It’s a bit of a downer for me today after a 3-hour session at the Dutch Embassy for the more difficult Dutch examination I was scheduled to take. I walked out feeling like my brain has been raped and came to a conclusion that I had not done the exam very well.
As a non-native speaker who has never lived in Holland, it was a difficult one. The questions weren’t quite what I expected or studied for even after more than a year preparing for this exam. But just over one year of a weekly lesson is also hardly enough to excel in such a complicated language.
The speech exam caught me and it was the first one they started me out with. Speaking Dutch fluently is not quite my strongest point and having to do that first got me quite nervous. I hadn’t warmed up. As a result, I had left 2 questions unanswered as I ran out of time.
The worst thing about this exam is that I am not allowed to be given any paper or pen to write or take notes while at it. So I fumbled. A LOT. For someone who needs to read and write while listening to get things into my head, that was hard. And 2 questions left unanswered is a lot of questions unanswered. Urrghhhhh!
I had thought I did (sort of) OK at first for the rest as I understood most of it; until I realised that I had misinterpreted a series of questions in a multiple choice answer in another set of exams. I.am.bummed. This sucks! I can’t help but beat myself about it.
My verdict: I’m going to flunk out on this exam with flying damn colours!
My only consolation to that are:
I’ll now have my Saturday afternoons back. No more Dutch lessons! No more studying over the weekends or at night after a long and hard work day!
If I fail, I can always re-take parts of the exams which I have failed when we move to Holland (Still sucks because I don’t ever want to take any exams no more!)
I can rave and rant and beat myself about it, but for now, there’s really nothing I can do except wait for the results. How long that takes no one knows!
I am, otherwise, quite heartened by the warmth and the compassion of the Dutch Mederwerker, the 2nd in command to the Head of Consular Affair who had administered my exams. Unlike the biotch not-a-Dutch-Lady whom I had encountered before, this Meneer is such a gem. He is someone whom I’d like to invite home for coffee and a natter. He was very pleasant to talk to. Bless the guy!
(The biotch not-a-Dutch-Lady was there when I turned up and she had pulled down the blinds almost immediately as I walked into the room, right after she saw me. I shall not pass or assume any judgement)
So on to more happy stuff we go:
Something good happened 2 days ago and I only realised this yesterday when I got notified of this tweet:
My Ditzy Days and Doof Moments post made it to their Out of The Hat list. Woooohooooo! Who’d have thought? I certainly didn’t but I am glad that the post resonated with quite a few people out there! It was a pleasant surprise.
Have you heard of the #abitofeverything linky? If you haven’t, this is one of the friendliest and most responsive linkies around co-hosted by The Anxious Dragon and Agent Spitback. That means not only do they BOTH share any posts that have been tweeted to them using the hashtag #abitofeverything and their twitter names @MrsGrohl4 or @AgentSpitback, their selected featured bloggers also would appear on each of their respective blogs. Which means featured bloggers get twice the mentions. Ain’t that just awesome?
Hence…if you are dying to discover new blogs and get some bloggily love, head on to their latest linky roundup and check out all the other featured bloggers. You can choose to mosey on The Anxious Dragon’s or Agent’s Spitback’s post. I assure you that both are worth a visit.
The linky runs from 10 am (GMT) Tuesday to 12 Midday Thursday, so look out for when the doors are open.
That has been my #abitofeverything this mid-week along with a little something out of the hat.Two more days to weekend!