Posted by wittgensteinz on February 23, 2009, at 19:32:43
In reply to Re: a follow-up- the last one! » wittgensteinz, posted by twinleaf on February 23, 2009, at 17:01:05
Actually it's funny you say that. He is probably the person I feel the most insecure about speaking to in Dutch. We've talked quite a bit about why this is.
Anyway, the last couple of sessions we have spoken Dutch - with a few breaks in English - he started talking in Dutch and each time I would reply in English and then after a bit I replied in Dutch. I'm terrified of failing/making mistakes - this is a problem I have - so this was a big step for me. I rather liked it in the end because his voice is softer in his native tongue - he has more freedom of expression (although I obviously have less).
This conjures up the image of being a child terrifed of letting go of the side of the swimming pool and being gradually guided out, safely, without realising it. It's funny that this particular image comes to mind because I did have a traumatic experience in a swimming pool as a child and it was likely one of the primary sources of this performance anxiety/failure anxiety I now have. Hmm something to talk about tomorrow maybe :)
The Netherlands is certainly a good place for a cycling holiday :)