Planning a modern foreign language trip to Berlin

Thursday April 28, 2016

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A visit to Berlin will allow your students to improve their listening and language skills, giving them the practice they need in relaxed real-life situations. This will also help to see an improvement in their vocabulary range. 

Start by planning a morning visit to a German language workshop to prepare your students for an afternoon, immersing them in the culture of Berlin.

Great visits include heading to the East of Berlin for a trip to the hustle and bustle of Alexanderplatz and Kurfürstendamm squares. Known for spectacular sightseeing opportunities and home to one of Europe’s largest department stores, KaDeWe, your students will really be able to practice their language skills first hand.

Potsdamer Platz also offers up lots of opportunities to practise language and to feel a part of the vibrant new Berlin with its hub of shops, cafes and restaurants, and a fabulous IMAX cinema.

Walking tours

A walking tour is usually a must in Berlin as many of its major sites can be covered on foot making it a great way to piece together the story of the city in a short space of time. Our guides at Insider Tours will tailor make your tour to suit your study themes and learning objectives, and pitch it just right to help keep your students concentration. For German Language students the tour can be covered in German too.

Our most popular walking tour for a language visit includes highlights such as the Berlin Wall, Topography of Terror, Wilhelm Strasse, Checkpoint Charlie, site of Hitler's bunker, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, The Reichstag, The New 'Hauptbahnhof' and the Brandenburg Gate. 

Cultural hotspots

Offering an abundance of contemporary art, modern history and scientific innovation, the German capital is teeming with cultural hotspots. Our specialist tour consultants favourite attractions include a trip to the DDR Museum and the Olympic stadium.

Focusing on everyday life in the Communist Era the interactive museum has great opportunities to test reading and listening skills, whilst the stadium was purpose built for the 1936 Olympics and is a great opportunity to view Nazi architecture, both providing useful material for discussion once back in the classroom.

Helpful German phrases

Although German language trips offer pupils the opportunity to learn new words and phrases by experiencing German culture first hand, it’s always good to be prepared with the basics.   

Here are just a few to get you started:

  • Guten Tag – Hello

  • Danke – Thank you

  • Sprechen Sie Englisch? – Do you speak English?

  • Wo? – Where?

  • Geradeaus – Straight ahead

  • Rechts – Right

  • Links – Left

  • das Hotel – the hotel

  • der Bahnhof – the train station

  • die Fahrkarte – ticket

  • einfach – single

  • hin und zurück – return

See how we can help plan your German language trip by calling our language specialists today on 01253 441900.