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Meet our new volunteers Stephanie and Ann-Sophie!

With languages, you are at home anywhere. – Edmund de Waal It has been just about three weeks, since our new German volunteers Stephanie and Ann-Sophie left their homes in Germany to work at the East Melbourne & German Language Centre for one year. Nevertheless, it seems as if they have already settled in! During...

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Interview mit Grace – German language learner

Why are you learning German? I started learning German because my boyfriend’s family are from Germany and he speaks German at home. Naturally, I wanted to have some sort of understanding of what’s going on and to be able to understand the culture that is such a big part of his life, so I decided...

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Reasons to learn a new language

Why would you start learning a new language and how would you decide which new language that would be? These are two questions I asked one of our new students who very enthusiastically came into the East Melbourne Language Centre as a student for the first time. Susan had decided that she wanted to start...

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Why on earth would you want to study German at uni?

When new students come to the East Melbourne and German Language Centre, we often ask them why they are learning a new language. Not to test them but just because we are interested.  The most common answer is probably that they have a partner or family member from another country and they want to be...

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Christmas Party at the East Melbourne Language Centre

“Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow” The snow is falling, there is a fire in the fireplace which warms the house, the family is sitting on the couch, drinking hot chocolate and decorating the Christmas tree.  That’s Christmas for me. With minus 5 degrees and a real Christmas tree, that was chop...

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East Melbourne Language Centre: Making a movie

“That’s a warp!” I was told that’s what people say when they finish a movie or a big project, and that’s what we just did! But, honestly, before we were able to say this, it has been a long journey… It all started with the German Cinema Melbourne. The German Film Festival, that we, as...

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German Cinema Melbourne

A dark room, a huge screen, comfortable seats, rising tension, delicious popcorn and an amazing movie, who doesn’t love the cinema?! I love it and even more if the movies are German specialties, handpicked to provide an insight into the current German cinematic, cultural and societal landscape. Can anybody guess what I am talking about?...

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Awful German Language

The other day I came across this book called “The Awful German Language” by Mark Twain. As I had just been contemplating whether to start learning German in Melbourne, I started reading it and simply could not put the book down. Twain hilariously documented his laborious relationship with German in this essay. He spent time...

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Language Course Melbourne

What is the easiest language to learn for an English speaker? Many students want to enrol into a language course in Melbourne but can’t decide which language to learn. I have been asked many times “What is the easiest language to learn for an English speaker?” and people often expect to get one clear answer...