Native Spanish speaker found by accident
I have to tell you something amazing:
one of my patients, a lovely elderly woman, told me four weeks ago that she promised to care for the cat of the woman next door while she is on a trip to Spain. She also mentioned that this woman is from Spain and moved to Germany in the 1960's...
Well, last weekend she returned from Spain and today I took a deep breath (several deep breaths to be honest ^^) and rang her door bell, and when she opened the door, I only spoke Spanish with her. Just simple things, for example that i hoped she enjoyed the trip and that I'm sorry for the illness of her old cat and so on.
I'm afraid I made a lot of mistakes, and I guess i was as red as a tomato, but you should have seen her huge smile on the face when she heard her first language here in Germany! She was really kind and said she would like to help me with the language if I had questions. She also said there are more people from Spain in the city and she would ask the others if I could participate in one of their meetings. She had to repeat everything because it was too fast and I could only understand half of it, but I'm really proud I managed a short conversation without using German words.
I'm still sooo excited you can't imagine! Thank you Duolingo!
Greetings from Germany and have a nice day/evening!
How wonderful for you! A new friend and access to the "secret underground Spanish meetings" right there in the city! Aren't you glad you got brave and said "Hola!" ?
Well done, a brave step! Throwing yourself in at the deep end is a very good way to learn. Good luck with your continued learning
Wow! I'm so jealous right now. Mostly from your courage of finding a native speaker to practice with. Good luck!
This was great, thanks for sharing! I remember my first conversations with native speakers....smile a lot, nod your head up and down, and say "hablame mas despacio, por favor." Haha
Congratulations!! There are many Spanish people still living in Germany from the Franco era, when many young able-bodied Spaniards left home to work there and send money home to their families. A great documentary about this is called "Trenes de la Memoria". I hope that you enjoy your time in Germany and felicidades on finding a Spanish connection!