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Completing my course at the best German school in Berlin

Berlin, am 10. Januar 2020

Sara, 10. Januar 2020

It is hard to believe that I have completed the B1.1 level a couple of weeks ago. The past months have been intense as I was balancing German classes with graphic design classes. I am very happy with what I have achieved so far and I am aiming to achieve more in the new year! After class, my classmates, teacher and I went to the Christmas market. It was really fun to spend time together having Glühwein and casual conversations in German and English. This last reunion felt bittersweet as many people I have been learning for more than a month with are leaving Berlin, or are taking on new jobs and cannot attend the course next month. 

In the future, I will continue learning German at the best German school in Berlin until I reach the C level. In the meantime, I will be looking for a job in Berlin while always practicing my German. Now that the holidays are here, I am traveling to Lebanon for 2 weeks. A friend of mine gave me a book in German to read, she said it was an easy read and the book looks interesting, so this is my next challenge for the holidays. One thing I have learned from this experience is that you always need to challenge yourself, even if it is with little things like reading a book in a new language or watching a German movie without subtitles.


Funny moments with my new language

Berlin, am 09. Januar 2020

Sara, 09. Januar 2020

When I first arrived to Berlin, I could not pronounce the word “Straße”. Now that I look back, I laugh because it seems so easy compared to other words and sounds I’ve learned. At first, I would say strabe, then straze… little did I know that the eszett letter (ß) was pronounced as a double s: “ss”. Another thing that seemed impossible was pronouncing the name of the U-Bahn station: Schlesisches Tor. I would get so stressed when I had to say it and try to avoid having to say it out loud. The umlauted o (ö) was especially hard to get used to at first. It made me feel like I was stretching words and I could not get used to it at all. A couple of months have passed since then and I believe that my pronunciation is somewhat acceptable now.

The funniest thing that happened to me because of the language barrier, was that I repeatedly kept buying chicken or ham slices instead of turkey slices at the supermarket as the packaging was unclear. By the end, I would just consider it a surprise. I wouldn’t bother spending 15 minutes trying to figure out which pack was the turkey. I would wait to get home and hope it was what I wanted… if not, I’d laugh and eat it anyway.



Exercises in the best German course in Berlin

Berlin, am 08. Januar 2020

Sara, 08. Januar 2020

We started learning the Zukunft (Future) tense in class and it didn’t seem too complicated. However, as is everything in German, it was a little confusing since we need to use the verb “werden” (become) in the sentence as a main verb and use the other verb at the end of the sentence in its infinitive form. Another thing that made it tricky was that the sentence structure became similar to the one used for passive sentences.

One of the various exercises in the best German course in Berlin was: The teacher split the class in groups of two and asked us to pick a subject and write about it in the future tense. My partner and I chose the subject “Wohnung” (living) and wrote a text about the living situation in Berlin in 180 years. I enjoyed the exercise a lot. I found it very helpful to learn something new in groups and with a little bit of freedom in our writing. The whole class loved our text as it was fun and engaging. It allowed us to learn in a quick and entertaining manner.


Tips for your new German courses in Berlin

Berlin, am 07. Januar 2020

Sara, 07. Januar 2020

My advice for your new German courses in Berlin would be: be patient and be ready for anything. The language is difficult to learn and is very challenging. You need to give yourself time to take in it and to understand it. Another thing I highly recommend is to include German in your everyday life. I added German subtitles on Netflix; whenever I am watching something, I catch some words in the subtitles and learn something new. Another helpful tip would be to change the language of your phone to German. That way you are exposed to basic everyday words and end up memorizing them.

There are also good German shows I recommend to watch. “Dark” is a mystery-drama series available on Netflix with 2 seasons. Three classic German movies I really enjoyed are “Good Bye Lenin”, “Metropolis” and “Run Lola Run”. I highly recommend watching those movies in German with English subtitles. The thing to keep in mind while learning German is to practice as much as possible and to give yourself time. No one learns a new language overnight.


The diversity of Berlin

Berlin, am 27. Dezember 2019

Sara, 27. Dezember 2019

I believe that what makes Berlin so amazing is the history behind it. It’s easy to look at a massive park and see it as just that, a park, when in reality it’s so much more. Before visiting touristic sights, I recommend to do a little bit of research to understand the underlying significance of the sight. That way, visitors can truly appreciate the places they are seeing. Another thing I recommend for anyone visiting Berlin is going to different areas and walking around. Every area looks and feels different from the other and is accompanied by different experiences. Each area has a completely different history because the west and east divide. It’s so fascinating to see how this impact is still visible today and brings so much richness to the city. Here is a brief guide of the different neighbourhoods in Berlin:

Mitte: translates to “Middle” and is… well in the centre of Berlin. Most of the sightseeing attractions are in Mitte. This neighbourhood holds most of the chic shops and fancy restaurants.

Prenzlauer Berg: is one of the popular neighborhoods in Berlin as it survived world war 2 with many old buildings left intact. The neighborhood is also known for its healthy food scene. It has more vegan restaurants and organic food shops than anywhere else.

Friedrichshain: is the home of artists and galleries and is known to be young and industrial. The best clubs are located in this neighborhood (Berghain being one of them) and many industrial spaces and venues are available there. There is always a party happening in Friedrichshain.

Kreuzberg: is known as the area with a lot of artists, students, and immigrants. The neighborhood embraces its non-conformity and has a strong multicultural environment.

Charlottenburg: is suburban area of Berlin. It houses families and older individuals.

Wedding: is located north of Mitte and has a lot of historical buildings. A lot of immigrants live there as it an affordable area.

Neukölln: is an up and coming neighborhood. It has the best nightlife in berlin and is filled with bars and cafes. Artists are moving there resulting in many new galleries and vintage stores.



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Christmas Time in Berlin!

Berlin, am 23. Dezember 2019

 Sara, 23. Dezember 2019

During this time of the year in Berlin, Christmas markets are a must visit. Below are my favourite two Christmas markets. Once there, you need to make sure to drink some Glühwein, which is the German word for Mulled wine. It is served warm and contains alcohol however, there is a non-alcoholic version of it. This drink is perfect to warm you up in the cold and it is delicious.

Gendarmenmarkt: The Gendarmenmarkt Christmas market is open from November 25 till December 31, 2019. There is a 1 euro entrance fee that is completely worth it. The market is located between three impressive buildings: The Deutsche Dom, the Konzerthaus and the Franzozische Friedrichstadtkirche. There is a gigantic Christmas tree in the middle of it and offers plenty of tasty products and daily live performances.

Weihnachtszeit at Roten Rathaus: The Christmas market at Roten Rathaus is small market located in front of the Fernsehturm in Alexanderplatz. The entrance is free of charge and the market is open from November 25 till January 6, 2020. It is one of the most famous and also oldest Christmas markets in Berlin. It contains a gigantic Ferris wheel and large ice skating-ring for a fun afternoon or evening.



The best German course in Berlin & „Relativsätze“

Berlin, am 20. Dezember 2019

Sara, 20. Dezember 2019

In my German course today, I learned about the “Relativsatz”, which translates to “the relative clause”. This clause is used to give more information about the noun or the subject in a superordinate clause. In other words, the Relativsatz is a Nebensatz that gives further information about a subject or a noun in a Hauptsätze.

Hauptsätze: ich mag diese Wohnung nicht (I don’t like this apartment)

Nebensatz: meine Möbel haben darin keinen Platz (my furniture has no place there)

The Nebensatz presents further information about the object in the Hauptsätze (diese Wohnung), this in turn can become a Relativsatz.

Here is the Hauptsätze + Nebensatz  as a Relativsatz: Ich mag diese Wohnung, in der meine Möbel keinen Platz haben, nicht.

Ich mag diese Wohnung, in der (der refers to the Wohnung) meine Möbel keinen Platz haben (verb at the end of the relativsatz), nicht.


The Relativsatz is a Nebensatz that:

  • Usually comes after the word it is meant to give information on
  • A comma is used to separate the relative clause from the superordinate clause
  • The conjugated verb of the relative clause is moved to the end of the sentence
  • A relative pronoun is used to refer to the noun in the superordinate clause
  • The trick is, that you need to know whether the relative pronoun is in akkusativ, dativ or nominative form and use it accordingly.

If this sounded complicated and you didn’t understand anything, don’t worry, you’ll get there with the best German courses in Berlin.



„Ah! I understood that“

Berlin, am 19. Dezember 2019

Sara, 19. Dezember 2019

Over the past 5 months I have taken extensive German classes Monday to Thursday for 3 hours. I started with level A1 and I am now entering the B1 level. In all honestly, it has been difficult to keep going. Learning the language requires having to process a lot of new information, but I am starting to get used to it in a way I never thought possible. Last week I asked a question to a random man in German, and he replied in German and I understood! I felt so much joy. It is those little moments that keep me motivated to continue learning. Those little moments when you overhear a conversation on the u-bahn and you think in your head “Ah I understood that”. Or when you read something on a billboard and directly get it. Or even when you pronounce a word with an Umlaut letter correctly (ä, ö, ü). Once you start noticing the progress you are making in your everyday life, it hits you that you are getting there and it makes all the hard work worth it. I mean who would have thought that in 5 months I would be able to ask questions to people and communicate in my day to day life in GERMAN?

Sometimes at the end of a long day, I become unable to speak in one coherent way. Since I speak French with my parents, Arabic with my grandparents, English with my friends and German in my daily life I start to sound comme this le soir when ich bin fatiguee. That’s just one sentence with a mix of languages that describes perfectly what goes on in my brain at the end of a long day!