No regrets…

2 Sep

…at least not yet. This weekend I have done something drastic that in 10 weeks, or precisely 69 days, will come to fruition.

I have entered the C2 German exam. This is basically the highest qualification that a foreigner can attain when studying another language.

At the moment I have the time to sit and work my way through the grammar and the practice tests. If I waited until next year then I would just be putting off the inevitable. At least now I have a goal and something to work towards. I am hoping that it will help to focus me a bit more and that German words will learn to stick in my head, rather than me forgetting everything the second I have finished reading it.

The exam is relatively intensive. There are four modules: reading, writing, listening and speaking. I don’t have a favourite module (I used to when the level of German that I was learning was a lot easier!). I am under no illusions that if I was to sit the exam today that I would either fail outright or scrape a pass in some parts but not in others. But I do have some time left and between now and then. It would be nothing short of an impossibility that by November 10th I don’t improve just a little bit. I am already imagining myself being the very proud owner of a certificate by the middle of December, when the results come through.

As if that motivation isn’t enough, the first challenge of my #40Before40 is to pass the C2 German exam. One more challenge crossed off the list is perhaps more motivation than I can put into words. But this is definitely one of the most difficult challenges on my list. I guess it is time to hit the books and make sure I give myself a good chance of passing. Wish me luck!

Proof that I’ve taken the first step!

4 Responses to “No regrets…”

  1. Rona Cooper September 2, 2018 at 8:26 am #

    Good luck Lindsey
    But I’m sure you won’t need it. x

  2. languageuntangled September 2, 2018 at 2:11 pm #

    exciting stuff & congratulations! If you are entering it, I think you already know you can crack it 😉 I’ve heard that C1 is usually the requirement for jobs etc in Germany, and that relatively few people try for C2 as well. How did you do with C1? I passed it with ‘gut’ (the most exciting ‘gut’ I’ve received lol) and that was enough to interview for German-language jobs.

    • ourgirlinzurich September 2, 2018 at 4:53 pm #

      I’m not so sure but I like to live dangerously! I didn’t do the C1 exam but I did pass an internal C1 exam at a language school. The C2 exam is quite a bit harder than the C1. I’m only really doing the C2 so I feel like I’ve “finished” learning German. In actual fact I don’t think I will ever stop learning it! I will let you know how I get on 😁

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