How is it possible? Do I understand well?
This is my first impression as soon as I have known this “alternative” German course.I have searched more information about it and I have known that this course is held in a bar!
The situation is becoming interesting 🙂
Is it possible that I learn German in a bar and I DECIDE the price of the “lecture”?
Yes, it’s possible and I’ll give you all the information to learn German in “alternative” way in BERLIN!
This is a fantastic opportunity for Eramsus students and foreign people that would like to learn German without the traditional and boring approach, at the same time it’s an occasion to meet a lot of new people!
I’m also an Erasmus student and I improved my English in a similar way, drinking a beer with other exchange students where two or three were native speaker!
It’s easy,funny method to learn a foreign language and you can learn the “true” German, the spoken German, that’s very far from the language thached by professors at school!
Anyway for all the information about this course, you can read this “interview”!
Who are you?
We are nice people who like the German language and intercultural stuff.
What do you do?
We organize and teach open German classes and events linked to German language.
Why do you do this?
We started doing this in 2009, to offer reasonable and inexpensive German classes for good friends and their friends. In April 2010 we were invited to do it in the spare room of a bar (New Orleans Haus) where everybody who wanted to speak about and learn German was invited to come. When it closed one year later, we found a new place (Zátopek).
We do it because we like people, we like to help them with our complicated but lovely mother tongue and we like the discussions about languages and culture.
How do you do this?
The classes are held in a spare room of a bar which has a white board and for special occasions a projector. We have a plan for every lesson and provide a worksheet, so you can follow the class better or take information home. The classes have been designed so that you can drop in to any class and easily fit in.
Where do the classes take place?
They take place in a bar called Zátopek. It is in Neukölln-Rixdorf, Niemetzstraße 24 at the corner of Braunschweiger Straße, opposite Edeka and close to Sonnenallee S-Bahn station. It is cosy, it has wireless internet, very reasonably priced drinks and nice staff.
On Tuesdays and Wednesdays Zátopek is open around 5 p.m. usually it opens at 7 p.m. On Sundays it’s closed. They offer a lot of different events and are worth a visit. (For more details about opening times and other events there, check their website: http://zatopek-berlin.de)
Why is it open?
It is generally open in two senses. It is open because it is not connected to any institution, does not follow any book and does not finish with an exam for certification. So we can design it the way you and we like. We are open to hearing your views on how you would like to learn.It is open because there is no set payment, furthermore we like the idea of “pay what you want” aka pay the amount you think the class is worth. At the end of each lesson we put out a tip jar and ask you to put some money in. We do not want to set a certain amount or collect money from each of you, because we also want people with very little money to have the chance to join classes.
Do you get any funding?
We get a small funding from the Quartiersmanagement Richardkiez (local city development agency) which right about covers copies and material like pens and paper. The effort to get that money and to justify all the expenses in the end is so high, that we are searching for other options. If you have any ideas let us know.
What is a recommended tip?
Well, we find it difficult to talk about money, because we like what we do. However, it takes quite an effort to organize the classes, prepare them, hold them, answer questions afterwards, directly, via email or facebook. We do it that way, because we think doing it halfway is not helpful or nice. But to be honest, we cannot do it if we are not paid a bit for it. We are not at all rich in time or money.
You can make some comparisons to answer this question. What do you pay for an individual lesson, for a lesson in a language school, for a beer or a Kebab? In the end the recommended tip is something between 2 and 5 Euro – or more, if you have enough money and would like to make up for others only being able to pay less.
How can one attend the classes?
Just come to the right place, at the announced time to join the group you think you fit in to. Please let us know if you plan to attend, so we can plan the lesson and print enough copies!
To do that join the weekly formed events on Facebook or write a short note to our email DeutschFuerDichBerlin@gmail.com.
What are the levels like?
We have four different levels for the German classes: I Beginner – II Intermediate –
III Advanced – Expert IV and in addition a II-III Conversation Class. That is not a very precise classification. Some people join a certain level, because they would like to repeat and improve the topics covered there, others hear about the things for the first time and are sometimes a bit overwhelmed. However, in the end works out somehow for everyone.
This could help you a bit with the decision which class to visit:
Beginner: Starts from the beginning with basic knowledge about saying hello and goodbye, eating and drinking. We work with verbs in the present tense. We try to give an idea about the language and help with studying on your own. Approximately every three months we start a new turn. The last time we started again in January 2013.
Intermediate: Is for people who know a bit about German language (kind of all we teach in Beginner class). You will learn adjective endings, the first cases, past tense and other things you would like to know to speak a grammatically correct German. Besides we have a focus on speaking and vocabulary. The last time we started again in January 2013.
Advanced: In this class we mainly talk in German and have a look at more complicated grammar topics. We want to help you improve your grammar knowledge and vocabulary. The topics are therefore very different, many times depending on what you ask for, what is going on in the world or topics that are good to know and/or repeat.
Expert: The goal of this class is to learn about and get familiar with levels and nuances of the language – that is for example to know an author’s or speaker’s position or to understand puns and references. On the productive side we will practise our findings in discussion exercises. Vocabulary and grammar can and will be discussed in the contexts. Everybody is invited to bring texts and topics they find interesting into class.
Conversation: This class is for everyone, who has already a few German reading and speaking skills, but would like to improve vocabulary and certainty in speaking. We read texts, talk about topics and learn things about Germany. Mostly we work in small teams, talk and do easy role-plays in a funny and spontaneous way. Of course we also answer questions in terms of grammar, but this should not be the main topic. The knowledge level is between our Advanced and Intermediate Class.
How can I get more information?
Feel free to ask and write an email to: DeutschFuerDichBerlin@gmail.com – or just pass by!
This can maybe help you find the way to our classroom bar.
(Niemetzstraße corner to Braunschweigerstraße)