Monday, February 7, 2011

Ducks, Geese, and Hens?

I swear, my German class (not to be confused with my course I'm taking to learn the language) in school brings me down a full notch every time.  Why, do you ask?  Because the work is so simple, and if it were in English I would fully be able to do everything in the class.

Today, we had to read a Fable/ Story, and then sum it up and write the moral of the story.  Simple?  NOT.

It was a story about ducks, or geese, or hens, or even all three... I don't have a clue.  Something happened with the big goose and then the others were yelling at him for some reason I couldn't figure out.  Sound confusing?  It was to me.  After reading through the story about 10 times I finally decided I had to write something for a summary.  So I picked sentences out of the story and copied them just about word for word and put them together to create my "summary."  All I could think about was awful it would be if someone else read this, because it clearly doesn't make a bit of sense.  Then, my teacher asks me if I was done, because I was the last one still working.  My answer was vague to say the least.  I shrugged and said kind of.  So then the girl next to me asked if she could read my summary.  Oh God.  So then she did, as I sat there waiting for her to give me some crazy look.  Then she said to me, "You have to write the moral of the story."  Naturally, everyone heard this and I responded by acting surprise, "Oh yea I just forgot that part."  What I really meant to say was, "Oh yea, I didn't understand the Fable and therefor can't figure out the moral of the story, and I was just stalling so that I didn't have to actually write a "moral" because let's face it, I should be able to figure the moral of a story with ducks in it."  So I stalled some more and ended up not having to write a moral to the story.

I win.

15 comments:

  1. things will be better in weeks to come with the new german language class

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  2. Hi! I just happened on your blog...i also have a blog about cooking and stories that go with the foods. Recipes included also...would love for you to check it out and follow me. I will become a follower your yours also. I'm rather new at this, so any advice you could give i would really appreciate! Love your baked goods!

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  3. Ha ha. I've faked my way through plenty of French readings.

    Once, I was required to read a French children's book, and I thought the children in the book set the main character on fire... so, when it was my turn to stand up and explain to the class what had happened in my assigned chapter, I stated that the children in the story were extremely crazy because they SET A KID ON FIRE!

    Turns out all of the kids in the story stole some cigars from the main character's father and then tried to act cool by skipping school and smoking them.

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  4. Aw, I can totally feel with you when reading this. But anyway: I think figuring out a good wording for a moral can be hard, even if you understand it somehow. It's different if you don't even understand it. Anyway, keep at it, it will come to you :)

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  5. You're learning German, I'm learning Arizona! I just found your blog and it's lovely - good for you for taking the challenge that you are. I look forward to following your journey! Linda

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  6. Hi there!

    I was happy to find your blog. I was born in Germany near Stuttgart and when I saw you were writing from Bremerhaven, had to follow along. I haven't been to Germany in about 18 years since my Opa passed. I have fond memories and really miss it. Best of luck to you and I look forward to hearing more!

    HH

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  7. hello! Found your blog because of "Blogs of Note." You are really funny ad a super good writer! I know that this has happened to me in Spanish. I fake through readings, write down what I vaguely thing MIGHT be the answer and hope I get away with it.

    -Girl 1
    P.S. If you want you can check our my blog at http://ouramazingadventure.blogspot.com

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  8. I have a daughter that I could see doing exactly what you are doing. I sent her the link to your blog. I hope she checks it out. She loves being in the kitchen too. Good luck!

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  9. German class is killing me! I am glad to hear that I am not the only German student who just pulls from the reading, reconfigures words, and tries to pass them off!
    In all of my classes, philosophy, classical Greco Roman literature, etc... German class is the one that really makes me feel stupid!

    Very enjoyable read, Thanks for the blog!

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  10. hhahahahahahhahahaha oh this is a funny one!! <3

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  12. You are the good fellow! You can get out!

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  13. Hi, I just came across your blog and totally get your meaning and understand where you are coming from. I took Spanish for 2 semesters and picked out familiar words to get me thru the paragraphs. It sucked when it came time to write and you didn't understand what you had read. So I totally get what you are talking about.

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  14. Heya,
    Join the club, I'm a beginner Deutsch Spracherin too and I'm constantly misinterpreting what my boyfriend's family say to each other, I was convinced his mother was petrified of squirrels for weeks. No idea what she actually tried to tell me.
    Love the blog, good luck with the baking..

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  15. It sounds so wonderful to be able to go to work and bake and then take home to eat. I love your blog. Hope you will visit mine.

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