Learning German is really hard. It is slow going and living in a place where people regularly insist they prefer to speak English over Hoch Deutsch, it is also rare to get to practice.
The best thing for practice, I’ve found, is interacting with people who don’t know much English or don’t like to speak it. Getting out of Zurich, you can find more of opportunities.
A few weeks ago, I felt pretty happy because I had met Coquetta’s Hufschmied and scheduled her next appointment, in German. So in the next class, I told our teacher about my accomplishment of the day, i.e., arranging for my Pferd to get neue Schuhe.
< teacher almost falls over laughing >
Well… apparently Pferde don’t wear Shoes here. They get Hufeisen.
At least I can provide some entertainment… and it was a good way to learn a new word, which I am unlikely to forget.
In fact, when I learn new words in a real-life situation I am way better at remembering them in the future, so I should probably just keep it up. Plus, I found a picture of a pony wearing cute little shoes.
And, we ended up having a side lesson about shoe shopping in Switzerland and elsewhere, which, in my mind makes it Hausaufgaben!