exam back in July, but our daughter fell sick so we rescheduled for September… and then again for December. Due to a lack of study (OK, OK, we completely forgot), Ben and I were literally about to withdraw from the exam when we received a confirmation email from the Goethe-Institut. At that point we went into kamikaze mode: “We have 5 days, what could go wrong?” Well apparently, bub can fall sick, work can go into overdrive and general Christmas psychotic-ness  can get in the way of getting any study done. Wednesday rolled around and we had managed a whopping 2 hours of revision.

The exam had two parts: written and spoken. We were under the impression that we had to pass the written part of the exam before moving on to the spoken. This may not have been the case, but nevertheless we were quite convinced that we were going to fail. Badly.

Now, I could go through and describe each step of the exam, but suffice to say it was a little more difficult than we were anticipating. Real German is apparently spoken a lot quicker than Ben and I have been practising at home! I honestly don’t know how we managed to pass the exam, but we did it – hooray! The plan is to continue the study and complete a German language major at uni next year, so eventually I’ll be able to write my German updates in German. And then my Icelandic updates in Icelandic, and my Dutch updates in Dutch, and so forth…

Comments on: "Learnin’ German" (2)

  1. Hello, there!
    I just stumbled on your blog.
    I’m about to take the Goethe-Institut A1 exam. I am a bit nervous, and what you wrote about it makes me wonder how difficult it will be for me. Anyhow, I feel determined and ready for it. My goal is to apply for a Master’s degree in Germany, around July. I’ll manage to do this by winning a scholarship provided by DAAD (German academic exhange service) here in Colombia, where I’m from. And then they’ll give me the opportunity to have a really intensive German study for six months, in order for me to reach the C1 level in this wonderful language. Then I will be completely ready for my postgraduate study.

    By the way, I just started my Blog to keep record of my progress on my self-taught German.

    Nice post. I enjoyed it.
    Viel Spass!

    • Hallo Podavus!

      Thanks for the feedback; I was a bit nervous about sending my first blog post out into the world.

      I wouldn’t worry too much about the A1 exam: if your blog posts are anything to go by you have a much better grasp of the language than I do. I think the hardest part was the speed at which the listening questions were presented. So long as you’re prepared for that (and there are some pretty good examples on the Goethe-Institut website) you will be fine. Best of luck with the exam, and with the scholarship. I look forward to hearing about your progress.

      Bis bald!

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