Yesterday, had my first day back in language after two months off due to traveling. Travel does interrupt class, a lot – and I’d rather be consistent, you know?
It was so much fun. Me and my teacher, Khruu Muu, spend most of the 6 hours a week that we meet laughing (I can’t help it; I’m a funny person).
I say random weird things a lot in class – I told my teacher about calling friends to tell them I wasn’t going to be able to come pick them up.
Here’s what I thought I said: “I called my friends and told them that I would be late, and could not pick them up.”
Here’s what I actually said: “I called my friends I would not come, and could not put them in a cabinet for safekeeping.”
When I can’t remember the actual words, I just throw in some random Thai words and hope they are the right ones. Obviously, that does not always work for me.
Oh to live in a perfect world, where everything that comes out of my mouth makes sense…I promise, in my head it totally does.
But here’s where the title of this post comes from. Khruu Muu and I were talking about different people in the office, and how they have achieve language levels. I told him about my friend Dustin, who recently achieved level 4. Another friend, C, just attained level 5. (all long-term people are supposed to achieve level 5 – it’s part of our requirements).
He got a little excited. “Dustin got a 4? I told him that I thought he would get a 4, and he did.”
“Yep,” I said.
Let me pause – for those of you who get my update letter, you know that in October, I asked you guys to pray for language. I put there that a personal language goal was to hit a level 5 by next June (or July, I mix up those J months). I haven’t taken a test yet to determine where I am, but were I to guess, I would say high level 2, low level 3.
Back to the story.
Khruu Muu got all serious. “You know, if I were to grade your snapshot right now, I would give you a level 5.”
Me: “For real?”
Khruu Muu: “For real.”
I still maintain that he’s stark raving mad. But it’s given me a TON of motivation to keep studying hard and practicing my speaking. Also, as a plus, this month we will finally start reading and writing, so I can finally step out of illiteracy.
So excited right now.