My aunt wants to know how I did on my language exams this week.
Spanish: I don’t know. They didn’t actually give me a score. I have a second test Tuesday.
Albanian: Also no score. But the tester gave it a Nick Miller, surprised “not to shabby” look. He gave this little frown and was just like, “ummm that was pretty good.” He genuinely seemed surprised. Thankssss for the confidence..
Seriously I basically got no feedback. The two testers just said I need to learn how to finish my sentences when I talk for a long time. Yeah… No shiz. I’ve been learning this language for 10 weeks, so when you give me 7 minutes to talk without stopping about some picture I’m holding I’m going to back myself into some corners with sentences I don’t have the vocab to fix.
I do feel bad though for the testers having to listen to my stuttering little tale I spun about the picture I was given. They gave me this black and white picture of a guy sitting on the steps of the Lincoln memorial, looking at a night skyline view of DC. I decided to tell a story of how he was an Iraq war veteran who lost the use of his left arm and had to leave the service, only now, he couldn’t get a job in DC because he never went to college and so he is homeless and sleeps outside of Metro Centro. His only family is a rich sister who lives in the suburbs and refuses to help him minus an occasional meal.
They were like, but why did you mention the height of the washington monument and the capitol building if you weren’t going to follow up on it?
I was like, valid point, valid point that you make. I did actually start this speech that way, but I decided it was boring and decided to make a turn for the dramatic. Sorry.