I wonder who came up with the idea that things abroad are better. Back at home, I always hear funny things like: ‘European chocolate is healthier’, ‘Everyone is very polite in Europe’, ‘Streets are cleaner in Europe’, and so on. No, no, and no.
I am currently back home. To tell you the truth, I am glad to be away from Germany for some time. I came home not to have some vacation. Due to my cheap private health insurance in Germany, it is much easier and cheaper for me to visit doctors back home. I do not recommend you having a private insurance in Germany. At least in my case, doctors love to prescribe me unnecessary procedures and additional check-ups (‘just in case’ as they say) which my insurance does not cover. You really have to say directly that you do not want some procedures. Additionally, some of the pills I could get without prescription back home I cannot get that easily in Germany. Not to mention about the price for the dental care that my insurance does not cover.
It has been a while since I posted on my blog. Many things have happened… From now on, hopefully, I will be able to write regularly and tell you more about my life and personal experiences in Germany.
I have also noticed that I complain on my blog quite often (do not blame me, my current living situation is responsible for that:). So, today I would like to share my POSITIVE thoughts ONLY about Germany:
Time flies. I came to Germany 11 months ago and I studied German at two different language schools for about 9 months before I took the German Goethe Certificate B2 Exam in June.
I did not have a chance to take the German B1 exam, so I cannot compare it with the B2. At the moment, I am about to start preparing for the Goethe-Zertifikat C1 Exam and I can surely see the difference between B2 and C1 levels. A friend of mine who took B1 Exam and saw my B2 level books mentioned that B2 looks more complicated. At the same time, a fellow student was encouraging me, saying that B2 exam is easy, because a friend of his took it earlier and passed excellently. The truth is: B2 exam is tricky, because even though the entire exam sets are supposed to be the same level of difficulty, they are not. Not from a foreigner’s point of view. I noticed that while preparing for the test. Books that help you to prepare for the exam and have sets of exercises consist of many texts. Very often, one text is much easier than another. It all depends on your vocabulary.It just happens that some sets of the exam are easier/ more difficult than the others, just because of the tasks vocabulary. My advice is do not underestimate the difficulty of the exam. If a friend of yours claimed he/she passed the exam without studying much, he/she might have got lucky. Take into consideration that a friend of yours might study the language longer than you or has more possibilities to practice his/her language skills and so on.
I would like to talk briefly about the exam, give my pieces of advice on what to review before the exam and share my personal score on the exam.