Although I never expect to get back to Austria or Germany, I’m trying to relearn the German I once studied in college over fifty years ago. I’d like to be able to read German again and be able to carry on a conversation if necessary. I still have all my college textbooks for reviewing grammar and vocabulary, a child’s picture dictionary, and the Drops app to get some vocabulary back. I follow some German speakers on Instagram and occasionally I watch a children’s video in German on YouTube. That’s about all I have time for now. My main purpose in this study is really to keep my memory working and hold dementia at bay. But I also get a feeling of accomplishment when I can read the German memes on Instagram or understand the visual aids the German schools post there.

Christian, bereaved adoptive mom, blogger, amateur nature photographer, voracious reader. Married 54 years. Central Coast of California.

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