Three good things
1. Walked to work and the winter sun was beautiful so I got a few nice pics
2. My lessons went well
(two funny things happened. First was: two of my kids came up to me at the beginning of the lesson looking all dramatic and sorry for themselves. One, M, said
“F has a headache and I have to go to the doctor because I have white things in my butt”.
I was like “er…WHAT???” thinking I had misheard her.
So she said, enunciating very carefully “F has. a. head. ache.”
“…yeeees…and you…you what?”
“Mummy says I have to go to the doctor because my butt is itchy and there is white things.”
“Okay that is definitely what you’re saying. Okay well…okay thanks for telling me…!”
Second thing was I was briefly chatting with a parent after class and I said, about her son, “he’s doing well - he already seems to have some English?”. She told me “yes well, when me and his father have secrets we speak in English so he doesn’t understand” haha.)
3. I went to Life Drawing class again and it was really rewarding and enriching and lovely.
Bonus number four good thing: at both the workshop yesterday and the class this evening I was with mostly Dutch people, and I realised I could understand quite a lot of what they were saying - I just couldn’t respond (in Dutch). I was pleased because the language being used was not the typical Dutch I am exposed to and comfortable with (I.e. The language used in pubs/restaurants, shops or schools).
I’ve been feeling shitty because I have stalled in my Dutch learning as I had to stop my lessons in the Spring when life was crazy. So it’s good to know it’s all still in there, and actually developing too, and I just need to get back to studying it.
Actually this relates to some *~life plans~* stuff, which I can’t be bothered to go into now, but basically I’m going to dedicate next year to actually doing proper Dutch courses that you really have to pay for and invest in. I want and need to be fluent. Up until now I’ve just done a year of evening classes from beginner to intermediate level, and then a few months of private teaching. I need to level up, now.