Posts Tagged ‘languages’
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.
During the last meetings, we talked about flats/apartments.
die Wohnung – flat/apartment
die Dach(geschoss)wohnung – the penthouse
der Hof – the courtyard in the middle of a block of flats
das Stockwerk – the floor / storey
das Erdgeschoss – ground floor
der Souterrain – basement
das Treppenhaus – stairs / stairway
der Aufzug/Fahrstuhl – lift/elevator
der Flur – the corridor
der Dachgarten – roof garden
der Balkon – balcony
eine Wohnung mieten – rent
eine Wohnung vermieten – let an apartment
der Mieter – tenant
der Vermieter – landlord
die Miete zahlen – pay the rent
renovieren – renovate, redecorate
die Baugesellschaft – building society
die Baugenossenschaft – cooperative building society
der Eigentümer – owner
der Fußboden – floor
die Fliese/-n – tiles
das Parkett – parquett
der Holzfußboden – wooden floor
der Gas-/Stromzähler – gas / electricity meter
read the meter – den Zähler ablesen
die Schiebetür – sliding door
schieben / drücken – push
ziehen – pull
ein Fahrrad schieben – push a bike
die Zentralheizung – central heating
der Heizkörper – radiator
die Fernheizung – district heating
die Kaution – deposit
der Stuck (an der Decke) – stucco, plastering
der Mietvertrag – rental contract
einen Vertrag schließen – sign a contract
kündigen – cancel
in eine Wohnung einziehen – move into an apartment
umziehen – remove
umziehen: Kleidung – change clothes
ausziehen – move out
ausziehen: Kleidung – take off clothes
Keep on learning!
At our last meeting, we talked about the weather and some more words that came up during the meeting.
Es ist kalt/eisig/warm/heiß – it is cold/freezing/warm/hot
Mir ist kalt/... – I am cold/…
Es ist heiter/wolkig/bedeckt/sonnig– it is bright/cloudy/overcast/sunny
Es ist sehr/zu kalt… – it is very/too cold…
Frühling/Sommer/Herbst/Winter – spring/summer/autumn/winter
Der Wind – wind
windig – windy
Der Sturm – storm
stürmisch – stormy
Der Hagel – hail
Der Schneeregen – sleet
Der Nieselregen – drizzle
Die Eisglätte – there is no such word in English; LEO dictionary gives the phrase “icy conditions”, but that does not seem very satisfactory to me…
Questions that arose during the meeting
Die Nervensäge – nag in German as a verb “nörgeln, meckern”
gewohnt: Früher habe ich in Berlin gewohnt – perfect form of wohnen – live
gewöhnt: Ich bin gewöhnt, früh aufzustehen – be used to
Rasen, Wiese, Weide, Feld, Heide
= lawn, meadow, field, heath
bright in German: not only beautiful weather!
See you next Monday, to practise and discuss more German phrases!
Berlin Friends Club is a place where you can get information about foreign languages and improve your command of English!
So we came across some words which we would like to get straight in both languages:
- Schadenfreude: This is a word which exists the same in both languages. Yes, it is schadenfreude in English, too! Does this mean, that malicious joy is something typically German???? 😉 Well, I don´t know!!!
- Geisterfahrer: This is rather tricky. LEO dictionary gives the phrase motorist driving against the traffic on motorways, a rather complicated way to express a single word. So does this mean that a single word does not exist in English? Not by all means: A LEO forum tells us that the Daily Mail uses the word wrong-way driver.
- Kinky is an English word, and it denominates that something is abnormal, pervert or the like. It may mean curly, as well. In German, it would mean abnorm, pervers, schrullig, abartig, verdreht, verkorkst. So it has a lot of different meanings, and it can be used in many different contexts.
- For the German word Esskastanie, LEO gives the word chestnut, as well as the word edible chestnut, but in our Friends meeting we also found the word sweet chestnut.
So you can see that at Berlin Friends Club, you can really learn how to express yourself. Hope to be able to welcome you at one of our meetings.
See you then!
Last Tuesday, we were a bit slow starting, but finally with about 15 of us from different countries. And here´s something you can learn from your FRIENDS: Did you know there are 145 languages in India? And I mean languages, not dialects or accents. Every language has its own language system. All kids learn Hindi and English at school to communicate.
Want more of that or make and meet friends? Join us next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.!