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Christmas in Germany

von DeutschAkademie Hamburg
Hamburg, am 06. December 2019

Blog 16 by Ale

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Although I come from a country where Christmas has been celebrated since the day after Halloween, I must say that I was impressed to arrive in Germany and find Christmas things

in the shops and markets since the end of August. I didn’t think you had the same energy here for this beautiful celebration because it goes beyond the religious. Important dates you can’t miss…

From December 1st to 24th: don’t forget to check your “Adventskalender” and if you want to give a good detail stop by the stores and you will find a lot of curious and interesting options for your loved ones.

December 6th: for the Germans this date is more important than Christmas, because it is the day that St. Nicholas comes to visit the houses, just don’t forget to clean your shoes well to receive your surprise.

December 24th and 25th: two days of Christmas quite familiar and the “Weihnachtsmann” comes to leave the gifts. Although the celebration of Christmas in Colombia is also big, I feel that the experience of spending Christmas in Germany is intensified by the cold, because you go out to the Weihnachtsmarkt and you feel like the protagonist of a movie, you only have to go out prepared, never forget a hat, a scarf, a good jacket and good shoes, but if you still feel very cold, taste the Glühwein or varieties of coffee and chocolate with liquor to warm up at this time of year.

Merry Christmas to everyone!

Ciao,

Ale

 

Last days in the school

von DeutschAkademie Hamburg
Hamburg, am 04. December 2019

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Today is not my last day at the academy, but this week’s level is ending. So after finishing all the grammar topics and all the units of the book, Polina (our teacher) decided to play with us a game called Tabu. It was really fun, you can practice vocabulary and speaking with your classmates. The last days also offer the opportunity to review all the topics and vocabulary you have acquired during the month to clarify doubts before moving forward, with this goal is always good or complete the book exercises that were not developed in class or do extra exercises with your classmates and teacher.

Don’t forget that the last day is also a good time to share more with your classmates and learn more about their cultures, as they may not continue the course with you next month, so they can plan an activity or share a meal with them and at the same time you can practice your speaking with them.

Ciao,

Ale

 

Local preposition

von DeutschAkademie Hamburg
Hamburg, am 03. December 2019

Blog 14 by Ale

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If you ever had contact with the German language you probably noticed that there are certain prepositions when speaking about the location. It all depends on whether you know where you are going (Wohin?), where you are (Wo?) and where you come from (Woher?) and whether you are referring to a particular place (cinema, supermarket, house) or whether you are talking about a person, an institution or an activity.

I think that the chart in the image clarifies the subject very well and then there are a few examples:

Ich gehe ins Kino. (Wohin – Place)

Sag mal, bist du beim Arzt? (Wo – Person)

Warum kommst du so früh zur Schule? (Wohin – Place)

Ich komme aus dem Restaurant. (Woher – Place / Activity)

Er kommt vom Sport im Fitness-Studio. (Woher – Activity (vom) / place (im))

Gestern waren wir bei unseren Großeltern im Haus. (Wo – Person (bei) – Place (im))

I think this is one of those things that gets more natural faster.

See you in the next blog.

Ciao,

Ale

 

Demonstrative pronouns

von DeutschAkademie Hamburg
Hamburg, am 02. December 2019

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One of the things that is complicated for all of us who learn German is to learn the nouns with the respective articles and that it is so essential to be able to decline adjectives and for topics like the one I will try to explain today.

When we want to point out something we use (dieser, diese, diesen, diesem)

When we want to ask for something (welcher, welche, welchen, welchem)

When we do not want to repeat the something in a sentence (der, die, das, den, dem, den)

Like all subjects, it is better to understand them with examples and if it is still hard for you to figure out, the chart in the image can be a good guide – copy it in your diary and practice!

Examples

  • Welche Flasche brauchst du?

– Die da auf dem Tisch.

  • Welches Essen gefällt euch am besten?

– Dieses hier.

  • Mit welchem Flug kommst du an?

– Mit dem um 16.00 Uhr.

 

Berlin

von DeutschAkademie Hamburg
Hamburg, am 29. November 2019

Blog 12 by Ale

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Hamburg is located only three hours (two hours if you use the ICE train) from the capital of Germany. You can go there by train, flight, car or bus and I recommend a three-day visit to this beautiful city that has lived the history of this country and where memory is present in every corner.

I had a three-hour glimpse at tourist sites, but three days of living in Berlin as a local, going to one of the biggest markets in Kreuzberg, visiting a Flohmarkt and touring the Neukölln area.

By the way, speaking of tourist places, I walked from Alexanderplatz to the Brandenburg Gate along Bundesstraße, where the neoclassical architecture is in all its splendor and I was in Bernauer Straße, knowing a little (really very little) of the traces of the wall that divided Germany for 30 years.

I’m more than sure I didn’t know 2% of what a tourist should know in Berlin, but I’m sure I’ll come back to do it and change 3 hours running for 3 days going through it a little more in detail.

Ciao,

Ale