B1 Intergration Class – I pass!
I have pass my B1 integration class with flying color and score high in all levels (hearing, reading, writing, and speaking). Today I should be happy because now I know I can move on to my next plan in life and continue to grow. But sadly I am not happy. Well somewhat but not 100%.
I was hoping to find out today that everyone pass the class with a B1 level, I guess I hope for too much. I don’t get it. Everyone in my class are hard workers. They are super smart and many of them speak well. I don’t understand why they have not pass. I know many of them miss the B1 by a few points perhaps out of nervousness. I know for myself the test started with the hearing section. The first two questions I literally clam up. I wonder if others too froze at the first few questions and that what lost them. Plus on the hearing section one must listen very well because we were only allow to listen to what the person said on the CD once to answer the question on the test. Heck that is hard even in your own mother tongue. Many time in life we all have to ask a person to repeat themselves. The designer of the test, I guess did not think so.
I was feeling so sad for everyone that I bust out in tears because I felt their pain. Now if they were slackers I would not care but they were not. One of the young lady gave me a hug and told me it will be alright be happy that I pass. Another young lady made a speech that I had to smile only because I was proud of her. She was my side kick in class. We both barely knew a good sentence starting and both always doubt ourselves when it was time to take the practice test especially dealing with talking. For that my teacher peer us together when it was time for the major Prufung which was great. We both talked fluidly to each other because neither of us used big words. We kept it simple and natural. She said today,
“I have not pass with a B1 but I have pass with an A2 (A2 people need to only take the last 3 classes and the major Prufung-Test again and aim for a B1). This test do not determine who I am. I am proud of what I have accomplished and learned. I am going to my own appointments, I am doing things on my own that I would ask my children or husband to do for me. I am talking more to people and making friends. I am doing a whole lot more than what I have done before now that I have learned to speak German”
Hearing what she said made me so proud, because she is right. No piece of paper should determine what a person can do and who they are. I am proud of her and everyone in my class that has a B1 or an A2! I wanted to post a photo of my good luck present John had gave me and my teacher Maria had passed out to the class. John had gave me a fondant little pig and Maria gave me a chocolate lady bug. Both in Germany means “viel gluck” good luck. I sat them both on the corner of my desk with my sharpener, tissue to blow my nose, and eraser. I don’t plan to eat my good luck candies. I plan to keep them until I have pass all the levels and classes that I need to take.
What is my plan you may ask? Well I have been studying for my German driver license test for almost a month now. I have a test coming up in two weeks. I will write a blog about that pass or fail and tell you the difference of the test compare to America’s. In June I plan to visit my family in America for one month, so I won’t be on the net sorry. I believe when a person get a chance with love one enjoy it. Time is priceless and we all should use it the best way possible at times. When I come back I will start looking for schools to continue on my learning to make my German stronger. Once I have done that my wish is to go to the University to brush up on a few skills that I have. That is my plan. I want to be functional and independent like I was in the State. I want to contribute to bills instead of making them. I want to carry my own share of the load. I pretty much want to be my whole self again.