Tessa is starting her GCSE's right now - the real things, not the mocks. First is her German oral, and she really did talk to herself in German in the kitchen for a couple of hours yesterday evening.
Her last practise included the following, when asked for her hobbies:
Ich sammle briefmarken. Ueden tag beteich.
When her teacher burst out laughing, Tessa claimed she had taught her the phrases herself, and she was bored of saying she watches Hollyoaks and likes shopping and parties (the truth). Her two phrases translated:
I collect stamps. I pray for a while each day.
I think she has kept her sense of humour and everything in perspective, but I may try to drag her to yoga tonight.....