Month: July 2016

How I started learning german

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Around 9 years ago (I can’t believe it passed so quick) my mom thought english is not enough anymore. Why? – Because everybody knows it. Not enough for what? – For being competitive on the job market.

Looking back, that didn’t get me a new job, that got me a whole new life! When I started the german courses it was as a hobby. I found it an interesting language and I felt an attraction for it. I never ever did it for a purpose. I never thought will help me somehow. I never expected I will come to live in Germany.

But let me tell you how it all began. In my (I think) 2nd year of university I registered to Schiller Institute in Bucharest for a german course of 1,5 h per week. Schiller was the cheaper and not so pretentious “brother” of Goethe Institute. The first meeting with our teacher was a shock. A woman entered the room talking “chinese”. I could not understand a word, obviously! and I could not imagine why she talks to us if is clearly we can not understand. We were all in level 0. She presented herself. Then followed more german phrases, and more, and more… and our brain was trying to understand what he had no chance to understand. It was a challenge! A language that didn’t resemble anything I have ever heard before.

Approximately 2 years later I saw in Schiller Institute an ad about studying in Germany. I applyed and was accepted for a Master of Engineering in FH Rosenheim. The rest is history.

Rosenheim means “home of the roses”. Is a city 52 km away from Munich and 90 km from Salzburg (in Austria).

(das) Heim = home

(die) Rose, Pl. (die) Rosen = rose

FH (Abkürzung = Abbreviation) = Fachhochschule = University of Applied Sciences

This are some pictures I took those days in University, in the surroundings of Rosenheim.

 

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(Does someone recognize himself in this picture?!)

So the persian proverb that says “A new language is a new life” really applies to me.

Do you also believe that?

 

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Wandern.

Have you ever heard this word? If you live in Bavaria (Bayern) almost sure you did.

(das) Wandern = hiking

With the Alps so close there is no wonder germans love it. There is even a research that showed hiking makes you happier, less prone to depresion and obviously healthier.

“Theory is easy but practice kills us” is a romanian saying (Teoria ca teoria dar practica ne omoara). People who know me know I was never a hiker…BUT last Sunday I did it! Yes, I was out there, far away from the city and I said: Yes, nature is amazing!

One and a half hours south of Munich you reach Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

 

Partnachklamm is an amazing canyon in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Here you have the official website with infos and pictures. But my pictures made with my phone are much better. They make me remember I was there and beauty is even more stunning in reality then in pictures.

So next time when you are around go see it yourself.

P.S.: Important tip: dont’t forget to take a rain jacket. Water drops from everywhere there.

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On the way to the canyon two magnets found their home.

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