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Viel Erfolg im Deutschkurs wünscht die DeutschAkademie Berlin Alexanderplatz!

Pascal
Berlin, am 31. December 2012

Die Deutsch-Sprachschule in Berlin Mitte am Alexanderplatz wünscht ihren KursteilnehmernInnen viel Spaß und viel Erfolg im Deutschkurs in 2013. Unsere Motto seit 1999: “Mit Spaß zum Erfolg!” und “Qualität, so günstig wie nie!

Nächster Start der Deutschkurse: 07.01.2013. Sie können sich online zum Deutschkurs anmelden oder in unserem Büro vorbeikommen. Wir nehmen uns Zeit, Sie zu beraten und richtig einzustufen.

Viel Spaß beim Feiern, einen guten Rutsch und bis bald im Deutschkurs!

Ihre DeutschAkademie Berlin Alexanderplatz

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The German language school DeutschAkademie in Berlin Mitte on Alexanderplatz wishes a lot of fun and quick progress in the German Courses in 2013. “Success through fun!” and “Quality, more affordable than ever!” have been the mottos at our German language school since 1999.

Next start of the German course will be the 7th of January 2013. You can register online for your German course or pass by in our office. We will be delighted to counsel you and find the right level for your German course.

Have fun and a Happy New Year 2013. We are looking forward to seeing you in the German course!

DeutschAkademie Berlin Alexanderplatz, your German language school

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Μαθήματα Γερμανικών στην περιοχή Alexanderplatz του Βερολίνου τον Ιανουάριο του 2013

Pascal
Berlin, am 30. December 2012

Μαθήματα Γερμανικών στην περιοχή Alexanderplatz του Βερολίνου τον Ιανουάριο του 2013

Τα μαθήματα Γερμανικών τη νέα χρονιά ξεκινούν στις 7 Ιανουαρίου. Αν είσαστε ήδη εγγεγραμμένοι σε κάποιο τμήμα στη DeutschAkademie τον Δεκέμβριο, θα έχετε αρκετό ελεύθερο χρόνο μέχρι το επόμενο μάθημά σας τον Ιανουάριο. Τα τμήματα του Δεκεμβρίου τελειώνουν στις 21 του μήνα γιατί οι καθηγητές μας θα κάνουν κάποια παραπάνω μαθήματα τις επόμενες ημέρες.

Κατά την περίοδο του διαλείμματος σας μπορείτε να εξασκηθείτε στη γραμματική με διάφορες ασκήσεις. Θα βρείτε ένα πολύ χρήσιμο εργαλείο ώστε να βελτιώσετε τις γνώσεις, σας στο site μας με τον Δωρεάν Online Οδηγό Γραμματικής Γερμανικών. Εκεί μπορείτε να ακούσετε σύντομες ιστορίες στα Γερμανικά, ή εάν βρίσκεστε στα επίπεδα Α τις περιπέτειες του Philip στο Βερολίνο κι έτσι να εξασκηθείτε στην προφορά, στην γραμματική, στο λεξιλόγιο και στις ασκήσεις κατανόησης κειμένου. Ο Οδηγός Γραμματικής Γερμανικών ήδη χρησιμοποιείται από εκατοντάδες ανθρώπους ανά τον κόσμο οι οποίοι έχουν το ίδιο ενδιαφέρον: την εκμάθηση της Γερμανικής γλώσσας.

Θέλετε να κάνετε μία ολοκληρωμένη επανάληψη σε Dativ-Akkusativ? (Μην ανησυχείτε, είναι απόλυτα φυσιολογικό ακόμα και για τους Γερμανούς να κάνουν λάθος κάποιες φορές, όπως για παράδειγμα στη χρήση των λέξεων “ohne” ή “wegen”). Στον οδηγό γραμματικής μας θα βρείτε πάνω από 4000 ασκήσεις! Με τον τρόπο αυτό θα έχετε την ευκαιρία να κάνετε ένα αρχικό ξεκίνημα για το μάθημα σας που θα ακολουθήσει στη DeutschAkademie στην περιοχή Alexanderplatz του Βερολίνου το 2013. Θα χαρούμε να σας ενημερώσουμε για τα μαθήματα  που προσφέρουμε. Μπορείτε να κλείσετε το μάθημα που θέλετε να παρακολουθήσετε στο Βερολίνο εδώ.

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German Courses Berlin Alexanderplatz

Pascal
Berlin, am 28. December 2012

The next German Courses in Berlin Alexanderplatz are starting the 7th of January. Our courses take place from Monday to Thursday and last for 4 weeks. We offer 4 different course times, from 9-12 am, 12-3 pm, 3-6 pm or 6-9 pm. At the German language school DeutschAkademie Berlin Alexanderplatz, classes take place in small groups of maximal 11 students at most. Our very competitive price: € 205,- (textbooks are not included in the price)

We offer German Courses in Berlin for all levels, from absolute beginners to the C2-level. In our small groups we have a very communicative approach, you will learn to speak but we will also focus on listening, writing, reading and grammar. Learning German with DeutschAkademie is fun and you will make quick progress.

To enroll we will make a written and oral placement-test. You can register here for your German Course in Berlin on Alexanderplatz. We can also assist you with your accommodation.

Why DeutschAkademie? “Success through fun!” and “Quality, more affordable than ever!” have been the mottos at our German language school since 1999. At DeutschAkademie you can expect to make progress fast and to enjoy learning German.

 

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Berlin Nightlife – A few recommendations…

Stephanie Clarke
Berlin, am

It’s no big secret that Berlin offers one of the best nightlife experiences in Europe, there is literally something for everyone! When you’re new however to the city, knowing the best places to go on a night out is naturally difficult. It’s often so easy to fall into the trap of going to rubbish touristy clubs, which was what I regretfully, found myself doing when I first arrived here. Having been in Berlin for almost four months now, I have thankfully stumbled on a number of great places which I can now highly recommend. Chatting with friends in my German language courses at DeutschAkademie about their favourite places in Berlin to go out has also given me a further insight into some of the better places to go. Below is a summary of my favourite places for nights out in Berlin and some recommendations from friends which I’m intending on trying out.

 

Ritter Butzke

Just a short walk from U-Bhf Moritzplatz in Kreuzberg, Ritter Butzke is a excellent venue for those who are fans of electro music. The club, which operates on the ground floor of an old factory, originally started out as an illegal club but since 2009 has been running as an official venue. I’ve been there on several occasions and each time I’ve had a fantastic night! The music has always been great, with many Berlin-born DJs playing there. The crowd, which is typically made up largely of locals, has also always been pretty nice and cool. The venue itself, which is relatively large and consisting of three main dance floors, is also really great. If you’re a electro fan, this is a definite must!

 

Oranienstraße

Situated between U-Bhf Moritzplatz and U-Bhf Görlitzer Bahnhof in Kreuzberg, Oranienstraße is currently one of my favourite streets in Berlin. The street is filled with many great restaurants, cafes, bars and cool little shops. It’s a excellent place to visit both during the day and at night. A particular favourite bar of mine, that I’ve been to on a number of occasions, is LuizaThe atmosphere is relaxed and intimate, perfect when meeting with a few friends for drinks. They also do some great (and strong!) cocktails at fairly reasonable prices! I would also recommend Habibi Imbiss (Oranienstr. 30), just a few metres away from Luiza, if you’re wanting to grab a quick bite to eat – they serve really delicious falafels and shawarmas!

 

 

Süss War Gestern

Also situated in Friedrichshain, Süss War Gestern is a brilliant bar/club that I recently went to with friends from my German language classes. The venue consists of several rooms, with three dance floors,  several seating areas with sofas, an area with football tables and even an area where you can play Super Mario on a retro video console! There are always lots of people, but the vibe is cool and interesting with again, a mostly German crowd. There was no entry fee when I went there and the drinks were fairly cheap. To me, this place really epitomises Berlin and it’s somewhere that I will definitely be going to again! I would recommend this place to everyone!

 

Kater Blau

Kater Blau is a club which I’ve heard a lot of good things about, from both my German friends from Berlin and my course mates in my German classes. All have raved about what a cool place it is. Situated in Kreuzberg by the River Spree, this cool indoor and outdoor club, operates from an old soap factory. The music is typically electro and the crowd consists of a good mix of people. The bouncers can apparently be sometimes quite difficult, so entry is not always that easy. Once you’re in however, you’re in for a good night. I’ve been meaning to try this place for a while now and will be going there as soon as I can. From what I’ve heard and read, this is another ‘must’ in Berlin!

 

Berghain

A Berlin club, which has been recommended to me by one of my DeutschAkademie course mates as an absolute ‘must’ is the Berghain. The club, which operates in an disused power plant close to Ostbahnhof, is probably Berlin’s most famous club, notorious for its great DJs and great-mix of people. The music is for the most part techno, however house and electro music is also played in the club’s Panorama Bar. If you are considering to go to the Berghain, be prepared for the long queues and the somewhat difficult bouncers! One of my DeutchAkademie course mates told me he was recently there and had a great night, but only after having queued for two hours! Others have told me stories of queuing for ages and then being refused entry for no apparent reason. I’ve not yet been brave enough to face this notorious queue, especially with Berlin’s cold winter weather. But this is perhaps somewhere I’ll try in the spring or summer instead! I definitely want to go here at least once.

 

A final and separate tip

A final and separate tip for going on a night out in Berlin that I’d like to add, would be to make sure you have an accepted form of identification with you. For years I have used my UK driving license as ID, but recently I was refused entry to a club (which I shall not name) because they didn’t see this as an acceptable form of identification. They wanted to see an ID card or a passport instead. So please consider this to avoid the same disappointment as me!

 

Of course this is only a short list of my personal recommendations. I’m sure there are many other equally great spots in Berlin which I’m still yet to discover. But for now these are my top recommendations. I hope that this list is of some help to you and if you are to try any of these places, that you have a awesome time there

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The language school at the Alexanderplatz in Berlin wishes all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Halina
Berlin, am 21. December 2012

And again a year full of exciting events and achievements is coming to an end. Today our German courses of December end and the German courses of the year 2013 are going to start on January 7th. The following German courses will begin on February 4th of 2013. Our German language school at the Alexanderplatz in Berlin Mitte will be closed on December 24th and 31st of 2012, but in case you want to book your German intensive course for 2013 you can come to our consulting on December 27th or 28th or from January 2nd of 2013. It is our pleasure to help you.

If you want to improve your German during the holidays, you can read some valuable tips following this link. We also recommend you our Free Online Grammar Trainer. In the office at the Alexanderplatz in Berlin you can also buy the “Basic Vocabulary Builder” (A1-B1) and the short stories “Deutsch ganz leicht” (A2-B1) to improve your German skills. We hope that you are going to learn a lot of German during your free time. Until we see each other again here at our language school in Berlin at the Alexanderplatz, we wish you a Merry Christmas, a pleasant festive season, a lot of good rest, and a Happy New Year 2013.

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Die Sprachschule am Alexanderplatz wünscht Frohe Weihnachten und einen Guten Rutsch ins Jahr 2013!

Halina
Berlin, am

Und wieder geht ein Jahr voller aufregender Ereignisse zu Ende. Heute enden unsere Deutschkurse im Dezember und die Deutschkurse im neuen Jahr 2013 beginnen am 7. Januar. Unsere folgenden Deutschkurse fangen am 4. Februar 2013 an. Unsere Deutsch-Sprachschule am Alexanderplatz in Berlin Mitte wird am 24. und 31. Dezember 2012 geschlossen bleiben, aber falls Ihr Euren Deutsch Intensivkurs für 2013 buchen möchtet, könnt ihr am 27. oder 28. Dezember oder wieder ab dem 2. Januar 2013 zu uns in die Beratung kommen. Wir helfen Euch gerne weiter.

Falls Ihr Euer Deutsch während der Feiertage verbessern möchtet, könnt Ihr Stephanie Clarkes Tipps lesen (Artikel auf englisch). Außerdem empfehlen wir Euch unseren Online Grammatiktrainer. Im Büro am Alexanderplatz in Berlin könnt Ihr außerdem den “Basic Vocabulary Builder” (A1-B1) und die Kurzgeschichten “Deutsch ganz leicht” (A2-B1) kaufen, um Deutsch zu lernen. Wir hoffen, Ihr lernt viel Deutsch in Eurer freien Zeit. Bis wir uns das nächste Mal hier in der Sprachschule in Berlin am Alexanderplatz wieder sehen, wünschen wir euch ein Frohes Weihnachtsfest, ein paar besinnliche Tage, viel Erholung, einen guten Rutsch und dass Ihr das neue Jahr 2013 mit neuen Kräften beginnt.

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How to continue learning German between now and when German classes resume: Study Tips from Stephanie Clarke!

Stephanie Clarke
Berlin, am

Whether you’re staying in Berlin or going back to your home country over the Christmas break, you may be asking yourself how you can continue learning German between now and when classes resume in the new year. Having had this same concern, as I go back to England over the Christmas period, I asked a number of DeutschAkademie teachers for some tips on how to keep up with German over the next couple of weeks. Based on their suggestions and recommendations, here are a number of simple steps that we can all take to keep our German up over the break and after…

Producing ‘Vokabelkarten’ (vocabulary cards)

This was something that was strongly encouraged by my teacher from Day 1 of my courses at DeutschAkademie. These vocabulary cards should be pocket-sized cards with German vocabulary written on one side and then the translation in your first language on the other side. For nouns, for example, simply put the noun in its singular and plural forms including gender, and then on the other side, the translation in your mother tongue. For verbs, depending on your German level, you can put it in its infinitive form and then in the tenses you have covered in class. I personally have found that having these cards to remind and test myself has really helped me to quickly build up a more substantial German vocabulary. If you’ve not already started making vocabulary cards for yourself, do it today! This easy and simple trick is great for studying on the move, whether that be on your flight home for Christmas or on the U-Bahn on your way to and from class!

Revising the work you have done in class over the past month

Revising the work you have done in class over the past month is something that you should also try. Making sure that you are confident in what you have already covered, will help provide you will a more solid foundation of German, helping you progress further in next month’s course. Here, you can go over old exercises from the textbook and complete those which were perhaps skipped by the teacher, refreshing yourself with both grammar and vocabulary.

Free online resources

The internet provides many free online resources to help you learn and practice German which you may find useful to use during the holidays. Deutsche Welle was recommended to me by one of the teachers as having lots of great resources, with numerous exercises, articles, and audio tailored to your German level. DeutschAkademie also have free online German courses which have also been recommended to me by another teacher. There are numerous different sites also available providing different resources. One classmate of mine, for instance, swears by watching YouTube videos which help to breakdown German grammar and help with pronunciation. Others have talked about finding online news and magazine articles in German helpful.

Writing a diary in German

Writing a diary in German over the Christmas break was another suggestion made by one of my teachers. By writing a short (or long for those of you feeling ambitious) diary entry each day, you will be made to keep using the vocabulary you have already acquired and expand your vocabulary looking up new words in order to complete your entries. This is something that only need take 5 or 10 minutes of your time each day but can really help to keep you thinking and writing in German.

Watching German television and listening to German radio

Watching German television and listening to German radio is a great way to adjust your ears to the German language and to keep this up while you’re abroad. While you may not have access to German television shows while abroad, most radio stations can be accessed online. Don’t worry too much if you don’t understand everything, you’re not expected to straightaway and I certainly don’t! What I do find, however, is that having the radio on in the background at home helps me to get used to listening to German, to hearing the accent and to getting used to the pace of speech. Another great way to do this is by watching your favourite films in German with German subtitles. This allows you to hear the spoken language while also seeing the written text on the screen. By watching films you’ve already seen, it doesn’t matter so much if you don’t understand everything as you can still follow the storyline from memory.

Talk with native German speakers!

And finally, where possible, talk with native German speakers! Admittedly, this is a lot easier said than done – when you’re new to the city and are not fluent in the language it can be especially hard to make friends with natives. I’d be the first one to admit that speak German can be really intimidating, particularly when you feel your vocabulary is so limited.  But, as all teachers stressed, in order to get more comfortable speaking German and used to hearing German, you really must practice doing so. They therefore suggested finding a tandem partner, giving you more opportunities to speak German. No matter what your mother tongue is, in Berlin you should always be able to find German natives looking to learn your language and who are interesting in finding a tandem partner. This is also a great way to make new friends and have locals show you new and exciting places in Berlin!

I wish you the best of luck with your German studies and hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas break!

Stephanie Clarke

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Cultural program of the language school at Alexanderplatz – visit of the DDR-Museum

Pascal
Berlin, am 19. December 2012

 

 

 

As part of our leisure and culture program, last Thursday we visited the DDR-Museum, to improve our German and to learn something about the history of Germany. Here we give you the most important facts and German words that you have learned during the trip. We hope you enjoyed the visit of the museum and are looking forward to our next cultural program with you after the German intensive course.

The GDR (German Democratic Republic = DDR) was founded in 1949 in the soviet occupation zone and was an own republic until the German reunification in 1990. It was a socialistic dictatorship of the socialistic SED party and had a lot of economic troubles during its years. Life in the GDR used to be very different from life in the FRG (Federal Republic of Germany). The salaries and prices were strictly defined by the country. Western import products (especially bananas and coffee) were hard to get. The prices of products stayed practically the same over the years, but the salaries rose at the same time. The ministry for national security (MfS, Stasi) used to spy on the citizens in order to find political opponents. Already during child education it was the main goal of the Government to shape the people to fit into the pattern of socialistic people. Almost 90% of the national elite positions were run by people of the SED.

Die Bundesrepublik Deutschand (BRD) FederalRepublic of Germany (FRG)
Die Deutsche Demokratische Republik (DDR) German Democratic Republic (GDR)
Die Partei Political party
Sozialistisch Socialistic
Die Wirtschaft Economy
Der Lohn Salary
Der Preis Price
Die Staatssicherheit National security
Der zweite Weltkrieg Second worldwar
Die Kindererziehung Child education
Der Plattenbau building made from prefabricated slabs

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