When I first arrived in Germany almost a year ago (has it really been that long?), I couldn’t understand a word of German, therefore when people spoke German around me I just tuned out. I couldn’t understand it no matter how much I paid attention, so I just didn’t.
Fast forward 11 months and I still tune out even though my level of German has improved. It has become almost automatic. Hear German being spoken around me, tune out. I just assume that I won’t be able to understand what is being said. However, this morning, we had company meeting entirely in German which of course I paid attention to. The thing is, when I paid attention, I actually did understand what was being said. Of course not everything and there were parts where I got hopelessly lost, but I understood the important bits and was also really thankful that IT uses many English terms to help bring me back on track.
Important lesson learnt: Pay Attention! It’s time to tune back in and start actively listening to what is being spoken around me.