Since it wasn’t raining this morning, my parents and I decided to visit the heide (heather) and the woods. Sadly, the heide (or heather) is not yet in bloom but we still had a lovely walk.
This week I took a 3 day intensive Dutch language course, Learn Dutch Fast. It was amazing, a little intimidating, fun, and very helpful. During my 3 months in the Netherlands, I picked up a few words and phrases but not enough to create a dialogue with anyone. I knew I wanted to learn Dutch and after my first three months here, I realized how much easier my life would be.
Happily, a good friend also wanted to learn Dutch. So we decided to take a private immersion class together. This was my first time ever learning by immersion so I was a bit nervous but also very excited. We made amazing progress during the class and understood more than I had expected. I am now sold on immersion learning.
We learned while cooking, walking in the woods, shopping, and playing with the instructor’s dog. It was fun but challenging.
I have not reached native speaker level but I am able to ask questions, understand shopkeepers, and waiters (for the most part). I am looking forward to using my new Dutch and building my vocabulary.
Even though it is winter, plants and flowers are available everywhere. I recently began my own small garden of herbs I use regularly: parsley, cilantro, and mint.
Mike will tell you that I am really bad about caring for plants. I once let a cactus die from under watering. So I am pretty sure he thinks I will kill my garden or he will be left to care for it. So far I have been good about watering my plants. I am really going to do my best to let my little garden flourish.