Today was another semi-rough day of language class. Towards the end I was having issues concentrating and on answering anything correctly.
I’ve decided that perhaps I need to set a goal for myself as a sort of motivation to keep going. And what shall be my goal? Pride and Prejudice, people. Pride and Prejudice.
Let me explain.
Shortly after we moved to Germany, I discovered the big bookstore in town, Hugendubel (also the location of infamy where my beloved wallet was stolen.) Like most big chain bookstores, Hugendubel also sells CDs and DVDs. They have a pretty good selection and many older releases are marked down to 5 or 6 Euros. Well, it didn’t take me long to spot Pride & Prejudice, the much-beloved BBC version starring Colin Firth. Now, what I am about to say may shock some of you, but I HAVE NEVER SEEN THIS VERSION OF PRIDE & PREJUDICE. I know…it’s upsetting…take a moment to collect yourselves. Well, I grabbed a copy with utter glee and decided it was about time to treat myself. But I thought I had better check the languages on the back, just to be sure they had the original English language track as pretty much all English-language films do.
It wasn’t there. No English track. Nothing but German.
I rubbed my eyes and checked again as surely it’s there, I think, and the information saying it also has the original version in English is just somehow escaping my notice. I re-read the back cover over and over. Nope, it’s not there. It’s just in German.
I put it back on the shelf.
Now, each time I go to Hugendubel, I (and this is where the story gets a little pathetic – cue the violins) pick it up, flip it over, and hope that somehow it’s magically changed – somehow now the English-language track will be there. And of course it never is.
Could I buy a copy online somewhere with the original English language track and have it sent here? Of course I could. And maybe someday I will. But for now, I think I’ve just figured out what goal I want to work towards with my German language classes. I want to listen to some other dude’s German voice come out of Colin Firth’s mouth AND understand what he’s saying.
Wish me luck.
Oh, and enjoy the eye candy, too 😉