The speed dating

26-Aug-2019 17:59

I sat down to my assigned table, said that my name was Benny and she said she couldn't see me on her sheet. Being confused about my own name was hardly the best start 😛 I'd make this mistake several times in a row actually!In later mini-dates, I just started mid-conversation and skipped the boring “Hello, my name is Brendan” intro.Onward, and in the second date I started with a merry “So…[read her name tag] – Why did you decide to go on a speed-date today then?” The next girl told me how she has always dreamed of going to Ireland so I gave her some travel tips and advised her to go to Galway rather than Dublin, and the next girl was shocked to see that I was speaking Dutch at my current level after just a month.

I wasn't interested in actually finding a date though.

She got a great laugh out of that and asked me the same question.

“Why, I signed up to this speed-dating for some Dutch practice of course!

€32 for 25 intensive chats in the language with a drink included!

That's much cheaper than the going rate for private conversation lessons!

I actually had little interest in finding the girl of my dreams (I'm leaving in 3 weeks! Doing it in a language I'm not yet fully comfortable in just made it all the more interesting 🙂 I find it incredible when people tell me that they have “nothing to talk about” when they find an opportunity to practice a language, and suggest that all you can do is discuss .

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