October 25, 2010 | German
German Pimsleur: Done!
In which I finish Pimsleur and am foiled at a German beer garden.
My running situation is improving again, and my mileage is up. Unfortunately, I am out of Pimsleur to keep me company while I stretch. I hate being out of Pimsleur.
I need to find myself some podcasts!
Anyway, I just did a quick calculation and found that in the past 16 months, I have completed about 567 Pimsleur lessons. Some of those I did as many as four or five times each. That is a lot of Pimsleur. Sixteen months ago I had never even heard of Pimsleur. Who knew it would take over my life like this?
Tonight I went to a German beer garden in Brooklyn: Loreley. Although I was meeting a friend, the plan was to arrive early and chat in German with German speakers. I need more practice.
Unfortunately, I got the bar’s hours off a secondary review site rather than Loreley’s own website, and the hours that that site listed were wrong. When I arrived in Williamsburg, Loreley was padlocked shut.
When it opened (at 5 p.m.), this is what it looked like.
Lorely at 5 p.m.
At the Bar
Cute, right? But not the kind of environment in which you are going to make massive advances in your German skills. For conversation practice, a second person is helpful.
So that effort was foiled. But in any case, I have come to a decision: rather than switching to Japanese on November 1, I am going to give German another month. I am getting better, and I can’t stop now.