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Funny Deutsch words

Komal
Berlin, am 14. Dezember 2017

Before learning Deutsch there were a few Deutsch  words that use to crack me up (i.e. laugh) because they seemed rather inappropriate in the English sense. Such as: extra Dick kartoffel (a variety of potato in the supermarket), einfach (sounded like a swear word to my ignorant ears) and einfahrt (sounds like fart, yeh I know, that’s so immature).

Well now there’s one more Deutsch word that makes me laugh, every single time! That word is Flasche. All it means is „bottle“, e.g. Wasserflasche. When said my brain immediately thinks „flasher!“, very ridiculous.

I bet anyone German reading this article is thinking „silly English people“ 🙂

 

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Are you in Christmas Stress?

Komal
Berlin, am 13. Dezember 2017

Check out the advertisement in Alexander Platz u-bahn right now. One, I can understand what is written because of the lessons in A1.2: Frank and Max are in Christmas stress. Yeh it kinda doesn’t make sense to me either, I’ll check with our teacher tomorrow in case I’m missing some nuance in the phrase.

Two, Decathlon is my second favourite shop in Berlin. The first being DM, you’ll have to read my post in October to see how much I love it. If you have not checked out Decathlon then you have to make a trip there pronto! It’s a massive shop with all kinds of fitness equipment and gear you can think of, they even have equestrian gear !! Last time I popped in they had renovated their floor plan to include a big display for bicycles, you can even test ride the bikes there. Best of all their products are reasonable priced and good quality.

 

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Weihnachtsmärkte!

Komal
Berlin, am 12. Dezember 2017

Have you been to the Christmas markets yet? I live in Prezlauer Berg and there’s a cute, cosy Christmas Market in the Kulturbrauerei. Ironically there are many Gluhwein sellers here, selling different types of Gluhwein. It’s worth coming here to sample a few. And if you’re drinking alcohol free then try the Swedish punch, it’s delicious and made with different fruit juices and spices. Since it’s so cold, my bf and I feel lucky that the Kulturbrauerei is so close by. I think we’ll be sampling the different Gluhweins quite often 🙂

In the below picture my bf is sipping on the Swedish punch. Find it and try it, you’ll love it!

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Pronouns keep me up at night!

Komal
Berlin, am

For the last 5 days I’ve been having nightmares about indirect pronouns and dative articles. I’m so overwhelmed. As a native English speaker, I’ve been overwhelmed by Nominative, Dative and Accentative articles until I started learning a month ago, and crickey. Gosh, I usually get confused by simple grammar like „what is an adverb?“, So it’s been a steep learning curve. Thank goodness our teacher is patiently going over lots of examples. My advice to anyone is confused with the grammar concept, ie – what is a pronoun, what is the difference between indirect vs. direct pronoun, possessive articles, reflexive articles, etc. This research will help you grasp the grammar lessons in class much more easily.

Sadly I spent my Sunday afternoon getting my head around and why and when to use which. I am using my bf’s knowledge of Latin to help me

 

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Bring back Summer

Komal
Berlin, am

Lately it’s been freezing !! I miss Summer. It’s particularly hard to bear because I know it’s Summer back home in Sydney. I wish my family could parcel over some warm sunshine. Der Winter gefallt mir nicht! or maybe it’s more accurate to say: Ich mag den Winter nicht! Either way you get my gist. Check out my Deutsch, I’m feeling a bit smug about it because I’ve been trying to drum pronouns and articles into my head  for the last few days.

It’s only the beginning of winter, how will we survive? By basically not leaving our homes.

Below is a photo for the TV tower in sunny Autumn to reminisce upon.

 

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Fotos vom Stammtisch im Dezember

Madeline
Berlin, am 08. Dezember 2017

Liebe Teilnehmer,

gestern haben wir den letzten Stammtisch in diesem Jahr gefeiert. Es hat wieder sehr viel Spaß gemacht mit euch. Und wir freuen uns schon auf das Jahr 2018 mit vielen lustigen Stammtischen mit euch.

Euer DeutschAkademie Team

#DeutschAkademie #Stammtisch #DeutschLernen #MitSpaßzumErfolg #Berlin #Alexanderplatz #Hofbräu

 

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Countdown to Christmas

Komal
Berlin, am 07. Dezember 2017

One of the classes at Deutsch Akademie must be counting down to Christmas! In the picture below is an Advent Calendar for Christmas, for the month of December you pick open a small door each day to find a small chocolate. Advent Calendars don’t exist in Australia, so I mailed a few to my friends and family in Australia as a surprise.

Christmas is a big deal here in Europe. Have you been caught up in the hype yet? 🙂 Hopefully it snows during Christmas, how special would that be!

 

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Inclusiveness is a big deal here in Berlin

Komal
Berlin, am 06. Dezember 2017

Sorry for the not so  great picture below. I took it in a rush on the train today. Hopefully you can zoom in and get the gist of it. I was struck by how inclusive the Berlin government is trying to be with new immigrants. There is a welcome centre with free career counselling in all sorts of languages! Really impressive! So if you or anyone you know is seeking some advice and guidance about job hunting then give this Willkommenszentrum a go!

Good on ya Berlin, two thumps up from me 😉

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