From Tuning Out To Tuning In

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.

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About Meg

A thirty something queer Aussie geek girl who now lives in Germany.
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3 Responses to From Tuning Out To Tuning In

  1. That’s awesome that you’ve been able to take on a new language so well. Congrats! I can’t believe it’s been a year – wow!

  2. GermanAspie says:

    Don’t worry yourself German is a difficult language and there are many native Germans out there, who are not able to speak their mother tongue correctly.

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