High Managing to land a joke in German
Low I misunderstand “wer” (who) as “where” said in a German accent. A bunch of times.
High Learning the lyrics to ’99 Luftballons’
Low Failing to understand German TV even after becoming conversational
High Understanding German standup comedy
Low Understanding German standup comedy
High Entering the first evening class and understanding everything the teacher is (slowly) saying.
Low German grammar
High Literally gaining the vaguest understanding of German grammar
Low Discovering the preterite past tense
High Finishing Lemony Snicket in translation.
Low Trying to read Thomas Mann in the original.
High Feeling emotionally connected to a German-language novel for the first time (Der Trafikant).
Low Realising my German might never be perfect!