I should be writing this in my German blog. But this is the blog with more readers and English is still easier than German. :)
I finished 8 levels of German lessons. Tomorrow is the last class. Now,
- I am able to do some small decent conversations in German.
- I can read and understand average level text.
- I am good enough to give my conversation-partner a chance to choose English or German.
- I can respond to people - when they start speaking with me in German - without being perplexed.
- More than my language skills, my confidence to speak in German has grown up - in better words, I am no more hesitant/reluctant.
All these 8 levels were with the same teacher - Daniela. Perhaps the best teacher I've ever had in my life. Through these 20 months of classes, our relationship has grown more than student-teacher one. We are good friends now.
Almost all of my life here in Munich, she has known me and I met her during her first month of stay in Munich.
Whatever little bit of German I know, is because of her - all the credit goes to her. Hats off to her, Thanks to her. With this entry I want to show at least a small fraction of the unbounded gratitude I have.
Well, I am not sure, whether I'll be doing another course. I had wanted to do one more - to put a polish on top. But I haven't made up my mind yet. If the decision is "NO", then tomorrow will be the end of my German language studies. Else, it will be after 6 weeks from now.
Well, I cannot avoid writing about Ewelina too. For the past few months, she is my conversation-partner. She too is definitely more than a classmate. A very nice girl on whom I started to develop a crush and later I crushed the crush - for various reasons.
Part Two - Coincidences
Do I believe in miracles/coincidences? Honestly - NO. But how do I explain when highly improbable things just happen?
The latest example would be this: The moment I was about to write about Ewelina, she rang me up. It's not a very frequent thing I write about her, nor she rings me up. But it happened.
Another example: For months together I might not have any contacts with Dinil; I might not even think about him. But on a fine day I think about him and within 24 hours I get a call/email from him. This is really unbelievable - but this has happened many times. I have even told some other friend of mine - about this.
Yet another example: Last weekend, I watched "Dasavatharam" and I told my friend a quote by someone - "A designer knows he has arrived at perfection not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away" - which was of course to criticize the film.
Later when I looked up who had said that, I saw, it was by "Antoine de Saint Exupéry" - whose book I had read just 3 days earlier. It is again a rare event that I read a french book (in English though) and it was the first time I quoted that thing and both are from the same fellow!!!!!!
Boy!!! Are coincidences that common place? These along with my lately-developed-mind-reading skills are stunning me!
Got to leave, Signing off, Sands.
PS1: The movie was ultra-mega-bad. At least 5 characters could have been avoided - re-read the quote.
PS2: No proof reading as an urgent call came. Please bear with me for the mistakes.
PS3: Picture - I @ Neuschwanstein.
PS4: Conversation-partner is a single word in German and I can't find a good equivalent in English. (Influence! Sigh!)