14.04.2009 20 °C
One of the things I really hate is not being able to speak German while living in Germany. I listened and practised some words via cd before I came here but it was obviously not enough. Even though I am only in Stuttgart for 3 months, if I had to do this again, I would for sure learn a lot more of the language. One of my colleagues is making it his personal mission to help me speak a few more words of German before I leave. I am all for it. One of my problems with speaking German is my fear of sounding stupid. Sometimes I want to say something but am afraid I will say it wrong. However, today I said some words and I was met with nods and smiles. Ah, sweet progress!!
As I said, I have picked up a few words since I landed almost two weeks ago but in a small town like Kornwestheim, being fluent or having conversational skills is key. Some of the residents here don't know english and get scared (truly) if they can't speak to you. I feel sorry for them and for myself as things are that much harder.
My desire to live abroad for a long period of time has been sort of a sercret wish but now that I am actaully here in another country and I loving it so far, I want to see this realized. It is not all roses and posies here but overall, it is not bad. I enjoy the different aspects of being in a foreign environment and among the people. I am fascinated by the different mannerisms, the culture, what is accepted and what is not, the roles of females and males etc..
In the end, if I do anything similar to an exchange program, I will for sure learn the country or local language fluently before departing so I won't feel like a dolt all the time.