One of my Projects while I'm over here is to learn German - or at least, to start learning German. I have now been to two lessons and done all my homework and here is an example of my prowess:
A: Guten Tag! Ich heiβe Allie. Wie heiβen Sie? B: Ah, guten Tag! Ich heiβe B. Woher kommen Sie? A: Ich komme aus Neuseeland. Aber ich wohne in Perth. Und Sie? B: Ich komme aus Australien.
Hooray! I wrote all that from memory. It's very very likely therefore that there are mistakes, but still, I feel quite pleased.
The classes are fun; I have met several people around my age who are really nice and interesting sorts of people. There is one man in the class from Croatia who obviously finds the pronunciation a little easier or who has done some German before (I don't know why he has to be in the Elementary I class), and he is one of those students who has to answer every single question before everyone else, or repeat phrases as fast as is physically possible. It's very annoying but also a little amusing.
In other news, my niece has learnt to crawl. Only about three days ago she was still sliding backwards whenever she tried to make a movement - now she is zooming round the place in a sort of lopsided, hobbling crab crawl. It's been amazing to watch her but now we are all feeling the effects of having to watch what she can get her hands on. Sigh.