Author Archives: Stanislava Fedorina

Which course to choose?

Today I would like to talk about the German course, specifically about the possibilities to learn it at the DeutschAkademie.

This language school offers two types of learning a language. You can choose between an evening course or an intensive course. Every type has its advantages and disadvantages.

I was able to choose only the intensive course. I 100% liked it. It took only one month instead of two. Every day, I spent three hours practicing my German. We did a lot on our classes, besides we had what to do at home. In one week I could freely communicate with other people. The only minuses I see in this type, of course, are the mixture of different language in my head and lack of time on homework.

To talk about an evening course, I would like to say that it takes two months instead of one. You visit your classes only two times per week in the evening. You have much time for your homework. But there are also some minuses. For instance, I cannot visit the course in the evening, because I have to be with my little daughter. But for people who work till 18:00, an evening course is the good opportunity. Secondly, sometimes you are so busy that you could forget about your homework and remember it only before your class.

But these minuses are insignificant. When you are motivated to learn a language, nothing will stop you!

Last class

Our last day of the course was very interesting. We did not learn anything new, but we repeated everything that we learned during the whole period. This practice is very useful. Why? As you have already guessed, it is useful because you can recall the grammar, the vocabulary that was learned in the very beginning. We had a lot of exercises to check our knowledge.

Besides we did a lot of speaking. We had various topics for discussion. For instance, we were playing in several teams. Every team consisted of two persons. We were to find differences between two pictures. From one hand, it is very easy. But on another hand, sometimes it can be a little bit difficult because you do not know a lot of words to communicate freely and at ease.

At the end of our class, we discussed our future plans. Someone said that he was going to come back to his country, someone told us that he wanted to continue to learn the German language to be able to enter the university in the nearest future.

What can I say? The month spent with the DeutschAkademie was super! I would like to say a huge thank you to our Anita! She did her best to make us fall in love with this language. And I think that she succeeded.

Test days

In this post, I would like to discuss our tests during the course. We were offered to write four little tests or two medium tests. Our group decided to have the second variant.

The tests were not very difficult because we studied grammar and vocabulary very good. These two types of learning a language are essential. Why? Because with the grammar knowledge you cannot build the literate sentences. And without the vocabulary, almost everything is impossible. It is a huge problem to communicate with someone if you cannot understand him because of the lack of your vocabulary.

So, the day of the test came! My group was a little bit happy. We wanted to check everything learned during the particular period of time. As I have already said, the tests are not very difficult, but we needed to pay attention to any detail. Because sometimes stupid mistakes happened by reason of inattention.

Do not afraid of writing a test! Knowledge is power! And when you know everything, it can be as easy as ABC.

My classmates

This post I would like to dedicate to my classmates. They are so open-minded, outgoing and creative people. During our course, I felt like I am one of them. We became good friends. So, I want to say some words about them.

Ezster. She is a very kind girl who came from Hungary. Ezster is young, but she is very mature. She came to Vienna to enter the university. Besides, she thinks that Vienna has a lot of opportunities. To her mind, there are more chances to find the right person, with whom she can create a strong family. She started to learn German at the DeutschAkademie in order to speak the language of the country she wants to live in. Her favorite places in Vienna are the Schoenbrunn Zoo and the Haus des Meeres. As you understood, she likes animals.

Maga. This boy who is very energetic came from Russia. As Ezster, he came to enter the university. He studies the building engineering. Maga considers Vienna to be the most beautiful and cleanest city in the world. He is a fan of its architecture. His favorite place is the Natural History Museum.

The next guys are from Iran. Their names are Navid and Nazanin. They also came here to study. Nazanin wants to study Psychology and Navid wants to study Music. But both of them need a high level of the German language to be able to do that. That is why they started the German course in the DeutschAkademie. Navid thinks that Vienna provides a lot of opportunities for job seekers. He likes the climate and people that live here. He also likes to spend his free time in Schoenbrunn and Heldenplatz. To talk about Nazanin, she thinks that Vienna is one of the best cities in the world. She adores its cafes.

So, as you can notice, the DeutschAkademie can give you not only the knowledge of German but also good friends.

Delicious places in Vienna

The frequently asked question among my friends is where to go in the evening. What restaurant to choose? Have you been ever asked the same question? As I have not yet visited a lot of restaurants in Vienna, I can recommend only two of them. The both are pizzerias.

The first one is Pizza Quartier. It is located not far away from Schotenring (U4 station). It takes only 5-7 minutes to walk there. The restaurant is not so big, but it has a lot of tables, both inside and outside. The atmosphere is great. I felt like at home. All the staff is very friendly. But the most important thing is that the food and drinks are super delicious. Every dish was so tasty that I could not stop eating. Now, I can with certainty say that this pizzeria is worth of your time.

The next one is Da Ferdinando. It is located in a 5-minute walk from Hietzing (U4 station). As I can say, the atmosphere in this pizzeria is very sophisticated. You can just sit, relax and enjoy the food. Pizza in Da Ferdinando is the best I have ever eaten. The personnel is smiling and kind.

So, if you are in search of a restaurant, you are highly recommended to visit one of these.

Our classes

My friends always ask me what exactly we are doing in our classes. That is a very interesting question because the answer can show the potential students, if they need these classes or not. Perhaps they can find anything else required.

To tell about my classes, I would like to say that during them we learn new grammatic by explaining the rules and doing different exercises for better grasping. As I feel shy about my German knowledge, I do not like speaking exercises. But with the help of our teacher, the latter, which are very exciting, make me speak more and more.

One more exercise I like the most is reading. Why? In the beginning, we need to read the whole text, then we need to find unknown words. After that, we need to explain what they mean. Firstly, this exercise seems a bit hard and boring. But later you can feel yourself comfortable because you know all these words. The reading exercises not only increase your vocabulary but also help to understand the better way of writing texts.

Unfortunately, we do not do a lot of writing. But our teacher does her best to improve it. She offers us to write an essay on a specific topic. When we are done, she checks and edits everything.

In the end, I want to say that the DeutschAkademie exceeded my expectations. That is why I plan to continue my education here.

The best offer from DeutschAkademie

There are a lot of German schools in Vienna, but most of my friends choose the DeutschAkademie! To my mind, all of the teachers should be super competent and inexperienced. Otherwise, it is very hard to learn a foreign language. Thank God, the DeutschAkademie has many teachers who have a good approach to every student. So, that was the first plus of this school. Let’s go to the second one.

The second plus is our classes. I would like to say that we have everything that can be useful in the everyday life. We read a lot so that we can learn new words that help us to be comfortable while communicating with German-speaking people. Besides our teacher helps to develop in us the art of speaking and writing very nice texts. In addition, during our classes, we have listening exercises, so that we can freely understand other people.

Furthermore, the DeutschAkademie has one more huge plus. That is the location. It is located in the city center opposite the most famous building in Europe. To tell the truth, I have never seen such a gorgeous building. That is why sometimes I spend time on just standing and looking at it. As you have already guessed, the building is the National Opera. From this place you can get wherever you want in a short period of time.

Would you like to study in the heart of Vienna? Come to the DeutschAkademie!

The brand new beginning

Today we had a very interesting lesson. We talked about things to do when you are going to move to another country or city. The discussion was super captivating. Everyone had his own experience, but we had a lot of things in common.

For instance, to talk about myself, my family had to do a lot of things before moving. First of all, we needed to apply for a visa to come to Austria. That is why we were to gather a lot of documents for every member of the family. Moreover, we needed to translate all these documents into German. As we have a cat, we were to make different vaccinations and chip her. Later, when we got our visas, we were to collect all our things needed in Austria.

When we were already in Austria, we needed to register ourselves, so that we could apply for the residence permit. First of all, it was too hard to start brand new life from the very beginning. But to my mind, Austria is the country that is worth it. For today, I have been living in Vienna for almost 2 years and I definitely like it. That is the best city for my family.

So get out of the comfort zone! Do your best to live in the best conditions because you deserve it for sure!

Where to go in Vienna

My family moved from Ukraine. Here we are absolutely alone because all our relatives live in different parts of Ukraine. Of course, we miss them so much. That is why they come to visit us.

Every visit starts the same as the previous one. As we live in the 5th district, not far away from Karlsplatz and Opera, the first evening with our relatives we spend showing Karl’s Church, then we go to the City Park and finish our ‘first-day excursion’ near the Opera. I like these places. They remind me my first days here.

Every time, our friends and relatives ask me to tell them the most beautiful places in Vienna that they can visit. So, I have the following list:

  1. St. Stephan’s Cathedral. The Catholic cathedral that is known to be the national symbol of Austria.
  2. Schoenbrunn Palace. That is the main summer residence of the Habsburg dynasty. Schoenbrunn Palace is the largest buildings of the Austrian Baroque.

3. Schoenbrunn Zoo. The zoo is situated in the territory of the Schoenbrunn Palace. It is the oldest zoo in the world.

4. Belvedere. The palace complex was built by Lucas von Hildebrant as a summer residence for the greatest commander, the Prince Eugene Savojsky in the 18th century. After the death of the prince, the palace was bought by Maria Theresia.

5. Vienna City Hall. That is the seat both of the Mayor of Vienna and the chambers of the city council.

6. The house of Hundertwasser. The building has a ‘rolling’ floor and its roof is covered with soil with bushes and grass.

7. Prater. It is known to be the large public park and recreation area in Vienna.

8. House of the Sea. That is the home to 10,000 species that include crocodiles, snakes, sharks. It also has tropical animals.

9. Technical Museum. Its collection includes mainly models and exhibits that cover the history of Austrian technological development.

But this list is not complete. There are also many other sights that should be visited. And I hope I will explore all of them.

Learning a language. Its benefits.

One of the benefits of learning German is to meet a lot of people from different parts of the world. My colleagues in the German course come from Russia, Romania, Chile, Hungary, China, Iran, and Antigua. Everyone has its own culture and traditions and is ready to share these with his new friends.

For instance, my whole life I have been dreaming to visit China. Why? For me, this country is mighty and has the huge and interesting history. I am sure that it is super hard to know what China is without traveling there. That is why I would like to explore it from the inside. It is also known that China has much to offer you. Moreover, this country will provide you with a memorable experience. Would you like to collect it?

One more reason to visit this incredible country is my daughter. I would like her to see the whole planet. But there are some places where traveling with kids can be very difficult. But among these places, you will never find China. It is recognized to be one of the most kid-friendly places on our planet. In addition, China is famous for pandas that my daughter adores. So I want to take her to Chengdu so that she can see pandas in their natural habitat and cuddle them.

To sum it up, I would like to say that everything is possible. Language should not be an issue for you. Furthermore, we can learn any language we want. The only thing we should have is a motivation.

One of the ‘must-sees’ in Vienna

Having lived in Vienna for more than a year and a half, I can say with confidence what is my favorite place here. At first, when we moved in, I knew nothing about this city and I wanted to explore it from head to heel. Luckily, I have a small daughter who pushed me to do that. Why? She was a 5-months baby who slept in her stroller almost all the time. Since she was a restless baby, I always had to move, in another case, she woke up and cried. So I had much time to scrutinize Vienna.

The first place we went to was the Belvedere. I was really excited that I live in the city with such an amazing place that everyone wants to see. As time went, I fell in love with this place more and more, especially with a botanical garden near it. The Botanical Garden is not just nature, it is an energy that is calling you to open your mind, forget all bad things and just to rest. Furthermore, as I like jogging, that is one of my favorite places to do that. In the Botanical Garden, I can run, enjoy and relax at the same time.

By the way, the Belvedere and Botanical Garden are not far away from the DeutschAkademie! One more plus in favor of DeutschAkademie!