Pronouns keep me up at night!

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

 

Fotos vom Stammtisch im Dezember

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

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Countdown to Christmas

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!

 

Learning German is a steep slope

Today was a much better day for me in class, I didn’t feel so lost and I actually felt confident in what I learnt today. Check out the massive paragraph in the picture below, I actually understood what it said and on top of which I could follow along with the teacher as we dissected the sentences into: subjekt, pradikat, objekt, akkusative and dativ. I totally surprised myself, I didn’t realise I  could understand all that. So despite feeling nervous about being able to learn and understand  German, obviously it’s slowly all sinking in.

So if you’re feeling uncertain about how well you’re learning German, just hang in there. You’ll surprise yourself with how much you’ve actually learnt.

 

Inclusiveness is a big deal here in Berlin

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 😉

Kulturprogramm im Dezember

Liebe Teilnehmer,

am 14. Dezember gehen wir auf einen der schönsten Weihnachtsmärkte in Berlin. Den bekannten „Nostalgischen Weihnachtsmarkt am Opernpalais“ rund um die St. Hedwigs-Kathedrale. Lasst uns zusammen Glühwein trinken und leckere weihnachtliche Leckereien naschen.

Bitte meldet euch auch hierfür im Büro an.

Euer DeutschAkademie Team

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The Best Time in Berlin!

Hey everyone!

Where I come from there is this phrase that says ”time flies when having a good time”. And so, time flew and without us to notice A1.1 course was over. I had a great time being part of my class, with people from all over the world: Italia, Portugal, France, Chile, Argentina & Nigeria.
We could manage to go out after classes and even on days when we didn’t have class.
This amazing group of people made my experience and time in DeutschAkademie a good experience!
Take a look at this picture:

After the last lesson, we all went together with our teacher Rudi, to a typical Bavarian place 5 minutes walk from DeutschAkademie’s building. It called ”HB Munchen” and it is a very big place in a Bavarian style. We had beer and set all together to celebrate the end of our first German course A1.1 🙂

 

You can see how big is the place. There was a band playing typical music and also some other songs.
It was a very nice experience, more than all the fact that Rudi our teacher came with us, and he was also the one suggested this place.
Very cool!

I recommend you to go there with your classmates!

This is my last blog, I want to say thank you to all of my readers. I hope your German experience would be at least as good as mine.
Good luck with everything!
Thanks to DeutschAkademie for giving me this opportunity to write to your blog!

See you soon! Enjoy Berlin!

Thank you, and Tschuss

Tal.

It’s Not Just Learning…

Hey everyone!
Sadly, this is going to be one of my last blogs here (but who knows..) and once again I’m going to fill you up with information that might help you made up your mind about your German classes.

So, today I want to put the light on the class and lessons environment at DeutschAkademie German school.
Honestly, coming to class was one of the best decisions I made. The learning experience of a new language was very positive. Thanks to our teacher Rudi, the environment in the class during the lessons was relaxed, light in a way, and funny, not heavy at all, not too hard. He was very attentive, to the class’s needs and so, I think, he found the right way to teach us so we can observe well all the new information of a totally new language for us.

This picture here shows more than just a school, for me. It shows someone there wants you to have some fun during the classes. To change a bit the stress you’re in, maybe, to a positive new adventure (actually, the bear candies is a gift from our teacher Rudi). For me, feeling that somebody there wants me to feel comfortable and relaxed but not only wishes I would feel like that, but actually doing something for that with this gesture of colorful candies on our tables, make the difference! And makes an impact.

The feeling of warm welcoming, no matter where you come from is always the best feeling!
And for that, I give respect and send a thank you to DeutschAkademie school, that made me feel so nice during the classes.

I hope I could help you with your dilemma of which school to choose, as I know it’s not easy. But here’s a warm recommendation from a very good experience.

See you soon,

Tal.

 

Back for more Deutsch!

Today was my first day in A1.2. I completed the A1.1 course back in October, hopefully I haven’t forgotten too much! The December courses are more intensive because there are only 3 weeks of lessons instead of 4, and so classes run 5 days a week instead of 4. I’m nervous about how intensive the course will be, hopefully my brain can compute all the things we learn. I’ll keep you posted!

By the end of this course, I’m looking forward to holding a simple conversation in Deutsch, what an achievement that will be! 🙂

Stammtisch im Dezember

Liebe Teilnehmer,

am 7. Dezember gehen wir zum letzten Mal gemeinsam in diesem Jahr zum Stammtisch ins Hofbräu.
Bringt gerne eure Freunde und Familie mit, wir freuen uns auf euch.

Euer DeutschAkademie Team

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