Friday, 14 March 2008

First gloomy evening

I am sitting with the evening stretching like a wasteland ahead of me. Peter has been in the US for a week (back later tonight) and I have suddenly had enough of my own company.

Peter left last weekend and I spent the Saturday with friends going on the sleigh ride. Sunday, spent entirely alone, I really enjoyed. I have met up with freinds* a couple of times for coffee and the mornings and evenings have been taken up with Deutsch. Now that I have a free evening, I can't settle.

This morning I had my second test. I did really well but I am really surprised. This is not false modesty on my part. We have been 'doing' the akkusativ and working on verb conjugation. I understand it all, but part of the problem (for those of you that have no Deutsch) is that one MUST know the gender of nouns. Whether they are die, der or das matters. So while I understood what to do, I was not so sure I could remember the genders. Added to that, I was not certain that I could conjugate the irregular verbs. But it seems that I can :0)

Well, I guess that is all. I shall go and take my slightly lonely self off to read a book ...and maybe a glass of wine...?

*This is what Deutsch is doing to my spelling!!!!


  1. It wasn't so much the gender that bothered me when I tried to learn German, but the word order. Never made any sense. Same with Latin. French, on the other hand, was ok.

  2. I suspect if I hadn't been learning Gaelic that I would be an unhappy bunny. As it is, I wrestled a lot with the differences between that and English. For example, Gaelic has no verb 'to have', there is no 'yes' and 'no' but positive and negative responses which are different for each verb and for each tense. AND they have 'strange' word orders too :0)

  3. Does German, then, have neuter gendered nouns, as well as masculine / feminine? If so, that'd be the first logical thing about a language that I've heard, and would make me want to learn it! I've always maintained that only having the two genders with no option for neuter ... has always bothered me about the Latin languages.