I admit, I am one to procrastinate about learning my native language. It's been a year and I'm still on Lesson 27!
There is no way around it, I must learn German fully well! I believe that, to fellow Germans, it's a disgrace not to speak our own language. Yes, even if I'm a half-Filipina residing in the Philippines, it's still imperative to learn this, believe me.
It was quite unfortunate that I do not speak German fluently. Just "nur ein bischen" which means "only a little" But as a toddler growing up I remember speaking German, it's indeed my first language. But since my father and grandmother died in a fatal accident, over the next few years, my mother and I moved here to the Philippines. Despite her speaking to me in German until I was 8, I didn't learn. I suppose it's because she spoke the language to reprimand me. (and I still didn't understand)
We still spoke German when we first came to the Philippines and resided in my mother's native province. My uncles and aunts surely know a few German phrases listening to my mom speak to me. Sometimes they would speak German to me too, like "nach oben schlafen!" It may be grammatically incorrect,I suppose, but to us all it meant " sleep upstairs". However my other cousins would laugh and think "oben" meant the oven. So there were times I think of German language as a means to tell a joke.
But it is of a serious matter now that I'm an adult. Many times I've been reprimanded, though rather kindly, about not speaking German. It is especially important in attending to business matters. It has cost me a lot with the paperwork I had to settle, and the translations from German to English and vice-versa.
I'll let you all know how it goes this time. I'm listening to Lesson 4 today again.
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