It is my 17th day here today and it feels like it’s been at least 2 months. There have been a lot of things to do, so I haven’t had so much time to examine or focus on my environment. So far I know the vicinity of my dormitory, some local stores and the main street of Göppingen. The church at the backyard of my house has become very familiar. I have never been there inside yet, but the way they rings church bells is kinda annoying. Regardless of date the bells ring the at 6 a.m, 12 p.m and 7:30 p.m for 4 minutes in addition of indicating the time at every passing quarter. It seems to be a more common habit in middle Europe, according to my Spanish friends.
Our German, history and culture classes have already. The teaching manners seem to differ from those in Finland, I’ve noticed so far. I am attending German classes for beginners, but our teacher doesn’t talk in English so much. It’s half English and half German. I heard that in other beginners groups they might talk few words in English so I feel a little lucky. Seems to be true that we focus more in grammar in Finland. Here, the teacher teaches us more complete sentences than vocabulary or grammar. The teaching manner here feels challenging, but the good thing in classes is that we practice oral speaking a lot.
We have had only one class of German culture and history, but it really felt interesting and I can’t wait for the next lecture. To complete the course, we are supposed to give a 20 – 30 minutes presentation with a pair, the subject is free but it must concern German somehow. I’m worried of giving such a long presentation in a foreign language. If you have good ideas about the subject, you are free to give me some ideas in the comment section.
During these weeks I have registered as a resident of Göppingen, acquired a German bank account. On spare time I have been eating and drinking out with other exchange students and met new people.