Мои товарищи по изучению немецкого языка

За полгода изучения немецкого языка у меня сменилось много одногруппников. Среди них были ребята из Франции, Испании, Канады, Шотландии, Турции, Албании, Казахстана, Сербии, Украины, России, Грузии, Молдовы и Румынии. Причем как-то так получалось, что в каждой группе 2-3 человека говорили по-русски, что для меня было приятно: все-таки есть возможность пообщаться на родном языке в перерыве или после занятия. При этом были и ребята, которые не знали английского, и единственным возможным языком общения с которыми был немецкий. С одной стороны, это полезно, так как заставляет тебя больше говорить. С другой стороны, возникают проблемы, когда делаешь с ними командное задание и не можешь донести до них свою идею, особенно на первых порах, когда немецкого словарного запаса катастрофически не хватает.

С большего мои однокурсники учат немецкий скорее для себя, по работе он им не нужен. Но чувствовать себя комфортно в стране хочется: у кого-то партнер австриец, у кого-то дети ходят в австрийскую школу и хочется иметь возможность им помогать, а у кого-то на работе приветствуется знание немецкого. Возможно, это связано с тем, что у нас полуинтенсивные курсы, а те, кому без немецкого языка совсем никак, ходят на интенсивные.

Ещё одной важной характеристикой группы является число студентов, которое продолжает заниматься и переходит с тобой на следующий уровень. С уровня A2.1 на уровень A2.2 со мной и моим мужем перешло четыре человека, а с уровня A2.2 на уровень B1.1 только одна девушка. Наверное, это объясняется тем, что выучить уровень хочется целиком, а вот над необходимостью учить новый уровень уже начинаешь всерьез раздумывать, оценивать свое время и соизмерять его с необходимостью. На данный момент в моей группе продолжать планируют больше половины.

Enjoying The View

Dear all, I would love to tell you about a great place in Vienna that anyone would like. This place is Mexikoplatz (Mexico Square) located in the 2nd district right next to Danube embankment. A beautiful church called St. Francis of Assisi Church is situated on the square and, in my humble opinion, it is one of the most beautiful things to see in whole Vienna. It is a Basilica-style Catholic church, built between 1898 and 1910. The church is administered by the Order of the Holy Trinity. This church looks incredibly gorgeous from the outside, always reminding magical castle from fairy tales, and quite modest from the inside, though having an awesome atmosphere.

Moreover, there is a great place nearby Mexikoplatz where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the church from. It is a restaurant called The View located right at the embankment on the opposite from the church. The restaurant has a very nice terrace that gives you a view on ether Danube or the church depending on where you decide to sit down. The View serves amazing drinks, delicious food and has a great overall atmosphere. I highly recommend you to try it if you haven’t been there yet!

More posts to come, stay tuned!
Best wishes to all,
Anna

Looking at vegan food differently (and loving it!)

Dear all, I would like to tell you about an awesome place to eat in Vienna. It is a vegan restaurant called Swing Kitchen that specifies in serving burgers.

When my friend who lives in Vienna for 5 years now first told me about it, I was very sceptical because – I have to be honest – I am a huge meat lover and I am not a huge fan of vegan food as I cannot imagine it being the same. Especially it was quite weird for me to hear about vegan burgers – how is that possible? And imagine how surprised I was to discover that not only their burgers are incredibly delicious, nutritious and extremely healthy but also taste exactly like meat! How awesome is that?! 🙂

The idea of Swing Kitchen was created by Charly Schillinger, an ex-broker who became first a vegetarian, and then a vegan, and together with his wife Irene decided to recreate Austrian home cooking but purely plant-based. They set up their own restaurant in 2015 and became the best known pioneers of vegan gastronomy in Austria in no-time. Their kitchen has proved that a free-animal diet can be tasty and diverse. 🙂

The price range of the restaurant is extremely democratic! You can get a menu (burger + a side dish + a drink) for around or even less than 10 euros and you will be full for the rest of the day (I could not even finish actually). Currently Swing Kitchen has 5 locations, so you can visit their website, pick a location that suits you the best and maybe visit them some time. I highly recommend to, and I am sure you will like it as much as I do!

More posts to come, stay tuned!

Best wishes to all,

Anna

Vienna at night

Dear all, if you haven’t been in Vienna for a long time now and you still haven’t explored Vienna at night, I highly recommend you to do so since the rain season is about to start anytime soon! You got to do it while you still have time and while it is still quite warm because – believe me – you will love it!

Vienna at late evening or at night is gorgeous. The city has an awesome atmosphere even during the day but it only enhances and becomes almost magical at night. My favourite thing to do is to grab a friend (or you can even do it alone if you want some alone-time) and to walk the city centre starting from Schottentor, following the Ring, passing Rathaus, the Parliament, visiting Volksgarten and Hofburg, MuseumsQuartier, and when reaching the Opera, turning to the most central part of Vienna and finishing the walk at Stephansplatz. This is the ultimate route I am always doing and it cannot be better, with the night lights being especially unbelievably beautiful in the centre of the city. And once you are there, you can choose one of the numerous nice places to sit and eat or drink, and enjoy the rest of your night. That is exactly what I usually do, and I am loving it. 🙂

More posts to come, stay tuned!

Best wishes to all,
Anna

Чего мне не хватает в Вене

В последнее время я заметила, что все сильней и сильней скучаю по Беларуси. И в этой заметке я хочу проанализировать, чего же мне не хватает.
Конечно, я скучаю по друзьям и близким. Но больше всего мне не хватает родителей. И хотя они приезжали навестить нас в начале июля, мне кажется, что успела пройти целая вечность. И, несмотря на ежедневные разговоры по интернету, живого общения очень сильно не достает.
Ещё я начала замечать, что скучаю по белорусской погоде. Как бы смешно это не звучало, но после трех недель температуры около 30°C мне отчаянно захотелось дождика и прохлады. Поэтому поездка в Бельгию на прошлых выходных, где было в районе 20°С, была для меня как глоток свежего воздуха. А сейчас и в Вене слегка похолодало, что нравится мне гораздо больше.

Наверно, одна из основных вещей, которой мне здесь не хватает, это духовка. В венской квартире у меня очень маленькая кухонная поверхность, которая к тому же очень неудобно расположена. Я не то чтобы очень много готовлю, но под настроение люблю заморочиться и что-нибудь эдакое приготовить, желательно с рецептом посложнее. А здесь ни испечь ничего нельзя, ни запечь мясо или запеканку, а большая часть блюд все-таки требует духовки. Да и скучаю я все-таки по своей минской светлой, хорошо оборудованной кухне.

Еще не хватает возможности гулять по магазинам почти в любое время. Все-таки большинство их в Вене закрывается довольно рано, а в воскресение и вовсе не работают. А по укоренившейся минской привычке воскресение – как раз самый тот день для шопинга. Вот и не получается у меня ходить с мужем по магазинам: то он поздно освобождается, то жалко на это субботу тратить. Все-таки хорошо, когда ты не ограничен во времени.

Ну и в дополнение, фотография Минска.

Goodbye or see you soon!

Dear readers!

This is my last blog post for Deutsch Akademie! Or not?

Guys, I think I found my another favorite spot in Vienna! If possible, I will write about it in October. Isn´t it beautiful?

Yesterday I had the very last lesson of my 1-month intensive language course and tomorrow I am going back to the Czech Republic to spend some time with family.

In the middle of September, I will be back in Vienna. I am starting my internship here and I am really thrilled about that!

I really love learning German here in DA and it goes extremely smooth! I simply became addicted to my own progress.

I will be working full time and I cannot attend the daily intensive course.

I chose to continue with a semi-intensive speed, as I mentioned in one of my previous posts.

Hopefully, everything will be fine. I might further write blog posts for Deutsch Akademie, but first, we need to see if there are no newbies interested to write.

That´s all for now 🙂

Petra

The one thing nobody likes but is very important

If you think about applying for one of the Deutsch Akademie courses, this post might be interesting for you.

The question is: How does it works with tests and examining at Deutsch Akademie?

I have just finished my first intensive language course, level A2.2, and I can tell you how it in my case was. I think it´s applicable to all possible courses at Deutsch Akademie (or at least the “intensive” ones).

About the overall system

We had 2 tests, one in the middle of the course (after 2 weeks) and the second one nearly in the end. They were pretty much oriented in grammar.

In my case, the first test included e.g. the grammar als/wenn, prepositions, and nearly everything we have done. The second test included just the grammar from the second part (that means not the grammar of the whole course), including e.g. Preteritum of Modal Verbs, seit/bis advanced grammar etc.

What would I improve?

I was quite satisfied with my results and did not need to study that much. I can really say that I learned a lot during the classes + because we had every day quite a lot of homework.

I would be happy if the last test also includes grammar from the first part of the month and one exercise with vocabulary.

This was a quick overview of what you can expect in this field when studying at Deutsch Akademie. Do you agree with me or do you have something to add? If yes, I am waiting for your comments.

See you soon guys, with my last post <3

Petra

Interview 3: My classmate Ronaldo

Hello everybody,

this is one of my last blog posts and again I am here with an interview. Today I asked my classmate Ronaldo about different topics, mostly related to the learning of the German language. Ronaldo has already done 3 months at Deutsch Akademie and I met him in A2.2 class (the current one). 3… 2… 1… Enjoy!

1) Can you briefly introduce yourself?

Heyy, I’m Ronaldo, I’m 16 years old. I come from Italy, but I was born in Brazil. Now I live in Vienna. I like mountains, sea, fashion and to make new friends.

2) Why do you study the German language?

I study German because I want to go to a Fashion school here in Vienna and I must know the language.

3) What do you value the most on DeutschAkademie?

The method of the teacher :). (btw. the teacher is Christoph)

4) What is your current level of German language and how long you study this language?

I’m currently in A.2.2. I have studied German for three months.

5) Do you think it is important to study languages? And why?

I think it’s important but depends on what kind of person you are. If you don’t like to travel you don’t have to know language’s… you could, but you don’t have to. If you like to travel, then it’s very good also ’cause you can talk to another people.

6) What are your hobbies?

I really like drawing, dancing, singing … I like Photography … I like makeup…but I can’t ahahah…

In the second part of the interview, Ronaldo was asked to choose one of these options. As you see, sometimes was not easy to decide.

German vs. English? >> English

Games during the lesson vs.  Exercises in the book? >> Games during the lessons

Grammar vs. Conversation? >> Conversation

Listening vs. Reading (during the lesson)? >> Both.

A mixed group of classmates vs. Classmates at your age? >> A mixed group of classmates

I would like to thanks to Ronaldo, as well as the previous attendees. I really appreciate the spirit with which you helped me to make these interviews happen. Today is my last day of the courses, both conversation classes, and intensive A2.2 course. Therefore, I am a little bit sentimental. But don´t worry, two more posts coming!

Hugs,

Petra

For anyone with a sweet tooth

Hi to everyone again! Today I would like to tell you about a place with one of the best desserts in Vienna. And believe me, when I call it the best, I know my stuff, because I am a pro when it comes to sweets. 🙂 It is not a fancy place, on the opposite, it is very casual, so anyone can afford it really!

The place I am talking about is an Italian (obviously!) café/restaurant called Gelateria Castelletto. Do not let the word gelateria mislead you because they do not only serve ice-cream but they also have a huge menu of different Italian, Austrian and international dishes that are absolutely delicious and are a great price-quality bargain. Nevertheless, as much as I love this place, I usually come there specifically for its amazing range of various awesomely-looking desserts that they serve in different forms and variations. Their dessert menu is so large that it usually takes people ages to choose what they want (true story!), and whatever you choose it will definitely be amazing!  I highly recommend you to go there if you haven’t done it yet and explore it for yourself. You can find this café in SCS shopping centre, and Stephansplatz, but my favourite location of theirs is actually at Schwedenplatz, because I think it’s the coziest one.

P.S.: The dessert on the picture is my favourite – banana crepes with Nutella, ice-cream, cream and nuts 🙂 But I suggest you to try more ! 😉

More posts to come, stay tuned!

Best wishes to all,
Anna

Museum Albertina

The Albertina’s name comes from Count Albert von Sachsen-Teschen, one of Empress Maria Theresa’s sons-in-law. Different from most traditional museums modern confronts traditional at the Albertina’s exterior: a wing-shaped ‘trampolin’ by Austrian rebel architect Hans Hollein canopies part of the rococo palace’s terrace. Compared to the size of Belvedere Vienna and the Museum of Fine Art, the Albertina’s 12+ parlours feel almost ‘private’. Even so, they house top international and Austrian art.

Albertina Vienna: Jeanne and Donald Kahn Galleries The first thing art lovers associate with the Albertina are its 19th and 20th century artworks: From Claude Monet’s Lily Pond and Pablo Picasso’s Still Life With Guitar to Gerhard Richter’s Abstract Painting: The Albertina Vienna’s collection of paintings tracks 200 years of art history. This is a fantastic place to follow international art as it morphs from Impressionist blurry pastels to abstract art‘s fragmented objects and and dismembered individuals.

My 3 favorite activities to do in Vienna (part 3)

I recently wrote article about tips where to swim and promised more info about my fav fav fav place Badeschiff! Read the rest possibilities HERE.

Plus, they cook amazing dished and the above-mentioned drinks are quite affordable. It´s also a very nice place to meet in the evening with friends (although the swimming pool closes I guess around 8).

The location is highly convenient, situated close to U-Bahn station Schwedenplatz. I would say it is not even far by walk from Opernring.

During these 3 weeks I have been there every week once or two times, yeah, it is really the TOP place for me. Once I met with my friend Karolina and we enjoyed the pool and cold beer. The second time we spent circa 1-hour sipping cold juice after our Sunday morning yoga class on the beach. Third I met there in the evening with my new friends and we enjoyed the evening vibes of that place. Finally, I went there for a start-up networking event organized by my organization, where I will have an internship starting from September.

One more recommendation: if you really want to enjoy the pool, come after lunch (1-3pm). Many people come there after they finish at work around 5-6pm, therefore the pool is more occupied. If are meeting with a bigger group of friends for the evening drink, it might be worth to reserve your place by calling them.

Have you ever been to Badesschiff? If not, for more info, simply google Badeschiff Wien. Let me know!