Going to Germany and Learning German

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1. Posted by notarealme (Full Member 49 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Well im off on June 28th for 12 days, not long i know but i've never been to anywhere in Europe or backpacking, so i thought i might get a feel for the place first, that being the case im going in to Berlin Tegel Airport, its about 6.4 miles from Central Berlin. It only cost me £105.00 inclu taxes.

Anywho back to the point of the post, i know of the normal places to see in Berlin, but as above, have never been there, would anyone think i would need walking boots? like trainer style ones? and do they have a mac'd's there? not that i dont want to try German food, but just incase.

Also i am learning german now so i dont annoy anyone over there, what would you say the standard of English is in Germany? not that im going to speak english, just incase i get real stuck and need helfen!!!!

Im staying at a hostel in Berlin-mitte, not far from the city as i can see on the map.

well hope to get some input,


2. Posted by d3r-wolf (Budding Member 22 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


you can find a mcdonalds in berlin tempelhof, marzahn, alexanderplatz, lichtenberg and the one on the opposite site of the 'marlene dietrich-platz.
The standart of english in berlin is pretty good i think. many peaple will understand you.
welcome to germany! Have a lot of fun,


3. Posted by kar1181 (Full Member 21 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I'll be there in the next couple of weeks. My German is basically of High School standard (not good ;)), so I'll let you know how I get by linguistically speaking.

I'll be in other cities such as Munich, Hannover and Cologne too, if you are interested.

From all the people I have spoken to the Germans, anecdotally, are the most hospitable in Europe to mono-linguistic English speakers. The problem is more often that you'll want to speak German and find out they want to (and often much better than you) speak English :)

Anyway will let you know my experiences shortly :)

4. Posted by notarealme (Full Member 49 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Yeah im with ya, since im from England they will talk to practice their English on me, lol maybe we can get a trade off, lol. It would be good to know how you get on. My German is better then it was last wk, as im learning german, i sometimes read die welt on the internet and can understand some of it, or i could say

"ich sprechen ein biâchen deutsch"

for some reason it wont let me use the B shape letter for S in "bisschen" as German has 2 S's, darn compter. or maybe its how its done on computer, if anyone is German i would love to know, just for future info.

i only had to look up the word for german in that, so im doing ok.

5. Posted by d3r-wolf (Budding Member 22 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

germany has two s's. But since 2000 the ss is used more often 'cuz of some new rules in gramma.
You use the B only on words like StraBe (street) were the word has a long vocal in front of the s.
I can't write the B either right know because I'm in america right now. ^^

6. Posted by notarealme (Full Member 49 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Thats very helpful, any idea on what a typical wage is in Germany? And do you know if you can get to the top of the television tower, im sure i could get some good pictures up there.

7. Posted by davifoe (Budding Member 3 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi There!

Lovely to hear that you'll be visiting the best city on earth! I was born there, but unfortunately just lived there the first 3 years of my life, before I moved to the "Sauerland", a nice countyside region in central Germany. A very nice place eather, definatly worth to see!!

So but now to Berlin:

Plaese, don't waste your time in looking for "Mc Doof" as we sometimes call it. There are heaps of nice, very nice places to go for dinner or lunch. Try the "Hackesche Hoefe", that's an old industrial place, wich is noe used for shopping malls and hospitality places. I can't tell you where exactly it is, but as it is very popular, everybody in the dtreets will can help you.

For going out at night time it is a good place, too.
But there are lots of others: "Prenzlauer Berg" just to name one.

If you want to take pictures from up a high building you should go to "Potzdamer Platz". This place is in the old eastern part of the city(as all the places I named before too I think) and was totaly destroied in world war 2. But now it is just rebuildet (finished in 2002 I think) and definatly a must for every visitor I would say. I love it. There is so much to do and so much to see( not only, but even more if you are intersted in modern architecture). The amazing "Sony Centre" with its huge plaza and the hole area of the "Daimler-Crysler-Building" with its cafes and restaurants and the Arcades for shoping.
And here we are for your place for pictures: Take the fastest Lift in the world (2001) to climb the "Daimler Crysler Tower" maybe it's called building, I'm not sure. I haven't been up there, but you'll have a good view, that's for sure!(Don't go if it's cloudy!!!!!)

As you said you know the main places, I don't have to tell you about "Berlin Mitte" and the "Reichstag" such as "Ku'Damm" and all this other Places.

Do a "walking the berlin boarder tour" (maybe the name is a bit different) it tells you a lot about the history of our capitol and ist is very interesting. there are english tours I think, when I was there in 2001 with an exchange student group there were!

I tell you one more thing: YOU'LL LOVE BERLIN!!!;)

I just say hi from Sydney, were I'm at the moment, and enjoy your stay. If you like to have more information you can contact me directly, maybe I'm in the city at the same time because I want to visit my uncle after my Australia journey! Or maybe you decide to come to the Sauerland, than let me definatly know, I know every secret

C ya, David, -snip-

[ Edit: Sorry, no emails in the forum please. Try the message center. ]

8. Posted by notarealme (Full Member 49 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

hi, thanks for the info dave, i was looking at going to Potzdamer Platz, but didnt really know what was there, now i will go. I am going to germany for 12 days over June-July so it should be hott, i am also looking at staying there and getting a job, just need to improve my German, im doing ok, just need more practice. as for mc doof, i dont plan to eat there, it was one of them "just in cases"

Im also going for 12 days as i have never been travelling before in my life, and want to get a feel for it first, i live at home, pay rent and everything is done for me.

i think it will be a big wake up call if i move there for abit, should be fun,

thanks for your info


9. Posted by milyb (First Time Poster 1 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hey there

I am a 23 year old from Brisbane, Australia who is going to study german in Berlin from the 13th of June this year...I can't wait! It is so good to hear of someone else going at the same time! I have studied German at Uni but have let it go in the last couple of years, so I am hoping to get some of it back again!

Can I ask which course you are going with? I am booking all of my arrangements in a fortnight.

Might see you on the Ku'dam then!!

I was in the south of Germany in 1996, and from what I can remember, I was never stuck somewhere where I was unable to find someone who spoke english. And the food? Let's just say you'll probably put on a few kg's!! It is great.



10. Posted by notarealme (Full Member 49 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

HI Emily

Well im doing this like open univeristy course not sure if you have heard of it?

Any idea where i can get a good english breakfast in Germany?

And can anyone advise me on the walking boots?

Ill be in Germany June 28th - July 9th