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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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Ersten Geburstag im Deutschland…

Parthasarathi
Berlin, am

Hallo meinem Freunden. Das ist meine erste Blog auf Deutsch und deshalb werde ich mich kurz fassen werde .Ich hatte meine gerburstag um 11 April, und ich hatte sehr gute Zeit hier. Die Leute heir sind sehr freundlich. Ich hatte mich ganz Besonders an diesem Tag gefühlt. Sie machten einen Kuchen für mich und wir hatten eine kleine Party bei mir zu Hause.

Apologies for the mistakes in my Gramatical formation and the credit for the above capabilites of mine goes to Deutsch Akademie…

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Barbeque in Spring…

Parthasarathi
Berlin, am 11. April 2013

Well did we learn in play school that there are four seasons in a year? Digging into the basics, I recollect my teacher having taught something like: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, follow a cyclic pattern to share their responsibilities towards the world. I believed in the same until this year…

My German colleagues share a common joke nowadays whereby a subscript to each of their mails state:” Don`t ask about the weather, even for me it`s quite strange to have snow in middle/end of March”…Indeed it’s a matter of concern for the Meteorological department if seasons go missing, may be the cops might be of some help, but for those who like a few mix and matches with their plans, this might just be an interesting option.

Some of my friends were waiting for the spring to have a Barbeque party. Since the end of February we had been postponing the same as there was snow all around and we were not brave enough to try something new. Eventually I convinced them to have one in the snow.

Lots of planning went into the preparations to keep ourselves warm throughout the day. On the day of our venture, we were all taken by surprise. There was no snowfall since morning and the mercury levels had risen considerably. The snow that was present around was also melting making it pleasant everywhere. It seemed as though spring was waiting for us to take the first step. I am glad that we did and could enjoy a much awaiting outing in the park… BBQ 1 (1)

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Hannover Messe

Parthasarathi
Berlin, am 10. April 2013

Hannover Messe

Germany is the hub of technology. I had heard of it all my life but eventually I got an experience to observe it. What would be a better opportunity than seeing all major players from all major sectors gather under one roof (not literally as there were 34 halls to visit) putting their best foot forward to showcase their master inventions in the field of technology. It was something like a display of power whereby each was peacefully trying to outdo the other.

Talking about the magnanimity of the fair, I haven’t personally seen anything bigger. 34 halls, each with an excess of 250 exhibitors, mostly all big names and brands!!! What else could one dream of at a place? At least I cannot want for more…

The fair was inaugurated by the chancellor of Germany Ms Angela Merkel and the partner country for the fair this year was Russia. Guided tours, career talks, project demos are some of the events happening at the place. The fair is held every year and lasts usually for 4 to 5 days. The whole experience was so mesmerising for me that I plan to write less and leave you guys with more pictures this time…Pic 1 (7)Pic 1 (6)Pic 1 (5)Pic 1 (4)Pic 1 (3)Pic 1 (2)Pic 1 (1)

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Clubbing on Tuesday Night

Parthasarathi
Berlin, am 04. April 2013

Some of my recent posts have been about outings and clubbing. Of course like most of us, I do like to party. But as most of us might think, Tuesday isn’t just quite the right day to go to a club. Moreover we all have to get up and go to work on Wednesday morning. Then why would one like to torture himself/herself with an unusual mid-week club outing. The outing that I am going referring to is a bit different from the customary ones that we usually have for fun.

As we all know practice makes a man perfect and this must have been evident to all during our language course as well. The more we talk, the more we learn. Probably that is the reason for people to search for Tandem partners. We all have come across such posts, even at our Deutsche Akademie notice board, whereby people volunteer for language Tandems. For those of you who do not know, this is a non-monetary (free of cost) concept whereby two individuals who want to learn different languages become teachers for each other and thereby mutually benefit each other. For instance if a native German looks for a Spanish Tandem, he expects his partner to teach him Spanish and in return he will teach him German. It is simple.

Coming back to my topic for the day, do you not think that it would be great if we are to mix some fun with learning?  Yes, that is the concept of the Tuesday night club meet at a place called the Polygot club. It’s a language club whereby people from various parts of the world meet and share their knowledge about languages. The meetings are held at various locations and the ones happening in Berlin have German as its prime focus. It is really fruitful for German learners as some native speakers choose to come and help the learners out. People exchange important tips, learning methodology, tricks and clues, language rules and many more in a relaxing environment over a drink or two. It is especially beneficial to outsiders as it allows them to build a local network of friends and acquaintances also along with some useful ones for their professions. By starting early in the evening (usual start 8:00 pm), this also gives people a chance to wrap up early and head home for a refreshing night’s sleep and an energetic day to follow.

The meetings I have been to, take place at Kant Café (Kant Str 135, Berlin) and have been quite good in a while. One peculiarity of such a concept is that, as the awareness amongst people increases, the success increases accordingly. So for all those who are interested, do find your way through to the next meet… In case you need more information, the Facebook page is of help…

Language Partner

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Turning your world upside down…

Parthasarathi
Berlin, am 01. April 2013

How many of us have tried to stand on our head or tried to give a 180 degree shift to our vision? Except the ones who are fond of gymnastics or power yoga, not many of us would have tried this. And the ones who have, I am sure it would have been really painful when you attempted it for the first time.

But the experience that I am about to share now had a typical combination of both of the above stated scenarios. It was my first experience of its kind and believe me there was no pain associated with it. In fact it was more than fun for me to have come across such a unique concept. The place I am talking about is Madame Claude in Berlin. Hope that most of you have already visited this place and for those of you who haven’t, here is an advice; check it out the next weekend. It’s located at Lubbener Strasse 19 and is a very interesting place to hang out with friends.

It is basically a club with a very unique setting within. One would find tables, chairs, paintings, seating and various artefacts arranged in order from the ceiling. Yes, you have read it correct!!! The setting of the room is such, that everything is arranged upside down. Now for those of you worried about what happens to the people, recollect the last sci-fi movie you had seen, something like a scene from the Mission Impossible series, whereby Tom Cruise would have all set of technological devices to make him walk on the ceiling. Yes, we must all wear special shoes to walk on the ceiling. Isn’t that amazing…

Well not really, as the last bit of it was a figment of my imagination. The furniture hanging from the ceiling is not for use but for show. Once inside, you would still stand on your feet, unless you are too drunk to do that, and behave as inside any other club you must have visited lately.

So what is special about this place??? The unique arrangement of the furniture provides a memorable ambiance for us to spend some quality time with friends over comparatively seeming economical drinks…Hence a must visit on my list for tourists in Berlin…Upside Down

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