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

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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.

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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.

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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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Documentary Filmmaking, in Berlin the new course by the Daring House Film Production

Create your own short documentary in six classes!

Berlino Magazine and Berlino Schule in collaboration with Daring House Documentary School are hosting a basic module about Documentary filmmaking. On 2th October there will be a free presentation of our Filmmaking course. The workshop will then continue with classes on Tuesdays, from 20:00 till 21:30 for 5 weeks at Daring House Studio, Auguststraße 88, 10117, Berlin-Mitte.

Course objectives

Now more then ever digital technology allows people to express their own vision of reality – and this is what our course is about. In a set of structured meetings, attendees will learn how to find, shoot and edit a story, in close interaction with an enthusiastic group of people. The films will then be presented at a short documentary film festival held in Berlin, with an awards ceremony and attendance certificate for everybody.

The course will let you create your film FOR REAL. During classes, you will use your own camera and have a look at videos of nice and established filmmakers.

The module is for those who want to try their hands at filmmaking as a hobby or are considering making it a profession; for journalists wanting to expand their audiovisual skills; for film-enthusiasts wanting to learn the process of filmmaking.

The course will be held in English and the instructor also speaks fluent German, Italian and Spanish.

Program

Class 1 – Filmmaking 101 – 2.10.2018, 20:00-21:30 – FREE TRIAL LESSON.

– What is a documentary? Break free from the accepted rules and create your “own” story.
– Tragedies, illnesses, catastrophes and sad people. Why you should try (also) to tell happy documentary stories.
– How are documentary stories told? The different styles of storytelling: real life, interviews, with or without a host, mockumentary.
– Any story is a good story if well told. The approach to find a story and the importance of personal feelings in storytelling.
– What do I need to shoot: camera/smartphone, pc.
– Writing or not writing? How far should filmmakers go with their script.

Class 2 – Working with your story – 09.10.2018 – 20:00-21:30

– How to tell if a story is worth being told
– Red flags 1: stories you should avoid.
– Red flags 2: people you should avoid.
– How too approach a person to shoot a documentary.
– Shooting: how to make your story appear natural.
– The “fly on the wall”: how to disappear behind the camera.
– Emphatic listening and the key to good interviews.

Class 3 – Hands on your camera – 16.10.2018 – 20:00-21:30

– Basics of smartphone cinematography. How to hold a smartphone camera and how to operate it.
– Basics of camera cinematography avoiding zoom and multi-focal lenses.
– Audio: why a good sound is more important that good images.
– Shooting with natural light.
– Creating a shooting frame: concepts of shooting aesthetics.
– Project pitching! Suggesting stories and creating shooting teams.

Class 4 – Editing – 30.10.2018 – 20:00-21:30

– Basics of editing: please start telling your story from second 1.
– Why knowing editing is important to shoot good images.
– Editing with free programs.
– Editing with professional programs.
– Documentary dramaturgy: please don’t bore your audience.
– Creating emotions with editing. How to play an audience like an instrument.
– “Kill your darlings”: why your personal shooting experience is different than the story you are telling.
– Working with music: from Dogma to La La Land.

Class 5 – Rough-cut workshop – 06.11.2018 – 20:00-21:30

– Review of the projects and tips to make them even better.
– Closing a project: why “films projects are never finished, but abandoned”.
– Basics of subtitling.

Class 6 – How to call yourself a filmmaker and closing the final cut – 11.12.2018 – 20:00-21:30

– Review of the projects and tips to make them even better.
– Dreaming about a filmmaker career? Here’s what you need to know.
– Don’t trust the festival. A quick guide to festival submissions.
– “We are all dead” and other depressing statements by filmmakers and artists in general.
– The documentary film industry. How to have fun making film art and live happily.
– Preview of the following modules.

Price

The course costs 175€.

The teacher

Stefano Casertano is an award-winning filmmaker living in Berlin since 2006, CEO of the production company Daring House. His last film as director “People of Love and Rage” won the Eindhoven FIlm Festival and the Special Mention of the Jury at the Rome Independent Film Festival. As a producer, his animated short “The Ballad of the Homeless” screened at the Cannes Film Festival, won a Nastro d’Argento, was a candidate at the David di Donatello and won the LA Short Fest, being shortlisted for the Academy Awards. Stefano is currently producing his fourth documentary “Eighteen Penalties” about the story of the football matches between Italy and Germany produced by Istituto Luce and Lichtblick Film, with the support of the Italian Ministry of Culture and the German Film Funding Institute. Stefano also serves as producer and filmmaker for video productions for media outlets such as El Paìs, Sky, La7, RBB and Rai. Before embarking in his film career, Stefano completed an MBA in Media and Communication at Columbia University in New York and a Ph.D. “Magna cum Laude” in International Politics at Potsdam University in Germany. He has been international correspondent for Linkiesta.it, Finanza & Mercati and Pagina99, and his articles have appeared on World Affairs, Project Syndicate and RealClearWorld.

Advanced modules to be scheduled:

– Documentary filmmaking advanced module

– Immerse yourself in a story and create a structured film plan. Basics of color and audio correction.

– Documentary filmmaking technical module

– How to shoot a video with a reflex camera

– Music videos – How to shoot a music band

Documentary Filmmaking Course

6 lessons from Tuesday 2nd of October. from 20:00 to 21:30

2nd October 2018: free trial lesson (20-21.30).

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Lessons will be held at Daring House – Auguststraße 88, 10117, Berlin.

The course costs 175 €

INFO AND REGISTRATION

For info and registration send us an email at: info@berlinoschule.com with object: Filmmaking

Why should everyone study German according to the British writer John le Carré

During the prize-giving ceremony for the best German professors of Great Britain, John le Carré explains why everyone should study German. A speech extract of the well-known British writer David Cornwell (better known by his pen-name John le Carré) has been published in “The Guardian”

“I started learning German when I was 13 and I still can’t explain why it was love at first sound. The answer must be obvious: my professor’s wit”: that’s how the speech begins. The famous writer John le Carré fondly remembers his first teacher of German, Mr. King, a man who chose to go against the wind. Rather than supporting the anti-German propaganda of the time, the teacher wanted to convey the beauty and the power of the German language, culture and literature to his students. He said that: “One day the real Germany will come back.”

An “out of common” language

Le Carré recalls when he used to listen to CD’s in his classroom and German actors reading poems by Heinrich Heine or Eduard Mörike. It was just listening to those sounds (and reproducing them) that le Carré started to fall in love with German. “I was in love with the idea that these poems and the language I was about to learn, belonged to me and nobody else because then, German wasn’t a common subject and most of my classmates only knew few words: for example Achtung (attention!) and Hände hoch (hands up!) learned from watching war movies.

From being a student in Sweden to becoming a German teacher

In 1948, John le Carré decided to quit the private school in England. Since he couldn’t go to Germany, he moved to Sweden where
he enrolled at the faculty of German literature at the University of Bern at the age of 16. Le Carré explains that he had an excellent teacher there too, Frau Karsten. While joining the military service, he was transferred to Austria and afterwards he graduated in languages at the University of Oxford. After his studies, he started teaching German at Eton.

A funny language

The writer says “dealing with German is very funny” and he explains why German perfectly matches with the play. “You can easily coin many long words (true words), just for fun. For example, this is the word I learned from Google: Donaudampfschiffsfahrtsgesellschaftskapitän» (captain of a steam shipping company on the Danube)”. Moreover, the author mentions Mark Twain: “Some German words are so long they seem to have a perspective”. Then, he goes on: “you can invent crazy adjectives, like “my Playstation, which has (recently been thrown from the window by my parents)”

The language of gods

And yet German is not only a “playful” language, but rather a language of purity. “When you get really tired of that massive number of nouns and participles used to make compounds, please remember you can always get inspired by Hölderlin, Goethe or Heine poems and never forget that German can reach extremely high levels of brevity and beauty – which is for us, the language of gods”.

Learn a language as friendship act

According to John le Carré, studying a foreign language is a friendship act comparable to a handshake. As soon as you start learning a new language, you start getting closer to the other, her/his culture, behaviour and way of thinking. The writer mentions Carlo Magno: “Getting in touch with another language is like owning a second soul”.

Mental fluency

Le Carré states that “merging these two souls requires mental fluency. It’s important to be clear and never get satisfied unless you find the equivalent word. If the equivalent doesn’t exist, you have to find a complete sentence or periphrasis in order to express the same meaning”. Not without reason, le Carré thinks that his most methodical editors are foreign translators. Then he goes on “the German translator is particularly exasperating”.
The importance of a pure and rational language as truth warranty
Le Carré also mentions the importance of a pure and rational language. Without specifically citing the name of the present U.S. president, the writer refers to “contradictions and incomprehensible declarations from the other side of the Atlantic”. Moreover, he adds “for a man who’s actually in war with the truth and reason, an objective language stands for a threat; the enemy’s voice, or better a fake news, to him”.

The learning of German in the Brexit Era

Le Carré praises language teachers and particularly German teachers of Great Britain which are told to be “dying breed”. Lastly, he says that the teaching of the German language and culture massively contributes to
maintain a balanced and civil debate on Europe. Teachers often refer to those “illuminated young people that, with or without Brexit, consider Europe their home, Germany as their natural partner and language as a natural bond”.

Biography

Born in 1931 in the South of England, John le Carré has been considered the most important writer of twentieth century’s spy fictions. His books, also inspired by his professional experiences and set during the Cold War, are famous worldwide. Infact, during the Second World War he joined the British secret services and his novels include “The spy from the cold”, “All men of Smiley”, “The mole”, “The perfect spy” and “The tenacious gardener”. Fascinated by the charm carried by the foreign languages, le Carré studied at the University of Bern and then at Oxford, where he graduated in German literature. He has been taught for two years at the prestigious Eton College and then became an official of the Foreign Office, the British Foreign Ministry. First, he became Second Secretary at the UK Embassy in Bonn and later he went to the Hamburg Consulate as a Political Counselor.

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

Intensive German courses are starting on 11th September 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 11th September – 5th October (Tue – Fri 8.45 – 11.15)

A1.2 11th September – 5th October (Tue – Fri 11.40 – 14.10)

A2.1 11th September – 5th October (Tue – Fri 8.45 – 11.15)

A2.2 From 11th September (Tue, Wed, Fri 14.30 – 18.00)

B1.1 11th September – 5th October (Tue – Fri 8.45 – 11.15)

B2.1 11th September – 5th October (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 evening courses starting from September

Evening German courses are starting on 10th September 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 10th September – 31st October (Mon and Wed 19.15 – 21.40)

A1.2 10th September – 31st October (Mon and Wed 19.15 – 21.40)

A2.1 11th September – 31st October (Tue and Thu 19.15 – 21.40)

B1.1 10th September – 31st October (Mon and Wed 19.15 – 21.40)

B2.1 11th September – 31st October (Tue and Thu 19.15 – 21.40)

Price: 240 euro + 20 euro registration fee

Look at our calendar to find out our evening German courses 

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German intensive courses starting from October/November

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 6 November – 30 November (Tue – Fri 8:45-11:15)

B1.2 9 October – 2 November (Tue – Fri 8:45-11:15)

B2.1 6 November – 30 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 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)

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

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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

A day of Free trial German classes at Berlino Schule

For anyone who is not sure about his/her level of German, and for those who wish to check out Berlino Schule’s teaching method, on the 6th September there will be a full day of free trial lessons at different times according to your level

For anyone who is looking for a great German school in Berlin, on the 6th September 2018 Berlino Schule will be hosting a full day of free trial lessons, of 35 min each to promote its German classes starting in September and introduce its teaching method.

Program of the Free trial classes (6th of September)
A1.1: 11.00 – 11.35
A1.2: 11.40 – 12.15
A2.1: 12.20 – 12.55
A2.2: 13.00 – 13.35
B1.1: 13.40 – 14.15

To reserve your spot send an email to: info@berlinoschule.com by specifying the level you are interested in.

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Upcoming German courses at Berlino Schule
INTENSIVE COURSES:
Our intensive courses are made up of 3 teaching hours per day, 4 days a week. Total amount of hours: 48 hours.

A1.1 11th September – 5th October (Tue – Fri 8.45 – 11.15)
A1.2 11th September – 5th October (Tue – Fri 11.40 – 14.10)
A2.1 11th September – 5th October (Tue – Fri 8.45 – 11.15)
A2.2 From 11th September (Tue, Wed, Fri 14.30 – 18.00)
B1.1 11th September – 5th October (Tue – Fri 8.45 – 11.15)
B2.1 11th September – 5th October (Tue – Fri 8.45 – 11.15)

Price: 192 euro + 20 euro registration fee

EVENING COURSES:
Our evening courses take place twice a week for 8 weeks. Three hours per lesson.

A1.1 10th September – 31st October (Mon and Wed 19.15 – 21.40)
A1.2 10th September – 31st October (Mon and Wed 19.15 – 21.40)
A2.1 11th September – 31st October (Tue and Thu 19.15 – 21.40)
B1.1 10th September – 31st October (Mon and Wed 19.15 – 21.40)
B2.1 11th September – 31st October (Tue and Thu 19.15 – 21.40)

Price: 240 euro + 20 euro registration fee

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’ll reply with all the information you need. Check also our website to know more about Berlino Schule.

Mille Grazie! The Italian courses of Berlino Schule starting from September

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 September you will get the opportunity to choose between Mille Grazie I (A1) and Mille Grazie II (A2).

Italian classes in Berlin

Italian classes in Berlin

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 STARTING IN SEPTEMBER

Mille Grazie I – Italian language course A1

Mille Grazie I starts on 12th September. The whole course is composed by 16th classes of 3 units each for a total of 48 units.

Every Wednesday, from 19 to 21.30

Price: 240 €

Mille Grazie II – Italian language course A2

Mille Grazie II starts on 11th September. The whole course is composed by 19th classes of 2,5 and  units each for a total of 48 units.

Every Tuesday, from 19 to 21.00

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).

Drawing with pencil, the brand new workshop of Berlino Schule held by an American artist

Drawing with pencil is the brand new workshop that is going to start at Berlino Schule

On the 4th of October, starting from 8 p.m., Berlino Schule (Gryphiustrasse 23) will host the FIRST TRIAL CLASS of the drawing with pencil course – basic level – held by the American figurative painter Nick Skoug.

For the first lesson, you’ll be required to bring one or more drawings in order to discuss them during the class. After it, the teacher will do a demo in order to show what you will be learning in the next sessions.

 If you would like to participate, please send an email to info@berlinoschule.com

COURSE DATES

After the first lesson, the course will take place every Thursday from 20 to 21:30 until the 15th of November. The lessons will be held in English. The price of the whole course amounts to 140€.

COURSE AIM AND STRUCTURE

Students will learn the basics of observational drawing. Topics covered will include: gesture, line, light and shade, light logic, perspective,and proportion. Each session will include a critique and feedback on student work. The course will conclude with an exhibition of the students’ work.

THE PROGRAMME

Introduction – Free trial class
For the first lesson, you will all look at a drawing that you have brought, the teacher will give some feedback and then do a demo for the rest of the class. This will demonstrate what you will be learning in the next sessions.

Lesson 1 – Gesture

This lesson will focus on basic sketching, and capturing the gesture, or ‘feeling’, of what you are drawing. This is the first step that lays the foundation for a finished drawing, and gives a sense of life and movement to the subject.
Lesson 2 – Line
Lesson 2 will cover line drawing. You will do some exercises focusing on the lines and contours of the subject, training the eye to follow the outside edge and the ‘inner corners’.
Lesson 3 – Value
Following the line drawing, this lesson will focus on light and shade. You will look at the range of value (chiaroscuro), from the lightest to the darkest parts of the drawing, and how to organise them and put them down.
Lesson 4 – Light logic
Continuing on from the last lesson, this one will take a closer look at light and shade. You will now look at the different types of light and dark (highlights, cast shadows, reflected light, etc.).
Lesson 5 – Perspective and proportion
Finally you will look at perspective (one and two point) and how it figures into a drawing. You will also look at proportion, and how to effectively measure when drawing and show depth and space in 2D space.
Lesson 6 – Outside drawing
For the final lesson, you will go outside and do some drawing from life. This will be a great opportunity to apply everything you have learned in class in real space.

MATERIAL

Graphite drawing pencils (2B, 4B, 6B)
One kneaded eraser (Knetradiergummi)
One drawing pad (A2 size recommended) or a sketch pad

THE TEACHER

Originally from the Los Angeles area, Nick Skoug is a figurative painter that lives and works in Berlin. Before moving to Germany, he studied drawing and painting in California.
After receiving his BFA from the California State University, Long Beach, he came to Europe, attracted by the history and the art. This interest was encouraged by a brief study abroad in Florence and an ongoing study of the German language.
With a foundation in traditional observational techniques, he explores a variety of subjects. While these subjects are often contemporary, the past continually asserts itself as well.

TO SUM UP

From the 4th of October tll the 15th of November – each Thursday from 20 to 21:30. 
Berlino Schule, Gryphiusstr. 23, 10245 Berlin
Price: 140 €
Info and registration: info@berlinoschule.com
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Studying German in Berlin: intensive & super-intensive courses, great quality (4.9/5 on Google) and international atmosphere

Many different levels of German courses in August as well as the rest of summer.

Our students continue to come back to Berlino Schule time and time again and this is evident through the excellent reviews we have received (5/5 on Facebook and 4.9/5 on Google). These positive reviews are due to the consistent quality of our teaching and our competitively low prices. In fact, our students claim to have been positively stimulated by our international, young and dynamic atmosphere. Find our latest offers below which are all available in the upcoming months.

Intensive, super-intensive and evening courses

From July till September, along with our regular intensive and evening courses, we will also offer super-intensive courses. These last 2 weeks each (50hours* in total) and cost €268. Thanks to this type of course, you could be able to complete a whole level within a month! Moreover, our super-intensive courses are part of our Summer School project, which includes up to 15 hours of complementary activities, such as guided tours and film screenings!

Our teaching method

Every course is taught in the target language, i.e. our teachers constantly speak the language that our students want to learn when delivering lessons or explaining concepts. Our method relies on the belief that a total immersion in the language is the most effective way to improve one’s level. Our teachers have regular meetings to ensure the consistency of our method, regardless of the level of each course.

VISA

Are you not an European citizen? In order to apply for some kind of visas, the embassy may ask you to prove your German level and/or provide them with a confirmation of enrollment in a German course. Should this be your case, feel free to contact us. We will do our best to help you with the paperwork concerning your language status (i.e. you can test your level with one of our teacher and we can provide you with a document in which your level is clearly stated), as well as your studying status (i.e. confirmation of enrollment, confirmation of payment, etc.). Moreover, should the amount of hours in the course you would like to attend not be enough for your specific visa request, we are more than glad to offer you and other students in similar positions, some hours (according to your needs) of tutoring, without any further cost!

First step: choose the right type of course for you!

SUPER-INTENSIVE (SUMMER SCHOOL) COURSES 268€ for 2 weeks. Only in August and September

2 weeks of morning or afternoon classes, 5 hours of lesson per day, four times a week, 50 hours* in total.

INTENSIVE COURSES 192€ for 4 weeks. From September till June

4 weeks of morning classes, 3 hours of lesson per day, four times a week, 48 hours* in total.

EVENING COURSES 240€ for 8 weeks

2 months of evening classes, 2 hours of lesson per day, 2 times a week, 48 hours* in total.

Second step: look at the calendar and pick your course

AUGUST/SEPTEMBER

Super intensive courses (Summer School) – €268

A1.1: 27 AUGUST- 7 SEPTEMBER ( Mon- Fri 9:15-13:30)

A1.2: 27 AUGUST-7 SEPTEMBER (Mon – Fri 14:00-18:15)

A2.1: 27 AUGUST- 7 SEPTEMBER (Mon- Fri 9:15-13:30)

A2.2: 27 AUGUST-7 SEPTEMBER (Mon – Fri 14:00-18:15)

B1.1: 27 AUGUST- 7 SEPTEMBER (Mon- Fri 9:15-13:30)

C1.1: 27 AUGUST-7 SEPTEMBER (Mon – Fri 14:00-18:15)

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER

Intensive courses – €192

A1.1: 11 SEPTEMBER – 5 OCTOBER (Tue-Fri 8.45 – 11.15)

A1.2: 11 SEPTEMBER – 5 OCTOBER (Tue-Fri 11.40 – 14.10)

A2.1: 11 SEPTEMBER – 5 OCTOBER (Tue-Fri 8.45 – 11.15)

B1.1: 11 SEPTEMBER – 5 OCTOBER (Tue-Fri 11.40 – 14.10)

B2.1: 11 SEPTEMBER – 5 OCTOBER (Tue-Fri 8.45 -11.15)

C1.1: 11 SEPTEMBER – 5 OCTOBER (Tue-Fri 11.40 – 14.10)

Evening courses – €240

A1.1: 10 SEPTEMBER – 31 OCTOBER (Mon and Wed 19.15  – 21.40)

A1.2: 10 SEPTEMBER – 31 OCTOBER (Mon and Wed 19.15 – 21.40)

A2.1: 11 SEPTEMBER – 1 NOVEMBER (Tue and Thu 19.15  – 21.40)

B1.1: 10 SEPTEMBER – 31 OCTOBER (Mon and Wed 19.15  – 21.40)

B2.1: 11 SEPTEMBER – 1 NOVEMBER (Tue and Thu 19.15  – 21.40)

C1.1: 10 SEPTEMBER – 31 OCTOBER (Mon and Wed 19.15  – 21.40)

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER

Intensive courses – €192

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)

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

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

 

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER

Intensive courses – €192

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)

Evening courses – €240

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)

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)

DECEMBER

Intensive courses – €192

(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)

 

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Accommodation

Should you need any help to find a place to stay while attending your course, send us an email! Berlino Schule have concluded agreements with some flat tenants in Berlin and can put you in touch with them or provide you with a list of hostels and hotels with fair prices which are close to the school.

Skype lessons

The language school “Berlino Schule” is located in Berlin and gives you the opportunity to study German directly from home thanks to our teachers and the private lessons conducted via Skype. We aim at making education accessible to everyone, even those not living in Germany or even those who cannot attend the school. Our individual and Skype classes are made for beginners (A1.1) as well as advanced learners (C1) and the other levels. 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 defined with the school. The price is €28 per hour (45 minutes). Send to us your application and you will have the chance to attend lessons comfortably from home. Contact us at info@berlinoschule.com for further information.

Where

At Berlino Schule, in Gryphiusstr. 23, in Friedrichshain, one of the best, safest and most lively areas in Berlin. Moreover the school is within walking distance of the East Side Gallery (the longest segment of the Berlin Wall still standing), one of the main touristic attractions of the capital city.

Course calendar

Berlino Schule offers courses for everyone: intensive, evening and conversation ones. The whole language offer is available on the official school website.
Consult here the complete German courses calendar of Berlino Schule.

Info & Registration

Should you need further information or want to register for one of the above-mentioned courses, feel free to contact us at info@berlinoschule.com !

*As defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and applied to all language schools, one hour of lesson consists of 45 minutes.