Well I haven’t blogged for a while. To be honest, haven’t been well. Been on some medication that rather turned me into a zombie. The prescribing doctor upset me though a few weeks ago, and I stopped taking it to avoid ever having to see her again. I am now almost back to my ‘normal’ self and thought I would do a slight blogette.
Ok so what’s a B1 (see title). Well I can confirm that I am one. In Germany there is a high level of immigration, and in order to work and/or receive certain certificates (not an expert here as am still an EU citizen and don’t need this stuff, don’t mention the Brexit to me please, what stress), immigrants must achieve a certain level in German language skills. The grades are A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2. C2 is a high Standard and one which is accepted as necessary and sufficient for high level employment and so on. A1 is shit.
Well I came to Germany 2.5 years ago with a not bad knowledge of the language. I did German A level as a teenager and as previously explained, came here often as a child as part of the school exchange Programme. Obviously I forgot a lot but it was enough to not be too stressful when out and about alone. Admittedly I had no idea what the registrar was saying at my wedding but luckily all I had to say was ‘ja’ to confirm that I wanted to get married, so I kind of blagged it and managed to tie the knot with my teenage crush.
I’ve been on a waiting list for a German course for over two years now. It’s been tricky as I’m no beginner, and all the courses are for beginners, and of course due to the horrendous problems in Syria, the number of people hoping or indeed having to find a place on a German course has really rapidly increased. There’s an official Integration Course which is necessary for work permits and stuff, I was waiting for that but now I don’t have to do that as I have a place on a B2 course. It starts in February, me and 24 men. The reason for this is that the course takes place during School holidays and so in my opinion it’s completely exclusive of women with children and I said so, but they just looked at me as if I should be burnt alive for such thoughts, so I shut my mouth quite quickly. Wasn’t easy though, believe me.
Well anyway I had to prove that I’m a B1 to do a B2 course, and I got 59 out of 60 questions correct. Quite satisfying and a real improvement since I first arrived. Actually what has happened is that I got so bored of waiting for a course, and was far too unmotivated to teach myself at home, that I invented and indeed have now perfected a super effective way of learning and practicing my German. This method folks is called ‘advanced hardcore internet dating incorporating female dominance’ and it really, really works.
I guess that’s a whole new topic…watch this space…