Good life Good life

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‘Let me take you to a place I know you want to go
It’s a good life’ 

Everyone in Berlin wants the same damn thing. Enough money to live on, a decent place to live, and good weather. Right?

Well good weather’s out of the question, and I can’t help you get a place to live, so the only thing left is money. And the big question is: how can I get enough money to live in this ‘poor but sexy’ city?

OK. I’ve read the reports. Berlin’s no longer poor but sexy. But it still has its charms don’t you think? I mean Berlin is the only capital city in Europe, the only one, that drags its national economy down. Wow!

Oh wait … that’s bad, isn’t it.

But back to getting money. In Berlin. And the Good Life. Whether you want to work freelance or angestellte, full or part-time, you need to meet people, greet people and network like crazy – and you need to convince people that you’re the person they need to hire.

So back by popular demand is our FREE Smashing the German Job Interview workshop!

Woop! Woop! On the right you can read a few comments from the last workshop in January.

“Great event! 😊”

“I really enjoyed your event and really thank you for the opportunity to attend”

“Thanks – it was so useful!”

What can I expect from this workshop?

We’ll greet you when you arrive and show you to a classroom. The teacher will take you through some activities where you’ll learn useful vocabulary to help you smash your next German job interview. And you’ll get extra tips along the way.

Oh, and they’ll be coffee and snakes. Sorry I mean snacks

What will I get out of the workshop?

As well as some super-useful vocabulary and the coffee and snakes snacks, the workshop will give you confidence in using German in a job interview situation because you will practice this vocabulary yourself – and you’ll also meet other people in the same boat!

When and where is it?

The workshop is on Saturday May 18 from 1pm to 2pm at All on Board language school.

You’ll find us at Seestr. 27, in Wedding. The nearest U-Bahn is Seestraße – on the U6. 

How can I enrol for the workshop?

Simply send an email to info@allonboard.de and we’ll put you on the list. But please let us know asap so we can guarantee you a place. Don’t leave it too late!

Well that’s all from us. We hope to see you on Saturday May 18th – perhaps we can provide you with that first step towards a Good Life!

(And maybe even some good weather … )

Cao!

 

Where can I find a Learn-German pill?

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How should I learn German? Once a week, twice a week, or intensively?

For German learners the problem is not just what to learn, but when and how.

I mean, every learner needs grammar, new words, and lots of conversation and listening.

That’s not the problem!


The real problems are often:

Practicalities. When will I learn? 
Particulars. Who will teach me and how?
Passion. How to keep learning and not give up!

That’s why if you’re like me – easily distracted and often stressed! – then intensive courses are the way to go. By intensive I mean every day for a while, like a few weeks or a month.

And why is this more effective? Well, instead of half a year of going to a classroom every week – it’s all over in a month! You get more bang for your buck because you learn more, remember more, and you integrate more of what you learn into your daily life.


But here’s the snag. Teaching an intensive course is an art. You’re in the same classroom every day – so the teacher needs to be alert to the personalities in the room, provide variety in the lessons, and find new ways to repeat important information. And that’s not easy!

Setting up games, role plays, pair work, and maintaining ‘the energy in the room’ takes a skilled, experienced teacher. Not only that, but intensive courses require learners to bring something to the class, to talk about themselves, and play an active part in their own learning.

Does that sound like something you want?


If so, and you want to take a Learn-German pill with us then email info@allonboard.de or call us on 030/3983 3993.

We have an A1 German intensive course starting on April 1st for four hours every morning, Monday to Thursday. (You get Friday off …😊)

For other levels contact us for details.


While you’re here check out our other blog posts such as Smash the German Job Interview and check out our website.

Good luck with learning German and I hope we speak soon. 

Tschüss! 

It’s got to be … Perfect


Do you have trouble with Perfect forms in English? Then this post is for you.

I’m a teacher myself and I see that one problem learners have, from intermediate to advanced, is using Perfect forms correctly.

And keep this quiet … but teachers have problems teaching Perfect forms too! 

It’s just not that easy because …

  • There’s no ONE easy rule for Perfect forms.
  • People learn Perfect forms as tenses – when they’re not!
  • Teachers teach ‘perfect tenses’ which people don’t use!

So this post aims to clear up the confusion for English language learners.


Let’s clear up one thing first. The Perfect form is not a tense  which shows a specific time in relation to a speaker – but an aspect which focuses on how an action is done, like if it’s complete or not, or if it’s temporary.

English has two tenses, past and present, where the main verb form changes: I eat, you eat, he/ she eats in the present; I eat, you ate in the past. (We form the future using will so it’s not a tense because the main verb stays the same e.g I will go.)

But English also has two aspects: perfect (also called perfective to confuse you) and continuous (also called progressive). The continuous aspect suggests we’re in the middle of an activity (you are reading). The perfect aspect suggests a link between two times, events, or situations. Think of it as juggling times, events or situations and keeping them in the air at the same time.

And juggling is not easy! 

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Let’s take an example. The present perfect is often used as the opening question at a party, to start a conversation:

Question: Have you been to New York?

By using the present perfect form here (have/ has + past participle) we mean have you been to New York ‘anytime before now’.

We don’t care if you went there last week, last year, or last century!

Get the picture?

However, to answer the question, you’d switch to a past tense to talk about a specific time:

Yes, I went there last year. I had a great time.

So one use of the present perfect – the most common and useful perfect form – is to talk about things ‘anytime before now’.


Some other uses of the present perfect:

1. To talk about things that just happened e.g accidents or unforeseen events:

Oh damn – I’ve dropped a plate!

I’ve lost my keys!

Phil has just called to say he’ll be late!

Here we’re ‘juggling’ the present and something that’s just happened. And we’re focused on the results!

2. To talk about actions or situations that started in the past but continue into the present.

I’ve lived here for ten years.

Here we’re juggling three times: I started living here in the past, I’m living here now, and I’m going to continue living here.

Compare this with the past tense.

I lived here for ten years. (I lived here for ten years before and now I live somewhere else.)

Also, be aware the past tense tends to create a sense of distance between the speaker and the listener, while the perfect tends to bring you closer – because when you use the perfect you’re talking about something that’s important to you now.


A few more things to know about Perfect forms:

You don’t need to know all of them.

When you speak to people in the street, you won’t need past perfect or past perfect continuous as they are very rarely used

Brits and Yanks use them differently.

Brits use perfect forms more often so it would be normal for an American to ask at a party:

Did you see the new Spike Lee film? (past simple)

Whereas a Brit would say:

Have you seen the new Spike Lee film? (present perfect)

It’s a cultural thing. Don’t sweat it.


Okay. So today I’ve taught you about Perfect forms. (See, there’s another one … see how useful it is?)

Above you’ll find a video showing five uses of the present perfect, some of which I’ve mentioned. Here’s a short test to give you some practice. (And here’s some advice on how to teach present perfect for any teachers out there.)

If you’re interested, or the company you work for is interested in learning Perfect forms with All on Board, then call 030/3983 3993 or email info@allonboard.de to discuss a course.

While you’re here check out our other blog posts and website.

Apart from that, enjoy the spring sunshine and …

Tschüss!

 

Survive your first German job … and even make fire!

survive your first German job and even make fire

Despite the cold, last Saturday we had a full house at our Smashing the German Job Interview workshop.

And speaking to people there, we discovered that you want more workshops like this: short, focused, and practical. Events that help you negotiate your first steps at work. Workshops that help with that important process of zu der Firma passen or ‘fitting in’.

smashing the german job interview at all on board

So we’ll run ‘Smashing’ again, but have a new idea: Survive your first German job … and even make fire!

This workshop would be longer and include: introductions, formal/ informal phrases for emailing, telephoning phrases, talking in meetings, and small talk strategies.

We think these are useful things to know when you get, and start, your first German job.

But first we need your help. And suggestions!


We want to know a few things. If you could take just five seconds to answer three short questions we’d be very grateful.

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Let us know your thoughts so All on Board can help you survive your first German job … and even make fire!

In the meantime, stay warm.

And tschüss!

3½ ways to talk about MOVEMENT in German

moving through the city with ease
Markus Binzegger via Flickr (colourized) CC 2.0

Why are you here? I don’t mean why are we all here—I’m not a philosopher. I mean why are you here, in Berlin?

What brought you here? Was it work? Study? Or perhaps romance brought you here?

Aha. That’s interesting. I didn’t know people came here for that.


Well. Whatever brought you here I hope you’re finding your feet, your Berlin and getting settled.

I’m sure you know how to get around by now. Moving by U-Bahn, tram, by bike or on foot, the city is a metropolis of movement. 

I didn’t know people came here for that.

More than other cities, Berlin is easy to get around.

So here’s your first tip.

1. Wie sagt man ‘movement’? Bewegung is movement. It can be physical movement or an organisation or association. (Like the scout movement Pfadfinderbewegung.) 

And don’t forget the protest movement Protestbewegung

Which Berlin is famous for! 

Now you’re wondering what I’m doing here. Well I’ll be giving you essential tips on surviving and thriving in Berlin.

Stuff like smashing a job interview, finding a tandem partner, and finding a school to help you learn German.  

All for free. 


On that note … I’d like to invite you to our free Smashing the German Job interview! event on Saturday, January 26, 2019, at All on Board school, Seestraße 27 in Wedding!

You’ll meet the staff, learn some useful vocabulary, and do some fun activities.

You’ll be greeted at the door and we’ll explain how to improve your German in a nice environment—with us!


But back to movement. If you’re relatively new here I bet you’ve moved house, with all those boxes, getting lost, and walking up to those Altbauwohnungen.

moving house in Berlin
Forrest Wheatey via Flickr. CC 2.0. Credit Fantastic Removals

So here’s your second and third tip.

2. Wie sagt man ‘move house’ auf Deutsch?

To move house = umziehen

We had to move house when I got a new job. Als ich eine neue Stelle bekam, mussten wir umziehen.

***But careful! Sich umziehen means to change clothes.

Entschuldige, ich muss mich umziehen = Excuse me, I must get changed.***

3. How do you say ‘to be moved’ by something in German? Remember that word Bewegung? That was the noun. We use the verb in a similar way to English.

I was moved by the film = Der Film hat mich bewegt


So that’s your three ways to talk about movement in German. Oh I forgot—what about the half?

Well, if you’re like me, then one consequence of moving is the arguments that sometimes erupt …

So I don’t wish an argument on you—but here are the essential words in German, just in case!

. Wie sagt man ‘to have an argument’?  Einen Streit haben

Example: Wie oft streitet ihr? How often do you (pl.) argue?

Answer: Wir streiten uns nie! We never argue!

You never argue … really? Not even at IKEA? 


Well that’s all. I’ve given you some essential phrases to talk about movement and moving house.

Remember to book a German course call us on 030/3983 3993 or email us at info@allonboard.de

Check out our website. And keep your diary free for Saturday, January 26, 2019 – Smashing the German Job interview!

Stay warm and keep moving …

Tschüss!


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