10 German words that even native speakers fail to write

When it comes to German, native speakers make mistakes as well as foreign people

Learning German is no easy task. Students often claim ironically: “Life is too short to learn German”. It can be true, in some ways. In fact, even Germans have troubles with their own idiom, and this may comfort us. In this connection, the popular magazine “Die Welt” has created a quick Quiz-test, with ten German words that even native speakers fail to write. 

1. Margerite

The meaning of this word is easy to understand: the daisy, (indeed!). The correct orthography of the word is Margerite; yet, Germans often write Margarite, Margharite, or Margarithe. As an interpretation, we may assume that they confuse the above-metioned word with real names, such us Margarete and Margarethe.

2. Mieze

Germans use this word to refer to little and cute cats (“kitty” in English) as well as to young women. As the diphthong “ie” is pronounced as a long i, and the Phoneme “tz” sounds like a z  in German, native speakers often end up with writing Mitze, Mize, Mietze.

3. Um Himmels Willen

Um Himmels Willen matches the English version “For God’s sake!”and raises doubts among native speakers, as well as among German language learners. Considering the fact that German has loads of compound words, it might happen to misunderstand two distinct words: Himmel willen and the single word Himmelswillen. The other issue is whether willen, which means to will, has to be capitalized like a normal substantive. 

4. Raffinesse

Raffinesse means both refinement and cunning/shrewdness. Perhaps beacause of its French origins, the word might put native speakers in trouble, overlooking one or even both the doubles.

5. Delinquent


The word, which is also an English term, has a Latin origin and this is probably the reason why German native speakers tend to fail writing it, by mistaking K and Q sounds, and adding a H.

6. Abwegig

Abwegig means “wrong, misleading”. German people often write this word with a Ä, which sounds like an open A. 

7. Algorithmus

It might happen Germans to substitute the I with an Y, Algorythmus. The mistake is perhaps due to the word Rhytmus (“rhythm” in English), which actually sounds similar.

8. Gefeit

Gefeit means “immune, invulnerable”. Native German speakers sometimes write it incorrect, by adding letters: gefeiht, geffeiht, or geffeitt.

9. Gemanagt

Gemanagt, which means to be organized and managed, is the past participle form of the verb managen. The past participle form of German regular verbs is formed by adding a -t at the end of the verb stem. However, managen comes from the English to manage and this derivation is what actually leads native speakers to confusion. In particular, the issue is whether to respect German language rules and consider it as a German verb, or to simply add the ending –ed to the verb stem, hence to preserve the English version.

10. Eigenbrötler

This word has a curious origin: it comes from an old dialect of the South-West of Germany. Eigenbrötler means literally, “who makes the bread himself”. It contains in fact the word Brot, which means bread. With this term, Germans used to indicate those people, living in nursing centers, as well as unmarried men taking care of themselves. The word has then assumed the meaning of “misanthrope, maverick, loner”. Commons mistakes? Wrong versions such as Eigenbrödler or Eigenbröthler.

Would you rather avoid mistakes whilst writing in German? Why don’t you attend one of our courses? Here you can find all the information you need!

 

4 reasons why you should learn German in Berlin right now (and improve significantly your CV)

Studying German in Berlin means learning a key language and enjoying one of the coolest cities of Europe

Besides attracting for its beauty and coolness, the German languages is getting required in most countries, mainly for professional purposes. In fact, Germany is one of the first countries to import and export all around the world. Studying German represents, therefore, a new bulwark for people living in their own countries, as well as for those travelling abroad. Furthermore, by studying German directly in Berlin, you will surely get many advantages (by the way, Berlino Schule is offering new German courses. Why don’t you take a look?)

Four reasons why you should learn German in Berlin

1 Studying German in Berlin means learning much faster than in Italy

There is no better learning approach than combining theory and practice. What a better chance than studying right in the country in which the language is spoken? By learning German in Berlin (as well as in other cities in Germany), you will in fact put your linguistic skills in practice.

2 German is getting required in every country in the world

Just to make an example: Germany is Italy’s first trading partner. Except for Spain and Portugal, German sets itself as key language for the European trade. Besides that, Germans are also Italy’s most significant customers (39% of incoming tourists comes from Germany). It is therefore clear that a good knowledge of German may benefit you in any circumstances. The results? A more rewarding job and a higher salary. 

3 If you are willing to move to Germany, bear in mind that German is fundamental to find a job

Youth unemployment in Germany is relatively low. This implies great chances to find occupation in Germany. In particular, if supported by a good knowledge of German, it will be easier for you. No advanced level is necessary, though: many companies do not require it. Your German will naturally improve once you get on the spot. 

4 Berlin is still “The city of the moment”

Berlin is timeless: it reinvents itself every year without losing its everlasting charm. It also represents one of the most economical and bustling cities in Europe. Living and working in Berlin is simple and rewarding: public transports are extremely functional and well-organised and connect the whole city even during the night. 

4+1 Why studying German at Berlino Schule may help you settle down

Last but not the least. Berlino Schule can be a big springboard whether you want to settle down in Berlin. Our school, located in Berlin-Friedrichshain, provides you with qualified teachers, who have been teaching German for lots of years. Moreover, it has the best quality-price ratio, providing you with a proper language education, with qualified and German native teachers from just 4€/hour*. Not to mention that, if you are in need of an accomodation, we can help you find the right one for you.

Our German intensive courses

Berlino Schule offers two kinds of intensive course: afternoon and morning courses. Our next afternoon course is starting on 27th November. Classes will take place 4 times a week (from Tuesday to Friday, 14:45-17:15). The course will last four weeks, for a total amount of 48 hours.

Our intensive morning courses are starting on 3rd December at Berlino Schule and they will last 3 weeks, for a total amount of 48 hours: classes will take place 5 days a week (from Monday to Friday), 3 hours per day, from 8.45 to 11.25 or from 11.40 to 14.20.

Price: 192 euro + 20 euro registration fee

Our next German afternoon intensive course

A1.1 27 NOVEMBER – 21 DECEMBER (Tue-Fri, 14:45-17:15)

Our next German intensive courses

A1.1 3 DECEMBER – 21 DECEMBER (Mon-Fri 8.45 – 11.25)

A1.2 3 DECEMBER – 21 DECEMBER (Mon-Fri 8.45 -11.25)

A2.1 3 DECEMBER – 21 DECEMBER (Mon-Fri 11.40 -14.20)

A2.2 3 DECEMBER – 21 DECEMBER (Mon-Fri 8.45 -11.25)

B1.1 3 DECEMBER – 21 DECEMBER (Mon-Fri 11.40 -14.20)

B1.2 3 DECEMBER – 21 DECEMBER (Mon-Fri 8.45 -11.25)

B2.2 3 DECEMBER – 21 DECEMBER (Mon-Fri 11.40 -14.20)

Look at our calendar to find out our intensive German courses 

Our German evening courses

Evening German courses are starting on 7th or 8th December at Berlino Schule and they will last 8 weeks, for a total amount of 48 hours: classes will take place twice a week (Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday), 3 hours per day, from 19.15 to 21.40.

Price: 240 euro + 20 euro registration fee

You can also join the evening courses, which have already started!

Our German evening courses starting from November

A1.1 6 NOVEMBER – 20 DECEMBER (TUE and THU 19.15  – 21.40)

A1.2 5 NOVEMBER – 19 DECEMBER (MON and WED 19.15h  – 21.40)

A2.1 5 NOVEMBER – 19 DECEMBER (MON and WED 19.15h  – 21.40)

A2.2 6 NOVEMBER – 20 DECEMBER (TUE and THU 19.15  – 21.40)

B2.2 12 NOVEMBER – 17 DECEMBER (MON and THU 19.15  – 21.40)

C1.1 5 NOVEMBER – 19 DECEMBER (MON and WED 19.15h  – 21.40)

Look at our calendar to find out our evening German courses 

 

 

Morning, afternoon, evening, private and Skype classes: Berlino Schule’s German courses from the end of November

Life is not too short to learn German. At least, if you attend Berlino Schule’s German courses

It is your first time in Berlin, or you have been living in Berlin for quite a lot of time, but you still have the feeling you cannot speak German fluently? Don’t worry. You are neither the first nor the last to experience this. This is why it is extremely important to rely on the right school. Berlino Schule provides you with qualified teachers, who have been teaching German for lots of years. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn “this (not) impossible” language in an international environment!

Berlino Schule has the best quality-price ratio: it can provide you with a proper language education, with qualified and German native teachers from just 4€/hour*. Moreover, whether you are in need of an accomodation, we can help you find the right one for you.

Berlino Schule provides students with three kinds of German course: intensive (morning and afternoon), extensive (evening) and private lessons.

Our German intensive courses 

Berlino Schule offers two kinds of intensive course: afternoon and morning courses. Our next afternoon course is starting on 27th November. Classes will take place 4 times a week (from Tuesday to Friday, 14:45-17:15). The course will last four weeks, for a total amount of 48 hours.

Our intensive morning courses are starting on 3rd December at Berlino Schule and they will last 3 weeks, for a total amount of 48 hours: classes will take place 5 days a week (from Monday to Friday), 3 hours per day, from 8.45 to 11.25 or from 11.40 to 14.20.

Price: 192 euro + 20 euro registration fee

Our next German afternoon intensive course

A1.1 27 NOVEMBER – 21 DECEMBER (Tue-Fri, 14:45-17:15)

Our next German intensive courses

A1.1 3 DECEMBER – 21 DECEMBER (Mon-Fri 8.45 – 11.25)

A1.2 3 DECEMBER – 21 DECEMBER (Mon-Fri 8.45 -11.25)

A2.1 3 DECEMBER – 21 DECEMBER (Mon-Fri 11.40 -14.20)

A2.2 3 DECEMBER – 21 DECEMBER (Mon-Fri 8.45 -11.25)

B1.1 3 DECEMBER – 21 DECEMBER (Mon-Fri 11.40 -14.20)

B1.2 3 DECEMBER – 21 DECEMBER (Mon-Fri 8.45 -11.25)

B2.2 3 DECEMBER – 21 DECEMBER (Mon-Fri 11.40 -14.20)

Our German intensive courses starting from January

Intensive German courses are starting on 8th January at Berlino Schule and they will last 4 weeks, for a total amount of 48 hours: classes will take place 4 days a week (from Tuesday to Friday), 3 hours per day, from 8.45 to 11.15 or from 11.40 to 14.10.

A1.1 8 JANUARY – 1 FEBRUARY (Tue-Fri 11.40 -14.10)

A1.2 8 JANUARY – 1 FEBRUARY (Tue-Fri 8.45 -11.15)

A2.1 8 JANUARY – 1 FEBRUARY (Tue-Fri 8.45 -11.15)

A2.2 8 JANUARY – 1 FEBRUARY (Tue-Fri 11.40-14.10)

B1.1 8 JANUARY – 1 FEBRUARY (Tue-Fri 8.45 -11.15)

B1.2 8 JANUARY – 1 FEBRUARY (Tue-Fri 11.40 -14.10)

C1.1 8 JANUARY – 1 FEBRUARY (Tue-Fri 8.45 -11.15)

Our German intensive courses starting from February

A1.1 5 FEBRUARY – 1 MARCH (Tue-Fri 8:45-11:15)

A1.2 5 FEBRUARY – 1 MARCH (Tue-Fri 11:40-14:10)

A2.1 5 FEBRUARY – 1 MARCH (Tue-Fri 8:45-11:15)

A2.2 5 FEBRUARY – 1 MARCH (Tue-Fri 8:45-11:15)

B1.1 5 FEBRUARY – 1 MARCH (Tue-Fri 11:40-14:10)

B1.2 5 FEBRUARY – 1 MARCH (Tue-Fri 8:45-11:15)

B2.1 5 FEBRUARY – 1 MARCH (Tue-Fri 11:40-14:10)

Our German intensive courses starting from March

A1.1 5 MARCH  – 29 MARCH (Tue-Fri 11:40-14:10)

A1.2 5 MARCH  – 29 MARCH (Tue-Fri 8:45-11:15)

A2.1 5 MARCH  – 29 MARCH (Tue-Fri 11:40-14:10)

A2.2 5 MARCH  – 29 MARCH (Tue-Fri 8:45-11:15)

B1.1 5 MARCH  – 29 MARCH (Tue-Fri 8:45-11:15)

B1.2 5 MARCH  – 29 MARCH (Tue-Fri 11:40-14:10)

B2.1 5 MARCH  – 29 MARCH (Tue-Fri 8:45-11:15)

Look at our calendar to find out our intensive German courses 

Our German evening courses 

Evening German courses are starting on 7th or 8th December at Berlino Schule and they will last 8 weeks, for a total amount of 48 hours: classes will take place twice a week (Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday), 3 hours per day, from 19.15 to 21.40.

Price: 240 euro + 20 euro registration fee

You can also join the evening courses, which have already started!

Our German evening courses starting from November

A1.1 6 NOVEMBER – 20 DECEMBER (TUE and THU 19.15  – 21.40)

A1.2 5 NOVEMBER – 19 DECEMBER (MON and WED 19.15h  – 21.40)

A2.1 5 NOVEMBER – 19 DECEMBER (MON and WED 19.15h  – 21.40)

A2.2 6 NOVEMBER – 20 DECEMBER (TUE and THU 19.15  – 21.40)

B2.2 12 NOVEMBER – 17 DECEMBER (MON and THU 19.15  – 21.40)

C1.1 5 NOVEMBER – 19 DECEMBER (MON and WED 19.15h  – 21.40)

Our German evening courses starting from January

A1.1 7 JANUARY – 27 FEBRUARY (Mon and Wed 19.15  – 21.40)

A1.2 8 JANUARY – 28 FEBRUARY (Tue and Thu 19.15  – 21.40)

A2.1 7 JANUARY – 27 FEBRUARY (Mon and Wed 19.15  – 21.40)

A2.2 7 JANUARY – 27 FEBRUARY (Mon and Wed 19.15  – 21.40)

B1.1 8 JANUARY – 28 FEBRUARY (Tue and Thu 19.15  – 21.40)

C1.1 8 JANUARY – 28 FEBRUARY (Tue and Thu 19.15  – 21.40)

Our German evening courses starting from March

A1.1 5 MARCH – 25 APRIL (Tue and Thu 19.15  – 21.40)

A1.2 4 MARCH – 24 APRIL (Mon and Wed 19.15 – 21.40)

A2.1 5 MARCH – 25 APRIL (Tue and Thu 19.15 – 21.40)

A2.2 4 MARCH – 24 APRIL (Mon and Wed 19.15 – 21.40)

B1.1 4 MARCH – 24 APRIL (Mon and Wed 19.15 – 21.40)

B1.2 5 MARCH – 25 APRIL (Tue and Thu 19.15 – 21.40)

Look at our calendar to find out our evening German courses 

Skype/private classes

We want learning to be accessible to everyone, even if you don’t live in Germany or don’t have the time to come to our school. Our individual and Skype classes are made up for beginners (A1.1) and advanced learners (C1). An attendance certificate will be given to you at the end of your eLearning classes. If you want to take individual classes, no previous knowledge is required. Our flexible schedule will meet your specific linguistic needs and working hours. The attendance will be define with the school.The price is 28 € per hour (45 minutes).

Our teachers

The courses are held by teachers with certified experience in the language teaching field. At the end of the course a certificate of attendance will be released on demand.

Info and registration

Send an email to info@berlinoschule.com and we will reply with all the information you need. Check also our website to know more about Berlino Schule.

Berlino Schule

Gryphiusstraße 23, 10245 Berlin

030 36465765

info@berlinoschule.com

Mille Grazie! The Italian courses of Berlino Schule starting from November 2018

Pizza, Ciao bella! Amore, capito, buongiorno, Spaghetti … would you rather learn the basics of one of the most beautiful languages in the world?

If you really want to speak this beautiful language as perfectly as Dante Alighieri, why don’t you attend the Italian language courses offered by Berlino Schule? From 16th November you will get the opportunity to attend Mille Grazie I (A1 level).

The teacher

Both courses will be held by Giuseppe R., extremely professional Italian teacher with the DITALS certification, a professional qualification offered by Unistrasi (Università per Stranieri di Siena).

OUR ITALIAN COURSES 

Mille Grazie I

Mille Grazie I starts on 16th November. The whole course is made up of 16 classes of 3 units each for a total of 48 units.

Every Friday, from 19 to 21.30

Price: 240 €

Mille Grazie II

Mille Grazie II starts on 23rd January. The whole course is made up of 16 classes of 3 units each for a total of 48 units.

Every Wednesday, from 19 to 21.30

Price: 240 €

Mille Grazie III

Mille Grazie III starts on 12th February. The whole course is made up of 16 classes of 3 units each for a total of 48 units.

Every Tuesday, from 19 to 21.30

Price: 240 €

Where

Berlino Schule – Gryphiusstr. 23 – 10245 Berlin

Info and registration

You can send us an email to: info@berlinoschule.com. Object: “Mille Grazie”.

Where

At Berlino Schule, Gryphiusstrasse 23 – 10245 Berlin (Friedrichshain, Ostkreuz/Samariterstrasse/Warschuaerstrasse metro station).

New evening courses are starting at Berlino Schule – Fall 2018

You would rather attend a German course, but you don’t have time in the morning? Why don’t you join our German evening courses? 

You are living in Berlin as thousands of people and you would like to learn German in order to start communicating with German native speakers, However, you don’t have time to attend classes in the morning. Don’t worry! Berlino Schule has got the right solution for you! In fact, Berlino Schule provides not only morning courses, but also afternoon and evening courses! So, what are you waiting for?

Berlino Schule 

Berlino Schule has the best quality-price ratio: it can provide you with a proper language education, with qualified and German native teachers from just 4€/hour*. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn “this (not) impossible” language in an international environment!

Our German afternoon intensive courses

Intensive German courses at Berlino Schule last 4 weeks, for a total amount of 48 hours: classes take place 4 days a week (from Tuesday to Friday), 3 hours per day, from 14:45 to 17:15.

Our next German afternoon course

A1.1 27 NOVEMBER – 21 DECEMBER (Tue-Fri, 14:45-17:15)

Price: 192€ + 20€ registration fee (valid for one year)

Our German evening courses 

Evening German courses are starting on 5th November at Berlino Schule and they will last 8 weeks, for a total amount of 48 hours: classes will take place 2 days a week (Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays, or Mondays and Thursdays), 3 hours per day, from 19.15 to 21.40. Price: 240 + 20 euro registration fee (valid for one year).

Our next German evening courses

A1.1 6 NOVEMBER – 20 DECEMBER (Tue and Thu 19.15 – 21.40)

A1.2 5 NOVEMBER – 19 DECEMBER (Mon and Wed 19.15  – 21.40)

A2.1 5 NOVEMBER – 19 DECEMBER (Mon and Wed 19.15 – 21.40)

A2.2 6 NOVEMBER – 20 DECEMBER (Tue and Thu 19.15 – 21.40)

B2.2 5 NOVEMBER – 20 DECEMBER (Mon and Thu 19.15 – 21.40)

C1.1 5 NOVEMBER – 19 DECEMBER (Mon and Wed 19.15 – 21.40)

Price: 240€ + 20€ registration fee (valid for one year)

Skype/private classes

We want learning to be accessible to everyone, even if you don’t live in Germany or don’t have the time to come to our school. Our individual and Skype classes are made up for beginners (A1.1) and advanced learners (C1). An attendance certificate will be given to you at the end of your eLearning classes. If you want to take individual classes, no previous knowledge is required. Our flexible schedule will meet your specific linguistic needs and working hours. The attendance will be define with the school.The price is 28 € per hour (45 minutes).

Our teachers and method

The courses are held by teachers with certified experience in the language teaching field. Each class will be held in the target language so that students can learn more effectively. At the end of the course a certificate of attendance will be released on demand.

Info and registration

Send an email to info@berlinoschule.com or contact us at: 030 36465765 and we will reply with all the information you need. Check also our website to know more about Berlino Schule.

Where we are

Gryphiusstraße 23, 10245 Berlin

next stops: Samariterstraße, Ostkreuz

Intensive, afternoon, evening, private and Skype classes: Berlino Schule’s German courses – Fall 2018

Life is not too short to learn German

Is it your first time in Berlin, or you have been living in Berlin for quite a lot of time now, but you still have the feeling you cannot speak German fluently? Don’t worry. You are neither the first nor the last to experience this. That’s why it is extremely important to rely on the right school. Berlino Schule has the best quality-price ratio: it can provide you with a proper language education, with qualified and German native teachers from just 4€/hour*. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn “this (not) impossible” language in an international environment!

Berlino Schule provides students with three kinds of German course: intensive (morning and afternoon), extensive (evening) and private lessons.

Our German intensive courses

Intensive German courses at Berlino Schule last 4 weeks, for a total amount of 48 hours: classes take place 4 days a week (from Tuesday to Friday), 3 hours per day, from 8.45 to 11.15 or from 11.40 to 14.10. Therefore, a new afternoon intensive courses will be starting on 27th November and will then last till 21st December (from Tuesday to Friday, 14:45-17:15).

Our next German intensive morning courses

A1.1 6 NOVEMBER – 30 NOVEMBER (Tue-Fri 8.45 -11.15)

A1.2 6 NOVEMBER – 30 NOVEMBER (Tue-Fri 11.40-14.10)

A2.1 6 NOVEMBER – 30 NOVEMBER (Tue-Fri 8.45 -11.15)

A2.2 6 NOVEMBER – 30 NOVEMBER (Tue-Fri 11.40-14.10)

B1.1 6 NOVEMBER – 30 NOVEMBER (Tue-Fri 8.45 -11.15)

B2.1 6 NOVEMBER – 30 NOVEMBER (Fue-Fri 11.40 -14.10)

Our next German afternoon intensive course

A1.1 27 NOVEMBER – 21 DECEMBER (Tue-Fri, 14:45-17:15)

Our German evening courses 

Evening German courses are starting on 5th November at Berlino Schule and they will last 8 weeks, for a total amount of 48 hours: classes will take place 2 days a week (Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday), 3 hours per day, from 19.15 to 21.40. Price: 240 + 20 euro registration fee (valid for one year).

Our next German evening courses

A1.1 6 NOVEMBER – 20 DECEMBER (Tue and Thu 19.15 – 21.40)

A1.2 5 NOVEMBER – 19 DECEMBER (Mon and Wed 19.15  – 21.40)

A2.1 5 NOVEMBER – 19 DECEMBER (Mon and Wed 19.15 – 21.40)

A2.2 6 NOVEMBER – 20 DECEMBER (Tue and Thu 19.15 – 21.40)

B2.2 5 NOVEMBER – 20 DECEMBER (Mon and Thu 19.15 – 21.40)

C1.1 5 NOVEMBER – 19 DECEMBER (Mon and Wed 19.15 – 21.40)

Skype/private classes

We want learning to be accessible to everyone, even if you don’t live in Germany or don’t have the time to come to our school. Our individual and Skype classes are made up for beginners (A1.1) and advanced learners (C1). An attendance certificate will be given to you at the end of your eLearning classes. If you want to take individual classes, no previous knowledge is required. Our flexible schedule will meet your specific linguistic needs and working hours. The attendance will be define with the school.The price is 28 € per hour (45 minutes).

Berlino Schule’s whole calendar from December to March

German intensive courses starting from December (3 weeks, 2h40 per day)

A1.1 3 DECEMBER – 21 DECEMBER (Mon-Fri 11.40 – 14.20)

A1.2 3 DECEMBER – 21 DECEMBER (Mon-Fri 8.45 -11.25)

A2.1 3 DECEMBER – 21 DECEMBER (Mon-Fri 11.40 -14.20)

A2.2 3 DECEMBER – 21 DECEMBER (Mon-Fri 8.45 -11.25)

B1.1 3 DECEMBER – 21 DECEMBER (Mon-Fri 11.40 -14.20)

B1.2 3 DECEMBER – 21 DECEMBER (Mon-Fri 8.45 -11.25)

B2.2 3 DECEMBER – 21 DECEMBER (Mon-Fri 8.45 -11.25)

German intensive courses starting from January

A1.1 8 JANUARY – 1 FEBRUARY (Tue-Fri 8.45 -11.15)

A1.2 8 JANUARY – 1 FEBRUARY (Tue-Fri 11.40 -14.10)

A2.1 8 JANUARY – 1 FEBRUARY (Tue-Fri 8.45 -11.15)

A2.2 8 JANUARY – 1 FEBRUARY (Tue-Fri 11.40-14.10)

B1.1 8 JANUARY – 1 FEBRUARY (Tue-Fri 8.45 -11.15)

B1.2 8 JANUARY – 1 FEBRUARY (Tue-Fri 11.40 -14.10)

 C1.1 8 JANUARY – 1 FEBRUARY (Tue-Fri 8.45 -11.15)

German evening courses starting from January

A1.1 7 JANUARY – 27 FEBRUARY (Mon and Wed 19.15  – 21.40)

A1.2 8 JANUARY – 28 FEBRUARY (Tue and Thu 19.15h  – 21.40h)

A2.1 7 JANUARY – 27 FEBRUARY (Mon and Wed 19.15 – 21.40)

A2.2 7 JANUARY – 27 FEBRUARY (Mon and Wed 19.15 – 21.40)

B1.1 8 JANUARY – 28 FEBRUARY (Tue and Thu 19.15h  – 21.40h)

C1.1 8 JANUARY – 28 FEBRUARY (Tue and Thu 19.15 – 21.40)

German intensive courses starting from February

A1.1 5 FEBRUARY – 1 MARCH (Tue-Fri 11.40 -14.10)

A1.2 5 FEBRUARY – 1 MARCH (Tue-Fri 8.45 -11.15)

A2.1 5 FEBRUARY – 1 MARCH (Tue-Fri 11.40 -14.10)

A2.2 5 FEBRUARY – 1 MARCH (Tue-Fri 8.45 -11.15)

B1.1 5 FEBRUARY – 1 MARCH (Tue-Fri 11.40-14.10)

B2.1 5 FEBRUARY – 1 MARCH (Tue-Fri 11.40-14.10)

German intensive courses starting from March

A1.1 5 MARCH – 29 MARCH (Tue-Fri 8.45 -11.15)

A1.2 5 MARCH – 29 MARCH (Tue-Fri 11.40-14.10)

A2.1 5 MARCH – 29 MARCH (Tue-Fri 8.45 -11.15)

A2.2 5 MARCH – 29 MARCH (Tue-Fri 11.40-14.10)

B1.1 5 MARCH – 29 MARCH (Tue-Fri 8.45 -11.15)

B1.2 5 MARCH – 29 MARCH (Tue-Fri 11.40-14.10)

German evening courses starting from March

A1.1 5 MARCH – 25 APRIL (Tue and Thu 19.15  – 21.40)

A1.2 7 MARCH – 24 APRIL (Mon and Wed 19.15 – 21.40)

A2.1 5 MARCH – 25 APRIL (Tue and Thu 19.15 – 21.40)

A2.2 4 MARCH – 24 APRIL (Mon and Wed 19.15 – 21.40)

B1.1 4 MARCH – 24 APRIL (Mon and Wed 19.15 – 21.40)

B1.2 5 MARCH – 25 APRIL (Tue and Thu 19.15 – 21.40)

Our teachers and method

The courses are held by teachers with certified experience in the language teaching field. Each class will be held in the target language so that students can learn more effectively. At the end of the course a certificate of attendance will be released on demand.

Info and registration

Send an email to info@berlinoschule.com or contact us at: 030 36465765 and we will reply with all the information you need. Check also our website to know more about Berlino Schule.

Where we are

Gryphiusstraße 23, 10245 Berlin

next stops: Samariterstraße, Ostkreuz

The German language is becoming easier and easier thanks to foreigners

The Germans and their language

Apparently, German people speak their language in a wrong way, grammatically speaking. The reason is quite simple: they want to simplify it. Mark Twain wrote in his book A Tramp Abroad: “A gifted person ought to learn English in thirty hours, French in thirty days, and German in thirty years.” It’s widely believed that the German language should be in a certain way renewed and refreshed. So, what’s going on with German? In 2008, two thirds of Germany’s inhabitants said that the quality of their language was becoming lower and lower: in fact, people tend to read less. Not to mention, the inexorable process of anglicisation.

Is Hochdeutsch disappearing?

The term Hochdeutsch refers to the most prestigious variety of German, the one without dialect and regional expressions. Needless to say, the spoken language – more flexible and open to cultural and linguistic transformations – easily removes the grammar’s barriers, typical of the written German. In the spoken German, not only the genitive case completely disappears, being replaced by different prepositions, but also word endings, concords and formal cohesion of the sentence inexplicably vanish. Grammatical structures of migrants’ languages, such as Turkish or English, tend to influence the language.

German and multilingualism

Language transformations are due to social changes: believe it or not, an increasingly growing process of immigration leads to a vast multilingualism. This actually means that the language is sensitive to social transformations and changes. In Berlin there are people from 189 different countries, and this contributes undoubtedly to the phenomenon of Multi Kulti Deutsch (multicultural German). There’s a good chance that “the systematic mistakes of today are the new rules of tomorrow”, as Rudi Keller, German linguist, states. To sum up, foreign languages affect inevitably national languages, and schools and universities should make aware of this kind of phenomenon.

Not only in Germany! 10 German words which are commonly used also in other languages

The German language: not as foreign as we think

It’s a fact, that learning German is not easy at all. Anyone who wants to learn this language must deal with a complex grammar, the existence of three genres (masculine, feminine and neutral), the length of the words and the basic unfamiliarity of each sound. In order to make the learning of German easier, we may remember that many words from German are actually used globally as an important part of the common language. For example, look at the following terms: Müsli, Strüdel, Kitsch, Bunker or Realpolitik. As we can see, the Teutonic influence is quite obvious in many different fields: food, culture, military or politics. Now, let’s focus on the most commonly used worldwide German words:

Hinterland

Literally meaning “the land behind”, is a common word in English, French, Spanish and Italian. Hinterland stands for “backcountry” or “a remote area of a country away from the city centre influenced by economics, society and culture”. For example, in Italy we often hear of “hinterland milanese”.

Schadenfreude

Common word used in English to express “joy” or “satisfaction” for one’s misfortunes. The Italian translation is “gioia maligna”.

Kindergarten

Literally “children’s garden”, it can be used in English as a synonym of “nursery school”.

Zeitgeist

This is a worldwide term used to express “the spirit of the time”. The expression comes from philosophy to indicate the ideal climate, culture and spirit (considered as characteristic of an era).

Wanderlust

Literally meaning “desire of walking” is commonly used in English in order to express “the craving for travel”.

Leitmotiv

Literally “guiding reason” is a global word which indicates “a motif or constant aspect of a literary or musical work” but also of “activities, manifestations and different behaviours”. Apart from the musical field, it has also become common to others.

Wunderkind

In English “wonder/prodigious child”.

Doppelgänger

It means in English “body double/alter ego”.

Spiel

Literally “play or game”. This term is used in English with the meaning of “eulogistic speech” or “long and boring speech”.

Delicatessen

Commonly shortened in Deli in English, Delicatessen means “culinary specialities shop”. The German word Delikatesse, which stands for “deliciousness”, derives from délicatesse, or “delicacy”.

Intensive, evening, conversation and Skype classes: Berlino Schule’s German courses from October 2018

Life is not too short to learn German. At least, if you attend Berlino Schule’s German courses

It is your first time in Berlin, or you have been living in Berlin for quite a lot of time, but you still have the feeling you cannot speak German fluently? Don’t worry. You are neither the first nor the last to experience this. This is why it is extremely important to rely on the right school. Berlino Schule provides you with qualified teachers, who have been teaching German for a lot of years. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn “this (not) impossible” language in an international environment!

German intensive courses starting from October

Intensive German courses are starting on 9th October at Berlino Schule and they will last 4 weeks, for a total amount of 48 hours: classes will take place 4 days a week (from Tuesday to Friday), 3 hours per day, from 8.45 to 11.15 or from 11.40 to 14.10.

A1.1 9 OCTOBER – 2 NOVEMBER (Tue-Fri 11.40-14.10)

A1.2 9 OCTOBER – 2 NOVEMBER (Tue-Fri 8.45 -11.15)

A2.1 9 OCTOBER – 2 NOVEMBER (Tue-Fri 11.40-14.10)

A2.2 9 OCTOBER – 2 NOVEMBER (Tue-Fri 8.45 -11.15)

B1.1 9 OCTOBER – 2 NOVEMBER (Tue-Fri 11.40-14.10)

B1.2 9 OCTOBER – 2 NOVEMBER (Tue-Fri 8.45 -11.15)

B2.2 9 OCTOBER – 2 NOVEMBER (Tue-Fri 8.45 -11.15)

Price: 192 euro + 20 euro registration fee

Look at our calendar to find out our intensive German courses 

German intensive courses starting from November

A1.1 6 NOVEMBER – 30 NOVEMBER (Tue-Fri 8:45-11:15)

A1.2 6 NOVEMBER – 30 NOVEMBER (Tue-Fri 11:40-14:10)

A2.1 6 NOVEMBER – 30 NOVEMBER (Tue-Fri 8:45-11:15)

A2.2 6 NOVEMBER – 30 NOVEMBER (Tue-Fri 11:40-14:10)

B1.1 6 NOVEMBER – 30 NOVEMBER (Tue-Fri 8:45-11:15)

B2.1 6 NOVEMBER – 30 NOVEMBER (Tue-Fri 11:40-14:10)

German evening courses starting from November

Evening German courses are starting on 5th November at Berlino Schule and they will last 8 weeks, for a total amount of 48 hours: classes will take place 2 days a week (Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday), 3 hours per day, from 19.15 to 21.40.

A1.1 6 NOVEMBER – 20 DECEMBER (Tue and Thu 19:15 – 21:40)

A1.2 5 NOVEMBER – 19 DECEMBER (Mon and Wed 19:15 – 21:40)

A2.2 6 NOVEMBER – 20 DECEMBER (Tue and Thu 19:15 – 21:40)

B1.2 5 NOVEMBER – 19 DECEMBER (Mon and Wed 19:15 – 21:40)

B2.2 6 NOVEMBER – 20 DECEMBER (Tue and Thu 19:15 – 21:40)

C1.1 5 NOVEMBER – 19 DECEMBER (Mon and Wed 19:15 – 21:40)

Price: 240 euro + 20 euro registration fee

Look at our calendar to find out our evening German courses 

German intensive courses starting from December (3 weeks 2h40)

A1.1 3 DECEMBER – 21 DECEMBER (Mon-Fri 11.40 – 14.20)

A1.2 3 DECEMBER – 21 DECEMBER (Mon-Fri 8.45 -11.25)

A2.1 3 DECEMBER – 21 DECEMBER (Mon-Fri 11.40 -14.20)

A2.2 3 DECEMBER – 21 DECEMBER (Mon-Fri 8.45 -11.25)

B1.1 3 DECEMBER – 21 DECEMBER (Mon-Fri 11.40 -14.20)

B1.2 3 DECEMBER – 21 DECEMBER (Mon-Fri 8.45 -11.25)

B2.2 3 DECEMBER – 21 DECEMBER (Mon-Fri 11.40 -14.20)

Price: 192 euro + 20 euro registration fee

German intensive courses starting from January

A1.1 8 JANUARY – 1 FEBRUARY (Tue-Fri 8.45 -11.15)

A1.2 8 JANUARY – 1 FEBRUARY (Tue-Fri 11.40 -14.10)

A2.1 8 JANUARY – 1 FEBRUARY (Tue-Fri 8.45 -11.15)

A2.2 8 JANUARY – 1 FEBRUARY (Tue-Fri 11.40-14.10)

B1.1 8 JANUARY – 1 FEBRUARY (Tue-Fri 8.45 -11.15)

B1.2 8 JANUARY – 1 FEBRUARY (Tue-Fri 11.40 -14.10)

C1.1 8JANUARY – 1 FEBRUARY (Tue-Fri 8.45 -11.15)

Price: 192 euro + 20 euro registration fee

German evening courses starting from January

A1.1 7 JANUARY – 27 FEBRUARY (Mon and Wed 19.15  – 21.40)

A1.2 8 JANUARY – 28 FEBRUARY (Tue and Thu 19.15  – 21.40)

A2.1 7 JANUARY – 27 FEBRUARY (Mon and Wed 19.15 – 21.40)

B1.1 8 JANUARY – 28 FEBRUARY (Tue and Thu 19.15  – 21.40)

B2.1 7 JANUARY – 27 FEBRUARY (Mon and Wed 19.15 – 21.40)

C1.1 8 JANUARY – 28 FEBRUARY (Tue and Thu 19.15 – 21.40)

Price: 240 euro + 20 euro registration fee

German intensive courses starting from February

A1.1 5 FEBRUARY – 1 MARCH (Tue-Fri 11.40 -14.10)

A1.2 5 FEBRUARY – 1 MARCH (Tue-Fri 8.45 -11.15)

A2.1 5 FEBRUARY – 1 MARCH (Tue-Fri 11.40 -14.10)

A2.2 5 FEBRUARY – 1 MARCH (Tue-Fri 8.45 -11.15)

B1.1 5 FEBRUARY – 1 MARCH (Tue-Fri 11.40-14.10)

B2.1 5 FEBRUARY – 1 MARCH (Tue-Fri 11.40-14.10)

Price: 192 euro + 20 euro registration fee

German intensive courses starting from March

A1.1 5 MARCH – 29 MARCH (Tue-Fri 8.45 -11.15)

A1.2 5 MARCH – 29 MARCH (Tue-Fri 11.40-14.10)

A2.1 5 MARCH – 29 MARCH (Tue-Fri 8.45 -11.15)

A2.2 5 MARCH – 29 MARCH (Tue-Fri 11.40-14.10)

B1.1 5 MARCH – 29 MARCH (Tue-Fri 8.45 -11.15)

B1.2 5 MARCH – 29 MARCH (Tue-Fri 11.40-14.10)

Price: 192 euro + 20 euro registration fee

German evening courses starting from March

A1.1 5 MARCH – 25 APRIL (Tue and Thu 19.15  – 21.40)

A1.2 7 MARCH – 24 APRIL (Mon and Wed 19.15 – 21.40)

A2.1 5 MARCH – 25 APRIL (Tue and Thu 19.15 – 21.40)

A2.2 4 MARCH – 24 APRIL (Mon and Wed 19.15 – 21.40)

B1.2 5 MARCH – 25 APRIL (Tue and Thu 19.15 – 21.40)

B2.2 4 MARCH – 24 APRIL (Mon and Wed 19.15 – 21.40)

Price: 240 euro + 20 euro registration fee

German conversation course

You can write German, but you cannot speak it fluently. We have the right solution for you! The German conversation course starts on 1st October, and it takes place every Monday from 17 to 18.30, for a total of 9 classes. Each class is composed by 2 units (each unit: 45 minutes, according to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

Skype/private classes

We want learning to be accessible to everyone, even if you don’t live in Germany or don’t have the time to come to our school. Our individual and Skype classes are made up for beginners (A1.1) and advanced learners (C1). An attendance certificate will be given to you at the end of your eLearning classes. If you want to take individual classes, no previous knowledge is required. Our flexible schedule will meet your specific linguistic needs and working hours. The attendance will be define with the school.The price is 28 € per hour (45 minutes).

Our teachers

The courses are held by teachers with certified experience in the language teaching field. At the end of the course a certificate of attendance will be released on demand.

Info and registration

Send an email to info@berlinoschule.com and we will reply with all the information you need. Check also our website to know more about Berlino Schule.

Berlino Schule

Gryphiusstraße 23, 10245 Berlin

030 36465765

info@berlinoschule.com

Photojournalism course held by Gianluca Pardelli (The Guardian and more) at Berlino Schule

Another edition of photojournalism and documentary photography course held by the Italian photojournalist Gianluca Pardelli is coming soon to Berlino Schule.

Starting the 9th of October, the course is aimed to provide participants with a basic knowledge of the photographic discipline as one of the most efficient story-telling instruments. The course is structured in eight different units, including photographic excursions through the challenging human environment of Berlin. After the excursions the participants will be involved in a post-processing workshop during which they will have the opportunity to learn more about editing techniques. The lessons will be held every Tuesday from 19:45 to 22:00 till the end of November. The course will be entirely in English. The price of the whole course amounts to 190€.

For info and registration, please drop us a line at info@berlinoschule.com

Read this article in Italian.

The structure

After a general introduction to the topic and its dynamics, terminology and history (Unit 1) the course will then focus on fundamental elements of photojournalism and documentary photography such as the search for the subject (Unit 2), the relationship to be established with it (Unit 3), the complex task of building a captivating story (Unit 4) and the contamination and integration of other media within the photojournalistic practice (Unit 5). After the excursion (Unit 6) the participants will be involved in a post-processing workshop (Unit 7) during which they will have the opportunity to learn more about editing techniques. Finally, for those interested in pursuing a career in the field, a whole lecture will be devoted to photojournalism and documentary photography as a possible professional path within the current media industry (Unit 8).

The objective

During the whole duration of the course each participant will be encouraged to develop her/his own photojournalistic idea that will gradually take the form of the course completion project. All the participants’ works will be then showcased in a photography exhibition organized by Berlino Schule and Berlino Magazine.

#afghanistan

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The teacher: Gianluca Pardelli

Born in Livorno, but Berliner by adoption, the Italian photojournalist Gianluca Pardelli collaborates with The Guardian and some othe national and international magazines. He studied Slavic languages and cultures and specialized in reportages from Eastern Europe. In 2013 he travelled to North Korea, one of the most isolated and less understood countries in the world, to portray the daily life hidden behind the façade of the regime’s triumphal architecture. “North Korea can be considered as one of the few realities of the Eastern Block which survived to the fall of the Berlin Wall. It developed an independent form of totalitarism, much different from the one represented by Lenin or Castro”. Taking pictures of North Korean people is not common. “I travelled with an organized tour. It could have not been otherwise. The inhabitants are really keen on getting to know foreigners, but are scared of them as well. They are shy and happy at the same time. This is a strange but interesting mix for a photojournalist“. Here you can find some photos of Gianluca Pardelli’s reportage.

#stalin

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The course’s programme

Unit 1 – Introduction to photojournalism and documentary photography

Definition of photojournalism
Difference between photojournalism and documentary photography
Terminology and general glossary
Photojournalists are not photographers
Main actors in the world of photojournalism
A photojournalist’s credo. Cameras are like pens
Brief history of photojournalism
Display and first analysis attempt of a selected array of some major photojournalists’ works
Display and analysis of any work participants might want to present
Group brainstorming for photojournalistic ideas the participants will develop on their own as course completion project
Group discussion and evaluation

Unit 2 – In search of the subject

Defining the subject
Subjects and objects
Legitimacy of the subject
The search for the subject: a geographical and sociological study
Display and subject-focused analysis of well-known photojournalists’ works
Group discussion about past and present personal experiences related to the complex process of finding the right subject
Group discussion and update on the photojournalistic ideas the participants will develop on their own as course completion project

Unit 3 – Dealing with the subject

Photojournalist / subject relationship
Personal involvement with the subject
Keeping the right distance
Approaching the subject
Practical issues: language barriers, geographical distances, legal or bureaucratic obstacles and similar
Setting things straight
Reticence and mistrust
Honesty and clarity
Coping with the subject
Long-term vs short-term projects and implications
Following and accompanying. Semantic differences between the two terms and consequences on the everyday photojournalist-subject relation
Subject-driven reportages. When the subject takes the lead
Different photographic techniques for different subjects
Display and analysis of well-known photojournalists’ works focusing on the relationship with the subject
Group discussion about past and present personal experiences related to the photographer-subject relation
Group discussion and update on the photojournalistic ideas the participants will develop on their own as course completion project

Unit 4 – Building the story

From beautiful images to beautiful stories: the not-so-easy process of giving a journalistic meaning to a visually pleasant set of pictures
Beyond aesthetics: the relative importance of beauty in photojournalism and documentary photography
Finding the leitmotiv: how to follow the thin red line enlivening a project with meaningfulness
How images relate to each other
Same story, different focuses. Contest-conditioned narration
The underlying message and the different variables influencing its transmission
Text and images. Should a picture really speak for itself?
Photography in relation with other story- telling media: a comparison
Display and analysis of well-known photojournalists’ works focusing on the process of creating a story
Group discussion about past and present personal experiences related to the drafting of a photographic narration
Group discussion and update on the photojournalistic ideas the participants will develop on their own as course completion project

Unit 5 – Multimedia

Beyond photography, within photography: disturbance and integration
Brief overview of past and current tendencies
Pro and contra of the multimedia practice
How photography relates with other media: looking for harmony, avoiding mishmashes
Video and photography
Sound and photography
Literature and photography
Painting and photography
New creative horizons
Display and analysis of well-known photojournalists’ multimedia works
Group discussion about past and present personal experiences related to the use of different media other than photography
Group discussion and update on the photojournalistic ideas the participants will develop on their own as course completion project

Unit 6 – Excursion

Visit of a challenging human environment in Berlin
Shooting short sample reportages
On-the-ground practice of the notions learned in the previous units

Unit 7 – Editing workshop

Guided editing of the material shot during the excursion
Editing techniques
Lightroom and Photoshop basics
Captions and texts drafting
Group discussion about each participant’s work and editing performances

Unit 8 – Photojournalism as a career

Do you really want to be a photojournalism?
Motivations
A brief history of photojournalism as a professional path
The current state of photojournalism
The photojournalism market
Freelancer vs staff photographer
Funding your projects as a freelance
Kickstarter, Indiegogo and the crowd-funding market
Contests, grants and exhibitions
Getting published and self-publishing
Group discussion and analysis of some famous examples of self-funded projects
Group brainstorming on how to find financial solutions to fund the participants’ project
Group discussion and update on the photojournalistic ideas the participants will develop on their own as course completion project

Final Exhibition

Photojournalism and documentary photography course

When

Free trial class: Tuesday 9th of October from 19.45 to 22. Here the Facebook Event.

Course: from 16th October till 27th of November – each Tuesday from 19.45 to 22.

Where

Lessons will be held in our school Berlino Schule, in Gryphiusstr. 23 in Friedrichshain. The next stations are Ostkreuz, Samariterstraße or Warschauerstraße.

Price

The course costs 190 €. Subscriptions to info@berlinoschule.com

Iinfo and registration

Please write an e-mail to info@berlinoschule.com with object “photojournalism”

 

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