Studying abroad: German in Hamburg

Today, I will talk about my experience in Germany, the last place where  I studied a language. If you want to know more about my other experiences, look at the posts about how I studied Spanish and French abroad.

In August 2015, I started to learn German and I still am studying, albeit at a slower pace. To improve quickly and use as a motivation, I decided that I would go to Germany in January 2016. Continue reading

My favorite children’s books in German

As I commented in my video 233 days of German, I read many children’s books to help my German. The advantage of children’s books is that they have a simpler language and many illustrations that show what’s going on. My favorite books were from the collection “Wieso? Weshalb? Warum?“. That collection explains to children how the world works in simple language. Storybooks are also interesting, but sometimes vocabulary is not as important for an adult, one reason why I don’t read a lot this kind of book. Nevertheless, I decided to put here a mixture of fiction and non-fiction to please those who like both genders.

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Nonfiction Books

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10 German words to express yourself better

The German language is famous for the relatively long words. The reason is that in German is common to combine two words or more to form a new one with its own meaning. This makes the creation of new words in the language very simple and that’s the reason there are so many unique words in German. Here are some I find very interesting.

Zugzwang = Zug (move) + Zwang (being forced)

Have you ever felt trapped, forced to take a decision? That’s what the word “Zugzwang” describes. The term comes from the chess and describes the moment the chess player is forced to make a move that will surely worsen his game.

Nowadays, “Zugwang” describes the pressure to make a strategic move, to make an important decision.

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Review of the course Harry – Deutsche Welle

Harry – gefangen in der Zeit is the newest course of network Deutsche Welle. And, of course, I tried the course to tell you all about it.

The story and characters

Harry is a grumpy man who is visiting the Black Forest in Germany while on holiday with his girlfriend Julia. He is from the fictional country Traponia and does not speak German; consequently, Julia always serves as an interpreter for him. One day, he wakes up alone in his hotel room and goes alone to the Black Forest, where he is struck by a lightning. After that day, all his days are always the same. Harry is stuck in a time warp and he wakes up every day on April 31st, at 7 am in his hotel room.

Now, he needs to learn German and get out of this time warp. But what caused this time distortion? In whom can he trust? Where’s Julia? Continue reading

German movies 2

After a long time, finally a post about movies. You can check the first about German movies here.

Die Welle – The Wave

The film is based in an experiment that occurred in United States. “The Wave” tells the story of a high school teacher that creates a microcosm of an autocracy to show his students how this kind of government works and its consequences. The teacher loses the control of the experiment and the autocratic movement grows inside and outside the school.

Sophie Scholl – The Final Days – Sophie Scholl – Die letzten Tage

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Review of Deutsch – Warum Nicht? – Deutsche Welle

I completed another course of the broadcaster Deutsche Welle, this time, the course was “Deutsch – Warum nicht?“. And, it is my favorite so far. Even the name of the course I adore.

Story and Characters

The story takes place at the Hotel Europa in Aachen. Andreas is a journalism student and works as a door attendant at the hotel. He is always accompanied by Ex, a female elf that came out of a book. Strange, I know, but Ex is a lovely character! Other secondary characters are Frau Berger, the hotel manager; Dr. Thürmann, a regular hotel guest and Hanna, the housekeeper. Continue reading