WE MADE IT! 💪🏽
It felt like this year would NEVER come to an end. It was the longest and fastest year yet.
As with everything on social media, I felt a lot of pressure to recount everything we did - or didn’t do- this year. I started my list but something felt off. I didn’t feel comfortable sharing highs when the year has been full of lows for many. Honestly, the fact that we survived this nightmare of a year is more than enough.
While not much will change from tonight to tomorrow morning, I am hopeful that things will start to look up.
I look forward to seeing our learners’ faces (even if it is on Zoom), I am excited for the courses we have coming up, and I can’t wait to connect with you all after this looooong absence from social media where I/we just focused on serving our learners the best way we could.
May your 2021 be what you need it to be,
Authentic Learning Berlin
Schulen/Universitäten in der Nähe
that now I can write this text myself in English! It's not perfect yet... but I'm trying🖤 (01.04.19-03.07.19)
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WE MADE IT! 💪🏽
🎄 You know your home needs the smell of freshly baked Plätzchen. 🍪 Here's our favorite recipe as a gift.
It's been forever since I/we last posted. 😚
I wish I could tell you there's a lot that we have coming up and that this time was spent planning and creating for you. There isn't. I didn't.
I guess I just needed a break. And this had to be a real break, not a break from posting and working in the background. Just a long break. I'm slowly getting back into a planning/business mindset, so you'll be seeing more of ALB. YAY!
Lovely to see you again.
Some of the shows I watched and recommend 100%:
Thriller. Murder. Kids. Did he do it? Yes? No?
Home Before Dark.
Children solving crimes. Sassy little girl. Interesting.
Heartwrenching. ICE. MUST watch.
Cooking competitions. Baking. Cake.
Inside the World's Toughest Prisons.
How to sell drugs online. Fast.
Surprised I liked it. German. Funny. (I understood everything!)
Queen of the South.
Powerful women. Drugs. Violent.
Podcasts I LOVE:
Even the Rich.
Death, S*x & Money
She Makes Money Moves
Stuff Mom Never Told You
The Baron of Botox
The Missing Cryptoqueen
This is Love
This is Criminal.
¿Recuerdas la última vez que intentaste hacer algo que te dijeron que era fácil? ¿Cómo te sentiste cuando terminó siendo mucho más difícil de lo que esperabas. ¿Cómo te sentiste cuando tu amigo pudo hacerlo pero tú no pudiste. Lo mismo ocurre en las sesiones de idiomas (pero no en las nuestras).
Parece que "fácil" es una palabra común y corriente, que no puede causar problemas. Esta receta es fácil de hacer. Este plan de comidas es fácil de seguir. ¡Hacer 200 sentadillas en 3 minutos es fácil! Este método para aprender un nuevo idioma, está fácil.
😮 Fácil es una palabra difícil. 😮
Cuando nosotras, como instructoras de idiomas, decimos que una actividad está fácil, le da a los estudiantes la expectativa de que todos deben ser capaces de hacerla sin ningún problema. "Este es un tema fácil" puede ser interpretado como "todos lo van a entender rápidamente y nadie tendrá preguntas".
Peroooooooo, ¿qué sucede cuando los alumnos tienen problemas para responder a algo? ¿Qué sucede cuando no creen que una actividad es fácil? ¿Qué pasa si no entienden un tema?
Entonces todo puede ir cuesta abajo. 😔
Los estudiantes pueden empezar a pensar eso:
➡️ que algo está mal en ellos,
➡️ que no son tan inteligentes como los demás,
➡️ que aprender un idioma no es para ellos.
💧💧 Estos sentimientos pueden impactar negativamente en el aprendizaje de un idioma, pueden desarrollar sentimientos de aversión hacia el instructor, el idioma, y lo que es peor, hacia ellos mismos. Puede llevar a la desmotivación y a la baja autoestima.
Cuando se supone que algo es "fácil" pero no lo fue para todos, los alumnos podrían no hacer preguntas porque corren el riesgo de ser vistos como los únicos del grupo que no entendieron.
Por eso "fácil" no es parte del vocabulario que usamos en nuestras sesiones de idiomas. Nunca queremos que tú, nuestro participante, pienses que no eres lo suficientemente inteligente. Nunca queremos que pienses que hay algo malo en tu aprendizaje.
En lugar de decir que las cosas son fáciles, decimos
✔️ "no pasa nada si es un reto para ti",
✔️ "está bien si no lo entiendes y cometes errores",
✔️ "este tema puede ser complicado, así que haz todas tus preguntas",
✔️ "practica y mejorarás".
Cuéntanos sobre la última vez que alguien dijo que algo era fácil, pero a ti se te hizo complicado ¿Cómo te sentiste?
A word we never say in our language sessions
🤔Think about the last time you tried to do something that you were told was easy. How did you feel when it ended up being much harder than you thought. How did you feel when your friend could do it but you couldn't. The same thing happens in language sessions (but not ours).
“Easy” It seems like it can do no harm. This recipe is easy to do. This meal plan is easy to follow. Holding a plank for 3 minutes is easy! Try this method for learning a new language, it's easy.
😮Easy is a tricky word. 😮
When we as language instructors say that an activity is easy, it gives learners the expectation that everyone should be able to do it without any problems. “This is an easy topic” can be translated into “everyone will understand quickly and nobody will have questions”.
Buuuuuut, what happens when learners actually have problems answering something? What happens whey a learner doesn't think an activity is easy? What if learners didn't understand a topic?
Then everything can go downhill. 😔
Learners can start to think that:
➡️ there is something wrong with them,
➡️ that they aren't as smart as others,
➡️ that there's something wrong with them,
➡️ that learning a language is not for them.
💧💧These feelings can negatively impact a learner's language learning, they can develop aversion feelings towards the instructor, the language, and what is worst, towards themselves. It can lead to demotivation and low self-esteem.
In circumstances where things were supposed to be easy, learners might not ask questions because they risk being seen as the only one in the group that did not understand, the dumb one that didn't get it... being afraid that others will think this as well.
This is why “easy” is not part of the vocabulary we use in our language sessions. We never want you, our learner, to think that you are not smart enough. We never want you to think there is something wrong with your learning.
Instead of saying things are easy, we say
✔️ “it's ok if it's challenging for you”,
✔️ “it's ok if you don't get it and make mistakes”,
✔️ “this topic might be tricky, so ask all your questions”,
✔️ “practice and you'll get better”.
Tell us about the last time someone said something was easy, but you struggled with it. How did you feel?
I almost cried. 😭😍😭😍⠀
Most of our language sessions are coming to an end for the summer this week and the next.⠀
At the end of our time working together , I do different activities to get feedback from our learners to see how I can improve and what they liked.⠀
This is the feedback form that I got from a lovely participant from Vietnam. We started working together in April, in the thick of the pandemic, and have never seen each other face to face. ⠀
It deeply moved me because it reminded me how much of an impact my work can have on someone's life and that being a language instructor truly is my calling.❤️⠀
Learners were supposed to write:⠀
5 things they learned⠀
4 things they are proud they did ⠀
3 games or activities they liked⠀
2 changes they would make to my sessions⠀
1 thing they want to tell me⠀
Read the entire review ➡️
How long have you been studying X language?
📅 A couple of years?
🕰️ A couple of months?
I have been tackling German for 4-5 years, I started with one of these intensive 3 hour-a-day courses and then hit a wall. I stopped going to the courses, developed Authentic Learning Berlin, and continue to learn German here and there.
You'd think that because I'm married to a German man, I'd be speaking German all the time buuuuuuuut he speaks English and Spanish perfectly. MEXICAN SPANISH!! With my accent!
He teaches me a lot of idioms, expressions, and random words, so that is very useful. Plus, I follow my own advice and learn doing things I love.
What about you?
🌟 We want to be able to serve you better. 🌟
Since the beginning, our goal has been to support language learners in different capacities so they can tackle their challenges while boosting their confidence to speak. In order to do that, we would like to ask YOU how we can help.
Over the next few weeks, we will be asking all of you different questions that will help us understand what you need, want, and the types of content that bring you value.
Here’s the first question:
🤷♀️ Why are you learning the language you are learning?🤷♀️
🌐 Is it because you moved to a place where it is spoken?
🖨️ For your job?
☺️ For fun?
📓 For school?
✈️ For traveling?
Woah, das war eine verrückte Woche!⠀
Hier sind einige schöne idiomatische Ausdrücke, um zu sagen, dass du sehr müde bist (so wie wir):⠀
👉 Ich bin hundemüde.⠀
👉 Ich bin ausgepumt.⠀
👉 Ich bin erledigt. ⠀
BONUS: füge "absolut, komplet, total, oder völlig" hinzu, um deinen Ausdruck etwas dramatischer zu gestalten, zum Beispiel: ⠀
👉 Ich bin total ausgepumpt.⠀
Wir haben all unsere Energie und Zeit darauf verwendet, das Webinar zu veranstalten, unsere Sitzungen zu unterrichten usw., dass wir so froh sind, dass es Freitag ist! 💥⠀
Was machst du zum Spaß am Wochenende? ⠀
💥Mondays mean meetings💥⠀
Don't get caught off guard when your colleague or boss asks you to do the Besprechungsprotokoll. Save this useful information and take notes like a pro. ⠀
A task that almost nobody wants is to take the meeting minutes. However, this document is very handy when it comes to clearing up who was supposed to finish that task and by when things need to get done. ⠀
In German, the word you are looking for is das Besprechungsprotokoll. Other words used are Sitzungprotokoll or Tagungsprotokoll. ⠀
This document should include the following: ⠀
👉Meeting details: date, place, time, name of the moderator and the person taking the minutes⠀
👉Subject/purpose of the meeting⠀
👉Participants: The names of those invited and of those who actually made it, to clarify responsibilities and misunderstandings.⠀
👉Agenda items: Each of the Tagesordnungspunkte or TOPs should have a section. Don't worry, you will learn all about this in our Webinar. ⠀
👉Topics: If minutes are taken of individual problems, reports, presentations of facts, discussions (usually only in progress minutes) or motions. Don't forget to include who is responsible for each thing, all the dates/deadlines mentioned, as well as measures to be taken.
Musst du bei der Arbeit mit Diagrammen arbeiten? Nach rechts blättern, um die gebräuchlichsten Typen von Diagrammen auf Deutsch zu sehen. Eine Grafik kann viele Namen auf Deutsch haben! 😆
Morgen werden wir lernen, wie man ein Diagramm erklärt! @ Berlin, Germany
Can’t keep up at work? It’s fine.. It happens all the time, especially when you just started a new job. All the new faces, new information, new responsibility can be energy-draining. But don’t hesitate to ask for help! You can approach your German colleague by saying..
- Ich würde mich über deine Hilfe zu diesem Thema freuen
- Kannst du diese Aufgabe bitte erläutern?
- Kannst du mir bitte helfen, mehr Informationen über diese Aufgabe zu finden?
Need to boost your language confidence at work? Join our FREE training on business German next Tuesday, 30 June!
Here's the link to register:
You're awesome! 👏👏You are working in a language that isn't your own and that is incredible. 👏👏⠀
We know how hard it can be sometimes to have so many ideas in your brain and not enough words in German to express them and show everyone what you have to offer. ⠀
We want to support you in rocking that job. ⠀
On June 30th, you will learn:⠀
➡️introduce your ideas & points of view in German⠀
➡️disagree with others in a polite way⠀
➡️summarize & synthesize information⠀
➡️ask for & give clarification⠀
➡️keep a meeting on track & alive⠀
This free online training is fast-paced, interactive and the best... you can put everything you learned in practice the next day at your office😚. ⠀
Save your spot before they run out and be a good friend, share it with someone who might need it. 🙏🏾🙏🏾
Networking is an important aspect of a professional life, yet nobody feels totally comfortable about it! It can get awkward sometimes. But the good news is: the more you practice it, the more you’ll improve!
First, get to know the do’s and don’t’s of small talk in a German business setting. Most of them you probably already know for sure! Second, practice some ice breaking sentences before attending a networking event. These sentences will help you initiate a conversation in German with a stranger you just met. The rest will follow as long as you keep calm and confident!
What’s your favorite ice breaker sentence? Do you have any tips to share with us? @ Authentic Learning Berlin
Haben Sie noch Fragen? What to ask during a job interview
An incredibly important, yet often neglected, part of your job interview comes at the end...
𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗮 𝗷𝗼𝗯 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝟯: 𝗪𝗵𝘆 𝗮𝘀𝗸 𝗾𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀?
➡️ Asking questions shows that you're truly interested and did the work to get ready for the interview.
➡️ It increases your knowledge allowing you to decide if this position and company are the right for you.
⚠️ At some point, your interviewer will ask "𝗛𝗮𝗯𝗲𝗻 𝗦𝗶𝗲 𝗻𝗼𝗰𝗵 𝗙𝗿𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗻?". ⚠️Be prepared. ⚠️
Yes! Yes! We know it's a lot to do before an interview, but do you want the job or not? 🤷♀️
Write up a couple of questions that show you took your time to dig deep and that are useful for your decision-making process. Don't ask things like "When do I get a raise?" or "What is your policy on office romance?", ask clever questions that make you sound ready AND give you info to decide if you really want to work there or not.🧠
Here are 5 questions you can ask during your job interviews in German. You're welcome. 💓
Hunting for a job is HARD WORK! 💪🏼 But anything you do before the interview will help.💪🏾
𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗮 𝗷𝗼𝗯 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝟮: 𝗗𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗵 𝗯𝗲𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄
The research you do before has two purposes:
1️⃣ to learn as much as you can about the company to show you're interested in working with them.
2️⃣ to learn as much as you can about the company to decide if you actually want to work there or if it just looks cool on paper.
This research will be super helpful during the interview and to prepare questions (more about that tomorrow).
If you found out that your interviewer/potential colleague wrote a book, you'll be able to bring that up and ask something about it. 📚
You'll be able to say things like "I identify with the values of the company" and mean it. Or bring up the competitors and how you can help with X goal.
➡️ Here are a couple of things to research before you set foot in that room.
Don't sound like a recording! 🙏
𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗮 𝗷𝗼𝗯 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝟭: 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗸 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘀𝗸𝗶𝗹𝗹𝘀.
You have many skills because you're an awesome and talented human... Don't shoot yourself in the foot by saying "ich kann..." und "ich kann.." und "ich kann auch..."
Here are some phrases you can use to talk about all your talents while sounding like the fancy & professional person that you are. 🌟
Disclaimer: There is one phrase with kann buuuuuuut it has another verb and this makes it special. 🤭
PSST!! 𝗗𝗶𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝗹𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱𝘆? You know your friend also says "ich kann".
Do you want to approach a prospective hiring manager? Or do you want to ask for a reference letter from your university professor? There are different levels of language formality in German, especially for letters.
To end your letter with a final salutation, you can say:
Mit freundlichen Grüßen (Yours sincerely) is the way most business e-mails end. It's quite formal, but this is the expected ending unless you already know the person and have some level of rapport with them. If you are unsure, err on the side of caution...
Some business/formal emails can also end with Beste Grüße (Best Wishes).
But if you are writing to a friend or your family, then you can say Liebe Grüße or simply say LG, which is the short version of Liebe Grüße.
German job application language tip: avoid repetition of gemacht/ machen in your CV! There are many other words with similar meaning. For example: gelernt, produzieren. Swipe to find out more ➡️
Recruiters can tell the level of your German skills from the way you write your application. Even if you attach a certificate to prove your language ability, your CV and cover letter tell a lot more! @ Authentic Learning Berlin
You have amazing ideas, your colleagues deserve to hear them! This webinar is here to support you using your voice to in German and shine bright like the diamond that you are.💎💎⠀
Our free online training is fast-paced, interactive and the best... you can put everything you learned in practice the next day at your office. 🙌🏻🙌🏻⠀
On June 30th, you will learn how to...⠀
➡️introduce your ideas and points of view in German ⠀
➡️disagree with others in a polite way⠀
➡️summarize & synthesize information⠀
➡️ask for & give clarification⠀
➡️keep a meeting on track & alive⠀
❕Save your spot before they run out. Link in bio.⬆️⬆️
7 elements of a killer CV in German:
1. Short bio, which consists of your name and contact details.
2. Core competencies. List your skills as specific as possible!
3. Signature. It’s very important for a German CV!
4. No time gaps. If there’s a gap of employment, address it. Even if it’s a career break, it’s OK to mention it.
5. Shorter is not better. It doesn’t have to be 1 page.
6. Reference or work certificate from previous employers.
7. Professional photo. No selfie please!
Are you currently searching for a job in Germany? Do you want to know more tips on how to write a CV in German? We’ll be hosting a webinar about German for professionals at the end of this month. Stay tuned for more updates!
This week we're going to do serious stuff! 🤓 As many of you requested, we're going to talk about business German or German for professional purposes.
To start with, how do you write a professional e-mail in German? The devil is in the details 🧐 Unlike the greeting line and final salutation, the first letter of the sentence in an e-mail body must use a small letter (not a capital letter). For example, look at the way we write "ich schreibe Ihnen..." above.
Ps. If you use an English auto-correct program on your computer, the software will correct your sentence into the English format (begin every sentence with a capital letter). So, make sure you switch it off when you write a formal e-mail in German!
Wenn du denksts dass, das richtig ist, schick uns eine Email!
Vom 14. Juni bis 30. Juni haben wir 10% Rabatt auf deinen privaten Englischunterricht.
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Learning and then speaking another language offers you a plethora of possibilities. It sounds like a cliché but it's true. You can learn so much through and by learning a different language.
Ludwig Wittgenstein, an Austrian-British philosopher, said that the borders or limits of your language are the borders or limits of your world. Meaning that speaking a language restricts your thoughts and your mind.
Do you believe that your language imposes borders on your views of life?
Do you think you can go over the borders your language may impose on you and see the world?
Can you do this without learning a different language?
💖I'm really interested in reading what you have to say. 💖
Aprender y luego hablar otro idioma te ofrece una enorme cantidad de posibilidades. Suena como un cliché pero es verdad. Puedes aprender tanto a través y por medio del aprendizaje de un idioma diferente.
Ludwig Wittgenstein, un filósofo austríaco-británico, dijo que las fronteras o límites de su idioma son las fronteras o límites de su mundo. Lo que significa que hablar un idioma restringe tus pensamientos y tu mente.
¿Crees que tu idioma impone fronteras a tu visión de la vida?
¿Crees que puedes sobrepasar las fronteras que tu idioma te impone y ver el mundo?
¿Puedes hacer esto sin aprender un idioma diferente?
💖Estoy muy interesada en leer lo que tienes que decir. 💖
Eine andere Sprache zu lernen und dann zu sprechen, bietet eine Vielzahl von Möglichkeiten. Es klingt wie ein Klischee, aber es ist wahr. Man kann so viel durch und durch das Erlernen einer anderen Sprache lernen.
Ludwig Wittgenstein, ein österreichisch-britischer Philosoph, sagte, dass die Grenzen Ihrer Sprache die Grenzen Ihrer Welt sind. Das bedeutet, dass eine Sprache deine Gedanken und deinen Geist einschränkt.
Glaubst du, dass deine Sprache deinen Lebensanschauungen Grenzen auferlegt?
Glaubst du, dass du die Grenzen, die dir deine Sprache auferlegt, überschreiten und die Welt sehen kannst?
Kannst du das tun, ohne eine andere Sprache zu lernen?
💖Ich bin wirklich daran interessiert, zu lesen, was du zu sagen hast. 💖
Hi! Welcome to Authentic Learning Berlin!
We’re in the business of confidence. We offer immersion linguistic experiences where you can learn, practice and socialize in English or German in authentic, real-life settings. Our linguistic experiences give you the chance to further your language skills while you participate in a wide array of workshops and hands-on activities such as cooking, going around the city or being creative with arts and crafts.
Our English and German experiences happen all around Berlin, in galleries, museums, cafés and other cozy locations to create a relaxed and warm atmosphere. With a maximum of seven participants, your linguistic experience is personalized so that you improve your vocabulary, fluency, oral and written comprehension and most importantly, your confidence to speak English or German.
Like our page or visit our website (www.authenticlearning.de) to get language learning tips, tricks, and to know more about the classes and when they are happening.
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