Why deutsch is important in my life

Hello my friends , today was my second day in the deutschakademie course , it was a good day.

I decided to take a Deutsch course , because for me was no enough the one that I learned in mexico. In mexico I learned german about all the services in a hotel and all the Numbers, but about normal life I dont know to much, when I came to Wien I feeled that I didnt know nothing.

Why Deutsch is so important in my life ?, well I speak many languages Spanish , English , French and Chinese , but Deutsch is important in my life because is very important to speaks the language of the country that you are, also knowing the language ,you can have better relationships with the people , because every body can understand perfect and that ,make better the communication and more warm .

I taked the desition to take the course in deutschakademie, because when I came to Wien my girlfriend was looking a good school for me , but searching in Google , we found it , and also we looked that deutschakademie has so good comments, also is in many places of Wien and one was near about my work.

There are many things that I like from deutschakademie, one is the app that we have , there you can make free exercises, and other are the classes that are in complete Deutsch and teachers are young people like us , and the intense course that I am, no everybody give you good number of days and also the hours of the classes that we have

That was my day today and what I think about deutschakademie , OK im going to continue making my homework , bye friends . tschüss!!

First day of deutsch akademie course

Halo ich bin Ruben, ich komme aus Mexiko

Today was my first day in my german cours in the Deutsch akademie school . In my class there are people from all the world , there are people from Iran, Georgia, Serbia ,Brazil , Philippines, Italy , USA , Ukraine and my teacher is from here, from Österreich , her name is Linda Zacharias.

The class started at 11:45am , and the first activity the teacher put to us ,  to say our names.

Wer bist du? And Wie heißt du ?

I looked that must of my classmates know a little bit of German also me, because all was explained in german and I think  is a good strategy.  Sometimes when the teacher looked that we didn’t understand she explains us  in English .

Well this is a little bit of my first day and I’m ready for the next days.

Aufwierdesehen

This is a picture of my class mates 

Shout-out to DeutschAkademie

This Thursday was the final day of my B2.1 course here in Deutschakademie. In total, I’ve spent 2 months studying here, and one more is just around the corner, so hopefully I’ll reach the B2 level soon.

So, how can I sum up my experience here? In one word: just awesome. To be fair, I couldn’t imagine that my German would improve so much over these 2 months: I’ve learned tons of new grammar, trained my listening and reading skills, became more confident at speaking, and, of course, learned a huge amount of new vocabulary. It’s amazing how much information and knowledge has been given to me and my classmates during the courses, and even more fascinating was the way we were taught: fun, easy and informal. All this combined led to great productivity and awesome language improvement results for all of us.

Sounds like a cool environment to skyrocket your German skills? Then DeutschAkademie is the right place for you. Check out the next course dates and register now! Don’t believe the rumors, life is not too short to learn German.

I’m wishing every one of you a great time in Vienna and a lot of success in mastering German. Choose DeutschAkademie and very soon you’ll nail your coffee house orders or you’ll even be able to see the best theatre shows in German. Hope I managed to share some ideas about Viennese activities through my tips and observations, which I’ve posted during the last month. Anyway, the best way to learn Vienna (as well as any other place) is just to go out and explore. In Vienna you can do it endlessly.

Best wishes and good luck,

Viktoriia

After 7 Months Here at DA

After seven months in Deutsch Akademie, I am finally saying goodbye to this place! I had my first German course here starting with “Guten Tag” and “Wie geht’s,” and I have come a long way. Yesterday might have been the official last day of the fourth week of an intensive course, but to my class, today was basically the last day. We had our exam yesterday, and today we met up at a cafe called cafe Mendez near Karlsplatz.

So long everyone! Hopefully see you soon?

I have had a few classes with some of my current classmates, but none of them is returning back for B.2.2 next month. And I also figured I wanted to take a break and possibly use the time to do a bit more traveling around, particularly since I do not need B2 official certificate. However, we talked that since many of us are will still be in the city, we will plan regular get togethers.

Earlier this morning, we met up at Deutsch Akademie, and walked over to the cafe together. We talked mainly about what our plans were after this course, particularly for those who are not returning next month or are in Vienna temporarily. I wanted to give a shout out to our friend, Irena, for finishing her master’s thesis, which is one of the main reasons for not returning next month. She will be traveling back and forth to Italy for her defense and tying loose ends to complete her degree!

Vienna’s Gruesome Underground

St. Stephansdom and St. Michaels church have their very own catacombs. I have not yet been to St. Stephansdom’s catacomb, but I can assure you that the catacomb in St. Michael’s church has a number of notable mummies! The guided tour of the crypt costs 7 euros for adults and start in front of the church. I am not sure when exactly the crypt was built (it only said the 16th and the 17th centuries). The guide leads you through the church to downstairs, and as you enter the crypt you feel the cold air coming from downstairs.

There are about 4000 bodies in the crypt but only hundreds of coffins. Obviously, nobility and those who can afford to have coffins made and have a family room reserved. The tour points out some of the notable families as well as a couple of famous people. Also the most famous person in the crypt is called Pietro Metastasio, who wrote some of the librettos for Mozart’s operas. Then, the tour leads to almost perfectly mummified bodies. Due to the catacomb’s unusual conditions, many bodies did not decompose but mummified with almost perfectly well preserved fingernails and their outfits and wigs. Looking at all those bones and mummies, I felt a bit gruesome and had chills from time to time, but the tour was definitely interesting. Besides the crypt, St. Michael’s church is also famous for the very first performance of Requiem after Mozart’s death. Overall, the guide was very informative not only about the crypt but also about history of the city, well particularly regarding burial sites.

Zotter: a real life chocolate factory (without Charlie)

For those chocolate lovers, good news, Austria has its very own chocolate world like the movie “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. I am sure many of you tried Zotter’s chocolate of variety (about 400 of them) of different flavors. Now, I am happy to announce that you can be as happy as that big chubby German boy and the competitive bubble gum girl and the spoiled rich squirrel girl from the movie except at Zotter. You can visit the factory and try as much as chocolate just like those children with golden tickets.

Zotter is located about an hour and half away from Vienna by car and about 40 minutes east of Graz. You can reserve your ticket online, and there are different types of tickets starting with a regular tour to a tour with a nice chocolate drink. When I was there, I got the day trip ticket for about 16 euros (sorry no student discounts). With the ticket, I tried all the chocolate I wanted at the Choco Shop Theatre and an entrance to its Edible Zoo.

There are two more types of tours you can do that are more comprehensive. For about 23 euros, the first one begins with a Zotter aperitif and liquor and a small chocolate box to take it with you. The second type costs about 60 euros, but that one includes a full three course farm to table meal. I thought the regular day tour ticket was enough maybe even too much. It was hard to control myself in front of all the chocolate even before I reached the best part: the edible zoo!

8 Signs That You’ve Lived in Vienna

Today is exactly 6 months since I’ve moved to Vienna. Half of the year has passed, it’s crazy how fast time flies! At this point, I can definitely say that I know something about this place: I’ve observed many interesting things during my stay here and I’d like to share some highlights. Some of you will relate to them, I’m sure.

1. You’ve mastered grocery shopping planning

Vienna is one of those places where almost the whole city is shut down on Sundays. While this is a good thing, because this day is usually dedicated to friends, family or just to yourself, this can be a problem if you need those two bloody eggs for your morning pancakes recipe. That’s why everyone here plans ahead: Saturday morning is the prime time to see families filling their shopping carts with tons of stuff. Working days are tricky too: if you live in Vienna, you know you should get your evening beer before 20:00.

2. … if no, you know how keep calm in these enormous queues at the train station supermarkets

If your memory, like mine, sometimes fails you, then you’ve definitely experienced this lifelong waiting in the Billa at Praterstern or in the Spar at Landstraße. And you’ve probably also cursed at yourself million times and promised yourself that it was happening for the last time.

3. You praise Viennese transportation system

Public transport in Vienna, or Öffi, as locals call it, is pretty amazing. It’s clean, safe and super efficient: you can get basically anywhere without any problem. When you travel, you compare the local transportation system to the Viennese one, but soon you realize that Vienna is unbeatable.

4. “Grüß Gott” doesn’t freak you out anymore

Here, instead of being greeted with standard German Hallo, you’ll hear Grüß Gott, which is not going to make sense at all at first. Don’t be shocked though, this phrase doesn’t have anything to do with religion these days and it’s a perfectly normal way to be polite in Austria.

5. You find a cup of coffee served without water bizarre

I haven’t seen any single coffee house in Austria, where you’ll get your coffee without a glass of water. In fact, you get so used to it, that any other coffee drinking scenario sounds extraordinary.

6. You know how to avoid these Opera tickets sellers

Every time you pass Opera, you see them: a bunch of guys dressed in costumes, trying to convince you to buy an overpriced ticket to a show. Most likely you instantly speed up, ignorantly stare in your phone or just throw a quick “Nein, danke”. Alternatively, you just avoid walking in the 50 meter radius from them.

7. This is your idea of a perfect summer evening stroll

8. And you wouldn’t have your Christmas any other way

 

Faschingsdienstag!

Eventhough you are not a Catholic, I am sure you are familiar with the famous Carnival in Brazil and Mardi Gras in New Orleans. The Fat Tuesday! The celebration of gluttony before Ash Wednesday or Lent. Austria, as a Catholic country, celebrates Fat Tuesday or Faschingsdienstag. I know Vienna is not the biggest city to celebrate with a big feast and parade. However, areas or cities like Burgenland and Modling make a huge deal out of it! The parade normally takes place on Sunday or Saturday before Fat Tuesday, when you can see all the kids with their cute little costumes and schools in Vienna usually have costume contest and their very own parade.

I think our costumes required some thinking for people to get it, which was not ideal for a crowd of drunk people.

Participating in this Faschings spirit, I also made myself a costume and joined the crowed on Tuesdday in Modling. Basically the whole city gets together at the city center with drink stands and get drunk in their costumes. Obviously, sometimes the crowd gets rowdy and starts fighting, but if you can just avoid that happening to yourself and falling on the ground (a lot of broken and sharp glasses), you will have so much fun! I dressed up as an egg donor with a bag of hard boiled eggs and my boyfriend dressed up as a sperm donor (in German Samenspenderin) with a bag of spinach seeds. The costumes cost us almost nothing and were easily disposable. Unfortunately, it rained for about an hour but I was just glad to have participated in this famous Faschingsdienstag in Austria.

Brunching in Vienna!

For the last couple of months I wrote blog posts for Deutsch Akademie, I introduced a couple of my favorite restaurants in the city, and today I wanted to talk about a couple of brunch spots I liked. Well, only a couple because I have not been to many brunch places in the city, and I do not like going far away when I am hungover on Sunday morning.

Spot number 1: Figar!

Figar serves an amazing breakfast burger! There are a few of them in Vienna (one in the fourth district off Wiedner Hauptstrasse, one in the seventh district off Mariahilfestrasse, one by Donaukanal, and finally one by Donauinsel.) I have only been to the first two Figars, but they are all the same. They also serve as a bar and are open until late night. During the weekend, it is almost impossible to get a table without a reservation, but sometimes you can get lucky and get a couple spots by the bar. I feel like I should try a variety of menus, but I have only tried their breakfast burges… oops. But as I eyed all the plates getting served around me, I do not remember a single unappitizing dish.

Spot Number 2: Vollpension

I am sure all of my classmates and the teacher can speak for my love for Vollpension. Vollpension carries a theme of “eating at your grandma’s.” The restaurant also gained its initial capital and investment for also carrying social responsibility of giving opportunities to old and retired to work once more. The cafe is owned by three Omas, and they bake everything there with what I am guessing are their own original recipies. I think I go there about twice a week for their irrisistable cakes! This place like Figar is also impossible to get a table on the weekends without reservation so make sure to call them beforehand. Also (assuming you will be there with someone else), their weekend brunch menu with three tiers of plates with homemade jam and scones is definitely a must-try.

Class Get Together for a Friendly Competition.

While I was in A level classes, the class majorly spoke English during the break to socialize and communicate, since our German was not competent enough to really use it while we turned our brains to rest mode. Eventually, being in a B level class meant being able to communicate with other students. As my German got better after each month at Deutsch Akademie, meeting with classmates outside the course felt much easier, for we were able to hold a full conversation in German. Also having many returning classmates help making friends. We have had a few get togethers outside the class for coffee or lunch or drinks on weekly basis even, but I wanted to share this one particular get together.

We are now counting days to play together again!

One of my classmates, Marta, recently purchased German Monopoly (the expanded version!), hoping to play as a class. Finally, we arranged a time to play together. After everyone’s work or class or what not, we picked up some snacks and drinks and met up at one classmate’s apartment on Landstrasse. Not the entire class got to join the evening, but we actually spoke German the whole time, except when we were confused with some rules. As we got used to all the rules, the game got more competitive and fun. I am not sure how often people get together to outside the class, but we all agreed that this kind of setting really gives more opportunities to apply vocabs and grammar we learned in class!

Do’s and Don’ts In The Viennese U-Bahn

When in Rome, do as the Romans do, states an ancient saying. When one is traveling, this should be the main motto, regardless of a destination. If you want to fully enjoy your experience and leave a good impression, being somehow aware of local rules is necessary: an excellent example of such rules is the Viennese U-Bahn etiquette, which locals are, apparently, very rigorous about. I’ve gathered a few essential tips about the Viennese subway behavior for you, in case if you want to avoid some heated comments in the local dialect.

1. Kein Essen, bitte!

Some of us might occasionally be guilty of Kebabs, Falafels or those take-away noodles, but let’s be real: no one likes this odd smell of food going through the whole carriage. Train your willpower and save your food for devouring it somewhere else.

2. The left side is for walking

Where I come from, no one cares about the golden escalator rule: stand on the right side, walk on the left one. Having lived in Europe for 2,5 years, now when I come home, I understand the passive aggressiveness of Viennese, when the left side is occupied. Please, just don’t.

3. Leave space for baby strollers

Viennese U-Bahn trains have secured plenty of space for buggies, so when you see one, you should make some room for it. Mums and dads will appreciate this, seriously. You’re free to stand there when no baby strollers are in your sight though.

4. U-Bahn is not a music venue

While this one is quite obvious and definitely universal, many still fail to follow it: please, keep the volume in your headphones loud enough for you to hear it, but quiet enough, so that other passengers don’t notice it. And definitely don’t use speakers for the purpose of enjoying the latest Justin Bieber’s hit – others might slightly dislike it.

5. NO to free rides

While it might be tempting to skip the ticket purchase and set your hopes on your luck, you should always travel with a valid ticket – it’s a no-brainer. After the feast comes the reckoning, as they say, so buying a ticket is the best way to say danke schön for the excellent Viennese transportation system.

Enjoy your rides!