Today was my second Czech language class and now I'm home--back on my small island of English once more! It feels as if someone has been using an electric mixer in my brain, i. e. my brain feels very scrambled right now! Learning another language has this effect, at least it has for me. I learned Spanish and French when I was younger, and I remember this scrambled brain feeling. But this time the scrambled feeling seems worse...I'm older and my brain's not as flexible as when I was younger! Hopefully my brain will gain some flexibility and I won't have this very scrambled feeling after every class!
My Czech class meets once a week and it is pretty intensive. The teacher comes in and directly begins speaking Czech. This week, it seemed as if she was speaking faster than last week! We reviewed everything from last week, and then reviewed some more as we had some new students today. So, we didn't get as far as our teacher wanted. But that was OK with me...the extra review was great!
The class is a mix of people from all over the world, but everyone knows English. So, that is helpful for us all...we can assist one another during class! And it seems that my classmates are not as fortunate as I am...in that they don't have a Czech spouse who grills them over each Czech lesson! Even so, we all have a rather hard time with pronouncing the letters and words correctly. Our teacher kindly will repeat them over and over and over until we can almost pronounce the word in some similitude! It's not so easy! But we all struggle on, and thankfully most everyone has a sense of humor! We also have to be sure to study very hard. The teacher will turn to one of us, all-of-a-sudden, and ask a question that has nothing to do with the previous discussion! So, you have to be on the ball and answer right away...in the correct way! There are a few laughs...sometimes it's embarrassing, but mostly our teacher seems to be a very good one.
There is hope that we/I will eventually learn some good Czech...if my husband has his way with me, I will definitely speak good Czech--and with no accent! But, that will probably take several hundred years at this point!
You all have a great weekend!
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