Today I started my German class. Mat is going to take it with me, but alas - he is away on a business trip, so I was on my own.
We are taking this class on Saturdays for 3 1/2 hours. We will do a total of 80 hours with this class - it was offered to us for free when we became residents. (we also have money allotted to us from Roche, but we will use that after we finish this class).
I am already in over my head. The instructor is nice, but of course she doesn't speak much English...so....I was exhausted from listening by the time the class was over.
We had to answer questions out loud (hate that) and work in pairs (not that great either), but everyone in the class was very nice. I was the only American, but we are all lost when it comes to German - so we are all in the same boat.
We have homework to practice all week just to keep our skills up. And at the end of the class we will take a test to see if we can go on to the next level of German. My guess is - that won't be happening.
This evening at 7pm - the bells of all the churches started to ring. I don't know how I have not noticed this before. I asked a friend if she knew what this was about, and she said it signifies the beginning of the sabbath - a day of rest. It was really beautiful.