Author Archives: Beatrice Freier

Children in Germany

Blog 6 from Alejandra

Today – a bit about how I’ve seen children growing up here. As I’ve told you, my sister had my two beautiful nieces in Germany. I’ve come to learn that Germany is a great country to raise children, not only because it’s a very safe country, not only because as parents you are given lots of time to spend with your newborn (Elternzeit and Mutterschutz), and the government gives you money for having children here. But also I’ve seen how the children interact with the world and this type of stuff is in German books and in German tv shows! For me to have come to this country, I am learning the names for toys related to Spielplatz (Playground), which are mostly of sand, for example shovels and tractors. And these things are also embodied into books!

Even the snails that come out when it rains (which I’ve seen so many) are in these books. And with TV shows, there’s one that my niece adores. It is called Bobo (Bobo Siebenschläfer). For example, there is one where he goes to buy Eis (ice cream) with his mother. And he starts ordering if he wants one or two Kugels (scoops), if he wants it on Becher or Waffel (cup or waffle).

I swear I was taking notes of this because I’ve been in this position so many times, I want to buy ice cream, especially in this hot weather! There is also another book about a child that is being picked up by his mother from the Kindergarten.

This one is called Alex abgeholt.

They go over the process: the child greets his mom, she has to go put on shoes, pick up her things, and then probably go to a Spielplatz close to the Kindergarten. For me, it was amazing to see all of these books and tv shows literally showing what children do in a day to day. I think they grow up more sure of what they are doing, and in the end, they are more confident and more happy. I hadn’t seen these types of books neither in Mexico nor USA.

Talk to you soon! – Alejandra

European Championships in Munich

Blog 5 from Alejandra

Hello everybody! Today i went to the European Championships held in Munich. It was awesome. I went to Olympia Stadion, I had never been there. It is huge. Fifty years ago in the same place the Olympic Games where held there. It was actually constructed to host them. I am a big athletics/track and field fan, so I was super pumped at this event. Although the weather was bad (since it was raining a lot) the event was not suspended and people where there happily. I learned that germans say “Es gibt kein schlechtes Wetter, nur falsche Kleidung”. That means “there is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing”. That was very funny and optimistic.

I guess they are used to having a lot of rain and winter here. I went with my family and had a great time. We saw high jump, 800 meters, javelin throw and 4x100m and 4x400m relays. The crowd was full of people from different parts of Europe, I saw flags from Spain, Netherlands, Ireland, Switzerland and of course many maaany from Germany. I loved seeing everybody so pumped, cheering and screaming and having a blast. Can’t wait to go to another sport event! Munich is such a lovely city with different things to do everyday. 

Talk to you soon, Alejandra

App recommendation: Tandem

Blog 4 from Alejandra

Hallo!! I hope you are doing well. Today I want to recommend you an App. It is called Tandem. I had never heard of it before I got to Germany. But here everybody seems to know about it. It makes sense because Germany receives every year new immigrants that wish to learn their language and build a new life. It basically consists on getting a “Tandem partner” with whom you can practice the language that they speak as Muttersprache (native tongue) and you teach the other person your own language (which they wish to learn).

There are people from all around the world in it, you can set up your profile, place pictures, write a bit about yourself, explain your goals and intentions in using the app. Here I dare make a parenthesis that lots of people use it as a sort of dating app. It makes sense because the other person is very interested in your language, therefore your culture, etc… Which is obviously fine, but always set your purpose straight and let your Tandem partner know your goals. You can also make phone calls and video calls through the app. I’ve talked with lots of people on Tandem and gone out with two people. Oh boy, speaking the language in real time / real life, is a whole lotta different thing than just texting. Therefore I recommend this app greatly, if you want to practice a language. 

Talk to you soon, your Alejandra

Hottest day in Munich

Blog 3 from Alejandra

Hello people from the world. Yesterday was the hottest day registered this year in Munich. It was 36 degrees. In my hometown in Mexico, which is a desert, it can go up to 40 degrees. So I am used to it. What I am not used to, is that many stores and homes (including mine) don’t have AC (in German: Anlage). So I am suffering the heat as I would in my hometown. It’s all right, I guess it makes me not feel homesick haha. And today, it has been raining all day long. Weather here is very extreme. 

Whenever the sun is out, I’ve noticed the Germans like to sunbathe a lot. They can stay there for hours. I can imagine they do this because the winter lasts 6 months. So I see myself in the future (hopefully) also doing this. 😂

Talk to you soon, Alejandra

Hi everybody! 

Blog 2 from Alejandra

I hope you are doing well. Yesterday in class we talked about the importance of mimics, gestures and body language. Especially when it comes to learning a language. I hadn’t noticed how important these were. I had also not noticed how often I used them. Then I started to become more conscious and saw the teacher used a lot of these and then when I was at a grocery store close to DeutschAkademie (called Edeka), where I just so happened to loose my coffee lid. (The yellow one in the last picture).

I started to ask the workers and unknowingly pointed at the absent lid of my coffee cup, just to make sure I was being understood: „Entschuldigung, eine kleine Frage. Ich habe gerade meinen Deckel von der Tasse Kaffee verloren.“ I have no idea if I said that right, but for sure my pointing at it, helped. Although I didn’t get it back, it helped me practice German in daily life situations. Everybody was also really nice about it, contrary to what is usually thought about people here being not so friendly.

Talk to you soon, your Alejandra

Hello everyone!

Blog 1 from Alejandra

Hello everyone! Welcome to the blog of my personal experience in the wonderful country of Germany.

My name is Alejandra, born and raised in Mexico. I am currently 29 years old and decided about 6 months ago, to radically change my life in search for better opportunities and a better life. I have family in Munich, my sister, two beautiful nieces and my brother-in-law, who is also Mexican. They arrived about 4 years ago. They adapted well to the German culture, they speak fluid German, have lots of German friends. I hope all of this happens to me too! A little more about me, I studied medicine and pathology in Mexico. Now, I must learn the language and start the process in order to be recognized in Germany as a physician as well. By the way, I have been told that German bureaucracy is the worst, so we’ll see about that. 

Today was my first day at school (DeutschAkademie). I felt so excited, like back in school with my notebook and pencil. This is where my sister learned German, so for me it was a no-brainer when it came to choosing a language school. It is located in the heart of “München”, so I am excited to tourist around the center. I’ve already been to Marienplatz and the Frauenkirche. These are must see places whenever you are visiting Munich. 

I’ll keep you posted! 

Alejandra 

Aufwiedersehen

Hallo zusammen!

Leider ist das mein letzter Post!! Ich stelle das kurz fertig. Das war super: die Leute, die Lehre, das Lachen, ich werde immer an alles denken! Ich bin glücklich und erfreut. Nach viel Stunden studieren ist das das Ende. Es ist schwer zu beschreiben, aber ich ????! Danke für alles DeutschAkademie, meinen Freunden und meiner Lehrerin!

Dankeschön!!

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Flohmarkt

Hallo zusammen!

Mögen Sie gute Geschäfte? Wenn Ja, sollten Sie auf den Flohmarkt gehen! Das ist super! Da ist viel gutes Zeug für ermäßigten Preis. Ich brauchte 20 Euros auf und jetzt habe ich neue Schuhe ein Hemd und ein Handyladegerät. Die Sachen sind gebraucht aber die Qualität ist beeindruckend. Das war auf dem Post Palace am Abend. Es gab auch Fotodruck. Mein Freund mochte es sehr.

Bis bald!

lucas_15

 

Meine Freundin

Hallo zusammen!!

Was vermissen Sie am meisten? Ja, ich vermisse meine Freundin! Sie ist sehr hübsch und freundlich! Ich mag ihre Art(ihren Charakter). Ich liebe sie. Ich vermisse ihr Dasein. Ich mochte zusammen mit ihr reisen. Mein Traum ist es zusammen mit ihr an der DeutschAkademie zu studieren.

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Die Rotwand

Hallo zusammen!

Heute ich will über meinen Lieblingsanblick in München schreiben. Das ist die Rotwand. Ich war vor Monat dort, Ich war mit meinen Freunden von der Universitat. Wir wanderten 1000m in 3 Stunden. Das war sehr schwer für mich weil ich war körperlich nicht vorbereitet. Ich hatte keine angemessenen Schuhe an, aber am Ende ging es doch…. Es lohnt sich!

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Bis bald!