Saying Goodbye

Blog 16 by Shahar

Hello everyone!

It is my last post and today I would like to tell you about my last lesson this month.

Our group decided to bring food from different countries and some sweets to celebrate finishing the first course. (see the picture)
It was such a nice last lesson; we made some jokes (even in German) and we had so much fun!

I was really lucky to meet all of my classmates who helped me enjoying the learning process even more!
It was a pleasure to study at DeutschAkademie and I will definitely sign up for the next course!

I hope that you enjoyed reading my blog, because I enjoyed writing it!

Have a good time! 🙂

Cheers,
Shahar

Apprendre l’allemand: les dialectes germaniques

Blog 16 par Agathe

“Deutsche Sprache, schwere Sprache!”

Une grammaire hypercomplexe, des mots d’une telle longueur qu’ils nécessitent de prendre sa respiration à mi-chemin et une structure de phrases Yodaïque*. Oui, l’allemand n’est pas une langue simple. Une fois ces difficultés maitrisées, encore faut-il se confronter à la pluralité des langues régionales et dialectes, au nombre de 33 en Allemagne. Pas d’inquiétude toutefois, l’allemand tel que l’on apprend en tant qu’étranger, est enseigné à l’école et est utilisé comme langue officielle et administrative à l’échelle nationale. Ce Hochdeutsch est donc commun à l’ensemble des germanophones, et sa grammaire sera identique à celle des langues régionales. Si vous avez l’opportunité de voyager en Allemagne, vous serez surpris par la diversité des accents et amené à entendre des expressions typiques utilisées seulement dans certaines régions. Le Guten Tag! deviendra ainsi Moin Moin à Hambourg, Servus à Munich ou Grüß Gott à Stuttgart. Aussi, certains dialectes sont le reflet d’une culture traditionnelle et régionale très forte, qu’il est toujours intéressant de découvrir.

Alors bonnes découvertes et surtout bonnes discussions!

*du personnage de Yoda de la série Star Wars, petit bonhomme vert aux oreilles pointues. Se dit d’un phrasé consistant à commencer une phrase par sa fin.

Moving abroad

Blog 15 by Shahar

Hey everyone!

Today I would like to talk about moving to a new country. 🙂

First thing you have to do before moving to a new country is doing your homework and researching as much as possible. You can research online or even talk with people who have been there. It is important to find out at least the first few things you have to do and the places you need to know upon arrival.

If you are here for a longer period of time, then I can recommend signing up for a local language class. If you already speak the language, try joining a community club – it will be an opportunity to make new friends. These classes are full with people who are probably looking for friends and are also new in the city. It’s also super helpful to have a local phone number.

I can recommend going for a walk around your neighborhood and finding out where the restaurants and the local bars around your area are. Furthermore, it is important to figure out where the locals buy their groceries in order to save some money.

The first few months in any new place are going to be stressful. Even when it’s hard, try to remember that you are experiencing something wonderful and unique – so, don’t forget about it and try to enjoy it as much as possible.

In the next post I will share with you how my last lesson was!

Cheers

Shahar

The feminine article: die

Blog 14 by Shahar

Hi everyone!

Today I would like to continue the explanation about the articles in the German language, specifically about die – feminine and die – plural.

When a word ends with -ung, -keit, -schaft, -tät, -ik, -tion, -heit or -ei, it always has the feminine article die. For example, die Ahnung (engl: idea), die Möglichkeit (engl: possibility), die Wissenschaft (engl: science), die Qualität (engl: quality), die Semantik (engl: semantics), die Situation (engl: situation), die Dunkelheit (engl: darkness) and die Bäckerei (engl: bakery).

Very often, but not always, words ending with an -e also have the die article, like die Lampe (engl: lamp).

Die is always used when speaking in plural (except for the Dativ case, which we’ll get to later). This can be a lifesaver sometimes.

Just speak of things in terms of two or more and you won’t have any problems, haha. 😉

Cheers,

Shahar

The neutral article: das

Blog 13 by Shahar

Hello, my friends!

Today I would like to continue the explanation about the articles in the German language, specifically about das.

This post will be about “das – neutral” and the next one will be explained about “die – feminine and die – plural”.

das: If a word ends with -chen, -ma, -um, -ment, -lein or -tum. For example, the words: das Würstchen (engl: sausage), das Schema (engl: scheme), das Christentum (engl: Christianity), das Medikament (engl: medicine), and das Eigentum (engl: property). Also, it’s very common for technology, mechanical and science words to have the das article in German. 🙂

Cheers,

Shahar

La vie hambourgeoise: Gesundheitsbad

Blog 15 par Agathe

Il existe en Allemagne des chaînes de magasins toutes particulières consacrées au bien-être. Ces grandes drogueries proposent ainsi des produits d’hygiène, de santé, de maquillage mais également des produits alimentaires bios, du thé et des infusions. Mais ce qui aiguisa ma curiosité lors de ma première visite fût le rayon Gesundheitsbad. Littéralement bain de santé, ces Gesundheitsbad peuvent être achetés sans ordonnance et sont vendus en flacon. Surtout, il en existe une multitude et pour tous types de problèmes : des rhumatismes, courbatures, maux de dos, rhumes ou encore mauvais sommeil.

Pour remédier au problème rencontré, il serait conseillé de prendre un bain et d’y verser deux bouchons de ce Gesundheitsbad magique. La température élevée de l’eau, couplée aux huiles essentielles, stimulerait les défenses immunitaires du corps et aurait de multiples bienfaits notamment la relaxation des muscles ou encore une meilleure circulation sanguine. À essayer…

German articles: der / die / das

Blog 12 by Shahar

Hello, my friends!

Today I would like to explain the articles you will find in the German language.

When you’re learning German – do not simply learn the words as they are, but always with the ARTICLE! 😉

  • masculine =  der
  • feminine =  die
  • neutral =  das
  • and the plural = die

Don’t worry, there are some rules to remember each word with its article. “der – masculine: If a word ends with -or, -ling, -smus or -ig.  For example, the words: der Motor (engl: motor), der Journalismus (engl: journalism) and der Honig (engl: honey).

Cheers,

Shahar