D-2 days! De laatste les is op woensdag 25 maart. Wij doen dan ook het examen.
Feeling rather apprehensive of this for some reason. I think its because I had a script for my Level 1 Exam. There is no real script to practice from for a ‘general conversation’ try as I might to write one. Within level 2 we haven’t covered set topics as such to be certain of conversation areas. In many of our group discussions we talk about ANYTHING some examples have been: “Who should pay on the first date – the man, the woman or 50:50?”, “Do you prefer shoes with a high heel or flat?”, “What is your favourite animal?”, “Tell me about your daily life.” You see there is no real structure for that, it is an open book. Which makes revision so much harder!
I have been listening to Dutch Radio, and Dutch bloggers on Youtube but its not been easy! I am conscious of the fact that I haven’t been over to the Netherlands since November so I’m hitting 5 months away from it. Basically the entire time in which I have been trying to learn it. It will be interesting when I next go over to see just how much I know. I’ll probably pick up a lot more and understand a lot more than I expect. The key is talking slowly to me! I can get the gist if you speak correctly and slowly…I think!
Things I am most worried about:
- Panicking. Sitting there and not knowing what on earth is going on.
- Not knowing the right word.
- Getting my tenses wrong! I’m pretty good talking about ‘here and now’ but I get SO confused on my tenses when put on the spot!
- Sounding / Looking like an idiot. I think this is my biggest problem in general. Dutch is a language with words and sounds that don’t come naturally to me. I have only just mastered that guttural ‘g-he’ sound.
So here are my Main Exam Tips that I use and encourage you all to do too!
- Slow Down. The conversation is 5 minutes. There is no prize for finishing first, just more talking and more questions!
- Be Confident. I know this is easier said than done. For me especially! We are supposed to be talking Dutch confidently and as fluently as possible, its time to speak with conviction. What is the worst that can happen? Most people in my class don’t understand dmy accent when speaking English. They’ve got NO chance understanding my Dutch!
- Dont panic. I’ve decided that if I don’t know the exact word my method will be to describe what I mean. I have talk about this technique before. Whether under pressure I will be able to actually do this I’m not sure but I’m giving it my best shot.
Level 3 starts on 22nd April. Technically a month away. It is the last one. As of September the are re-running level 1 again. There isn’t a 2nd Year which is a shame! The Entry Level 3 will focus on:
- Word Order
- Past and Present Tense
- History and Culture
- Understanding and interpretation
I have thought about the options of doing level 3 or not. Its 10 more weeks. Its not going to do my Dutch any harm and after the last 6 months of lessons I don’t have any other plans for a wednesday night. I think I am going to do it. I have to enrol on Wednesday, providing I pass my test obviously!
I’m going to try and squeeze and hour of revision in tonight. I’m definitely not going to have time to do it tomorrow. I could have and probably should have done more. Anyway Grote Success to everyone in my class. Exams are shit regardless but they are there for a reason! Alles komt goed!