This announcement was met with a degree of disbelief from my German friends. "But you can't speak German properly yet!" was a common refrain. I agreed - but perhaps learning a language I didn't know in a language I know imperfectly would help each other out! Other people just pointed and laughed. The Spaniard just said, "Are you sure you need to learn this? Oh well, you'll find it easy since you can already speak French." Now that's positive thinking!
So after the first week of classes (twice a week, 3 hours/session), I've made a number of observations.
- I am literally the only non-German in the class. And the only person of non-European background.
- Maybe because of this, my accent is apparently pretty good - I have no problem saying *j* as an aspirated *h* sound compared to others confusing it as a *y* (as in German.
- Having said that, after saying *ch* as a *k* sound when reading it in a foreign language for the last 19 months, it was strange to be saying it as a *ch* (as in chocolate) sound again!
- I have absorbed many more Spanish words through travelling and listening than I thought I had, to the extent that...
- I sometimes actually find that I understand the Spanish instructions more than the German!
Anyway, for now I'm really enjoying classes. Muy divertido!