Operation Full Immersion

8 Jan

Operation Full Immersion will begin in T minus 1 week. I’m a bit scared. This isn’t some swimming challenge, although it sounds like it could be. Operation Full Immersion means me going to Germany a week to just learn and speak German. For the whole week. Alone. Gulp!

The reasons for going are twofold. Firstly, and perhaps most importantly is that it is a lot cheaper to learn German in Germany than it is in Switzerland. Everything in Switzerland costs more than anywhere else in the world (or most places at least) and German lessons are no exception. The cost of intensive group lessons for one week (about 20 hours) and 6 individual private lessons in Germany costs the same as 6 private lessons in Switzerland. It’s a no-brainer. I know that you might be thinking that I am probably getting ripped off for my lessons here but that’s not the case at all. All lessons are around the same price. Also I would also say that cheap lesson here are cheap for a reason.

The second reason is I can just concentrate on learning with no distractions. I have two lessons a week in Switzerland and practice as much as I can during the week but with commitments like work and a social life it is difficult to stay focused on becoming fluent in a language is hard. It’s really hard in fact. One week when I only have to think about learning will accelerate my learning, at least I hope it will.

I was thinking about bringing some English books with me to read in the evening and to relax with but I think this defeats the object – full immersion means full immersion. The whole point is to leave every thing English behind and just go for it. So that is what I am going to do. Speak, think and dream in German. When I put it like that it doesn’t sound like so much fun, does it? I will make one except to the no English rule though. I think it will be a good experience and an interesting experience to blog about my time there to see how I progress. So, I will be bringing my laptop with me and you can join me to see how the experience pans out.

The German city that I will be going to is Munich. It is not a city I have been to before, even though we seem to be familiar with the city a lot in the UK. I know a lot about Munich from events surrounding the war, the Oktoberfest, the Munich air disaster involving the Manchester United football team and, more recently, terrorist attacks but not a lot else. It will be interesting to see what it really is like but I don’t have any expectation about what it will be really like. Of course, the stereotypical image of a Bavarian man with a gravity-defying mustache, wearing Lederhosen and drinking a Mass of beer (one litre) does spring to mind but I am sure that all Bavarians can’t be like that.


One Response to “Operation Full Immersion”

  1. Rona Cooper January 8, 2017 at 11:52 am #

    Hi, & Happy New Year, I’m sure you’ll be fine. I spent a 2 week holiday in Nurnberg with a Pen friend about 37yrs ago now – she couldn’t speak English & me vice versa. I was so fed up with just talking to the boys for 2 weeks who at the time were very young. All I could do was a sort of sign language. But I enjoyed the experience. & the architecture of Nurnberg was lovely. x

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