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Our Christmas Party 2014: More than 70 members from more than a dozen nations peacefully celebrating with Christmas songs and Indian food

 

Welcome poster

Welcome poster

 

Our restaurant

Our restaurant

 

The buffet

The buffet

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Sergio and Margaux

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Max, noting down the participants

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Ralph making a speech

Ralph making a speech

Uwe making a speech

Uwe making a speech

 

The singing group

The singing group

Uwe and the singing group

Uwe and the singing group

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?

This is another summary of what we have discussed during one of our meetings:

Getränke – drinks

Weizenbier/Weißbier – wheat beer

Saft – juice

Schorle – any juice or wine mixed with water

verdünnen – dilute

ablöschen – deglaze (put water or spirit on a boiling meal)

auflösen – dissolve

aufgeregt – excited => sich aufgegen – get excited

sprechen, reden – speak

eine Rede halten – jold a speech

sich unterhalten – talk to each other

wir haben uns darüber schon unterhalten – We´ve already talked about that

anstehen/sich anstellen – queue up

sich vordrängeln – jump the queue, push to the front

Hinz und Kunz – jeder

Da war Hinz und Kunz da – all sorts of people were there

Ein Ei abschrecken – chill an egg

Achtung:

Ein Ei pellen => die Pelle – eggschell

Einen Apfel/eine Kartoffel schälen => die Schale – skin

Die Haut auf der heißen Milch – the skin on hot milk

jemandem auf die Pelle rücken – (popular) to get to close to sb.

=> Rück mir nicht so auf die Pelle

Schaum – foam

Er schäumt vor Wut – he is furious with anger

There you are! Keep learning and see you again!

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.

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!

Why I like Berlin Friends Club:

  • Friends meet regularly every Tuesday without fail
  • It is absolutely free of charge
  • There is no formal membership
  • You can drop by whenever you feel like talking to friends
  • The nations of the world are in reach for all participants
  • Everybody is highly rated and welcome, no matter which nationality
  • Participants can communicate freely without any preset agenda
  • If you need assistance, it can be provided
  • You are at the source of direct information about Berlin and Germany and how to get along in an unknown country and city

This all and the cordial, welcoming atmosphere makes BERLIN FRIENDS CLUB so special in comparison to other clubs in the city. Come and find out!

 

As every year, FRIENDS CLUB will hold its annual Christmas party, the 13th event of this kind. The date will be Sunday Dec. 8, 2013, 13 to 16 hrs. This is a good opportunity to meet current members as well as those who cannot attend meetings regularly. The price for the eat-as-much-as-you-can Indian buffet is € 6,90 per person, excluding drinks. You are invited to bring anyone you know and who would like to participate.

If you would like to attend, please confirm participation via e-mail to psmaxyusuf@aol.com as soon as possible, so that seats can be reserved. Participation can only be accepted with confirmation. You will be told the exact location with confirmation.

Let´s have a good time meeting friends at our Christmas party! Hope to see you there!


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