Ghost town (Or: Dutch lesson 10 of 14)

“Ghost town” betekent ‘Er is niemand hier. Iedereen weg is.’ Soms is de plaats een dorpje, maar niet alttijd.

I knew it was going to be a weird night when the other student who usually rides the bus (from Centraal Station) wasn’t there. There was a lot of traffic (verkeer) and it seemed to take forever for the bus to arrive at the school. We were really only 3 or 4 minutes late, though.

At the start of class (7PM) there was only three students including me, and the teacher. I think traffic played a part in it though, because by 7:05 there were 9 students. We even had one student who arrived after 9PM for some reason. That was strange.

We have officially moved into the first part of chapter 11 (11A) which means that I am only caught up on my homework through this week. I haven’t started 11B yet. I had a few good moments. We split up into groups of 2 and made up our own fairy tale using the imperfectum (simple past tense). While the fairy tale didn’t make much sense – you can ask Marco, he’ll confirm that after I told him it later – I could tell that my grasp on that tense was improving quickly.

The last two or three weeks have shown an improvement in speaking. While I still only know the main tenses (present, present perfect, simple past, and some future using ‘to go’/gaan) the main thing that is holding me back is the vocabulary. I must learn more of it! Time to break out the themed dictionary that Roger got me a few years ago.

Oh, and apparently I am 1.58 meters tall. I had no clue how to convert feet & inches into meters, but that was one of the random questions the teacher asked during the class. Thankfully she didn’t ask me so I could look it up later.

A few more weeks to go before we have our test (week 13). I am not worried. The only thing I want is to be the best in the class, or maybe 2nd best. Maybe I will settle for that. Maybe… 😉

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2 thoughts on “Ghost town (Or: Dutch lesson 10 of 14)

  1. I don’t know why, but i have always known by heart that one feet is 30,48 cm and 1 inch is 2,54 cm..
    I have that knowledge ready at the drop of a hat.. I am a sad sad man..

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