ramblings from a Chicago girl adjusting to the Swiss life...
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My German has improved a lot over the past couple of months. I’m not really sure how or why, but something seemed to just click. Suddenly I’m able to understand most of what’s being said and it feels great.
My speaking however could still use some work. I speak it everyday and I’m not afraid of making mistakes. I think that’s important. I’m not embarrassed when I say something and then realize later I screwed up the grammar for example.
But…I still feel totally ridiculous when I make dumb mistakes. Example? Today in the checkoutlane I said “morgen” instead of danke. Wth? Or the other day when someone gave me something, I said “danke tschüss”. Niiice….
It’s funny…the things I miss. Of course I miss the obvious things (friends, family, baseball…), but sometimes what I miss surprises even me.
Like this morning…I miss snowplows. I miss the sound of its’ shovel scraping against the concrete. I miss the flashing orange lights.
I miss American English. I miss getting on a crowded orange line train and hearing loud conversations from people of all walks of life talking in plain American English.
I miss the human element in everyday occurrences. I realize now what I had to give up in order to live in a place where trains run on time to the minute (sometimes second) and cleanliness is second nature. Give me a little filth and a late train any day if it means I can cross the street when I want, not get yelled at for leaving a pair of shoes in front of my door (if I did they’d be stolen anyway), and play a song on the guitar at 9pm.