36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 188: A Little Bit Every Day

Day 188 — A Little Bit Every Day
06-February-1972 (Sontag–Sun.)

After some practice, I’m studying languages again. I pass on to you the secret “key” to successful learning.

Day 183: Nothing new; language study

Day 183 — Nothing new; language study
01-February-1972 (Dienstag–Tue.)

Nothing new today. I’m studying languages.


Day 017: I'm trying

Day 17 — I’m trying
17-August-1971 (Thur.)

No news today. Just working on German language. I did invent a new literary language device that can be used in any language. Later today—2007—I bought the Berlitz German Premiere CD course. Will I use it?

Sending out over 600 slides to be scanned for this journal. Can’t wait to get them back.

Day 008: German language class starts

Day 8 — German language class starts
10-August-1971 (Tue.)

Streetcleaning on the Ringstrasse
My German language class started today. Busy with school and enjoying the class and my professor. The photo is that of a streetcleaner on the Ringstrasse, close to where the University of Vienna German classes were being held.

And being that it’s a slow journal day, I make a plea for the young people of the world to save us.

Day 007: Dr. H.—Roommate 2 from Japan

Day 7 — Dr. H.—Roomate 2 from Japan
09-August-1971 (Mon.)

Roommate Doctor H
Roomate 2 arrives from Japan. It's Dr. H.

Today is a short day with not much entered. It was probably a busy day registering for the language course and taking some tests. I like Dr. H. We can only communicate in German. Ya! Das ist richtig!

P.S. Any German in this journal, especially in these reflections, is strictly off the top of my head from my tired-old memory, and may be totally incorrect. Read (“lesen” ?) at your own risk.

Day 006: Achille from Italy

Day 6 — A new roommate, Achille
08-August-1971 (Sun.)

Church stained-glass window
Today is a day of rest, and of meeting many people. First and foremost, I have a new roommate, Achille, who is from Milan, Italy. Together, we meet friendly people over lunch and dinner from South Africa and France, and attend Mass at St. Stephan’s Cathedral.