Meine Hartnäckigkeit soll Erfolg bringen!

Blog 15 by Ashish

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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!

Blog 14 by Ashish

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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!

Blog 13 by Ashish

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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?

Blog 12 by Ashish

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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)

Was für ein Leben? Ohne Schärfe!

Blog 11 by Ashish

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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!

Blog 10 by Ashish

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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

Blog 9 by Ashish

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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

Blog 8 by Ashish

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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

Blog 7 by Ashish

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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)

Die Sanddünen in Hamburg

Blog 6 by Ashish

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Wait! What! Hamburg has Sand-dunes! Yes, you read it right. I was surprised too. I was also curious to know about the “Die Boberger Dünen”. I like wandering and hiking, but this was going to be a special place to visit as I would not believe it existed until I saw it myself. It is a moorland that can be also reached using Hamburg’s public transport.

With all my curiosity I plan to spend an afternoon at the dünes. It was a wonderful 7km hike that I  accomplished within 2 hours. The curiosity in me was over as I explored the dunes and spent some time by the Boberger See. There is also an airfield nearby and you can hear some gliders taking off and landing. More beautiful is their sight when they fly across the skyline. If the weather is good one can also plan a picnic with friends. Luckily I had good weather and you can see the picture of the sunset taken at this place. I like it when I see such sunsets, as it fills me up with a lot of positive energy.

It was a wonderful day and I realize again that some of the best experiences come from the most unexpected places. Coming back to the German language class in the evening, I was able to relate my language learning experience at DeutschAkademie is also filled with a lot of unexpected things which I enjoy exploring. Hope you are also able to enjoy such experiences.

Viel Spaß!

Ashish (@ashes.kk)