Articoli

Berlino Schule

Cursuri de limba germană la Berlino Schule

Se spune că viața este prea scurtă pentru a învăța germană. Noi suntem de părere că nu-i așa!

Berlino Schule este o școală de limba germană cu adresă la Gryphiusstraße 23, 10245 care oferă o gamă variată de cursuri și vă pune la dispoziție profesori calificați, cu multă experiență în domeniu. Ești pentru prima oară în Berlin sau locuiești aici și încă nu ești mulțumit de nivelul tău de germană? Nu rata șansa de a învăța această limbă ”imposibilă”, într-un mediu relaxat și internațional.

Metoda noastră

Toate cursurile sunt ținute în limba țintă (în germană). Profesorii noștri vorbesc în mod constant limba pe care studenții doresc să o învețe, pe toată durata cursului. Suntem adepți ai imersiunii complete și credem că aceasta este cea mai efecientă modalitate de a învăța o limbă străina.

Informații generale

Berlino Schule oferă patru tipuri de cursuri de limbă germană: intensive (matinale), extensive (serale), super intensive (Summer School) și lecții private.

Crezi ca te-ar putea interesa? Contactează-ne la adresa de email info@berlinoschule.com iar noi îți vom oferi toate informațiile de care ai nevoie. Puteți accesa si site-ul nostru https://en.berlinoschule.com/ pentru a afla mai multe despre Berlino Schule.

Berlino Schule

Gryphiusstraße 23, 10245 Berlin

030 36465765

info@berlinoschule.com

Nabokov lived in Berlin for 15 years, but he never integrated in the German society

Vladimir Nabokov moved to Berlin in 1922 and lived there for 15 years

Nabokov’s family moved to Berlin in 1920. In those days, many people left Russia because of the Civil war, and from 1922 to 1923 more than 300.000 Russians reached Berlin. Immigrats was mainly concentrated in Wittenbergplatz and Charlottenburg (this latter was ironically called Charlottengrad). Vladimir Nabokov was among those who arrived in 1922. His arrival was quite tragic: after just a few weeks, his father passed away while trying to save Pavel Miliukovl, a notable Russian politician, during an attack.

Life in Berlin

Nabokov spent his time within the Russian community, as he has never been able to integrate in the German society. In fact, he then admitted he could not stand Berlin. “Upon moving to Berlin I was beset by a panicky fear of somehow flawing my precious layer of Russian by learning to speak German fluently…”, as he wrote in his work Strong opinions, published in 1973. He stayed in Berlin till the late 1930s, when the rise of the Nazi party pushed him to move to the United States.

Literary debut

In Berlin, Nabokov wrote his first works in Russian and published them in some newspapers, which were printed by some Russian immigrants. His first book (Korol Dama Valet) was published by a Russian editor. He also translated in English a great number of books. In fact, the cultural hybridization shines through them: even though, those books belong to the English literature, styles and themes are typical of the Russian culture.

A guide to Berlin

A Guide to Berlin is one of those. This short novel, published in 1925, describes Berlin from the inside perspective, through the eyes of an unidentified character. The novelist believes in how important it is to immortalize everyday life: “So that could be reflect in gentle lens of future times”. The guidebook offers few reference points, which are concretely recognizable: narration is subjective and far away from a guidebook-style.

Here you can download Nabokov’s short novel

Photo: A Pictorial Biography, compiled and edited by Ellendea Proffer (Ann Arbor: Ardis Publishers, c1991).

 

 

 

Brandenburger Tor is the real heart of Berlin, that’s why you cannot skip it

If you are planning a trip to Berlin, Brandenburger Tor is a must. You cannot skip it for many different reasons. In this article, we will try to explain why

Brandenburger Tor is the core of the German capital. In fact, it represents the symbol of the reunified Germany, after all the political, economic and social problems Germany faced after the Second World War. In 1961, Brandenburger Tor was located inside the famous “no man’s land”, that is the patch of land which has been conceived to split East Berlin and West Berlin.

Brandenburger Tor was inagurated in 1791 and symbolizes the victory of Peace over War. For the structure, the Acropolis of Athens had been taken into consideration as an inspiration. And this is exactly why, a Bronze Quadriga has been placed right on the top of the monument, as it represents the Greek goddess Eirene (designed by Johann Gottfried Shadow), used as a symbol of the Prussian victories. The position of the statue was changed by GDR in the opposite direction, and since then it has been no longer moved. 

The monument is characterized by a neoclassical architecture and it is 26 meters high. You can enter it through 5 different gates. In the past, the main entrance was reserved to the royal family, and of course “very normal people” could use only the 4 ones left. The two lateral structures, built in 1868 by the architect Johann Heinrich Strack, were used as checkpoints; now, you can find two sculptures, representing Mars and Minerva.

The Brandenburg Gate has gone through different historical events, from the triumphant March of Napoleon to the visit of Kennedy, and not to mention the Nazis parades and Hitler’s speeches, until the Fall of the Wall in 1989.

Photo: Debora Fieni and Raman Kaur

Party in Berlin? Then, you should learn these 10 typical German expressions

Berlin is famous for its alternative and excessive night life as much as Hamburg and Cologne. The international newspaper Deutsche Welle points out some words we should know to get ready for a night out in the German capital city.

FEIERABEND

Ready for a wild night in town? First thing first, it’s important to be stress-free from work. And Germans have the right word to mean the end of a working day: Feierabend, which literally means “holiday evening”. Unless you are a professional DJ, not every day can end with a party. But every Feierabend, is a good chance to join one.

AUFBREZELN

After work, a pit stop at home is what you need to start your night in the best way. Especially if you’re planning to go to an elegant and chic party. In this case, you should “dress up to kill”. Aufbrezeln just means this. High heels and a touch of lipstick for girls and a fresh shirt for boys are the necessary requirements. You never know where the night will end up. You could meet someone interesting.

VORGLÜHEN

Going out in group can be both funny and cheap. Having a drink or maybe two or three with friends is a good excuse to break the ice. Vorglühen is the German word for this. German bier might not always be loved by everyone but you have to admit that after one or two bottles you feel your feet above the ground. And ready to conquer the world.

WEGBIER

If you take a bier with you before the party, you can call it Wegbier or “take away bier”. In Germany, drinking bier on the streets is legal, as long as you behave and keep yourselves together.

AFTER-WORK PARTY

The number of after-work parties is increasing in the last years. What seems to be a retirement party, it is an actual after work party.

TÜRSTEHER

If you are going to a chic area of Berlin and Hamburg, it’s necessary to pass the bouncers which in German are called “Türsteher”. It literally means “the one who stays at the door” and somehow, surveils it.

AUF EX

If your German friends tell you to finish your drink “auf ex”, you better be ready to what is going to happen next. It believed to come from Latin but there is no document to prove it. Although, the translation is clear: kill your drink in one sip.

DÄMMERUNG

It’s the moment between day and night. And between night and day. So the beginning and the end of the day in one word. And if it was a cool night, it’s more likely that it will finish in the Dammerung.

NACHTSCHWÄRMER

The moment between twilight and down is when the night owls come out from their caves, offices and houses and head to bars, pubs and clubs. In one hand, residents complain about the screams and noise in the night. But in the other hand, bars’owners and taxi drivers thank the NachtSCHWÄRMER for their contribute to the city’s finance.

KATER

The term has two meanings and somehow, a bit ambuguous. Kater is the German version of ‘male cat’ but it means ‘hangover’ as well. The feeling that everyone knows after a wild night out. Also, Kater, comes from the Greek word ‘catarrh’. Which seems weird. The right English word is Hangover but, anyway, who cares about the meaning? Especially after an amazing night.

 

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!

 

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

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

Learn German in Berlin

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)

 

learn German in Berlin

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.

Brad Pitt nominated as testimonial of the German language in the world. Here’s why.

Throughout his career Brad Pitt has been called a lot of things, but surely he missed the title of being “a promoter of the German language”.

When not busy with the big screen or with humanitarian actions, the actor added another talent to his extensive curriculum. We are talking about the nomination to the tile of Sprachwahrer for the year 2014, an initiative promoted by the notorious German newspaper “Deutsche Spachwelt”. The award was given to someone that has demonstrated its dedication to the language, giving it value and merit. We can therefore define them as “language promoters”.

The actor, that has distant German origins, is in fact one of the most famous German scholars as well as a regular visitor of the country. We recall Tarantino’s “Inglorious Basterds” of 2009 that was shot in the studios of Studio Babelsberg in Potsdam. Estimator of the Teuronic art, he expresses with enthusiasm his passion for the language by saying “I like German, I even find it beautiful and melodious” as reported in Kölner Express.

The title is, however, very controversial and amongst the other formidable contenders we remember: Monika Gruber, the German cabaretist famous for her politically correct linguistic manipulation, Heike Diefenbach and Michael Klein with their battle fought with words and petitions, working towards an ideological and free scientific language. Last but not least Johannes Singhammer, vice-president of the German Parliament, appointed for his tireless actions in promoting the German language.

Amongst the winners of the previous editions we remember the Deutsche Bahn (the German railway), Loriot (a famous German comedian, in 2011) e pope Benedetto XVI (in 2005).

Photo © Red Romero Ramos CC BY SA 2.0


Wish to become like Brad and get nominated yourself as “promoter of the German language”? Then take a look at the German courses that Berlino Schule organizes in the heart of Berlin by clicking here!

 

Small vademecum to handle German without performance anxiety

Let’s start with a basic assumption, which to the ear of many will sound redundant: German is a difficult language. Fascinating, mysterious and that gives lots of satisfaction if handled with the same audacity and wonder of the first explorer of an ancient Khmer temple. But notoriously, irremediably and damnly complicated. For their own admission, Germans often love to repeat amongst themselves “Deutsche Sprache, schwere Sprache” (“German language, difficult language”), alluding to the challenges and idiosyncrasies that one of the most spoken mother tongues of Europe poses. Not to a German speaker, ça va sans dire, that he will almost certainly have learned to spell “Uberraschung” even before the word “Mom”. The problem arises when a foreigner, with greater or lesser goodwill, approaches the arcane and often indecipherable complexity of this idiom – an idiom extremely logical, schematic and intuitive for some, too obscure and deterrent for others.

Perhaps this is due to the fact that German, like other Indo-European languages, has both fusional and agglutinative traits. Which are not strange food intolerances or incurable diseases, but large containers where languages are organized in lists and classified according to morphological phenomena that have led to the formation of words over time. The difficulty in learning German is that in some ways it is a language that tends to flex (the grammatical cases and the declination of nouns and adjectives are a clear example) and at times tends to condense (see words of disproportionate length, formed by the addition of prefixes and suffixes to a lexical or verbal root). If we add to this the unclear identification of the gender, the fact that the conjugated verb or the participle – hence the key of everything – are placed very often after a forest of complements and at the end of a kilometer long sentence, the presence of a hostile and multifunctional auxiliary as werden and not to mention the use of at least five different mechanisms for the formation of plural names… well, it is not surprise if the beginner’s reaction will be one of outmost panic.

Don’t despair, and most importantly don’t give up, if at the restaurant you will be facing three objects that can be associated to three different grammatical genders on the same table: der Löffel (the spoon, masculine), das Messer (the knife, neutral) and die Gabel (the fork, feminine). The first instinct will be probably be to want to throw the table in the air, scream at the waiter whilst emitting undignified sounds and run as far as possible from so much linguistic confusion. But it is not by running away that you will be able to solve the problem. If you really want to feel like the master of your own destiny and of your future communications in the teutonic land, you will simply need to change your approach to a language that is not that harsh after all. So no more feeling lost, aspiring Germanophones, and keep in mind that:

– There is no obstacle that constant studying can’t overcome

Studying, studying, studying. Whoever has arrived to Berlin, or in Germany at broad, with a linguistic repertoire limited to a guten Morgen and Dankeschön will better look for a school or a valid method to approach this language seriously. In Germany there is a classification of learning levels (based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) starting from the A1, the basic step, and arriving at C2, the highest level, which presupposes an excellent mastery of the language. The achievement of each level implies the frequency of two intermediate modules: the A1 level, for example, is achieved with the frequency of A1.1 and A1.2. A constant study of the language implies that to the 100 hours of frontal lesson for each module, at least as many hours should be dedicated to an individual study, following the debatable advice of learning and memorizing at least 10 new words per day. If math is not an opinion then this brings us to the conclusion that to reach a discreet language level which can be considered the B1 it is necessary to dedicate at least 1.200 hours of sweat and tears. There is no other way, it is the only investment possible to achieve satisfactory results. A very popular but improbable motto says that life is too short to learn German. I am more inclined to believe that those who are convinced that they can go without studying German have a short life in Germany.

– The spelling and pronunciation of German can be quite intuitive

Unlike other languages like French, and apart from a few phonemes and diphthongs that can be easily memorized, German is read as it is written. And this makes it easier to pronounce it and spell it correctly. When the constructs will seem too difficult and the adjective declination will make you panic, you can always refresh your self-esteem on the basis of phonetic progress. It will be the first conquest in your climb over the legendary teutonic giant, and will also support you through dark times. Of course, these are also the first, tragic telephone conversations in German, a topic that deserves a post for its own.

– Verbal times have a much simpler use than Romance languages

In German it is absolutely normal to use the present time to express a future action, so that a phrase like “Tomorrow I will go to the theater” is a grammatically correct statement and also accepted in the written use. In addition, in the majority of Germany, but actually at the south of the so-called Weißwurstäquator (the imaginary equatorial of the white sausage marked well on the Danube path), 99% of speakers prefer the use of the Präteritum / remote past than the Perfekt / past, since it easier to memorize. Try to make a confrontation with the endless sequel of Italian, French, and Spanish verbal times, and then we can talk about it.

– There is an underlying logic and you can see it

All German nouns are written in uppercase: even Mark Twain, in his disheartening attack on the astrusive German language , was forced to admit that it was a good idea. In German there is a strict and stringent logic; once the verb prefixes are learned, at least in 60% of the occurrences, it will be incredibly easy to understand the meaning. When you will assemble genres and cases, be certain that you will almost certainly feel the concreteness and pragmatic nature of this language. Legend has it that the old (and rather unfair) stereotype of Germans who are devoid of any sense of humor arises precisely from the exaggerated precision of German language. But do you want to deny the dragging hilarity of a straightforward and unequivocal expression like “das kannst du deiner Oma erzählen” or “Go tell your grandmother?”. Germans do not need subtle hints: they go straight to the point.

-Playing with words and neologisms

The tendency to agglutinate that we aforementioned (which is also the primary cause of panic attacks registered on German soil, especially among foreign speakers, when confronted with innocuous words such as Elektrizitätswirtschaftsorganzingswirtschaftsorganisationsgesetz) can actually become a weapon to exploit to your benefit. Do not be overwhelmed by the number of letters! If you really want to apply an arithmetic approach to the language, divide the long word into its individual components, sum up their meanings until you get the overall one, subtract the anxiety and multiply the satisfaction of having understood without too much effort the sense of those forty-four letters. Not to mention that if your limited knowledge of German prevents you from completely expressing a concept, you will always be able to coin a new words without being treated as a crazy person but more as a great innovator and original language experimenter.

– Get germanized

The internet universe now offers the most complete and fun platforms that can help you integrate to your conventional and on-paper study of German some very efficient methodology. But above all it integrates a fundamental component: the entertainment. Amongst the various sites consulted during study hours and after scrolling the numerous tutorial or pseudo-educational proposals on YouTube, I’ve found and continue to find a lot of fun Get Germanized, the channel designed and created by Dominik Hannekum, present and active daily also on Facebook and on Twitter. Through a very direct and informal approach the channel becomes a sort of navigator that helps beginners to navigate among the difficulties of the basic German grammar. By deciphering the lexical curiosity of the slang, the most entertaining approaches that you may listen to in a club in Berlin, proverbs, untranslatable words, the small obsessions and thousands of other cultural nuances that are absent from the aseptic study of an idiom. It is absolutely advice to dispel with a smile the dreadful and unjustified fame of a labyrinthine language, that can prove to become incredibly fascinating.

 

This short account does not claim to be exhaustive or universal, but only aims to introduce you with a bit of more optimism to your descent into the Hochdeutsch. Each expedition might seem impossible at the beginning, and you are a small explorer setting off to discover a linguistic and mythological treasure. So arm yourself with courage, a good dose of initiative and remember that … “Mit Geduld schafft man alles,” with patience you win everything.

 

Nothing left to say than to wish you for a good trip.

 

And if you are living in Berlin and looking for a well taught German course, look no further can check out the classes offered at Berlino Schule here!