One of the very first things I did on arriving in Germany was enrol in German lessons. For the past 3.5 years every Tuesday and Thursday evening I have been in German class. But last Tuesday evening was my last class….. for now. The next 3 months are jam packed for me and unfortunately don’t allow me to attend class regularly. I could have kept going to class when I had the time but after continous classes for the last 3.5 years, let’s face it, I was due for a break. I have gone from a raw beginner who couldn’t even string a basic sentence together through to being conversational. However, my German is far from perfect or even remotely fluent, even though technically I am at the end of C1.
To be honest, I find it a little daunting to no longer be going to class. It has been a routine and a structure for pretty much my entire life here in Germany. I’m sure I will definitely notice its absence when my life settles down, which should be around August. I’m going to have to keep up my studies so I don’t lose what I have gained. Some of that will be just keeping on doing the things I already do like reading books in German, watching TV in German and having regular conversations in German, but I will need to get strict with myself and force myself to do grammar exercises regularly. I’m also hoping with some more free time I’ll be able to do more activities like getting back into my martial arts, which will, of course, be done in German. I guess this is the stage where I move from focusing on learning German to just using it in my daily life.