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On 16 April, there will be a beneficiary concert of the Berlin Ladies Ensemble, of which one of our club members is a part. The place will be the church “Zum Guten Hirten” at Friedrich-Wilhelm-Platz in Berlin. Entrance is free, but donations will be accepted. The incoming money will support refugee families.

Please come and support the good cause while having a good time out with classical and modern music.

ExpoLingua in Berlin is THE place to learn everything about language learning for expats in Berlin. Meet representatives of private language learning schools and the Berlin evening class organisation “Berliner Volkshochschulen”. Find out about learning German as a foreign language.

EXPOLINGUA takes place on November 21st and 22nd 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. in Berin-Mitte, Friedrichstr. 176-179.

When you join our meetings you will be amazed: You can meet the world in a Kreuzberg restaurant! These are the nationalities who meet on Tuesdays: US, British, Italian, Spanish, Ukrainian, Georgian, Polish, Syrian, Russian, French, Japanese, Korean, and all of those I have forgotten to mention, and, of course, German, all peacefully united to talk and make friends. So why don´t you join us next Tuesday?

At our last meeting, we had members from all corners of the world: US, Britain, France, Ukraine, South Korea, South Africa, Georgia and Germany. All of us love to get information about foraign countries, their culture, their history and their current situation.

So I learned a lot about Georgia, a lot of facts I did not learn about. Georgia is situated at the Black Sea, south of Russia. It has a great history, starting long before the history of most European states. It has a language and writing of its own which is far different from any other languages and writing. In some cases, when we have to form a sentence, in Georgian language its contents can be skimmed into one word. The letters are totally different from what Latin or Kyrillic letters look like.

While the Soviet Union existed, Georgia was a part of this empire, but regained its independency after the Soviet Union fell apart. Still, Russia is trying to keep its influence, by military and economic means, e.g. by cutting off gas supplies.

If you are as keen on learning more about different nations and conversing in English as I am, why don´t you join us on Tuesdays at Thai Su restaurant in Berlin-Kreuzberg? Everybody will give you a warm welcome.

Snowflakes say hi in Berlin; “Let´s create a bit of chaos at the S-Bahn!” “For the reason of broken-down trains and switches out of order, there will be disruptions in train service. We apologize for any inconvenience and ask for your consideration.”

Friends help friends with learning German! Additionally to our regular meetings on Tuesdays, we are introducing a meeting on Mondays at a Berlin location to learn phrases and words to be able to communicate in German instantly and use it in German context. We are starting with the topics introducing oneself, buying something, asking the way and using numbers.

This is no commercial language course and absolutely free. It is there for friends getting assistance from friends. If you are interested in participating, contact berlinfriendsclub@arcor.de.

During our last Friends Club meeting, somebody brought this up:

Everybody knows the feeling that after a good round of walking, running or playing football or tennis, there is a funny feeling in your muscles which makes it nearly unable to move.

In German, the word is “Muskelkater”. But there is no use translating it literally, as for “Muskel” the English word is “muscle”, but the German word “Kater” means “tom cat” in English, That does not make any sense. Still, there is another meaning for “Kater” in English: “hangover”! And this gets us nearer to the meaning of “Muskelkater”, as you use “Kater” in German for any state of physical indisposition coming from a reason such as too much alcohol or physical exercise.

So, for the German word “Muskelkater” you would use “sore muscles” or “aching muscles”, as the LEO dictionary tells us. The Google translater only knows “ache”, which is fairly unspecific.

For more of these discussions, why don´t you join us at Berlin Friends Club? You will get a warm welcome and you can sure to spend some joyful, interesting hours each Tuesday.

See you then!


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