I’m in the midst of preparing for the TestDaF exam, which I’ll have to take in late November. The TestDaf (Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache – the Test for German as a Foreign Language) is an institutionalized language exam that people have to pass if they wish to work, study, or teach in Germany. It is similar to English’s TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language), which many of my international friends had to endure.
Part of a Ph.D. program in history of foreign areas is being able to speak that language – so you can research original documents, and not have to rely on translations. So, by the end of this semester, I have to prove to the UB Department of History that I can speak German. And lucky me, the German historians at UB are stricter than the others and instead of testing me themselves (as is normal), they told me I have to pass the TestDaf.
But the fun thing is that the closest testing center to Buffalo is Toronto, Canada. So, it’s looking like a road trip!
While studying German was on my mind, I remembered this video, “the German Coast Guard.” It was shown to me by one of my favorite professors – and one of my favorite persons – of all time. “Ol Mike.”