To prepare for the the Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch Test, I took A1.1 and A1.2 classes at the VHS Düsseldorf with the great Nastassia Lutz. She was a great teacher who made learning German seem fun. Frau Lutz also knows what is like to learn German as she herself taught herself German from the beginning. In combination with the classes  I used the book Fit fürs Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1.Deutsch als Fremdsprache / Lehrbuch mit integrierter Audio-CD, 18.99€ at This book really covered every aspect of the text and subjects that will be helpful to learn/review. There are exercises and word training, but I highly recommend taking the practice tests in the book and also others available on the Goethe website. Writing the practice letters from the book and doing the exercises in the speaking section really, really helps. I scored a 96 out of 100 points on the exam. I was beyond relieved. I’ve also used it while getting to the B.1 level.

Good luck! Feel free to comment or ask any questions.

Last week I read two, albeit long, great articles one on Chris Rock and the other about Jon Stewart. Both are taking a worthy and challenging risk with the making of their upcoming films. Stewart has Rosewater and Rock Top Five. Both articles are super entertaining and great insights into decisions that come into play with their long careers.

Chris Rock Article in the New Yorker

Jon Stewart NY Mag Article

I want to see both films!

The beautiful songstress FKA Twigs (derived from a nickname aka Formally Known As Twigs) is from the UK. I remember seeing her with one of the dudes from Twilight and she appeared somewhere else. Since I didn’t post earlier, I got smacked with her Google Glass Collaboration video a few weeks ago, which was also amazing. Just check out her sound. This is my favorite song of hers so far Papi Pacify. She reminds me of Rihanna + Sade + The Weeknd.


“I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me. I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.”
by José Micard Teixeira