Monday, August 31, 2009

First Day of Class

It was good. Like my instructor a lot. There are 9 of us in the class...very cozy.
Here are the nationalities of the diverse class: {the class is titled German for Immigrants}

Nigerian (2)
Forget the last guy
and American me.

We get 2 twenty minute breaks. We take lots of notes. We learned a lot just today. Will we learn just as much tomorrow and be expected to retain everything from today? Probably. I like being back in school. I did get to get some mechanical pencils (favorite) and some notebooks which was fun. I am tired. Art did not get a tasty lunch or nice dinner today. I need some studying tips from sista Molly! Favorite phrase we learned was "Welche sprache sprechen Sie?" (velcha shprache shpreshen zee?) "What language do you speak?" I said English. I didn't tell them I kinda have my own language. :)

Goodnight (after Mad Men episode 3.)


Kimberly said...

Sounds like you are on your way to speaky se dutche! (can you tell I don't have marc here to help me with that one!)

Cathy McConn said...

Thanks for the newsy update. And what does the last sentence say on the blackboard? Saw Robin Birdwell at the grocery store today. She is sure that you are having the time of your life.....and I told her yes. I'm sure the first day was tiring. Is the bus ride OK? meems

Cathy McConn said...

Study Tips:
.... Eh, nevermind. You do NOT need study tips from the psycho! Besides, I don't think you can be Valedictorian for the German Immigrant School, so who cares?! Ha!


Anonymous said...

Don't you just love Mad Men, Season 3? Changes are a comin'

Judy Seré

1richtungsblog said...

you get an A+ from me!
xo Anita

Anna said...


Sorry for posting this in such a funny place on your blog but when I hit the email button it doesn't seem to work : )

Anyhow, I just found your blog snooping around for what life in Graz might be like. My husband and I (and our dog) will be moving to Graz this December... and I wondering if you wouldn't mind answering a few questions for me?

We will be looking for an apartment and are wondering if you have any tips on finding a place, how much rents seem to go for a one bedroom apartment within bus/bike/walking distance from the university? any neighborhoods that you like or think seem like nice places to live?

and is Austria REALLY dog friendly? can a medium sized dog ride on the bus/tram? come into a restaurant? I hear that Austrians LOVE dogs but wasn't sure if it was just a rumor.

I also do not speak German and would sure like to hear about this free gov sponsored class that ALSO gives a stipend?!!! sounds great! My husband will be working at the university for a few years and although I will have a visa to work... well, i'm not sure how great that will be without knowing German. or if you know of any other German language school that you hear are good, I'd also love to hear about them.

thanks so much,
my email is
and good luck continuing to enjoy and settle into life in Graz!

makeupbymarly said...

Hi Carolyn,
I´ve been reading your blog this latest days as I just moved from Spain to Graz w my husband and found out your amazing blog. Very informative and helpful, i like it especially all the articles abt Graz like this one :)
May I know which german school did you go before?
I´m about to enter one soon, but still confused which one is the best between DIG and the deutschundmehr course.I guess i need to wondering around Graz more to check them out too. Do you have any idea which one is good?
If you have time...kindly inform me in my email:

Thank you so much....looking forward to hear from you.


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