So, I’ve just finished my second week of learning German. This is the half-way mark of my four-week course at the did deutsch-insitut in Berlin. What’s the verdict so far? I really enjoy it!
I spent so much time last winter saying that there just wasn’t any reason to learn German, but turns out there is: learning a foreign language is fun!
Week 2 of learning German
Here are a few of the things I’ve learned in German language school this week. (Be sure to check myberlinstory.com for more posts than just these!)
- Learning the German articles—is there any sense to this?!
- Christmas words in German
- Dictating a passage in German: reading, writing & listening
- Practicing my ABCs (with sound!)
This second week of class was pretty different from the first. In the first week, I feel like I learned a lot more than in the second. We would learn a handful of new things, mostly grammatical, and then spend hours practicing them. Articles were obviously a big challenge all week—it’s what every student of German seems to say. Class at the did deutsch-institut this week was certainly less interesting than the first, but still fun. Now that the 12 of us in class know each other, the atmosphere during lessons is pretty relaxed—and often, quite funny.
We’ve got two professors each week, who alternate teaching days. One of the two is clearly better at teaching us—speaking only in German during each and every lesson and slowly explaining things to us. The other professor is way more entertaining though, often making jokes (in mixed languages) and adding political commentary during the lessons. This balance between the two teaching methods is sometimes difficult, but keeps us all pretty interested in class.
In addition to learning German this week, I did a number of other things in Berlin. Notably: having fun! In addition to the did deutsch-institut language school hosting a free Christmas party for all of the students (with German Christmas songs, snacks and glühwein), I did some urban exploring.
My week in Berlin
With language class each and every morning, I still have time in the afternoons to enjoy Berlin. I’ve been busy with some other projects, but that hasn’t kept me inside all afternoon. Here are some photo highlights from my week in Berlin:
Visited the Spacehall record store to do some Christmas shopping. Ended up just taking photos of the über hip store.
It was pretty Christmas-y week. In addition to my school’s Christmas party, I visited a few Christmas markets. My favorite so far this year is the Rixdorf Weihnachtsmarkt. It’s in Neukölln and most (all?) of the vendors represent charitable organizations.
While most people in my German language course are enrolled for a minimum of four weeks, there were a few in the class who only had time to sign up for two. A few of us went out to celebrate our new friendship at a pretty cool cocktail bar in Schöneberg called Train. It’s inside an old s-bahn train—you even have to enter through the train doors!
My weekend in Berlin started off with my favorite indie club night in town: London Calling at Schwuz. Good music, good friends, lots of fun in one of my favorite (gay) bars in Berlin.
And it wouldn’t be a winter week in Berlin without a bit of snow! There was plenty of snow in the middle of the week, and plenty more on the weekend. Looks like this may be my first white Christmas in a long time!
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