It’s storming. Again. Well, no, let me actually recant that statement. It is threatening to storm. There. I wouldn’t want Mother Nature to think that I was making false allegations against her all over the Internet. For now, there are a whole lot of suspicious rumblings going on. I’m not sure if it’s the beginnings of an approaching storm or just more planes flying overhead…there have been a lot of planes today. The sound is so loud that I can feel it as I sit here in my chair. SMH. More rain. However, I have an upside down Iced Caramel Macchiato to sip as I chit chat with you guys. Life is going to be quite alright.
I had something that I wanted to share today, but now I’ve completely forgotten what it was. It seems as though I had been really excited about it, but once I woke up from my nap (which was wonderful, by the way), I could no longer remember what that “super exciting” thing even was. Hmm… Nope, it’s gone. Sorry. I totally needed that nap though, so I’m thinking it was worth having a lapse in memory. You see, I did manual labor today. Oh my gosh, so dramatic. I’m making it sound as though I just built the entire Transcontinental Railroad. Well, if you had visions of me sweating bullets, swinging a mallet and singing Yankee Doodle all the day long, go ahead and forget about that.
I did, however, have on horribly mismatched pajamas—outside. A neighbor saw me and shouted a greeting at my back as I painted. I was too concerned with the humidity to be as embarrassed as I should have been. That’s a first. I thought it was going to rain then too, but it only drizzled. Fortunately, it remained relatively overcast until I was finished with the task, which helped me keep as cool as I possibly could. The moment I decided that enough was enough and I went back into the house, the sun burst through the clouds. Talk about beautiful timing.
It seems as though the heat still got to me though. After showering and having lunch, I started to feel like I’d been hit by a double decker bus…
…that was then hit by a train
…that then fell into a sinkhole
…before bursting into a ball of flames
…which ceremoniously spat me twenty-six stories into the air
…only for me to land into a pile of “fresh” cow manure—face down.
Yeah. I felt like garbage.
Instead of “sitting down to read for awhile”, I ended up falling asleep. I haven’t a clue how long I was out for, but I had some really weird dreams. This is nothing new though. Every time I close my eyes, I am certain to see something wacky. My dreams are super realistic though. I’m a lucid dreamer, so my dreams are often fun experiences. However, there was something about the dreams I had earlier…they left me waking up in the most peculiar mood. I can’t remember what happened exactly, but perhaps I’m better off having forgotten.
And Then I Awoke
When I finally regained full consciousness, I decided that it was time for me to try watching German television shows. Though I’m continuing to pick up the language at a steady rate, I am hardly patient enough to rely on traditional learning methods alone. I’m sort of a visual person, so I figured watching children’s shows might help me to advance faster. Plus, they are cute and fun—why not? So, I hopped on the Internet and went to the website of a popular German television network for kids. There wasn’t a lick of English on the website, but I somehow managed to find what I was looking for.
Even with my scanty knowledge of the language, I was able to read that the shows were categorized by viewer age:
From 3 Years
From 6 Years
From 10 Years
Naturally, my ego was screaming, “Pick the shows for ten-year olds! Pick the shows for ten-year olds! You don’t need to watch the baby shows!” However, my sensibility knew better. As far as my German language comprehension skills are concerned, I am a toddler— a thumb-sucking, blankie toting, tantrum-throwing toddler. So, I browsed through some of the shows recommended for that particular age group.
First, I watched Bummi. It was really cute with little animated animals, but the clips were super short. Every once in a while I would hear a word or simple phrase that I knew, but for the most part, it sounded like complete gobbledygook to me. Next, I tried Sesamstrasse (Sesame Street). I actually loved Sesame Street as a young child, so having to deliberately sit down and watch it as an adult felt strange—yet pleasant. However, I understood much more on one show of Sesamstrasse than I did in ten clips of Bummi. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad, but I’ll take it. Sesamstrasse is great because it was much longer (about twenty minutes), so I think it is going to be quite an effective learning tool for me going forward.
I’ve been trying to find a video game that teaches language, but the hunt has been fruitless so far. Although I really like the language apps that I’ve been using (Duolingo & Memrise), I don’t consider those to be games. Back when I got Rosetta Stone for French, they had some really fun games online. I really wish I’d gotten it for German instead of French though. I was so close to changing it at the last minute, but nooo I didn’t follow my intuition. I could get Rosetta for German, but…(rolls eyes). Besides, I started feeling some type of way towards Rosetta Stone when I found out that they don’t “permit” you to sell unwanted programs on eBay and such. Now I’m kind of salty about being stuck with my French disks (LOL) 😛
Even though I haven’t completely given up on French, it just doesn’t come as naturally to me as say, Spanish or German. I wish it did, but it’s just been an uphill battle for the last few years. Oh well. In the wise words of Dori the fish, “Just keep swimming.” One of my life goals is to be quadrilingual, so I’ve got to keep it moving. Until then, I’ll keep taking my mid-afternoon naps, watching my baby shows and living the toddler life as I reach for German fluency. Bis später (Til’ later)! ❤
P.S. For all my Glossybox lovers, I just got my August box today and I am so excited about what was inside. Keep an eye out for my final (for now) unboxing—I think this may be my favorite box yet! I’ve already tried one of the items and I am living for it.