The weather here in central Europe is hotttt. It’s 30+ degrees Celsius (no air conditioning), and I feel like I’m in a tropical country!
I love it.
This feeling of *love* is something I’m totally reveling in, because it’s not often that I love it here in Germany.
I try my best to, but I find that I am happier when I acknowledge to myself that I just don’t like it here all that much.
The solution is to learn German. Speaking German is essential to living happily in Germany. But living happily in Germany is essential to being able to learn German!
My expat friends who love it here have picked up the language so well. Whereas me and my expat friends who don’t like it here are still struggling to *want to* have a conversation in German.
I’ve been living in Germany for almost 5 years now, so I can speak some German. But I don’t like to. 😕 If I mentally prepare for a situation beforehand, like going to the bank or the doctor or talking to a realtor, I can have okay-conversations. But don’t socialize with me in German, or call me on the phone with German, because I can’t do it unless I’m drunk.
And I don’t like to drink, so…!
Anyway, the point of this blog is to get me to harness this positive-energy from the good weather, to get myself to speak more German.
My goal is to speak German everyday. Even if it’s for 15 minutes.
This means speaking to not just my husband, but also my friends and coworkers. Who are all very willing, I just always put a stop to it. 😕