This has been a rough month for me. The amount of things I have to do at work, which is when I usually study, has increased considerably and taken away my time that I can work on German. Suffice it to say that I have not been able to make much progress so far this month. I have tried to maintain at least one aspect of my study per day though, usually Michel Thomas. I am in the process of trying to restructure my day so that I can fit in my Assimil and LingQ work daily again. The one positive from this month thus far is that I am at a basic conversational level in German. I define this as being able to greet and speak candidly with others about menial, day to day things (i.e. How are you?, What are you doing this weekend?, etc.). I am very pleased and excited about this, especially since I have not been able to put much time in as of late. When I can get back to more regular study I anticipate being able to count this language as being fully conversational by mid-summer, which makes fluency by December 31 very attainable.
I am still in a very good place vocally as well. Since my lesson in February I can feel my voice getting stronger every day. My A-natural (A4) has really solidified as of late and I am now working on B-flat (Bb4) and B (B4). Even my repertory has taken a step up as I have begun to earnestly work on "La donna e mobile" and "E la solita storia." My hope for this session between lessons is to have a reliable B-flat and a workable B natural. Assuming I keep up my newfound pace, I believe I will definitely be audition ready for the fall. I have about two months until my next trip to New York City and am planning on having a lesson and at least a couple of coachings while I am down. Until then, I have much work to do so that I can build on the momentum I have gained from my last lesson.