Finally in Berlin!
I have been learning German for the past 4 months and now I am finally in Berlin! I am no where near fluent and I only really have basic conversation skills but it is so nice to be able to talk to people and hold a basic conversation in German. It is so fun to be able to translate the signs and see the language used in everyday life.
It's really good listening to others as well isn't it, and trying to pick out phrases or just words. Being immersed for even a short time makes all that learning worthwhile!
Good for you. I love Berlin, and in Berlin I met a lot of Germans who did not speak English beyond a few words, so German is very important. Enjoy Germany
Using the language in your day to day life is truly the best way to learn a language! It's the immersion that counts :)
No matter if it's just a short trip or if you plan to stay longer I really hope you enjoy your stay in Berlin as much as I always enjoy mine. In Berlin there is always something fascinating just around the next corner.
So-o-o jealous! My daughter and grandkids are going this summer. Enjoy your experience!
I lived in Berlin with a German family quite a while ago when the Wall was still up. It is my dream to return soon and walk under the Brandenberger Tor and stay at least one night at the Hotel Adlon, Berlin's finest hotel. Have you taken the S-Bahn out to Lake Wannsee? The Tiergarten is one of the world's great parks, I loved going there to just relax. All the Berliners I met couldn't have been nicer And the family I stayed with practically adopted me. I hope you're there for a long stay. You'll see your conversational German soar to fluency. Alles gutes!
What a story. I was born in the GDR, but was only 1 year old when the wall fell... It's strange that two of my three older brothers were born in the 70ths and were raised in a totally different social and political system than me... Hope you will return to Berlin one day =)
Enjoy Berlin! I will be going in September so I hope to hear about your experiences in the city :)
That's great! Be brave and use that German no matter what! :) Tell us later what you saw and did there, but for now just live it up!
Shelby, how long are you in Berlin? I won't have the time for the next 3 weeks due to my final exams, but we could meet afterwards. Have an awesome time here!
Ich liebe auch Deutschland und ich gehen oft. Wenn ich meinen Baum in Englisch abzuschließen, werde ich die deutsche starten. Viel Glück!
Have you already bumped from Berlin Wall or wie sagen Sie das in Deutsch? I want to be in your place. Enjoy Berlin.
That's awesome! I've been wanting to go to Germany. My boyfriend is actually from Germany and he will be leaving to go back soon since he was only here for a year as an exchange student. I wish you all the best!
Just got back from studying abroad for four months in there. Loved every second!
Wow, you are in Berlin! I am so jealous! I would love to be in Germany and be able to practice my German with the locals. Lucky for you! Have a wonderful time!
This is so nice! I'm envying you for be in Berlin, practicing much more and talk in German. Have fun! Good stay in Germany! Tschúss!
Enjoy yourself! I was in Freiburg for 3 weeks during the Christmas season the 90's and spoke no German. But, I did get to sing in a German choir. The words came easily but I had no idea what they meant. I would love to go back after studying for a while.
have you had a Berliner yet? ;-p http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berliner_(doughnut)#John_F._Kennedy_urban_legend
Ach Mensch, du hast ja viel Glück, damit du die fähigkeit nach Deutschland gehen hast! Und von allen Orten des Landes, hast du natürlich nach dem Ort, dem ich am meistens reisen will! xD Ich bin so jelly. Stell sicher viele Bilder machen, und wenn es möglich ist, zeig einfach alle von uns, sodass wir weiterhin jelly zu sein! Hah. Viel spaß in Berlin!
That's Awesome! I have been studying for a whopping 5 or 6 days but have always been fascinated with this language. I hope someday to visit the country. When I was in the military I really wanted to be stationed in Germany, but alas it did not happen. I wish you all the best and make sure you have a couple beers for me!
Enjoy your stay and resist the urge to speak English with those Germans who want to practice their English. I live in Germany now for almost 10 years, and I always say that the longer I live in Germany the better my English gets! Often Germans will hear my American accent when I speak in German and then answer me back in English. Now I don't fall for that switch and, instead, keep speaking to them in German. I find the German people, for the most part, love it when we try to speak their language and are so willing to either help and correct your mistakes or are gracious in trying to understand what it is exactly I want to communicate. I probably could live here all my life and never fully master this language, but with this program, I find learning this hard language can even be a bit of fun!
Hallo Berliner! Just speak as much as possible. You will improve and speak faster if you don't worry about speaking perfectly. I had weak grammar, but I just kept using German and learning from the Germans I spoke to. Now my grammar is very strong, but my speaking is very fluent. Don't be afraid to stick with the conversations; your comprehension will improve as you are exposed to new expressions, because they happen IN CONTEXT! Vollgas!!!
Deutschklasse is so right! This was my exact experience living in Berlin. I didn't worry about errors in grammar ( which I still make a lot of ) I just spoke in German and let the Germans correct me. I have written in German on these posts from time to time, and if I make a mistake I'm sure to have it corrected. I almost think you learn better from corrections than trying to speak or write with perfect grammar. Go for it!!
You have to tell your husband not to speak to you in anything but German for 24 hours. You must not speak any English for any reason during this period. If you will do this on a consistent basis you will soon be fluent. Don't worry about grammar; let your husband correct your mistakes. I'm sure he will be happy for you to speak to him in his native language. Alles gutes!