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German update 1

I finally got my certificate for the Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1, hooray! My marks were:

  •    Listening: 16.6/25
  •    Reading: 13.28/25
  •    Writing: 18.26/25
  •    Speaking: 24.9/25

giving a grand total of 73% (Ben got 78. Not that we were competing or anything.). The Goethe-Institut rates that as ‘Satisfactory’, but I’m pretty happy with it. Despite this, I have decided against applying for advanced standing for the first German unit at uni this semester. On the first day I realised that the unit is going to cover a lot more information than just How To Pass The A1 Test (which is pretty much what Ben and I did) and will be invaluable in setting me up for the rest of the units and beyond. Already I have a Pen Pal of sorts who I’m chatting with over Skype to practice our German. It’s a real challenge, particularly since we’ve been using a rather large vocabulary. Fortunately, I have a rather large dictionary.

German-English dictionary

It’s currently taking me 15 – 30 minutes to translate my Pen Pal’s response then compose my own in German. It’s taxing, but a lot of fun.

(NOTE: In a previous post, I was under the impression that we had to pass the written section to progress to the oral exam. Apparently we didn’t need to get a minimum of 50% in the written exam, we just had to get a high enough mark that it was still theoretically possible to reach the exam pass mark (60%) if we performed ‘perfectly’ in the oral section – quite logical, if I do say so myself.)


…and finally, a side note (because I don’t know what your expectations are, but I sure as hell haven’t been meeting mine).

This blog is about things that I would like to learn and do, and I have a lot of things that I would like to do. I would like to:

  • converse, read and write in German, Dutch and Icelandic
  • carve, turn and build items from wood
  • learn a martial art
  • complete a uni degree
  • write a book, and have it published
  • bind my own books
  • learn to play guitar
  • design and make jewellery
  • learn glassblowing
  • generally improve my mind and body

to name a few. And that’s all while being the best mother I can be. Oh, and spending time with my husband every now and then. It may not sound like much, but it’s time consuming. Ideally I’d like to publish a new post every week, but I won’t post unless there’s something worth writing about. Most of the time…