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German night classes for travellers

harvyk1 10 March 2009 19

Hi all,

Does anyone know where in Canberra I could learn german (thinking Night Classses here once a week type thing)? It would be mainly for travelling as I plan to go there early next year. I have heard ANU may teach adults but is there anywhere else.

The sort of thing I am looking for is something where i could learn how to ask questions, and get answers to the more important questions a traveller needs to know (eg Where is the Pub).

I know they do speak some English over there but I’d rather learn the basics before I go.

Any suggestions?


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2604 2604 11:25 pm 10 Mar 09

Good work harvyk1 – I think it’s great that you don’t want to be one of those “they all speak English anyway, so why f*()en bother?” Aussies you see trolling around Europe, eating McDonalds for every meal because they’re too scared to interact with locals.

You should also try some of the night classes offered by secondary colleges, like Lake Ginninderra and Canberra Colleges. They cost about half as much as the ANU courses and are good quality.

grundy grundy 10:46 pm 10 Mar 09

harvyk1 said :

I’m in no way scared, and I know that people over there speak English, but still it’d be nice to be able to at least have a basic understanding of German, for when I come across the one or two people who have no English.

Besides I’m one of those people who like to immerse myself in the culture (inc language, even if it’s only a little) of the places I go.

Absolutely agree about immersing yourself in the culture. We made an effort to always speak the local language. However, you appeared to be more worried about not enough people speaking english in your opening post. If that’s not the case then go for it! You’ll enjoy the holiday much more. 🙂

Bobbi Bobbi 10:06 pm 10 Mar 09

I’ve just started at the ACT German school who are currently teaching out of Dickson College. They’re great! http://www.actgermanschool.org.au/

There is also Das Zentrum in Civic. http://zentrum.blogspot.com/

I spent a few weeks in Berlin recently and while the majority of people do speak English it is useful to know some German. Not everyone speaks English, the signage is in German and people open up more when you make the effort.

Good on you and good luck!

Peachy Peachy 8:52 pm 10 Mar 09

The ACT German Language School is also good, although their website isn’t. They’ve been around for donkeys and have it down pretty pat. They are at http://www.actgermanschool.org.au/

Also, anyone UNDER 40 should have good english as it became pretty mandatory in schools. Anyone over that won’t. Learnt that staying with my dad’s 60+ friends over there several years ago 😛

farnarkler farnarkler 8:47 pm 10 Mar 09

It is amusing that you make sure you ‘don’t mention the war’ when in Germany yet in Tegel airport there is a model of Von Richtofen’s Fokker dreidekker plane!!

Alan Shore Alan Shore 8:45 pm 10 Mar 09

grundy said :

Dont bother, everyone there speaks English.

The proprietress of my hotel in the middle of Frankfurt had no English whatsoever. Not even “yes” or “no”. I was astounded, and very very grateful to have packed a German phrasebook for my mere day and a half stay in Germany.

Deckard Deckard 8:37 pm 10 Mar 09

How about STUKA!!!

Although that’s really only mentioned by the tourists.

AI-Expert AI-Expert 8:26 pm 10 Mar 09

ACT German Language School. I am currently studying there, and the semester has already started. The classes are full now, but they offer a beginners course again in Semester 2.

http://www.actgermanlanguageschool.org.au

mirage3 mirage3 8:14 pm 10 Mar 09

Not to mention bigfeet the classic ‘Englander Schweinhund’.

bigfeet bigfeet 7:53 pm 10 Mar 09

No need to do any study. I learnt these useful phrases through years of “Commando” comics.

Try them out when travelling:

Achtung Englander!
Jawohl, Herr leutenant
Gott in Himmel these Englanders fight like madmen. (not sure how German that is)
Ach, Mein Gott.
Kameradan, nicht schussen, nicht shussen!
Hande Hoch!

New Yeah New Yeah 7:44 pm 10 Mar 09

MWF said :

caf said :

CIT Solutions do night courses for adults, including “Languages for Tourists”.

LMAO!

You’d be better off getting a CD and a book.

No way! Language class is heaps of fun and way more dynamic.

MWF MWF 6:52 pm 10 Mar 09

caf said :

CIT Solutions do night courses for adults, including “Languages for Tourists”.

LMAO!

You’d be better off getting a CD and a book.

harvyk1 harvyk1 6:48 pm 10 Mar 09

I’m in no way scared, and I know that people over there speak English, but still it’d be nice to be able to at least have a basic understanding of German, for when I come across the one or two people who have no English.

Besides I’m one of those people who like to immerse myself in the culture (inc language, even if it’s only a little) of the places I go.

Steady Eddie Steady Eddie 5:05 pm 10 Mar 09

A Noisy Noise Annoys An Oyster said :

Der Bustenhalter schallplatten schnell!

Um, that translates as “The brassiere records fast”.

farnarkler farnarkler 4:58 pm 10 Mar 09

I agree with Grundy. I was in Germany and Austria last year and their English is really good.

grundy grundy 4:26 pm 10 Mar 09

Dont bother, everyone there speaks English.

Mrs G, who speaks decent German, even had the locals speaking English to her when they heard the accent.

Unless you’re going to some tiny secluded village, you’ll find most people speak english there and in every single case, their english will be way better than your German anyway.

So don’t be scared, just jump on the plane and go! 😀

harvyk1 harvyk1 3:46 pm 10 Mar 09

Thanks caf, thats the exact thing I was after.

A Noisy Noise Annoys An Oyster A Noisy Noise Annoys An Oyster 3:38 pm 10 Mar 09

Der Bustenhalter schallplatten schnell!

caf caf 3:35 pm 10 Mar 09

CIT Solutions do night courses for adults, including “Languages for Tourists”.

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