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Planning for Berlin in summer 2009 March 3, 2009

Posted by Paul Rees in Uncategorized.
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People who follow me on Twitter will know that I have booked an airline ticket to Germany so that I can spend the summer in Berlin. The primary purpose of this trip is to improve my German language skills (such as they are :)

I intend to enroll at a school at attend class for say four days per week as well as, of course, having close to three months of full on exposure to the language.

I am also going to use this opportunity to make some short trips elsewhere in Europe. Although I have travelled to Europe five times I am not well travelled. I have only visited Germany (3 times) UK, London (4 times) and Italy (2 times, many years ago).

I have started to look for somewhere to live in Berlin. This is not an easy process. There are a number of websites that one can use to look for accommodation. However it seems to me that the best ones are only in German. That is no surprise really.

This task has highlighted just how poor my German skills are, even after almost two years of learning. Those websites might as well be in Chinese. They use a technical vocabulary that I am not familiar with; some words are not even in the dictionary. I can hardly read anything! Very disappointing and frustrating.

Luckily my German friends have come to the rescue and offered to help. I am going to need it. Can’t do this one on my own.

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1. madam - March 3, 2009

Torsten (http://twitter.com/Murph68) has helped me put together this “accommodation wanted” advertisement http://is.gd/lwN1

2. Martin Leyrer - March 4, 2009

If you want to/intent to come to Austria (Salzburg and or Vienna) drop me a line. Would love to meet you in person.

3. Ralph - March 15, 2009

Dasselbe gilt für mich und meine Familie! ;-) Du siehst, Paul, wie beliebt Du bist! Und Du weißt, dass Du Dich mit jedem Problem der deutschen Sprache auch an mich wenden kannst.

Berlin ist übrigens nicht der beste Ort, um makelloses Deutsch zu lernen. Man sagt, dass das beste Deutsch in Hannover und Umgebung gesprochen wird. Böse Zungen sagen, dass sich die Leute auf den Dörfern um Hannover herum sonst mit ihren vielen Dialekten nicht verständigen könnten. Die Berliner sprechen einen Dialekt, der für viele Deutsche ordinär klingt. Hier eine Kostprobe: Ick weeß dit de im Juni in unsre scheene Stadt kommst. Ich freu mir schon so dit wa uns ma sehn kenn!

I´ll supply an English version of this post later-on. Until then you´ll have to put up with this Greman post. ;-))

Alles Gute aus Blankenfelde bei Berlin

Ralph

4. lehrergehrke - March 28, 2009

I promised to solve the riddle about Berlin accent:

Ick weeß dit de im Juni in unsre scheene Stadt kommst. Ich freu mir schon so dit wa uns ma sehn kenn!

In decent German:

Ich weiß dass Du im Juni in unsere schöne Stadt kommst. Ich freue mich schon so, dass wir uns mal sehen können.

All the best, Ralph

5. madam - March 28, 2009

Hey Ralph – Don’t confuse me with the Berlinerisch. Hoch Deutch is difficult enough :) Actually the “decent German” is quite good. We’ve been learning about this type of sentence at school. When you have “dass” the conjugated verb goes to the end of the sentence or clause.

Your capitalisation of “Du” confused me – and I have noticed other people doing it too. However I researched it and discovered that “du” used to be always capitialised prior to the 1996 spelling reform http://is.gd/pkFF

6. Murph - June 24, 2009

Long time no post. Waiting for new German experience


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