Nach B1.2: motiviert bleiben

Ich lese oft viele Vorschläge im Internet, aber sie beziehen sich nur auf die Niveaus A1 bis B1. Trotzdem beginnen die Probleme nach dem B1 Abschluss.
Wenn ich müde bin, kann ich mich zu nichts mehr motivieren. Es sieht so aus, als könnte ich kein Wissen mehr aufnehmen. Diese Gefühl dauert glücklicherweise nicht lange, aber ich sollte erinnern mich daran, dass der ganze Prozess Zeit benötigt.

Also, wie bleibt man neugierig und aktiv?
Wie kann man von B1 bis B2 aufsteigen?

Zuerst sollte man für sich wiederholen, warum man sich dieses Ziel gesetzt hat.
Ich persönlich wollte von Anfang an ein leichteres Leben in Wien haben. Mein Ziel ist es auch, die Lebenswerke von Robert Musil in der Originalsprache zu lesen.
Und mein Traum ist es, mit meinen zukünftigen Kindern ur auf Deutsch zu sprechen, sodass sie drei Sprachen beherrschen. Tatsächlich werden meine Eltern mit ihnen auf Italienisch sprechen können, meine Schwierigeltern und mein Verlobter auf Slowenisch und ich auf Deutsch.
Zweiters sollte ma jeden Tag Einsatz zeigen und die Tätigkeiten wechseln.
Im letzen Artikel habe ich darüber geschrieben -> link.
Drittens sollte man nicht nur ausdauernd arbeiten, sondern auch erkennen, eine Pause braucht, bevor man wirklich explodiert!

An eurer Stelle würde ich einen kleinen Ausflug machen, zum Beispiel nach Niederösterreich1 Hier gibt es einen Vorschlag von mir -> link !
Und versucht ihr, einen deutschen Reiseführer zu bekommen 🙂

Arbeitsplatz: die Entspannung beginnt hier

Hast du die Hausübungen gemacht?

Für Montag sollten meine Kollegen vom Kurs und ich eine kleine Präsentation vorbereiten.
Diese Präsentation geht darum, was passierte im Vergangenheit an unserem Geburtstag.

Also ich werde von Lana Del Rey berichten. Ich habe dieses (leichte) ausgesucht, weil die andere Ereignisse ein bisschen langweilig (oder zu katastrophische) waren.

Lana Del Rey ist eine amerikanische Sängerin und sie wurde am 21. Juni 1986 geboren, also nur vor drei Jahre als ich sie ist exakt drei Jahre älter als ich 😛
Sie wurde 2011 mit dem Song “Video Games” plötzlich sehr bekannt. Ihre Popularität dauert bis heute, aber sie hat im Jahr 2014 ihre letztes Album herausgegeben. Bisher die Alben sind insgesamt vier.
Alle Fans haben die Hoffnung darauf, dass sie weitergeht.
Ich finde ihren Stil der Musik und den Videos faszinierend und harmonisch. Sie hat praktisch diese neue Mode reich von Blümen und Pastellfarben begonnen.

Also, was sagt ihr? Ist es ausreichend?
Ich lasse euch mit diesen Foto meiner letzten Geburtstagsparty. Dasselbe, gell? 😀

PS: Gestern war der Vyshyvanka Tag -> link 🙂 (Es ist das Hemd, das ich trage) Alles Gute!

Wichtige Möglichkeiten im Internet

Also, wollen wir Deutsch lernen, *gell*?

Während der Pendelstrecke haben wir genug Zeit, um eine Fremdsprache auszusteigen.
Aber wieso?
Lass mich sagen, dass nicht nur ein Vokabelkärtchen App eine gute Möglichkeit sein kan, sondern auch den Hören der Hörbücher.
Leider mussen alle dieser Apps mit einer Kreditkarte kaufen und abonnieren. Aber wenn wir eine vertrauenswürdige Internetseite benutzen, ist der Datenschutz garantiert.

Apropos, meine Lieblingsapps sind Quizlet und Tolino (das Thalias App für Hörbücher). Ich habe für lange Zeit gesucht, und nach einem Preisvergleich habe ich diese gewählt. Es gibt ein guter Rabatt: 0,99E für 3 Monaten. Aber wenn man die Gültigkeit verlängern will, verändert das Preis in 9,90E pro Monat.
In generell ist die Verschlüsselung schnell und die Kreditkartenbetrugen gemieden.
Andere Vorteile sind der Mangel der Lieferzeit und der Versandkosten: wenn man die Apps herunterladet hat, hat man sofort in seinem Handy.

Ich habe mit “Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen” begonnen. Welches Hörbuch wollt ihr?

 

Adieu Level A2, Willkommen B1. Step by step to the next level

All good things must come to an end, the saying goes, but fortunately, good things are generally followed by something better. This has been the experience at Deutsch Academy as well. Having been here for three months, I can testify that the time spent here only becomes more fun and productive with every passing day, week and month. As many students will say, German is by no means an easy language to learn and neither is cramming in all the rules, cases and exceptions that fun, but this is exactly what makes Deutsch Academy special – effective coaching and an effort to make learning fun.

Last week marked the end of another monthly batch at the academy with everyone satisfied and happy at the progress we had made. As usual, its a relief to have made it through a heavily loaded intensive course, when everything is packed into 4 short weeks, but the rewards are definitely worth all the effort we have put in. So here we are, having made it to the other side, often doing well, sometimes barely holding on to the pace of course and sometimes getting through by just being goofy.

Sometimes impressive, sometimes goofy, but always fun!

The course ending is also marked with nostalgia. In a surprisingly short period of time, we build strong relationships with our fellow students and the course instructors and then when the inevitable tides of change come sweeping in at the end of the course, its time to bid goodby to those who have to move out. Its quite moving that people coming from different corners of the globe, sometimes barely able to communicate with each other without an online translation tool can build lasting friendships after facing a common challenge and having helped each other in the class and with coursework outside. The friends we make are also perhaps one of the best takeaways from the time spent here.

Thanks Deutsch Academy! See you next month!

Moving to B1. First thoughts!

Finally, this week, I made the big jump of moving from beginner level German classes (A1, A2) to middle level and I think its been an interesting change and one that must be shared with future students who will be making the same transition in due course. After all, it always helps to know the experience of people who have taken or are taking the same journey as you are! Additionally,it would also give me a chance to fondly remember the amazing time I had in the beginner courses at Deutsch Academy Wien!

Hard work ahead!

First of all, B1 does announce itself in with big bold headlines! The books are feel different and structured quite differently. The words we learn are noticeably longer (its German after all!) and more abstract, so cute cartoonish pictures to explain words are largely done away with. Instructors help you with the transition of course, but the message is clear – its a bit more serious now! Themes get more sophisticated and classes are more packed and some of us have to spend our break time going over new words that are not that easy to comprehend. Instructors also engage students assuming a certain comfort level in spoken and written Deutsch, so its quite a different ball game. Its generally the students who have to be more animated to get across to the teacher now!

All that being said, I really must mention the excellent coaching that we received at Deutsch Academy in the earlier levels as its the main reason for us being able to keep up with the demanding course work. I can definitely appreciate the effort that teachers spent drilling in basic concepts and lexicon into our brains, now that we have to rely on it so much for further progress. In many ways, B1 builds on top of concepts learnt in earlier courses and cements them further, so having strong basics matters more than ever. A big, heartfelt thanks to my instructors and my fellow students at the Zieglergasse location for all the help they extended to me over the past couple of months! I am grateful for it now more than ever!

 

Wie lerne ich Deutsch?

Hallo liebe Leute!

Alle wissen, dass der wirklichste Weg, um eine Framdsprache zu lernen, in vier Teilen geteilt ist:
1) Lesen
2) Hören
3) Schreiben
4) Sprechen
Die Punkte 1 und 2 sind “passive” Fahigkeiten, während die Punkte 3 und 4 “aktive” Fahigkeiten sind. Das heißt, dass die letzte mehr Einsatz brauchen.

Wie ist mein Alltag? Wie kann ich alle diese Punkte erledigen?

Hören
Also, jeder Tag stehe ich auf und frühstücke. Während des Frühstücks höre ich die langsam gesprochene Nachrichten von DeutschWelle (link). Ich versuche, alle zu verstehen, aber wenn ich Probleme habe, sehe ich die Texte beigefügt.
Dann ich ins Fitnesszentrum gehe. Wenn ich auf dem Tapis Roulant laufe, höre ich das Audiobuch “Harry Potter und der Stein der Wiesen”. Großartiges Buch!

Wiederholen
In der U-Bahn (wenn ich in die Arbeit gehe) benutze ich nur ein bisschen meine lieblingste App: Quizlet (link)! Mit dieser App kannst du alle deine Vokabeln mit einer besonderen Methode wiederholen.
Ich habe fünf Schnellhefter gemacht, von A2.1 bis B2.2!

Lesen
Zum Mittagessen habe ich eine Stunde zu erholen. Warum nicht eine Zeitschrift oder eine Zeitung lesen? DerStandard oder WienerZeitung, aber auch mein “Der kleine Prinz”.
Wenn du liest, bitte nicht stopp jedes Mal, dass du ein neues Wort triffst! Gehe weiter und genieß!

Sprechen
Mit meinen Kollegen versuche ich zu sprechen. Vielleicht ist es besser, wenn wir auf einen Kaffee verabreden und dann wir raus gehen. So ich bin sicher, dass die Arbeit nicht beeinflusst werde.
Es gibt viele andere Möglichkeiten zu sprechen! In Wien kannst du im Sprachecafé viele Leute kennenlernen, wie Kontaktepool, Deutsch-Café oder LenZ. Schau im Facebook!
Persönlich liebe ich einen traditionelle Tanzkurs besuchen. Dort sind sie nur alte wienerische Leute, die froh sind, junge Personen zu sehen und ihnen zu unterrichten. Sie sprechen nur auf Deutsch! 😀

Mein Deutsch Kurs in Dezember! Sie vermissen mich :*(

Kurs
Sehr wichtig ist es einen Kurs zu besuchen. Es motiviert mich weiterzugehen.
Heute beginne ich die B2.2 Stufe! Obwohl ich ein bisschen müde bin, will ich Erfolg haben!
Die ÖSD Prüfung ist nicht so weit, so Schritt für Schritt folge ich meine Träume: früher oder später werde ich “De Mann ohne Eigenschaften” von Robert Musil auf Deutsch lesen!

Schreiben
Und dann, sei mutig und schreib hier auf Deutsch!
Das ist die schwerste Dinge zu machen, wirklich. Aber diese ist mein dritte Artikel!
Bevor schlafen, schreibe ich manche Satze. Und dann mein Tag ist beendet. 🙂

LG,

Irena

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Hallo cool Leute!!

I have to say first of all to myself, because I don’t know if my brain has actually understood that I’m leaving in less then a week… yes exactly, one week! This time went so fast and so intense! I’m glad of every moment I spent in this beautiful city and of the beautiful person I met! I really need to thank the DeutschAkademie because has been a warm and freindly place in these months, and most of all thanks to the teachers I had, to be so patients and always so kind! Thank you because if I arrived here without even speaking and understanding a word of German, now I feel home here and I can communicate in this beautiful language!

Ok, now I think my brain accepted this ‘leaving soon’ thing… I thought about this moment few times… and I immediately changed thoughts because I didn’t want to face that and end would have come, sooner or later… it always does! And when it arrives you have to think about it, no way to change canal anymore, and you would be surprise on how many things had happened, how many beautiful people you met, how many new friends you can now call by name. And actually this moment were you kind of rethink about the last months, or years for someone, is a really important moment because you can now see were this new experience brought you, how much you have grown, how much you have changed, how many beautiful things you have seen and learnt. And the only thing you can truly do is just appreciate life even more, and thank this beautiful world. And of course it has to give you more energy to keep on going because it is not the end, but just a page of your life that would turn soon, to start writing a new one, but without forgetting any of the things that are written before!

And as Charles Baudlaire said in Le Voyage:

“Mais les vrais voyageurs sont ceux-là seuls qui partent
Pour partir; coeurs légers, semblables aux ballons,
De leur fatalité jamais ils ne s’écartent,
Et, sans savoir pourquoi, disent toujours: Allons!

Ceux-là dont les désirs ont la forme des nues,
Et qui rêvent, ainsi qu’un conscrit le canon,
De vastes voluptés, changeantes, inconnues,
Et dont l’esprit humain n’a jamais su le nom!”

(But the true travelers are they who depart
For departing’s sake; with hearts light as balloons,
They never swerve from their destinies,
Saying continuously, without knowing why: “Let us go on!”

These have passions formed like clouds;
As a recruit of his gun, they dream
Of spacious pleasures, transient, little understood,
Whose name no human spirit knows.)

Thank you for everything.

Off the beaten track – some great locations that get overlooked

As with other top tourist destinations in Europe, Vienna is sprinkled with more than a fair share of ‘Sehenswürdikeiten’. The city has something for everyone – grand palaces, interesting and varied museums, theater, nature and much more. A single trip in the Vienna Ring Tram will take one through so many landmarks, that its impossible to stay indifferent to the rich cultural legacy of Wien and then there is just such a a great variety of things to see, do and experience here. So often, a few lesser known delights of the city do get overlooked when people are here on short visits. I thought that I would make a small list of my personal favorite venues in Wien that tourists could enjoy.

  1. Wien’s flea market: The Naschmarkt near Karlsplatz is really one of Wien’s best attractions. Open on all days except Sundays, visitors can come here to enjoy a tantalizing selection of small shops selling fruits, vegetables, spices, homemade foods and milk products that will thrill even those among us with the most particular culinary tastes. The sheer variety of foods, from authentic Austrian cuisines to French bread  and Turkish kebabs makes one’s mouth water. If you need a break from the shopping, get a coffee and just enjoy looking the beautiful market from the window.
  2.  Stadthallenbad: An indoor swimmingpool complex, the Stadhallenbad houses three swimming pools open to the public (for a small fee). You can enjoy a clean, well maintained 50 meter pool for lane swimming or just to hangout by the pool. There are also many other indoor and outdoor pools dotted across Vienna, so just find one that’s close by to enjoy a nice dip.
  3. Some Middle Easter Culture: One of the most surprising things for me about Wien was the spacious, modern mosque near the Neue Donau Station. Beautifully designed and situated right by the river, I would recommend a small stop by the Vienna Islamic Centrum for people who would like to get a glimpse of Islamic architecture and social life. The people working at the center are extremely friendly and most of them speak Deutsch, so you can spend some time chatting with them. You will often find student groups from local schools and colleges visiting the center to learn about Islamic culture and theology.

Some Middle Eastern culture right by your doorstep!

 

Cheers from the TOP!

Hallo there!!!

Are you ready to hear about an amazing bar at the top of the city??! I have to say that I usually don’t like fancy and classy bars, while I prefer the underground and cosy ones, where I can take off my shoes or sing the song the radio plays! But this time I did an exception because a friend of mine came from Italy to visit me and I wanted to take her in a very special place! So after an exhausting day in which I took her all around Vienna (where I could discover places I’ve never been before!! So it was a little surprise for me too!) we decided to eat dinner at home, but after a glass of wine! So where to go? At the Loft! It’s a bar at the 18th floor in a skyscraper in Schwedenplatz where you have an amazing view over the hole city and the hills with the Stephansdom right in front of view! I was already there once so I knew she would have like it but I actually loved to go there a second time, most of all because the first time it was at night, around 10pm, but when I went the second time we got there at 7.30pm so the sun was still there and we could have admire the sunset! It was actually a little frustrating at the beginning because there were shields to protect from the light so we couldn’t really see the city, but as soon as the sun went behind the hill, a mechanism pulled up the curtains and it was like magic!! I said that the second time was even better than the first one because we could admire both the sunset and the city with natural light, and the city at night, when everything lights up and the historical buildings, as the Rathaus and der Dom, shine!

A funny thing that happened was that I ordered in German two glass of wine (I don’t remember the name but it was the second one on the rot osterreich wine and it was really good!) and the waiter asked me ‘Ein viertel oder ein achtel?’ and of course I didn’t understand because for me it doesn’t make any sense… I just asked a glass of wine! So I thought he asked about the water (don’t ask me why but I thought he thought we wanted a bottle of water also) and I answered ”Nur Wine danke!”… he laughed and took us two glass of wine (a achtel, he chose!)! We started drinking and discussing about why should we wanted a bottle of water; we started looking around and saw that everyone had a glass of water too… no answer… we kept on drinking and after ten minutes another waiter took us two glass of water ???? more questions than before… but we found the answer just once we got back home and my German flatmate explained us that here in Austria they give you water even if you don’t ask for it and that the waiter was really asking me if I wanted 1/4 or 1/8 of wine!!!! Probably you are asking yourself ”Why is she making such a big issue about that… No problem until they bring you some alchol!!!!”

 

Amazing non-turistic churches!

Hello everybody!!!

Today I want to write about some lovely churches that I think deserve more attention from everyone’s eyes because they hide a lot of the story of Vienna to teach, but are not as famous as Stephansdom, so not a lot of people knows them.

1. The first time I saw the Votivkirche I was just amazed and shocked from its beauty, with the amazing garden in the front and its beautiful Gothic style. But the inside of the church is even more surprising, in fact I’ve never seen such a beautiful painted roof and abside. Of course this is not that unknown, in fact there are tourists that visit it, but nothing compared to the Dom, which all of us agree that is amazing, but seriously, once you get inside the Votivkirche, you will have a different judgement on the Dom too. The Votivkirche is also an important part of history, in fact after the unsuccessful assassination attempt of Emperor Franz Joseph in 1853, the Emperor’s brother, Maximilian collected donations for the buolding of a new church on the site of the attack. The church was to be a votive offering, and so comes the name Votivkirche to thank God for saving the Emperor’s life.

2. I discovered not many days ago the beutiful Maria am Gestade. It is one of the oldest churches in Vienna and it is located in the Innere Stadt at Salvatorgasse 12, near the Donaukanal, in fact the church was traditionally used by sailors on the Danube river. Due to the stairs surrounding the church it got the popular name Maria Stiegen.

The present building was built between 1394 and 1414 in gothic style. It is very impressive to arrive from the Borse and see the church from the bottom of the stairs, it seems so fragile. Inside at first I ha d a weird feeling because the church is not completely in axe, due to project issues, and it is so thin and high!

Another beautiful thing to do is to look up when you are standing in the middle of the church, in fact the roof is just a masterpiece of a genious!

3. Ruprechtskirche is a Romanesque church near Swedenplatz, but it is so tiny that you really have to give her attention to descover this jem. It is traditionally considered to be the oldest church in the city and is dedicated to Saint Rupert of Salzburg, patron saint of the salt merchants of Vienna. After the destruction of the Roman settlement, the core part of the city grew in the area near the church. I went there at night for the first time and it conquered me the warmness of its colored windows and with its magic atmosphere!

4. Another church I like a lot is the Minoritenkirche stands in the Minoritenplatz right nect to the Hofburg, so it’s easy to bump in it without meaning it and admire its external Gothic architecture. But in the insiede there’s something ever more amazing, in fact it’s keept the life-sized copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper on the church’s northern wall. It is a mosaic made by the artist Giacomo Raffaelli, commissioned by Napoleon I in 1809, but it was not finished before Napoleon’s abdication. Francis II of Austria bought it, wanting to install it in the Belvedere in Vienna. As it was too large for the building, it was set up on the north wall of the church, where it remains to this day.

There are so many old buldings that maybe are not very touristic but that hide a lot of the history of Vienna, and I love to discover them and let them tell me their stories. And then there are the touristc spots… that have nothing to hide but a lot to show! Tonight I was going back home and I chose to take five minutes more to walk and say hi to the Dom… and once again took my breath for a second!

 

Erforschen Laxenburg

Hallo liebe Leute!

Für die lange Wochenende von dem ersten Mai sind meine Schwierigeltern und mein Verlobter aus Italien gekommen, um Wien und mich zu besichtigen.
Es ist nicht das erste Mal für Fabio (mein quasi-Eheman), damit wir am Sonntag entschieden haben, zu trennen.
Seine Eltern sind in Wien geblieben, um der Stadt zu genießen. Dagegen sind wir nach Laxemburg mit dem Bus gefahren.

Dieser Denkmal nimmt sich den Löwenanteil 😛

Es gibt dort zwei Schlösser.
Der erste wurde von Maria Theresia gegründet und der zweite, der im Wald liegt (und der schönste, auf jeden Fall), später gebaudet wurde.
Aber diese Zone, wo sehr gut für die Jagd war, wurde auch früher von den Habsburger benutzt. Tatsächlich ist der Wald bildschön und mit verschiedenen Denkmälern überall!

Der unglaubliche Schloß nennt “Franzensburg”, weil Franz I den Befehl erteilt hat, die seltsame Gebäude zu bauen.
Das sieht aus wie Disneyland oder Gargaland: fantastisch und aus die Märchenwelt gekommt.
Ich empfehle, nach einem Reiseführer zu fragen, weil das Innere nicht für alle offen ist. Und glaub mir, das Innere sind die beste Teilen (Fenster mit abwechslungsreichen Farben, verzauberte Zimmer, kleine Gehimnisse)!

Erinnern, dass mit der Niederösterreich Karte der Besuch kostenlos ist.
Was ist der Niederösterreich Karte? Ich sage euch ein anderes Mal!

Liebe Grüße,

Eure Irena