Mijn Eerst Nederlands Les

 

This week has severely kicked my butt! This is the first week since I moved to The Netherlands that I have had something that I've had to do everyday of the week. On Tuesday, I finally began my Nederlands courses. You will remember that I had a minor freak out about these the week before. (Okay, let's be honest, huge freak out). I am happy to say that the first week was not as bad as it could have been. Yes, I am slightly far behind the class. But, not embarrassingly so. I must say that three classes a week, plus one mandatory computer lab day, all for 3 hours and 15 minutes, plus an additional two hours of homework before each class is a bit much. 

The way my class is organized, there is a lot of working together with a partner. This is okay, I have been partnered up with a very sweet guy from Turkey most of the week, but I can't help but feel that maybe learning our pronunciations of the words from other students is helping no one when communicating with actual Nederlanders. In fact, when I come home and tell The Verlo- what I have learned each day, he says he hasn't a clue what I am even trying to say. Another thing that I don't particularly like is the once a week computer labs. We have to sign in so it counts towards our 80% attendance.( Or else you have to pay 260 euros) However, there is nothing that we do that we in there that we don't have access to at home, and my computer is a whole lot faster! But, oh well. This also means that before we break for a month and a half in July, I will have significant less classes then I originally thought.

There is still no word about what will happen in September when I need to switch to evening classes in order to attend my Hogeschool. I've decided that I worry too much about things I can not control, things will work out one way or another. 

Comments

My symphaties! I was doing my first Dutch course last year and just finished it month ago. It's nice that you have also the huge advantage of actually having someone to talk Dutch to at home! I noticed those people attending the course who didn't have that were really struggling. Anyhow, just writing to say that I really like reading your blog (as your situation sort of reminds of my own :-).  I took the liberty of linking to this post in my last blog post since we were covering the same area and I noticed you had similar findings than I from the studying.. :-) 

Aww thanks for the link back! I do feel very lucky to have someone at home to practice on. Even if he isn't always the most patient.