I’m dreaming in German now. Ah, so it has come to this. Last night I dreamed that it came out in a shocking news story that America was using fresh Dachshund (wiener dog) meat in its sushi. I expressed in this dream my shock and dismay – in German – with an Afghan woman from my class.
In other language-learning news, I’ve found in the past month that watching children’s TV is an excellent way to learn the language. My new nightly ritual is to tune in every night at 7:45 for the kid’s version of Nachtrichten (news) on KiKa. This is where German children learn at an early age to be knowledgeable and serious citizens of the world.
They speak with simpler sentences, and the news reports are accompanied with colorful and educational graphics to explain the concepts of say, capping the disastrous oil spill in America, or how parliamentary government works with the recent EU Greece bailout. The weather is even in dazzling hot pink! Sweet!
Also, on KiKa, and usually right before the nightly news, is another entertaining kid’s show called Die Beste Klasse Deutschlands (The Best Class in Germany). This is a show wherein two school classes show off all their German smarts in a quiz show. I can try to read the questions and answers, and the entertainment bonus is when they try to blow up a Wurst or something. The commentator has a wickedly plastic-molded face, a creepy smile, and pointy eyebrows.
And, finally, to help me in my language learning, a friend of ours gave me some DVDs of the Augsburger Puppenkiste (puppet theater), which The Mann tells me is an absolute classic for Germans. These shows are about my level! They speak slowly and with simple sentences.
Ok. I’m going to get a popsicle out of the freezer and watch some more TV.