On Wednesday I got one step closer to achieving my goal of improving my German language skills. I registered with a language group and actually took the plunge and went along to a meeting. This is a goal on my 101 things to do in 1001 days.
I made up my mind that I wanted to do this. I even told a couple of people at work about it. This made me feel that I had to go through with it now. If they asked me how it went, I didn’t want to have to admit that I chickened out of it. Once you say out loud that you are going to do something, you are more likely to actually do it. And that is what I did.
The meeting with organized via Meetup.com. This is an international website that simply brings together people with common interests. You register and then browse through the categories until you find a group that you like. Then you decide whether to take part or not.
My meetup was arranged to take place in a pub called the Bavarian Beerhouse. This was the real deal. All the staff were dressed in traditional German costume with the women being busty barmaids and the men adorning lederhosen.
I found the table of the group and introduced myself to the organizer. There were only about five people there initially but during the course of the evening more people turned up – around 25 – 30 in total.
I Spoke German!
I am overjoyed to announce that I did indeed speak German. It has been over 10 years since I have spoken the language and I was pleased with how much I still remembered. I was also complimented on my accent or rather, lack of an English accent, which was lovely too.
I will definitely go back to another meetup. I am so pleased that I pushed myself to go. Next time I will be brave enough to get up from my chair and actively introduce myself to other people who turned up. After all, we were all strangers and we all went there for one reason and that is to speak German. Jawohl & Servus!