Exactly a year after my last visit to Manila, I made the trip again to take my Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1 or beginner German language exam at the Goethe Institute in Makati, Philippines. It felt so weird to pack my things and go somewhere during this time but I am happy I was able to finally take the test after being stalled by the pandemic.
I had so much fun! Everything was socially distanced so I was able to relax about COVID-19. This is the standard exam and it has four parts: listening, reading, writing, and speaking.
We did the first three as a group of eight in one room, about an hour long, and the oral part in a group of four, around 15 minutes, in another room. Apart from my hour-long wait in between, I have no complaints about the process.
Prior to the test, I told Markus that I am not nervous, more curious about knowing what I know; that my only concern would be if I got a wave of anxiety once I arrive at the testing area. Fortunately, my excitement and focus was stable until the end.
I really had a lot of fun, especially during the speaking exam. I wish there was more of it so I can practice the beginner German that I learned. I suspect I enjoyed the entire A1 exam because it awakened my competitive side – it has been over a decade, if not more, since I felt this kind of challenge.
Interestingly, in the second part of the oral exam, I was asked the name of my German language teacher; a simple question that can be answered with a name but I had to go into a lengthy explanation of how I do not have a teacher because I never went to school and only taught myself – in German! Just my luck.
The results should be available in 10 days. Looking forward! I will definitely tell you the result when it comes in. As you know, I am never afraid to fail.
I also wish the best for the other examinees since they seem to have paid a large amount of money for their online language courses. Plus, many of them came from far islands of the Philippines.
I only had to take a car to Manila but I was surprised to learn others flew in from Davao, Cebu, Bohol, and so on. In normal circumstances, I am sure it would be fun to travel but not so much during this pandemic.
Now I am back home but I am ridiculously tired. I hope all of you are having a nice week and I look forward to catching up on your posts.
Just curious: how many languages can you speak and have you ever taken a language exam? How was it for you?