Welcome to the first edition of Dear Frau. It's kind of like Dear Abby, except with an international twist.
This column will run every Thursday on One Big Yodel because I get a lot of good questions from readers via email and it's a shame not to share them so everyone can benefit. Anyhow, from now on, if you have a question, feel free to email me and maybe it will be featured in next week's Dear Frau.
My German class sucks. The students are unmotivated. The students are drunk. The students fall asleep during the lessons. What should I do?
Wow. First off, to make myself feel better, I would read Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. He takes French lessons in this book and his class sucks too. Bonus: The book is in English and costs less than a German class.
Secondly, I wouldn't underestimate the power of being drunk. Personally, I find the more I drink, the better my German gets.
Thirdly (and most seriously), I would get a good luck charm. Because here's the thing: good language classes all come down to luck. You either get a good teacher and a good group of students or you get a bunch of people who like to pay to speak English.
That said, if you can afford private lessons, I have two good teachers I can recommend in the Zurich area and I'm happy to give out their contact info. One of these teachers smiles a lot (Italian heritage) and that's worth paying for in itself.
Also, Kathy, of Two Fools in Zurich, did a guest post on German learning a few months back. It might inspire.
But at this point, the Frau has run out of ideas. Anyone else have some advice? What should our motivated student do?