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Was für ein Leben? Ohne Schärfe!

von DeutschAkademie Hamburg
Hamburg, am 26. March 2020

Blog 11 by Ashish

Moin everyone and welcome back!

What’s life? Without spice! Yes, it gets better when you have an option to choose the level of spice in the Currywurst – a German origin food that consists of chopped chunks of fried sausage seasoned with ketchup and topped with curry powder and other spices. It is served with potato fries. The Bruzzelhütte is a currywurst joint on Bremer Straße in Hamburg, a must visit just to try out on how much hot and spicy you can eat.

As you can see in the picture, the scale of spice varies from 1 to 12 and anything above 7 is extremely spicy. I did not dare and decided to go for the median of regular levels that was number 4 – the Chilli Burner. And as the name suggests, I had some burning sensations on my tongue and throat. I enjoyed my snack as the experience eating it was somewhat novel.

It is merely a coincidence that just like the spice levels in the Currywurst, the German language levels are also 12 in number. They are A1.1, A1.2, A2.1, A2.2, B1.1, B1.2, B2.1, B2.2, C1.1, C1.2, C2.1 and C2.2 in the increasing order of difficulty. You will have to master the lower levels before you try out the higher levels. Only people with sheer grit and determination are able to master them all.

Viel Spaß!

Ashish (@ashes.kk)

 

Lebe deine Träume mit Schmetterlingen!

von DeutschAkademie Hamburg
Hamburg, am 25. March 2020

Blog 10 by Ashish

Moin everyone and welcome back!

Butterflies or Schmetterlingen (as they are called in German) are the most beautiful creatures. The Alaris Schmetterlingspark in Buchholz is one such place where you can find all varieties of butterflies. Since the butterflies are warm weather creatures, the park is open from April to October.

Let us explore the life cycle of the butterfly. It starts life as a very small, oval egg. The egg hatches, we would expect a butterfly to emerge, right?  Well, the larva or the caterpillar, as we call it is the second stage. Caterpillars do not stay for very long, and all they do is eat. Pupa is the next stage where the caterpillar is fully grown and now it is undergoing a remarkable transformation from the inside. Finally, when the caterpillar has completed this transformation inside the pupa, you will get to see a beautiful butterfly in the last stage. In the picture, is a beautiful, green butterfly which has undergone this transformation.

At the butterfly park, you can see all stages of the butterfly, from the egg to the fully grown butterfly. The park houses numerous butterflies with amazing colours, types and sizes. They are friendly creatures flying around in the park and if you are lucky they sit on your shoulder. It is just like, “living a dream with butterflies!”. You can also “Lebe deine Träume mit Schmetterlingen!

Viel Spaß!

Ashish (@ashes.kk)

 

Am Ende des Tunnels gibt es eine schöne Aussicht

von DeutschAkademie Hamburg
Hamburg, am 24. March 2020

Blog 9 by Ashish

Moin everyone and welcome back!

The Alte Elbtunnel or the St. Pauli Elbtunnel is more than a 100 year old landmark of the city of Hamburg. It is a 426m (1398ft) long tunnel under the river Elbe which connects the central Hamburg with directly to the island of Steinwerder which has the docks and shipyards. The pedestrians and cyclists can pass the tunnel day and night free of charge. For motorized two-wheelers, cars and small trucks, time restrictions apply and the use is subject to a fee.

It is one of my favourite places in Hamburg, especially during the night. I always feel warm and cosy when I walk across the tunnel even in the winters, and I don’t know why. The best part about the walk is the beautiful night view of the city at the end of the tunnel. The natural darkness of the night sky and the blaze of the city lights makes me fall in love with the city of Hamburg over and over again. I make frequent visits because the view fills me up with a lovely feeling of satisfaction.

Whenever I walk through the tunnel and spend time sitting, pondering, looking at this amazing view to feel that’s how life unfolds, “Am Ende des Tunnels gibt es eine schöne Aussicht”. One such tunnel is learning German and the beautiful view would be to speak fluently. I hope I will be able to find the beautiful view at the end of the tunnel.

Viel Spaß!

Ashish (@ashes.kk)

 

Die ganze Welt ist eine kleine Familie

von DeutschAkademie Hamburg
Hamburg, am 23. March 2020

Blog 8 by Ashish

Moin everyone and welcome back!

Thank you for keeping up with my blogs. I would like you to get acquainted with my group. We all come from different parts of the world, have had a variety of experiences, pursue multiple things in life, have unique opinions, and much more. The only common aim we have is to learn German.

As the classes began, we struggled to interact with each other. Not only because we speak different languages, but also because we were speaking in German: a language which is foreign to all of us. Also, everyone had to work during the day and take the classes in the evening. Most of us were tired when we entered class. However, our motivation to learn the language never deterred. We always ended up being happy by the class simply because it was fun and had some new experiences. I would only say that you should see us interacting with each other. For now, you can only look at our happy faces when we are together in the class.

The interesting thing about learning together is that we set aside all other things and give in our 100% to learn. We help each other in the best way possible. We are just like a small family, we never let each other down on our journey with DeutschAkademie. I had heard that “The whole world is a small family”, but it is only this experience that made me realize that “Die ganze Welt ist eine kleine Familie”.

Viel Spaß!

Ashish (@ashes.kk)

 

Verschiedene Sprachen, gleiche Bedeutung

von DeutschAkademie Hamburg
Hamburg, am 14. March 2020

Blog 7 by Ashish

Moin everyone and welcome back!

How can it be that we speak different languages but mean the same? That is what I will be writing about today. As you can already see in the picture, I have used the words for “The Apple” in the five different languages (English, German, Hindi, Marathi and Kannada). Marathi is my mother tongue and I studied in an English school. Hindi and Kannada were the other languages which I learnt at school. And now, a little bit of German as I moved to Germany.

So here I am, to share a very important observation I made during my language learning process, especially learning German. All the other languages came to me as I grew up, but German is the only language which I had to train myself. In my observation, when we communicate in a language, we also think in the same language. That’s what makes us fluent in speaking a particular language, as thoughts simply flow into the words. When I started learning German, I started translating the words and sentences. This was not helping in improving fluency, because it was only increasing the processing time of the mind. But, if you are able to think in the very same language it starts getting simple.

It is challenging to start thinking in a new language, it takes time and effort. First, you have to develop a minimum vocabulary. Next, take the classes at DeutschAkademie to understand the grammar and sentence structure. Once, the minimum skills are acquired, you can start thinking in German. And once you start thinking in another language you realize that “We speak different languages but yet mean the same” just like the picture means “The Apple” in five different languages. I hope you find this way of learning a new language by thinking in the same language interesting and helpful.

Viel Spaß!

Ashish (@ashes.kk)