Here is an update on my language situation. In the dorms with all my friends, we speak English. Only this is very poor, broken English. In order to communicate, I think of what I want to say, then think of the dumbest and easiest way to say it. And I have to talk slowly. Doing this works, we are all able to communicate. It’s really fascinating actually. But this means my English is actually getting worse. I will find myself using words incorrectly or saying things are grammatically atrocious.
My German on the other hand isn’t really getting practiced either. My listening and comprehension is better from being at work, but I really don’t talk a lot when I am there. So I would say that my speaking hasn’t really improved that much. Which is sad. Ok, I’ll be fair – my German is definitely improving, how could it not be, I am surrounded by it when I step foot outside of my dorm, but it’s not at the rate I hoped it would be.
So my English is getting worse and my German isn’t really getting that much better.
Here is the game. A lot of the students here actually do have pretty decent English. So when they talk in English, I try to see if I can express what they just said in German. I usually can. But then there will be some phrases where I really have no idea! And then I get frustrated haha. I think some people have seen me and been a little confused as why I am slow to respond to what they just said. I just randomly started doing this in my head and then realized that I was doing it… sometimes I think I am so weird.