This city that is so rich in history, is the perfect location to improve your German.
Another point that makes this the perfect place to learn is the fact that it is so multicultural.
Not only will you be training your speaking skills, but our ears will be trained to many different accents as well.
As with every retreat, the entire day is spent together. Thanks to this continuous interaction, you will considerably speed up your command of the language and get permanent and measurable results.
We will be doing everything from grocery shopping, asking for directions, driving a Trabi to speaking with strangers in the park.
The classroom training each day includes activities which cover speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, naturally including grammar and vocabulary.
The meals and additional activities allow us to place emphasis on practical communication to build up your vocabulary and help to develop fluency and confidence.
About this class
Number of participants 11 (spouse can join for an additional fee)
Duration 4 days
Date May 17-20, 2019
Set up a time to chat. This will give us the chance to answer any questions and also ask a few of our own. Nothing personal, just your current level and goals.
If you don’t see a time that fits email firstname.lastname@example.org
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WHAT’S ON THE ITINERARY?
DAY 1 | THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
Once you have arrived and gotten yourself settled in, we jump right into some classroom time.
Then it’s off to grocery store with german lists. We will break up into teams of 2 to find everything on the list. In German of course.
We will meet up at the cash to hand over our goods and then head back to the house to cook up a traditional german dish.
After dinner we will enjoy some german games.
DAY 2 | BEST VIEW IN TOWN
Today you will have to decide who offers the best view.
Is it the German parliament rooftop which we will visit after our tour of the parliament building.
After the parliament tour, we will put your german to the test as you ask for directions and guide us to our next destination.
The Berliner Fernsehturm.
Don’t worry if you get us lost. There are plenty of delis on the way and we planned on stopping for a picnic as well.
Once at the Berliner Fernsehturm we will do the tour and then end the day with a delicious diner at a window table. The Sphere revolving restaurant lies 207 m above the city and 4 m above the Tower’s observation deck.
DAY 3 - TRABI TOUR
Today we will drive through Berlin in the official car of the DDR!
The Trabant (Trabi) is often seen as symbolic of the former East Germany and the collapse of the Eastern Bloc in general.
While it had a steel frame, the body was made of something called Duroplast -- a form of hardened plastic made of cotton waste from Russia and resins from the East German dye industry.
Everyone tried to afford a Trabant during the East German times. You had to have yourself put on a list and you had to wait for the car between 11 and 15 years.
Discover the east of Berlin off the beaten tourist path - through the middle and the former east part of the city along the Karl-Marx-Allee and East Side Gallery, over Oberbaumbridge and through the quarter Kreuzberg.
You will get to choose if you are the driver or passanger.
We will have a guide car and then it’s 2 passengers per car.
DAY 4 - TIME TO VOTE!
Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin
Another one for inquiring minds, this is for those who like to tinker and learn about how stuff works, or rather how stuff could work in the future. The German Museum of Technology Berlin has an extensive collection of planes, boats, trains and cameras, that all pay tribute to the amazing German engineering over the decades, for which the country is so famous for.
There is so much to see here – from the early steam locomotives to rail cars and an entire section on aviation – that it would be wise to book out the whole day to fully explore all it has to offer.
Founded in 1990, this museum is the old Stasi headquarters, Germany’s former secret police. It is an essential outing for anyone hoping to understand just how life use to be in the DDR when Berlin was a divided city, and just how harsh life use to be. Today, the museum operates as a research and memorial centre concerning the political system of the former East Germany. It’s strongly recommended to tag along on one of the free guided tours that are given twice a day in both German and English. Without the tour and the special perspective and personal anecdotes of life under communism, it might be a bit like looking at old German boardrooms and furniture.
The DDR Museum
The DDR Museum provides a unique visitor experience, making it one of Berlin’s most popular museums. Engage all of your senses to enjoy an immersive experience of everyday life in the former East Germany.
Covering a range of topics based on sound academic research – everyday life, the Berlin Wall, the Stasi and much more – our exhibition encourages its visitors to touch, feel and interact, so as to reach a fun and full understanding of the past.
Explore all aspects of daily life behind the Berlin Wall, including a fully furnished DDR flat, and the workings of state and Stasi – all under one roof.