On all the bucket lists I looked at when deciding on my 40 Things Before 40 list they all suggested learning a new language. Living in Switzerland, and now already for over a decade I knew I had no excuse but to add learning German to the list. Fortunately, my friends Elena and Kalliope were highly motivated to take up lessons too! Thank goodness I had them together with Una as company as it was and still is tough! I always thought I was good at languages but I would definitely not make that claim to fame now.

Last month, just before the girls’ school holidays began I did my Goethe A1/A2 test and passed with 84%! YAY! So next up will be the A2/B1 test but as the last test proved my weakest areas are hearing and writing so I need to up my game big time. I am not in a hurry though, so most likely I will only be mentioning German here again a year or so from now! If you are keen to do the exams though, good news is they have a Goethe Testing centre here in Zug…