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Samstag und Sonntag

Samstag und Sonntag

This Weekend At last, the weekend has arrived! In the last two days of my challenge coincided with the Isarinselfest. During this festival, the long road next to the Isar river becomes full of stalls, all selling different types of food and drink. Of course, there is a lot of German cuisine on display. Wishing to end my week in style, I donned my best Lederhosen and headed down. About two years ago, I happened to be in Munich during the…

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Freitag

Freitag

Today After my break yesterday, I was feeling refreshed and ready to speak to some more locals. I headed over to the Botanischer Garten in Munich with my girlfriend. There were sections of the garden that were separated into different rooms so that the correct climates can be maintained. Some of the more exciting areas included a rainforest room, a cold chamber, and a Jurassic… joint (sure, that works). You can find out more about all the different rooms on the Botanischer…

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Donnerstag

Donnerstag

Today Looking back at my video from yesterday, I felt that my spoken German had slipped a little bit. I don’t know if this was because I’m trying to do too much too quickly, or just because I haven’t been getting enough sleep. But I decided to slow things down a bit, skip the video for today, and focus on writing. I practised some reading comprehension exercises on German.net and then managed to catch up on Memrse. I even managed to…

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Mittwoch

Mittwoch

Today Today was a bit different from my other days this week. I went with my girlfriend and her family to the Tegernsee (a lake near Munich). While I spent the entire day speaking a bit of German here and there, we got back rather late and I didn’t find an opportunity to film a video. So, I decided to try and make the most of the situation and thought that talking about our trip to the Tegernsee would be a…

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Dienstag

Dienstag

In the Morning After my morning Memrise session (still German 5), I spent half an hour playing “Wer Bin Ich?” (Guess Who?) with my girlfriend and her sister. In this game, players choose a card at random with the face of a fictional person on it. They then take turns guessing attributes of the other player’s character until they can work out which card they have. The first to do so wins. This is quite a simple game, but it allowed…

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Montag

Montag

In The Morning This morning marked the start of my German Challenge Week! I got up fairly early in order to start my day off with a full hour on Memrise, I even made it to the top of the leaderboard! Hopefully, I’ll be able to hold on to my top spot throughout the week. Next, I spent another hour writing a script of topics that were likely to come up in my first conversation. I used the first chapter of Benny Lewis‘ Hacking German book to help. If you are unfamiliar with script-writing for…

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My German Challenge Week

My German Challenge Week

Introduction I learnt a bit of German at school between the ages of about 15 and 19. By the time it came to my final exam, I could speak for around 5 minutes, but only on a pre-prepared topic, and then another 5 minutes answering questions about it. However, I spent the year following the exam without practising at all, and I found that I had forgotten a fair amount of what I’d learnt. This was a bit of a knock…

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