German for autodidacts and supporters
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traditions and cultural characteristics in Germany
For many, learning German is not only a challenge, which is primarily fun and should be helpful to development a career, but there are more and more people who start with few or no funds to learn the basics of German. For this condition, which is often confronted by people who come to Germany due to disasters in their home countries or because of better working conditions in Germany, we have compiled some information on "learning German" and "getting to know Germany".
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The following information is intended for all those who want to get quickly familiar with the peculiarities of Germany and who want to gain a foothold in the long term.
Those who prefer to learn in the group and thus benefit from collective experiences are most effective in learning the language when choosing a language school with small class size (max of 10). This usually ensures a high attention for a language student by the teacher and the learner gets often the opportunity to speak in class. This kind of language courses are usually quite expensive, or must be financed with a high proportion by the learners own contribution. This courses are offered by private language schools such as the Sprachinstitut TREFFPUNKT Bamberg. However, possibly cheaper offers can be found in many German cities ...
- So-called integration courses ("Integrationskurse") are state-subsidized language courses, designed as a full-time course covering a longer period of time (700 hrs, about 3 month). Since the classes are often large (more than 20 participants) and learners of different language levels have lessons together, the progress of learning is often very slow. However, the costs for the participants are also very low.
If you want to get more information about integration courses, you will find a four-language documentation below Integrationskurse.de of the state owned Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF).
- Are there other price-reduced or free German courses offered? In order to answer this question, we recommend to contact the so-called Ausländerbeirat (Advisory Council for Foreigners) or Integrationsbeirat (Integration Council), which is now today in almost every city or Bezirksverwaltung (area administration). For example: the foreigner and integration adviser of the city of Würzburg. The first stop is the town hall or the employment agency. Many private initiatives also offer courses and aids such as the deutschkurse.initiativgruppe.de in Munich
All people who have a high motivation to study and also know how to study the best way, is recommended to start without further delay with a self-learning course. To find the right entry, you can start with a private German teacher (e.g. Deutsch-via-skype.com) or on our spot. It is highly recommended to set a goal for learning and to create a program for this. Systematically constructed teaching material is definitely the basis. Here are some sources:
- On its WELCOME page, the Goethe-Institut offers self-learning courses, speech exercises and videos, as well as information on how to deal with authorities, in everyday life or when looking for a job. All this offers suit for smartphones and tablets. In addition there is an interactive vocabulary training in 16 languages. For this app no previous knowledge is necessary and it's also helpful for all kind of German classes.
- The initiative Asyl-Wittelsbacherland.de collected many free sources on their website.
- Deutschtraining.org is a young, ambitious project that makes many systematic content online available. Unfortunately it's only in German language .
- First steps in German can be done with Loecsen.com/de/lernen-deutsch. Their emphasis is on colloquial terms.
- The book publishers such as Hueber and Klett offer many materials for self-learning:
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In vielen deutschen Städten werden alternative Stadtführungen angeboten, die vor allem das Ziel haben, Neuankömmlingen die Infrastruktur zu erläutern und praktische Tipps zu geben. Hier einige Angebote
In many German cities alternative city tours are offered, which are mainly aimed to explain the infrastructure to newcomers, also they give practical tips. Here are some offers:
- Querstadtein in Berlin invites you to a new view of the capital: The tour guides take you through the neighborhoods and let you know some unusual view insights. Founded by the non-profit association Stadtsichten e.V.
- Multaka - Treffpunkt Museum offers Arabic guided tours of fugitives for fugitives in 4 Berlin museums for free. Always on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 3 pm (times are subject of change). A further description of the offer is here "Berlin through new eyes: Syrian refugees offer guided tours"
- "Guide for Refugees" as offers in the following cities and regions:
Für Erstinformationen in einer Stadt unterstützten heute eine immer größere Anzahl von Apps mit Adressen, Tipps und Hinweisen zu Abläufen, der Infrastruktur und lokalen Veranstaltungen. Hier einige dieser Projekte:
For basic city information, today an ever increasing number of apps are available. With addresses, tips and instructions on procedures and infrastructure. Here are some of these projects:
- germanforrefugees - free language learning refugees
- Integreat-app.de - the mobile quide for everyday life for refugees
- WELCOME APP Germany
- Refugee Phrasebook interactive of Appsforrefugees.com
- #refugeeswelcome: apps and tools for refugee assistance
- Universal Doctor Speaker
- Guide for Refugees - Welcome to Bavaria! podcasts of the Bavarian Broadcast
In Germany engagieren sich viele Einheimische, um denen zu helfen, die neu hier ankommen und mit der Sprache, den Abläufen und der Kultur in Germany noch nicht vertraut sind. Hier 2 book tips, die sich an ehrenamtliche wie auch professionelle Deutschlehrer und Unterstützer der Integrationsarbeit wendet:
In Germany, many locals are committed to help those who are new in the region and not yet familiar with the language, the processes and the culture in Germany. Here are 2 book tips for honorary and professional German teachers and supporters of the integration work:
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