Essen, Dialoge und reflexive Verben

Today it is the coldest day so far, but a bright sun is shining, so everybody is in a good mood. We started out our class with some adjective and words games. Then we broke out into small groups and pretended to call someone and wanting to book an appointment.

After that we started going through a new grammar topic which is reflexive verbs. That are pretty much verbs with additional pronouns that refer back to the subject. These pronouns are called reflexive pronouns.Then we did some exercise about that on the book. Afterwards all of us had to think about a reflexive verb, it was a useful and engaging activity.

Now the class is over, and I am about to go to have a walk along the Donau, hoping not to freeze.

Have a nice evening and see you tomorrow!

 

ONLINE!….Noch einmal

As a new lockdown started on Monday, unfortunately we were forced to suspend our in presence classes. The silver lining is that the DeutschAkademie is offering online classes, instead of going to the school, we just connect with our laptop and have our class via Zoom.

I have to admit that at the very beginning it was a little bit strage, we have been seeing each other for almost 2 months and now all of a sudden we have to see ourselves through a monitor, but there are no other options.

Our teacher was able to engage us by playing some games, using an interactive board and talking a lot.

We had to talk to each other in smaller rooms, that was very helpful to warm up a little bit. After this first hour and a half we went though the “Wenn..Dann..” again.

In the afternoon I stayed home because it was quite gloomy and cold so I took the advantage to study a bit, I found a very interesting word list and I am thinking about learning some every day!

Bis morgen!

A bright day!

Today was a beautiful day, a bright blue sky and a warm sun where dominating Vienna’s buildings. Going to school this morning was a pleasure.

At the same time, unfortunately, just as we got to school, we started talking about the lockdown that has started, and we were all giving our points of view on this situation (in Deutsch, obviously). I have to admit that all of us are reaching a good level of understanding and now we are all able to speak about simple topics and, most important, even if with multiple mistakes, we are able to express a thought and be understood. Thanks to all of the practice that we have been making.

After this first hour we did some telephone-type conversation, pretending that we had to order some food to go, or a cake or reserve a table and things like this.

Today’s class was both laid back and useful, now we will have to wait to some indications about the future.

Have a lovely weekend!

Conditional clauses

„Wenn ich Morgen Nachmittag Zeit habe, helfe ich dir.“

If I have time, if I want to go, if you don’t mind.

Conditional clauses – that was today’s topic. Our teacher explained us the grammar rule of the if clauses and how to use them, how to best understand them and find associations with English in order to better understand the logic.

It is quite easy, so after about 20 min explanation we immediately started to do some phrases, exercises and then spent around an hour speaking and conversating and imagining hypothetical scenarios, where we would use some if clauses. It was a very intense yet funny lesson.

After class I went to Turkenschanzpark, which I believe to be one of the most beautiful parks in Vienna. Lucky enough, while walking through some Christmas markets I was able to see a spectacular sunset while listening to a German podcast on Spotify about tips, grammar rules and how to improve your German, it is called “Coffee Break German”. I totally recommend it to boost your skills.

See you tomorrow!

Ruben

Ordering food!

„Ich hätte gerne einen Kaffee und ein Croissant, und ich hätte gerne ein Schinkensandwich!“

Ordering food, one of the most important parts when it comes to learn a language. Indeed, it is said that if you can order food and can ask for directions, you will survive in every city that you will be living in, and that is so true!

Ordering food it is not particularly difficult but what one has to bear in mind is the genre of the food that you are ordering. Indeed it can either be eine, einen or ein, so one has to pay attention to that.

During today’s class we also pretended to be at the restaurant and ordering food, we played in couples where one was the customer and the other one was, obviously, the waiter. The funniest is that the customer always had to ask something a bit specific, maybe without spices, or with soy milch, or if there are any allergens, so that the conversation was a little bit more dynamic. I honestly found it very useful and practical.

After class I went home to have lunch then around the afternoon, I went to the Rathaus Christmas markets, it was so lavish! I loved it.

See you tomorrow!

Ruben

Wortspiele und Präpositionen

Today’s class was based on vocabulary, new words that we have learned and prepositions.

Even after few weeks of learning prepositions it’s still quite easy to get it wrong so that is the reason why we are still training on that and doing some exercises about how to best use prepositions. Indeed, one of the main games that we played was to locate objects into the rooms using all the prepositions that we have been learning so far, and also another game that was really funny was “Ich kann etwas sehen, was du nicht sehen kannst” that means „I can see something that you can’t see“, so everybody had to guess what was the object that the person was letting us trying to guess – the time really flew by!

About 10 minutes before the class ended, we decided to go for a little walk all together to see the Christmas markets, which here in Vienna are just spectacular! I am so excited about this season!

See you tomorrow!
Ruben

 

Ich suche nach einem Job: Jobangebote und Jobbörsen

As you have probably guessed, that was today’s topic: Jobs, job postings, looking for a job, how to present yourself, which websites to use to find the perfect position and much more.

Austria is a very wealthy country that offers thousands of positions every day but it is not always easy to get in – mainly for the language. Indeed, one must have at least a B1 level to be considered a good candidate. That is what we are working for – to be competitive, acknowledged and be able to speak and understand enough to be independent.

Today we did plenty of exercises, translations and vocabulary. It was a very tough class, but we enjoyed having so much to do.

I had a lovely coffee pause. Outside it was quite gloomy and windy and during those few minutes I just relaxed, sipped my cappuccino, and looked outside at the beautiful buildings surrounding us.

Just as I got home, I had lunch, watched a series, and then reorganized all of my notes. I am realizing how important is to take good notes!

I wish you all a great start in the week!

Ruben

  

Vergessen Sie nicht, Ihren Wecker zu stellen!

Don’t forget to set your alarm! Otherwise, you might get late… very late…! And that unfortunately happened to me today! Thank gosh our teacher M. is always so nice and welcoming that did not complain about my delay…

In any case, when I arrived today, we decided to change a little bit the situation. Since everybody was kinda sleepy, we started doing some conversation, talking about our past few days, what did we do, if we have already been to some Christmas markets and how is study going. A good hour went by conversating and at the end everybody was very happy.

After our little pause we then made some few more exercises about prepositions, allowances and some kind of riddle. I have to say that it was a very engaging nurturing yet easy going class today.

Now I just got home, about to go out for lunch to Plachutta, that if you guys don’t know it you have to go!! It’s a place to die for, it’s actually one of the most famous Viennese restaurant, very classic, chic and delicious. There are some but I would recommend the one next to StaddPark and do not forget to „einen Tisch reservieren“!

Have a nice day!

Ruben

 

Kann ich das auf den Tisch legen?

And then hang, leave, put, lay, place and so on.

Very practical ways of indicating and telling someone where to put objects. That was today’s focus, using yesterday’s topic of the use of past verbs, we started doing exercises and talking to our classmates asking one to the other can you please put that pen over there, or can you place the book next to the bottle and so on. It was a very funny and dynamic activity, especially because we had to be very fast in remembering the names of the objects, their genre and the preposition, after 30 min we were all burnt, lol!.

After that we kept studying some irregular verbs and then almost 3 full pages of exercise! Today it really flew by! Now I am back home, today I am not doing anything specific because tomorrow I have a job interview, in English, not yet in German. I have to prepare for it, wish me luck and see you tomorrow!

Liebe Grüße,

Ruben

Irregular verbs. Nightmare.

Whichever language you have studied in your life or whichever language you speak, you had to go through irregular verbs. And we all know the struggle.

Especially, finding a logic behind them, unfortunately, it is pretty much impossible. It is all about studying them.

That was today’s topic: We went through a list of irregular verbs and we started learning how they are declined, their pronunciation, how to use them and few exercises. I have to admit that a part from the initial struggle, after few exercises we all understood the way on how to use them. If you want to talk about the series you saw, the food you ate yesterday, or how you came across a new shop, you will need to use the German irregular verbs.

Irregular verbs are also called ’strong‘ verbs. They are those verbs that will have different conjugations than regular verbs. They also have some unexpected changes, which can really set you off. Unfortunately, there is no standard way to know exactly when and how these verbs will change. So we just have to study them is learn them by heart.

Our teacher then, gave us few exercises to do for the very next day. So I am going to go back home today to study and practise.

Right now, I am in Schönbrunn Palace a beautiful and huge park where there is an imperial palace that used to be the summer house of the Habsburg rulers. Just as I get home I will do tomorrow’s homework and hopefully, I will be able to remember all the entire list!

Liebe Grüße,

Ruben 🙂

Directions!

„Entschuldigung, wie komme ich zum Hauptbahnhof?“ … „Ganz einfach, Sie gehen ganz runter dann nach rechts.“

For the A1.1: „Excuse me, how can I go to the grand central station?“ ..“Easy, all the way down then to the right then“….. yes might sound a bit tricky but is not too bad.

That was the focus of today’s lesson: Directions, places and how to reach attractions.

As we know Vienna is a huge city, and even if quite easily walkable and understandable, it takes a little bit of time and attention in order to don’t get lost. But if so, keep your spirit up, now you are able to ask anyone anywhere you need to go! With a little bit of study, good pronunciation and good luck, from any corner of Vienna we should be able to move around…or at least reach Stephanplatz, Hauptbahnhof or Mariahilfer Straße.

With a map at hand, we tried to give our classmates the directions in order to reach their desired points and among laughs, the help of Reverso translator and our teacher hope to see us not making mistakes, we all reached our destination, hooray!

After class we all decided to go for a nice walk in MuseumsQuartier, where there are going to be Christmas markets soon (we thought that were today…) we all had a coffee in a bar and chitchatted about life then, while going home I was thinking to myself, what a nice week!

Liebe Grüße!