Learning German in a Teacher’s Home

Some of you may recall back in August 2016 I embarked on an intensive German language learning home tuition experience with Sprachinstitut Treffpunkt-Online in the beautiful Bavarian city of Bamberg. There I spent two weeks living in the beautiful home of my native host teacher doing one-on-one lessons all day, Monday to Friday as well as going on leisure activities with my hosts at weekends.

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Apps for Learning German

Here’s a couple of screenshots from my iPhone showing the apps which are currently helping me on my German learning journey.

My favourites are Lingvist and Duolingo, both of which have free content. Speak and Translate costs a few Euros but is great as you can speak into it and it will translate what you have said.

Courses taught in English at Trier University

Trier University offers several Masters courses which are entirely taught in English. These are:

  • Master of Science in Data Science
  • Master of Science in Economics
  • Master of Arts in International Economy and Public Policy
  • Master of Science in Environmental Sciences
  • Master of Arts in European and East Asian Governance
  • Master of Science in Survey Statistics

For more information, their website can be found by clicking here.

Do Germans have a Sense of Humour?

Do Germans have a sense of humour? This can be the subject of a very long debate, but the BBC Travel website has gone to some lengths in explaining things in a very interesting article titled “Why people think Germans aren’t funny”.

The article gives some very plausible explanations as to why German humour isn’t funny to English speakers and vice versa. Click here to go to the article.

Tips for Learning a Foreign Language

Moving to a new country presents many challenges, not least of all is having to learn a foreign language. Even in countries where English is widely spoken, as a matter of courtesy you should at least make the effort to communicate with the locals in their native tongue.

I am English but for over twenty years have lived between the Middle East and Germany. Whilst I am by no means fluent, I get by at a basic level in Arabic and reasonably well in German. I want to share here my tips for language learning novices. Continue reading “Tips for Learning a Foreign Language”

Get Germanized

I recently discovered a very interesting and useful YouTube channel called “Get Germanized”.

It is hosted by a young German lad with bags of enthusiasm who is clearly very keen to help us foreigners living in Germany. The channel has a great deal of content covering a wide range of interesting topics including things such as job hunting, his Grandfather’s World War II stories and typical German stereotypes. He even has some basic German language lessons which are pretty good for total beginners:

Please go take a look at his channel and give him a few thumbs up or nice comments as he really is trying to help make our lives here easier.

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