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Judywan June 28, 2007, 1:06 am
We have returned from 2 weeks in Germany. What a wonderful experience!

I found many occasions where what I learned in Rocket German helped me in the daily activities. And, of course, many where I needed assistance!

For my first meal there, I had Rindergoulash, of course! My hubby had jagerschnitzel - liked it so much that just about every meal he had it!

We got really comfortable in that fabulous bakeries, although there was a lot of pointing to things.

The announcements on the train or on the platform were totally incomprehensible, so we just ignored them. Fortunately, people nearby realized that we may have missed an important announcement and helped us.

It was amazing, though, how many situations reflected the Rocket German lessons. For example, I was buying bananas, and the cashier told me to put them "bitte auf die Waage".

We bought several Tagesfahrkarten for the train, of course.

And on several occasions, when I was lost, I went up to strangers with the famous line "Entschuldigung, bitte, wie komme ich zur ....". Of course, when they replied, I had the obviously stunned expression, and before long they would ask if I spoke English - obviously, I speak German with an English sort of accent (well, Canadian actually).

Anyway, I had a good time.

And Rocket German really helped. Thanks.

Judy
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Judywan July 4, 2007, 12:17 am
We learned the hard way that when we see Pepperoni Pizza on the menu, we will not get what we expect!

In Germany, a pepperoni is NOT a spicy sausage. Instead, you get a green vegetable, a hot pepper of some form that I have never had before.

In lesson 5.1, Nik only talked about Pizza mit allem - no reference to pepperoni at all (which, of course, would have distracted us from the point of the lesson)!

But it was an interesting experience, and of course, that's why we travel - to get interesting experiences.
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ANONYMOUS July 4, 2007, 8:48 pm
Hey Judy,

that sounds like a very memorable experience. One that you will still laugh about in the future

A pepperoni is in fact a chilli, either green, red or yellow and spicy, sometimes extremely spicy.

Pepperoni is called Salami. There are many different types of Salami, some are mild and some have garlic added to them.

Thanks for sharing your experience.

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Kenneth-M2 March 15, 2011, 9:48 pm
Now that you mention it, last year in Berlin i ordered a pizza and it had big green peppers (which i think were pickled). Some were greeny-yellow. Not bad, but not what i had expected.
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Brad-- July 15, 2011, 10:01 pm
There are a lot of differences from American culture. Most of which few will tell you. I live in Germany and can offer you the truth few others can. Pizza here is a joke compared to American huge pizzas we are accustom to. Mostly small here made by Turks.

In general learn German at home from this course and others. The BBC has very funny videos about the German language done by a German comic. VERY FUNNY!! Must see. NEVER LEARN GERMAN IN GERMANY. A complete waste of money and time. Training here is costly and TERRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Mimi-Pheuisiri October 10, 2011, 8:09 am
Well done
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Larry-S3 March 28, 2012, 5:22 am
i have watched alot of that comedians videos. he is great
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Renan-S November 30, 2012, 12:24 pm
Hello Brad, i was planning going to Germany to learn German.
Why do you think this is not a good option? Please explain better

Appreciate!
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ASMA--50 January 4, 2013, 8:29 am
ich mochte deutsch sprechen und lernen
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Byron-K21 January 4, 2013, 6:52 pm
Hello Renan,

Regarding your question and Brad's comment. My take on it is that learning the basics could be done more effectively and cheaper by courses like Rocket German and other language aids that you can access very cheaply. I will agree with him on that. However, to really achieve a level of fluency, I think living and studying in Germany would be a great idea. I've traveled some in Germany and after I've finished all of the Rocket German courses plus some additional self study, I plan to go back, perhaps for several visits. Besides the language experience, Germany is a fun place to visit.
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Brandon-Z January 29, 2013, 6:00 am
After two trips to Germany (and with a third coming up in 6 weeks, this time to Berlin), I wholeheartedly agree that the best way to learn German is to learn in your home country with Rocket Languages, and then go there to utilize it and pick up on more stuff once you're there. Practicing with a friend in your home country is great, but you're still surrounded by English everywhere you turn. In Germany, all of that background chatter you hear while walking down the street, or sitting in a cafe, or on the train, it's all German. You pick up a lot by being there. But to learn the basics of the language, do the Rocket German course and utilize the internet as much as possible. Then head over for a week or two and test out your skills and pick up some more!

Ich bin sehr für mein erste Reise zum Berlin aufgeregt!!
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Paul-Weber January 29, 2013, 6:05 am
Hallo Brandon,

Ich liebe Berlin und war dort schon oft. Ich wünsch dir viel spaß für deine Sprachreise.

Grüß mir die Stadt!

Paul
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Brandon-Z January 29, 2013, 6:10 am
Paul,

I'm not going to study (yet! I've applied to a school in Bremen for this coming school year though!), this one's just a tourist trip with a friend of mine. The past two times I was in Bremen und Hamburg, and I decided that I should probably visit the capital this time haha.

Vielen danke für die guten wünsch jedoch!
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Paul-Weber January 29, 2013, 9:57 pm
It wasn't meant serious. I used the word 'Sprachreise'->'language trip' because you wrote you are going to pick up new words when you are there. Berlin is the most exciting city in Germany for art, architecture, and nightlife.


Grüße

Paul
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Brandon-Z January 29, 2013, 10:15 pm
Ah okay for some reason I thought it was language study, which I took to mean a language course. My bad!
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Renan-S January 30, 2013, 4:43 pm
What's the best stadt have you ever visited in german, friends?
And why?
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