How learning can be fun

Learning German in DeutschAkademie has been easier than I thought it would be. Why? Because of the class dynamics. Everyday we have lots of content, but the teachers can pass all the knowledge to us in a simple and fun way.
Seriously, simple and fun! 
How?
The most effective way, in my opinion, is playing games. So, during the class we play some quick and simple games that really helps us to absorb the subject.
For example, the teacher divide the class in 2 groups of people and give one pen to each. So she says a subject (like house furniture, or body parts) and we work as a team to write on the board all the words we know related to the topic WITH ARTICLE at a given time! It may sound easy, but it is challenging! Then, the teacher check every word written and give us a point for each one that is right. Today we played this game and both teams ended up with the same amount of points!
Another game that sometimes we play is “Stop”. So, everyone get a sheet of paper and divide it with columns. Each column is a topic, such as name, adjective, animal, profession, country, etc. We need to write a word according to the columns subject starting with a letter given by the teacher. Whoever fulfill all the columns faster says “stop” and we review the answers together!
Moreover, we always get some illustration that helps us memorize key grammatical learning. For example, the ones that I keep on my desk to help me study (see the picture).
To conclude, there are some best practices in DeutschAkademie that can really leverage your learning curve. Indeed, I take advantage of all of them to support my studies! Hope you find these tips useful and that you are able to apply them to boost your German learning!

Best,

Maiara

Bayerische Motoren Werke

Do you know that the biggest car manufacturer in Bayern started as an aircraft engines producer? 

The Bayerische Motoren Werke was founded in 1916 as a merge of three companies that made aircraft engines, airplanes and automobiles. After World War I, it’s became a company focused on motocycles and automobiles.

The BMW headquarters is in Munich. Its construction started in 1968 and was completed in 1972. The tower is 101 meters high with 22 floors and is located next to the Olympic Village. The building is a notable example of architecture, and it is shaped as four cylinders like in a car engine. 

Right there it is the BMW Museum, a fascinating place that holds more than 100 years of history. 

Also there in the campus is the BMW Welt, where the company showcases its many cars and offers an amazing experience to its visitors!

In Munich you definitely have to add to your tour guide visiting the BMW Welt and BMW Museum. Even if you don’t like cars or motorcycles, at least you should go for the architecture! And if you say you don’t like any of these, you still should go for the fascinating environment and then take a walk in the surroundings (Olympia Park)!

How to get there? Just take a U-Bahn to Olympiazentrum and you will face the huge BMW buildings. From Marienplatz you will take only 15 minutes to get there! 

The BMW Welt is opened from Monday to Saturday from 7:30AM to 12:00AM, and on Sundays from 9:00AM to 6:00PM. Yet, the BMW Museum is closed on Mondays and opened from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00AM to 6:00PM. For more details, you can check the website here https://www.bmw-welt.com/en.html#infos

So, visiting the BMW is a great experience and I am sure you will be amazed with the tour! Hope you enjoy!

Regards,

Maiara

Sports

Are you a sports person? If yes, here you will find some tips about exercising in Munich – please keep reading the post. If you are not, here you may find motivation to become – you are encouraged to read the entire post. 

I love sports, specially running, cycling and swimming. In Brazil I used to train Triathlon, so when I came to Germany I’ve brought my bike and all the other Triathlon gadgets to continue with the three sports here. 

So, running is pretty easy to train everywhere, meaning you basically only need to wear your tennis shoes and run. In Munich, there are several nice locations to run, my favorite are Olympiapark and Englischer Garten (picture).

Cycling is a little more complex, because not only you need the right equipment and accessories, but also a safe road to train. In this sense, I found the path alongside the Isar River the perfect spot here in Munich to cycle! 

About swim, I’ve been swimming in the “Schwimmhalle” within Olympiapark. The pool is 50m and you can swim with a single ticket that costs only $4,80 Euro. Here you can find more information: 

Now let’s say you don’t like any of these sports. Not a problem!

In Munich there are several gyms and you can easily find one that fits your profile and your pocket ;) Look up at the following website for a list of gyms in Munich https://www.muenchen.de/service/branchenbuch/F/123.html 

Also, there is a great program of the city of Munich that suits perfectly everyone: “Das Hallensportsprogram”. It offers a wide variety of sports, from basketball to yoga, and it enables all ages and fitness level to participate. Check out more details at https://www.muenchen.de/freizeit/sport/freizeitsportprogramm.html 

To conclude, exercising is good for a healthier and more balanced life style. What is your favorite sports? Or what sport would you like to try? Please feel free to share your comments!

Regards,

Maiara

Effective learning

Today is Thursday, this means that half of the course is done already! Time passes by really fast, so let me tell you more about how is everything going.
First, the teachers are awesome! Remember that I have two teachers? Both are very attentive and energetic about teaching us everything they know (including culture, literature, etc.) as well as offering many creative ways of learning (like games, charts, conversation, etc.). This is very important for me and my colleagues because we naturally learn German and other related topics that reinforce our knowledge. In other words, no panic in any new lesson :)
Second, my classmates are great! We get along well and help each other all the time. This collaborative spirit really makes the difference for each one learning. For example, when we do an exercise in pairs or in groups, one usually corrects the other in case of any mistake in pronunciation, writing and so on. Also, it is totally enriching to have people from many different nationalities at the same environment. Remember, there are 8 different countries being represented in my class! Everyday during our 15-minute break we stay outside of the room talking in a way that we exchange experiences and ideas. It is so cool :)
Third, DeutschAkademie is absolutely a school that supports the student in every sense! The school is clean and organized, the people who work there are very nice and are always seeking for feedback in an effort to continuously improve and excel. Moreover, the online platform is a very good tool to complement the studies. If you have never used the free online German course offered by DeutschAkademie, you should start using it now! There you can practice grammar and other topics that will certainly help you. So be my guest and visit https://www.deutschakademie.de/online-deutschkurs/
Finally, to summarize the post: learning German couldn’t be more effective for me if it wasn’t for DeutschAkademie and the whole support carefully offered to the students.

Schönes Wochenende,

Maiara

A must do in Munich

Today’s post was inspired by the subject of our class. The lesson was about “Stadtbesichtigung”. In this sense, I thought you would like to know more about one of the most famous place in Munich.

Have you ever been to the Nymphenburger Schloss?

Commissioned in 1664, the Nymphenburger Schloss is a Baroque palace that served as a summer residence for the Bavarian rulers. It is still the home and chancellery of the head of the House of Wittelsbach (the former royal family of the Bavaria’s Kingdom, represented by Franz Duke of Bavaria)

Nowadays, it is open to the public and a very nice place to visit. There you can go the Beauty Gallery of King Ludwig I as well as to the park. This last one is huge, meaning it counts with an area of 800.000 m²! In the northern part, there is a passage near the old arborium that bring around to the great Botanical Gardens. Still in the park, you can go to the 5 different pavilions – that I will not describe so your curiosity arise and leads you to there!

How can you get there? Very easy by public transportation. All you have to do is take a tram number 17 heading to Amalienburgstrasse. If you are in the center of Munich, it will take about 20 minutes to get to the palace! Important information: it is opened as of 6:00AM!

If you would like to check more details, please go to the official website http://www.schloss-nymphenburg.de/  

Visiting the Nymphenburger Schloss is a must! I am sure you will enjoy the tour, the landscape, the history and will take many pictures! 

Best,

Maiara

Studying at DeutschAkademie

The German course in DeutschAkademie is intense and robust, the classes are well organized and structured, the teachers are attentive, didactic and nice, and the materials used in class effectively reinforce all the lessons. These are some of the reasons I like studying at DeutschAkademie so much. If you keep reading this post you’ll understand my point of view. Then, you can say if you agree or not with me – deal?

So let’s take today’s class to exemplify. 

Right on time, the teacher starts the class and before jumping into the homework, she kindly ask us how was the weekend to break the ice and to give us the opportunity to practice speaking. Important to note that we only speak German in class, no English! 

Then, we reviewed the homework and clarified doubts. In sequence, we started the lesson by discussing about the image at the book and learning new vocabulary. So, we did some exercises (listening, writing, reading and speaking) individually, in pairs and all together with the teacher. This is a moment of the class that I think it is the most enriching, because not only I learn the language, but also I learn about culture (of the country, of the region, etc.). For example, in Bayern they don’t say “Brötchen”, but “Semmel”. So basically the topic about Bavarian traditions and customs is so interesting that really deserves a separate post – keep following the Blog!

Here I also highlight the fact that there are many different nationalities in my class, and this interaction enables us to develop new perspectives and personal growth. It is wonderful to be in an environment like this one :)

Moreover, today we learned more about Adjektivdeklination. It is not an easy topic, but the teacher can explain in a way that sounds much simpler. To illustrate, please take a look at the picture!

Finally, the class ended with homework for tomorrow. The learning journey continues… bis später! 

Maiara

New language motivation

I am starting the post today with two relevant trends that you may have already noticed: first, English is quickly becoming the world’s universal language, and second, instant translation technology improves year after year. Therefore, why learning a new language?

Over the weekend, I was watching some videos about learning a foreign language and discovered some interesting facts. If you are seeking motivation to learn German or haven’t deeply thought about why learning it, you really should continue reading this post, because I am about to share some interesting thoughts here with you.   

Deep effects of people speaking different language reveals how ingenious our brain is. Then, let’s take German and Spanish to illustrate. The word “bridge” in German is feminine and in Spanish is masculine. In this sense, if you ask German speakers to describe a bridge, they tend to use more feminine words like “beautiful” or “elegant”. On the other hand, if you ask Spanish speakers the same, they would say more masculine words like “strong” or “construction”. Following the same rationale. language differs also when describing events. That’s because of how you transmit complicated thoughts and knowledge into words. In this sense, learning a new language can shape the way we think! Isn’t it amazing?

Under the circumstances, learning a new language enables you to have a broader understanding of everything as well as think in a clearer way to explain your thoughts.

To conclude, I am happy to learn German (specifically) and can actually observe the impact of it in my life. In DeutschAkademie, not only I learn German but the classes enable developing new perspectives and personal growth. If you want to know HOW, stay tuned for tomorrow’s post!

Maiara

My Gym in Munich

Hi everyone, this is Juhee!

I have other very useful information for you to have a healthy life in Munich.

These days the weather was too cold and windy so I haven’t worked out.

I felt like I gained some weight, so I searched for places to workout.

Finally, I found three places. Actually it is very easy to find them because in Germany lots people keep their body fit and eat lots of healthy food. I really like that I can get Bio food and vegetarian food easily.

So there are three places I can go to but I chose to go to Fit Star.

There are a few reasons that I chose Fit Star, but the most important thing for me, is that it is close to where I live.

I live nearby Hauptbahnhof so I compared Body & Soul, Mc-Fit, and Fit-Star.

Fit-Star and Mc-Fit are very good options.

However, Mc-fit doesn’t have free Wi-Fi, drinks, or a calf massage machine.

Fit-Star has Free Wi-Fi, a calf massage machine, and you can pay extra to get coffee or other drinks.

Even though Mc-fit is better quality, I like to go to Fit Star for the calf massage machine.

I am really looking forward to joining their Zumba dance class as well!

It’s all included in the monthly bill.

So If you want to work out after Deutsch class, you should check it out.

It takes 20 minutes to walk there from Deutsch Akademie.

If you don’t want to walk, you can take tram NO.20 or 21 at Karlsplatz or Hauptbahnhof to Fit-Star.

I hope you guys enjoy to spending time in Munich. Thank you!

Juhee

A Munich sight and attraction

My favorite spot in Munich was launched in 1972 and is located in the Oberwiesenfeld neighborhood. It is 3 sq km large and hosts sports, cultural and social events. Any thoughts on what is it? 

Here is more information: it was built where the Bayern army used to be until 1925 when it became part of Munich’s airport. After the World War II, the rubble was moved there and used to form the hills of the landscape. Today, you can find there an ice rink, an indoor pool, a residential district and student residences. Also, there is the Olympic Stadium and the Olympiaturm!

So, the Olympiapark is my favorite spot in Munich – but why? 

I begin by saying that I like the landscape. It is a one of a kind park, because not only it is beautiful, but it is also blended in with the city. I mean, besides all the green area and the lake, where else is there a futuristic tent-like roof construction that covers a stadium, a pool and a hall? Indeed, it is unique!

Also, there you can have an overview of the city. One way is walking to the top of the Olympiaberg, a hill with 60 meter high. The other way is taking the elevator at the Olympiaturm (the 290 meter television tower) until about 189 – 192 meter high. Moreover, I love running at Olympiapark at the mornings. It is such an inspiring scenario to exercise! 

To get to Olympiapark you can take the U-Bahn to Olympiazentrum (U3), it is definitely worthwhile visiting! For more information about events, sport & leisure, tours & sightseeing and so on, please access www.olympiapark.de 

Munich is a great city and even though Olympiapark is my favorite site, there are several other wonderful places to visit. Stay tuned for more!

Best,

Maiara

Why Deutsch?

I’d like to begin today’s post with a thought: it is never too late to learn. I am very curious and love learning about everything! In my case, I decided to learn German. It could be a New Year’s resolution or a thing in my bucket list, but actually for me it was a combination of need and want.

Need because I am living in Munich. I think it is important to my integration here. In other words, being able to communicate and acquiring a range of skills that can improve my life’s quality in both personal and professional environments. 

Want because German is relevant. It is the 3rd most widely language taught worldwide and it remains as the language with the most native speakers in Europe. Moreover, I want to be able to say the longest word “Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft” (just for fun!).

In this sense, I have enrolled for the German course in DeutschAkademie. I found out about the school through an advertisement in the U-Bahn, so I looked up for more information on the website and social media. Two main things made me choose DeutschAkademie:

1) The course is intense and focused, which is perfect for me to learn quick and with excellence;

2) Good reviews, as per general comments in social media. Besides, the course is in small groups, the teachers are great and the school is very neat and supportive to offer a unique experience to the students.

If you would like to learn a new language and/or if you are undecided on rather taking German classes or not, I strongly recommend you to start as soon as possible! 

Cheers,
Maiara