In reflecting on my Blog posts, I’ve recently noticed that the majority of them are about food. Sourcing, cooking and eating different kinds of fresh food is one of my favorite past times. And happily, we have finally gotten to the point in our coursework where we are talking about food.
In our class (Level A1.2), the bulk of the first week addresses the basics of grammar. What is nominative, and which prepositions indicate which case. Once we had those basics in place, we started the second week learning words that addressed travel and tourism. Now, in the latter half of the second week we are talking about words related to food, and I couldn’t be happier.
One of the most challenging parts of moving to a new country has been around cooking. Every food has a different name, and sometimes foods with the same name have a different taste, (paprika is a red pepper for example.) This week’s lesson couldn’t come at a better time as I have been flummoxed more than once at the grocery store when a helpful sales person asks what I want. “I don’t know” is not an appropriate answer, so I do a lot of pointing. Although some people are not so friendly at times, for the most part, kindly Berliners are happy to play along with my charades. Suffice to say, I am ready to start speaking with greater confidence and I’m looking forward to my next trip to the grocery store after this week’s lesson.