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Our walking tour through Berlin City after the German course

Halina
Berlin, am 29. April 2013

On Friday we took advantage of the beautiful weather and did a little walking tour through downtown Berlin after the German course. This way, we could enjoy the sun, see the center of Berlin, learn German and make new friends. The tour started at Potsdamer Platz, lead through the Sony-Center and the memorial of the Holocaust towards the Brandenburg Gate and the build

ing of the Reichstag. Later we also went to see the Gendarmenmarkt and a few of us had a nice Döner Kebab at Kottbusser Tor, so that way we were able to see different sides of Berlin.

Here you find some information and a list of the most important vocabulary, that we learned on our trip. We hope you enjoyed the Cultural Program and are already looking forward to the next one :)!

Potsdamer Platz

The Center of Berlin was a waste land after the Second World War and the division of Germany. It was reconstructed after the reunification and now symbolizes the “New Berlin”.

Holocaust-Mahnmal

Between 1933 and 1945 Berlin used to be the center of the Nazi terror. In order to remind people of the persecution and killing of Jews, in 2005 the Holocaust memorial was built.

Brandenburger Tor

220 years ago the Brandenburg Gate was built. It is the only still existing town gate of Berlin. Before, it used to be a symbol for the division of Germany in East and West; today it symbolizes the German Unity and is the city’s most important landmark.

Reichstagsgebäude

The Reichstag building is hosting the German parliament again since 1999, after 50 years during which the parliament had its headquarters in Bonn. It had to be restored for 300 million euros first.

die Regierung, -en government
der Zweite Weltkrieg Second World War
die Erinnerung, -en memory
das Bewusstsein conscience
das Denkmal, ä-er monument
die Sehenswürdigkeit, -en sight
das Mahnmal, -e memorial
das Tor, -e gate
der Platz, ä-e place/square
die Ampel, -n traffic light
das Stadtzentrum downtown
das Wahrzeichen, “ landmark
das Symbol, -e symbol

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Unser Stadtspaziergang nach dem Deutschkurs in Berlin

Halina
Berlin, am

Am Freitag haben wir das schöne Wetter perfekt ausgenutzt und einen kleinen Stadtspaziergang nach dem Deutschkurs durch Berlin Mitte gemacht. Wir konnten auf diese Weite die Sonne genießen, uns das Berliner Stadtzentrum anschauen, Deutsch lernen und neue Freunde finden. Die Tour ging am Potsdamer Platz los, führte uns über das Sony-Center zum Holocaust-Mahnmal, danach durch den Tiergarten zum Brandenburger Tor, zum Reichstag und später zum Gendarmenmarkt. Ein paar von uns sind danach noch am Kottbusser Tor einen Döner essen gegangen, so haben wir Berlin von verschiedenen Seiten kennen gelernt.

Hier findet ihr ein paar Informationen und eine Wortschatzliste der wichtigsten Vokabeln, die wir unterwegs lernen konnten. Wir hoffen, ihr hattet viel Spaß und freuen uns schon auf das nächste Freizeitprogramm mit euch in Berlin!

Potsdamer Platz

Das Berliner Stadtzentrum lag nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg und der Teilung Deutschlands brach und wurde erst nach der Wiedervereinigung rekonstruiert. Heute symbolisiert er das „Neue Berlin“.

Holocaust-Mahnmal

Berlin war von 1933 bis 1945 das Zentrum des nationalsozialistischen Terrors. Um das Bewusstsein über die Verfolgung und Ermordung von Juden im Gedächtnis zu behalten, wurde 2005 das Holocaust-Mahnmal errichtet.

Brandenburger Tor

Vor 220 Jahren wurde das Brandenburger Tor gebaut. Es ist das einzige Stadttor Berlins, das noch existiert. Vorher war es Symbol für die Teilung Deutschlands in Ost und West; Heute symbolisiert es die Deutsche Einheit und ist das Wahrzeichen Berlins.

Reichstagsgebäude

Das Reichstagsgebäude ist seit 1999 wieder Sitz des Deutschen Bundestags, nachdem dieser 50 Jahre lang in Bonn regierte. Hierzu musste es zunächst für 300 Millionen Euro restauriert werden.

Wortschatzliste

die Regierung, -en government
der Zweite Weltkrieg Second World War
die Erinnerung, -en memory
das Bewusstsein conscience
das Denkmal, ä-er monument
die Sehenswürdigkeit, -en sight
das Mahnmal, -e memorial
das Tor, -e gate
der Platz, ä-e place/square
die Ampel, -n traffic light
das Stadtzentrum downtown
das Wahrzeichen, “ landmark
das Symbol, -e symbol
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Unsere Fotos vom Stammtisch am 25. April im Brauhaus Südstern

Halina
Berlin, am 26. April 2013

Liebe Teilnehmer!

Vielen Dank für den schönen Stammtisch gestern mit euch im Brauhaus Südstern! Wir hatten wie immer viel Spaß in gemütlicher Atmosphäre und konnten auch nach unserem Deutschkurs in Berlin Mitte gemeinsam unser Deutsch verbessern. Hier findet ihr die Fotos zum Stammtisch. Die Siegerin der Buchverlosung hat dieses Mal das Buch inklusive CD “Vocabulary Builder” gewonnen, das ihr auch im Büro unserer Sprachschule kaufen könnt.

Wir freuen uns schon auf den nächsten Stammtisch mit euch und wünschen euch für heute ein schönes sonniges Wochenende! 🙂

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Dear students!

Thanks a lot for the nice Get Together that we had at Brauhaus Südstern yesterday evening. As usual, we had a lot of fun in a cozy atmosphere und could improve our German language skills also after the German course in Berlin Mitte. See the pictures of the Get Together below. The winner’s price of our competition at this time was the book and CD “Vocabulary Builder”, that you also can buy in the office of our language school.

We are already looking forward to the next Get Together with you and for now wish you a nice and sunny weekend! 🙂

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Stammtisch / Get Together Berlin 25. April 2013 “Brauhaus Südstern”

Halina
Berlin, am 23. April 2013

Am Donnerstag findet wieder unser Stammtisch statt! Kommt zum “Brauhaus Südstern” (U7, Südstern) und bringt eure Freunde mit! Wir treffen uns um 20:15 Uhr in der gemütlichen Bar “Brauhaus Südstern”. Hier können wir zusammen sitzen, etwas essen und trinken, uns vom Deutschkurs in Berlin erzählen und neue Freunde finden.

Wir sehen uns am Donnerstag, 25. April 2013 :)!

On Thursdaywe have our next Get Together in Berlin! Come to “Brauhaus Südstern” (U7, Südstern) and bring your friends! We meet at 8:15 p.m. in the nice bar “Brauhaus Südstern”. Here we can sit together, have something to eat and drink, tell us about our German course in Berlin and find new friends.

We see you on Thursday, april 25th 2013!

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Kulturprogramm Berlin Freitag/Friday 26.04.2013 – Stadtspaziergang – Walking Tour through the city

Halina
Berlin, am 22. April 2013

(Scroll down for information in english)

Am Freitag, den 26.04.13 findet unser nächstes Kulturprogramm statt. Wir machen einen schönen Stadtspaziergang und schauen uns den Potsdamer Platz, das Holocaust Mahnmal, das Brandenburger Tor und den Reichstag an.

Bitte tragt euch auf der Liste im Büro ein!

Treffpunkt 1     15 Uhr vor der Sprachschule am Wittenbergplatz (Bayreuther Str. 8)
Treffpunkt 2     15:30 Uhr am Potsdamer Platz vor Balzac Coffee (Potsdamer Platz 10)

S+U Potsdamer Platz (vor Balzac)

S1, S2, S25, U2                                                                                                                

Bus M41, M48, M85, 200

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On Friday, april 26th our next Cultural Program is taking place. We are going to do a little walking trip through downtown, starting at the Potsdamer Platz, including the monument of the Holocaust, the Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Parliament.

Please sign up on the list in the office!

Meeting point 1           3 p.m. in front of DeutschAkademie Wittenbergplatz (Bayreuther Str. 8)
Meeting point 2           3.30 p.m. in front of Balzac Coffee at Potsdamer Platz (Potsdamer Platz 10)

S+U Potsdamer Platz (vor Balzac)

S1, S2, S25, U2                                                                                                                

Bus M41, M48, M85, 200

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All is Well that Ends Well…

Parthasarathi
Berlin, am 15. April 2013

Whether good or bad, every experience has an end to it. So as I pen down my thoughts today, there are a few things that I need to mention.

To start off, the last day of my Intensive Deutsch course!!! We did not learn much on this day as all of us had plans to socialize. After summarizing the key grammatical concepts from the lectures, we wanted to head for a bar whereby we could grab a corner and exchange thoughts on topics that we had never discussed during our regular classes. Being a Thursday evening, not many of us had the time to travel far off as most of us had to go to work next morning. Hence, we wanted to search for a bar at Wittenberg Platz itself. After having spent some time over unsuccessful attempts, we ended up landing at an Italian diner as this was the only place in the locality that could offer us a table sufficiently large enough to accommodate 7 of us (Actually there were 10 of us in class but 3 chose to head home for an early dinner).Our facilitator Samantha was also accompanying us and thus we were feeling quite secured as she could always sort out the language incompatibilities, in case of any.

Having taken a corner in the restaurant, the waiter approached and offered us the menu cards. The cards were in German and he proposed to get us English versions of the same. None of us objected as we all like to be in our comfort zones and not having the need to struggle over a menu card is surely comfortable. In the meanwhile, most of us chose to flip through some of the pages to have a glance of what was on offer. To our surprise, we could understand all that was in it. 99% of the dishes with their descriptions along with their availability and special offer specifications!!! Wow, we never realized that our level of Deutsch had improved so drastically.

Instantly all of us thanked Samantha for her hard work and her perseverance that had helped us gain so tremendously from the course. Post this we spent some good number of hours sharing personal experiences which only strengthened our bonds of friendship that had developed over the past four weeks.

Nextly, as I write my last blog for Deutsch Akademie, I would like to thank the administration for having given me the opportunity to write and share my thoughts. This platform has been really helpful in sharing thoughts and views and also exchanging information.

Last, but not the least, I would like to thank all the readers for spending their precious time on my expression of thoughts. Hopefully you have all had a good read…Last Day (6)Last Day (5)Last Day (4)Last Day (3)Last Day (1)

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All is Well that Ends Well…

Parthasarathi
Berlin, am

Whether good or bad, every experience has an end to it. So as I pen down my thoughts today, there are a few things that I need to mention.

To start off, the last day of my Intensive Deutsch course!!! We did not learn much on this day as all of us had plans to socialize. After summarizing the key grammatical concepts from the lectures, we wanted to head for a bar whereby we could grab a corner and exchange thoughts on topics that we had never discussed during our regular classes. Being a Thursday evening, not many of us had the time to travel far off as most of us had to go to work next morning. Hence, we wanted to search for a bar at Wittenberg Platz itself. After having spent some time over unsuccessful attempts, we ended up landing at an Italian diner as this was the only place in the locality that could offer us a table sufficiently large enough to accommodate 7 of us (Actually there were 10 of us in class but 3 chose to head home for an early dinner).Our facilitator Samantha was also accompanying us and thus we were feeling quite secured as she could always sort out the language incompatibilities, in case of any.

Having taken a corner in the restaurant, the waiter approached and offered us the menu cards. The cards were in German and he proposed to get us English versions of the same. None of us objected as we all like to be in our comfort zones and not having the need to struggle over a menu card is surely comfortable. In the meanwhile, most of us chose to flip through some of the pages to have a glance of what was on offer. To our surprise, we could understand all that was in it. 99% of the dishes with their descriptions along with their availability and special offer specifications!!! Wow, we never realized that our level of Deutsch had improved so drastically.

Instantly all of us thanked Samantha for her hard work and her perseverance that had helped us gain so tremendously from the course. Post this we spent some good number of hours sharing personal experiences which only strengthened our bonds of friendship that had developed over the past four weeks.

Nextly, as I write my last blog for Deutsch Akademie, I would like to thank the administration for having given me the opportunity to write and share my thoughts. This platform has been really helpful in sharing thoughts and views and also exchanging information.

Last, but not the least, I would like to thank all the readers for spending their precious time on my expression of thoughts. Hopefully you have all had a good read…Last Day (6)Last Day (5)Last Day (4)Last Day (3)Last Day (1)

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Want to See WANNSEE

Parthasarathi
Berlin, am 14. April 2013

It is commonly said…”Make hay while the sun shines”!!!After a long and cold winter, when the sun chose to show us its face, I along with some of my friends wanted to explore the outskirts of Berlin. Having heard good things about it, we were really excited to travel to as many places as possible. Hence on one weekend, we started early in the morning and set out towards the city of Potsdam.

A few stations prior to our destination was a place called Wannsee…The name appealed to us so much that we planned to get down and check a few places around. Anyways nothing was conflicting with our goal of aimless wandering. As we set out to observe the shiny crystals of snow, we came across scenic beauty which we had not thought of.

Pure white snow covered the ground completely as we made our way through the canopy towards the nearest water body (lake or river, we could not figure out). The calm and serene environment was making the whole setting an enchanting spectacle.

We were so lost in the beauty of the surroundings that we eventually forgot to make our way to Potsdam. May be next time it would be Potsdam, is what we thought. I am sharing some pictures here for all of you to take a look at. Certainly in my opinion, countryside surpasses the city on many parameters.

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