Friday, October 28, 2005

Ich bin nicht ok.

I had German oral test yesterday. Me and my partner have been practising for the oral for a couple of days leading to the test, and we decided to meet again yesterday morning to practise some more. I guess I got pretty freaked out due to stress and pressure. Throughout the whole of yesterday, the only German I could say was only:

"Ich bin ok.
Du bist ok.
Wir sind ok."

I was saying that untill every one of my German classmates wanted to hit me. That did not stop even went we went over to the refreshment point in the library to continue our practice. Between practice conversations, I went:

"Ich bin ok.
Du bist ok.
Wir sind ok."

Later more of my classmates came over to join us. At that time, the refreshment was also filling up with more people. I didn't really take much notice of this, but at the corner of my eye I did see two angmo guys coming over and sitting down on the floor right beside the table me and my classmates were at. We continued with out practising for the oral which was testing our nerves, and I continued testing my friends nerves with my:

"Ich bin ok.
Du bist ok.
Wir sind ok."

Then a classmate of mine added another three lines to that three lines, and I ended up chanting that six lines all the way until I took my oral test:

"Ich bin ok.
Du bist ok.
Wir sind ok.
Das ist ok.
Alles ist ok.
Alle sind ok."

Right before I went over to my test venue I stood behind an armchair and chanted those lines. I think I said it in a pretty frenzied state that my friend thought I sounded drunk. I wasn't standing straight, I wasn't walking straight and I had this spaced out look on my face. Still I noticed that the two earlier said angmos were staring at me with a look of disbelief. I think I was chanting a bit too loudly. I thought they thought that i was overstressed.

"Ich bin ok.
Du bist ok.
Wir sind ok.
Das ist ok.
Alles ist ok.
Alle sind ok."

After the oral test, the classmates who remained in the refreshment point told me that they overheard the two angmos speaking German. Fast, native-sounding German. And there we sat with our broken German talking about renting apartments and buying train tickets and me and my:

"Ich bin ok.
Du bist ok.
Wir sind ok.
Das ist ok.
Alles ist ok.
Alle sind ok."

No wonder the two angmos had that look of disbeliefment when they saw me in my half drunked state chanting that six lines. Well, at least I hope that they think that I'm overstressed or sounded drunk. I didn't mean to destroy the language I so admire. It's not my fault~

The oral went pretty okay. I didn't make things difficult for my partner like how I always do during our practices. We didn't go out of topic, we didn't crap too much, but we misread the question and talked about something else. Annika said it was okay, I hope it was okay cos I think we talked quite a bit for quite a long time and we were quite smooth, although there was a slight faux pas. My partner misquote a price and I ended up having to improvise, but it was still okay.

My personal topic question was to talk about what I did to keep healthy. This was a bit of a problem for me cos I'm not a healthy person. bah... But I think I talked enough to make me feel a bit healthier than I really am. hehehe~ Anyway, it's all over liao le. I can start preparing for my semester test and my bloody essays and my projects and my god knows simi wah go...

That quickly I have to get back on track liao... Cannot even rest for a few more days...
big punctuated sigh*

btw, people who say they are okay usually are not okay~

1 comment:

cindy said...

had fun having oral wif u.. but ur six lines of ok sentences freak us out a lot. haha.. gd luck for german test next mon!