First of all, it has been two weeks since I traveled to Manila. No COVID-19 symptoms so all good! I am happy to report that I was not infected during my Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1 exam.
This is my biggest concern actually, not because of myself, but I worry about passing it on to others, especially my parents. That would be a bummer.
Fortunately, we have no bad news like that, and even more good news, because I passed my exam:
- Hören: 21,58 von 25 Punkten
- Lesen: 23,24 von 25 Punkten
- Schreiben: 23,24 von 25 Punkten
- Sprechen: 24,90 von 25 Punkten
- Gesamtpunktzahl: 93,00 von 100
- Prädikat: sehr gut
This means I am qualified to talk to cats, and on a good day, be able to keep up with the conversation of German toddlers. Not to brag, but I also know how to say, “Yes, I also like potatoes” and “Please speak slower because my German is not good”.
Interestingly, listening is my lowest mark and speaking the highest. I expected it to be the exact opposite. Life is really surprising sometimes.
To celebrate, I had a brownie and cheesecake at the same time, for every meal of the day, including breakfast. Okay, this is a lie. I do this whether or not I receive good news.
Some take-aways from this process:
- Learning a language on your own is possible;
- There are free quality tools available online;
- Keeping learning fun is the key to success;
- Results depend on our level of training;
- Not being afraid to fail always helps; and
- Brownies and cheesecake together is glorious.
I will continue my German studies because I find it fun to do. My intention is to pass the A2 exam at the start of next year if life flows in that direction.
Thank you to everyone who wished me luck the first time around! You are all so nice. Vielen Dank!