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In Hamburg sagt man Tschüss!

von DeutschAkademie Hamburg
Hamburg, am 01. April 2020

Blog 16 by Ashish

Moin everyone and welcome back!

Tschüss” is a greeting that is used at the time when one has to say  “Goodbye”. Like “Moin” it is also used in the northern parts of Germany and in Hamburg.  I have shared some of my experiences of living in Germany and also about what I have learnt from them. I hope you found them interesting. Now is the time to say goodbye.

Anything that has a beginning has an end. How can my blogs be an exception to this. However, the experience in penning down my thoughts is something that will always stay with me. I would like to thank DeutschAkademie for providing me this additional opportunity to explore my blogging skills. Also, my small family of classmates and teachers with whom I spent a lot of enjoyable moments while learning the German language. Everyone collectively made me realize that, “Learning German is fun”.

Learning never stops and it will continue even after this last blog. I hope that everyone keeps learning and achieving success. Also, enjoy and have fun during the process. Take care and goodbye, or as it is said Tschüss!

Viel Erfolg noch!

Ashish (@ashes.kk)

 

Meine Hartnäckigkeit soll Erfolg bringen!

von DeutschAkademie Hamburg
Hamburg, am 31. March 2020

Blog 15 by Ashish

Moin everyone and welcome back!

As you already know, I have been writing tests at the end of every class at DeutschAkademie. The confidence levels keep on increasing if one is scoring well in the tests and vice versa. Every test that I wrote has been an amazing learning experience.

The first few days, my results were awful. When my scores were down, I tried to focus on the mistakes and correct them before the next test. This became a regular exercise and slowly my mistakes are reducing and my confidence is improving. I am very happy today because it is the fifteenth test and I have a perfect score.

However, there is no stopping here. All that I realize is that I did not lose hope and kept doing my best. My persistence was the reason for my success. Speaking German in everyday life is also a test where I keep making mistakes. I shall keep observing and correcting them. I believe that one day “Meine Hartnäckigkeit soll Erfolg bringen”.

Viel Spaß!

Ashish (@ashes.kk)

 

Meine Freundin oder eine Freundin von mir!

von DeutschAkademie Hamburg
Hamburg, am 30. March 2020

Blog 14 by Ashish

Moin everyone and welcome back!

Friendship and love are common in every culture. Although we all come from different cultures, we have similar emotions and feelings for love and friendship. It is an interesting topic for everyone and we all had a lot of fun discussing this during our class.

To my surprise, I learnt that there is no word for girlfriend or boyfriend in German. It simply has one word: Friend. And, depending on the context, it describes whether we are talking about girlfriend or boyfriend or simply a friend. For example, if I say “Sie ist eine Freundin von mir”, it means that “She is my friend”. And if I say “Sie ist meine Freundin”, it means that “She is my girlfriend”.

Maybe, most of you already know about this. But, what I want to point out is that the conversations for native and non-native Germans can get humorous and sometimes embarrassing. It is a beginner’s mistake. However, while learning a language one should not be shy of making mistakes. More the mistakes, more the fun! In the end, one shall master the language while enjoying the process of learning.

Viel Spaß!

Ashish (@ashes.kk)

 

Ein paar lange Lieblingswörter!

von DeutschAkademie Hamburg
Hamburg, am 28. March 2020

Blog 13 by Ashish

Moin everyone and welcome back!

Compound or very long words are present in every language. But, German language has some humorous long words. And that is another reason to learn the language. The words can be so long that they can form a complete sentence or run across pages. Let me name a few favourite long words.

Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaftskapitän is a 42 letter word that means the captain of the Danube steamship company. It is considered to be one of the longest words in the language. However, it is highly unlikely that one would encounter such a word in day-to-day life. Rechtsschutzversicherungsgesellschaften is a 39 letter word which is the most frequently used. It is the one single word for the insurance companies providing legal protection. The most common long words in German are the numbers like Siebentausendvierhundertvierundfünfzig which is nothing but 7254. If there is any limit to the number of long words one can make using the language, it is only one’s creativity.

The German word construction allows you to make long words of your own. I have created one such long word for a cartoon appearing in the MAD magazine. I am not sure whether the word actually can exist or makes any sense, but it was fun to create: Spaßmachers-Bananen-stolpern-Himmels-Geldschrank-abfallen. I need not explain the meaning, it is clear from the picture. I find it interesting to make long words and hope that you find the same.

Viel Spaß!

Ashish (@ashes.kk)

 

Wie kann man dem Alltag entfliehen?

von DeutschAkademie Hamburg
Hamburg, am 27. March 2020

Blog 12 by Ashish

Moin everyone and welcome back!

How can man flee from everyday life? You must be wondering how I come to a topic about fleeing from everyday life. The thought occurred to me in the German class as I was asked to write about it in my homework. I would like you to have some taste of fascinating thoughts which occurred to me.

Generally, everyday life seems to be boring. It is all because one keeps doing a regular set of activities. However, making small changes to your daily activities can be interesting. For example, one can cook something different, try out a new restaurant, make new friends over a cup of coffee, change one’s daily route of commuting, maybe meditate for 10-20 minutes, read a book, and the list goes on. One can also take big challenges like moving to a new city, taking up a new job, travelling around the world, and so much more.

There are so many opportunities to make small or big changes in everyday life to make it interesting. Everything is possible, when one has the will power to get it done. One must believe that everyday life is interesting. If not one has to at least believe that it can be made interesting by making such small or big changes. Once everyday life is made interesting, one starts loving it and there is no need to flee from it.

Viel Spaß!

Ashish (@ashes.kk)