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Tips for boosting your German language learning during lockdown

In these strange times, it can be difficult to keep ourselves entertained – rocketing sales of baking ingredients, trampolines, and craft supplies are proof of that. Language learning apps have also seen a huge surge of interest since restrictions began – mastering the Konjunktiv may turn out to be the surprise silver lining of our...

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Learning Languages with Virtual Travel

Learning Languages with Virtual Travel Many of us learn languages because we love travelling overseas, or travel to other countries so that we can practice our hard-won skills that we have honed in our language classes! With international travel off the cards for the foreseeable future, it can be depressing to think how long it...

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Learning Languages Online through Film: What’s on at MIFF 68½

Learning Languages Online through Film: What’s on at MIFF 68½ For Melbourne cinephiles and many of our fellow students at the East Melbourne Language Centre, MIFF is the film festival event of the year: people plan their August around those must-see movies, some even taking leave from work to ensure that they can get into...

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10 quirks to know before visiting Germany

Have your sights set on Germany? Great! This European country is a beautiful destination for rolling mountains, lush green forests, and some pretty great locals. However, there may be a few cultural points to know before you encounter them. Check out this list of 10 quirks to know before visiting Germany: Germans have a word...

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Why learning a language is good for you

There are numerous dimensions which learning a second language opens you up to. Although some people restrict themselves to their native language due to some mystical interventions and misconceptions, it does not change the fact that the changing trends in the world demand more than just a native language. Global minds prepare themselves in all...

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Christmas Party

The sun is shining, it is 21°C outside and a gentle breeze is moving the leaves of the palm trees. Children are playing in the park, adults are enjoying wine, beer and the huge variety of food from the buffet. Everything is perfect for – a Christmas party? Depending on where you come from, you...

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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...