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#Blog 4 – To Labskaus or Not to Labskaus?

von DeutschAkademie Hamburg
Hamburg, am 14. Dezember 2018

Whether you are here for a minute or a lifetime, you should try the infamous Northern German dish called Labskaus. This dish is as controversial as Marmite – some people love it, and others hate it! 


The main ingredients are salted meat or corned beef, potatoes, onions, beetroot, pickled gherkins, herring (matjes) and a fried egg. My Hamburger husband loves it but it is not my cup of tea.  It is an acquired taste and I have never eaten anything quite like it, so it is a little bit difficult to describe the taste without sounding too negative! 🙂 As a picture is worth a thousand words, check out my photo and decide for yourself.  To Labskaus or Not to Labskaus? – that is the question! 🙂


#Blog 3 – One Moment in Time with Til Schweiger

von DeutschAkademie Hamburg
Hamburg, am 19. November 2018

My favourite German movies of all time are Keinohrhasen and its sequel, Zweiohrküken starring Til Schweiger. Not only do I love the movies but I absolutely adore Til too! He was hilarious in both of them. It is a bonus that he is easy on the eyes too! 😛


Til was having coffee with a lady outside his restaurant, Barefoot Deli ( www.barefooddeli.de ) on Lilienstraße when a family wanted to take a photo with him. He kindly obliged and I thought, this is MY chance! I have to ask him for a photo too! I know, I have no shame! Starstrucked like a teenager, I excitedly told him that I love his movies. He was nice and asked me, “Where are you from?”. I replied “Australia” and I told him that I am learning German. Another fan came up to him and asked him for a photo, so I went on my merry way.


This is such a coincidence because we were just learning how to describe movies and actors in class. This has made my day – although it only lasted for one-quick-happy minute! 🙂 #tilschweiger


#Blog 2 – German Pronunciation: How can your Eye and Feet help?

von DeutschAkademie Hamburg
Hamburg, am 08. November 2018

As an English speaker, I find it a little bit challenging to pronounce certain German words.  This is because in the German language, there are some additional letters with sounds that do not have an English equivalent.

I learnt German in Australia before enrolling in DeutschAkademie this month.  My previous tutor, Dr. Erika Hild gave me the following guide which has helped me tremendously.  The guide references an English sound to a German sound. I find it easier to pronounce a German letter or word if I can reference it to a sound I already know.

Pronunciation Guide

Group of Vowels

au         similar in sound to “ow” in how

ai         similar in sound to the word “eye

ei         similar in sound to the word “eye

eu        similar in sound to “oy” in toy

ie         similar in sound to “ee” in feet




ä          similar to the “a” in care

ö          similar to the “ea” in earth ( closest match )

ü          no similar sounds

äu        the same as the German eu sound, which is similar to the “oy” in toy


I look forward to speaking German every day now! Maybe one day I might sound like a German? 🙂 #WishfulThinking

I hope you find this guide useful too!




Die Hausfrau of Hamburg

von DeutschAkademie Hamburg
Hamburg, am 16. Oktober 2018

Hallo Everyone! Welcome to my blog for DeutschAkademie!

My name is Shin Shin and I am from Australia. I shall be sharing my thoughts and experiences in Hamburg while I am studying here. You’ll be hearing from me for awhile because I am only in level A2.2! 🙂

I arrived in Hamburg last month but my relationship with Hamburg started a long time ago because I was dating a Hamburger, who is now my husband.  Mark absolutely loves this city. For many years, I visited Hamburg frequently as I was living and working in London.  Before returning to Germany, we were living in Australia, where I’ve learnt some basic German.

Finally, it is time for us to move permanently to Hamburg to give my husband’s first love a chance. Unlike before where Hamburg was a holiday destination, it is now my new home. I look forward to learning German and securing a good job soon. I’ve worked at many places, from multinationals to the UK Prime Minister’s Office, but never as a Hausfrau in Hamburg!


3..2..1.. los gehts!

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Hamburg, am

Wir heißen unsere erste Bloggerin Shin Shin herzlich willkommen!

Wir freuen uns sehr, dass Shin Shin in den nächsten Wochen ihre Erfahrungen mit uns teilen wird. Ihr könnt euch auf tolle Geschichten aus der Hansestadt freuen. Wir sind schon jetzt begeistert von ihren Texten, also bleibt dabei und überzeugt euch selbst!

Den Blog schreibt Shin Shin auf Englisch, sodass auch unsere Teilnehmer ohne Vorkenntnisse an ihren Erlebnissen teilhaben können. Wir wünschen euch viel Spaß beim lesen!