Learning German: Combining research and helping refugees learn a new language

Their idea was to design a top-notch, intensive, free language course for a group of refugees — and to partner with these newcomers in a language experiment. There’s a debate about the best way to teach German to nonnative speakers, Goucha says. Often, teachers start with a heavy dose of vocabulary and leave German syntax … Continue reading Learning German: Combining research and helping refugees learn a new language

It Pays to Learn German

The Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge (BAMF) just sent me 330 euros because I know German. Woohoo! Ok, it isn’t really free money — it’s a refund — but it still feels brilliant. If you don’t know how the BAMF courses work, here’s a little overview: The BAMF integration courses include 660 lesson hours at … Continue reading It Pays to Learn German

German v. Spanish

I have a problem with German. It has nothing to do with learning the language, a process that is going fairly well. If all goes well with my exam tomorrow, I will be one class away from B1 status. This classifies me as an “independent user” with “threshold or intermediate” language skills, according to the … Continue reading German v. Spanish

Reading in German

Today I took my A2 German test. Assuming all goes well, by Friday I will officially be an A2 German speaker. Woohoo! After finishing the test, I wandered across the street to the Mayersche Buchhandlung. I started browsing their sale books: €3 for one book, €5 for two. I looked for novels or other easy … Continue reading Reading in German