1. 不要害怕犯錯

「從錯誤中學習」你可能已經聽過這句話幾百次了,但這句話雖然老套卻是有其道理的。 在學習語言的過程中不可能不犯錯誤。不犯錯誤的唯一方法是不使開始用該語言--但這對於學習一門新語言的人來説,是不可能的事! 你必須嘗試跳出你的舒適區,去使用你所學的語言。即使你講錯了或遇到了還不收悉的單字也沒有關係。要相信你會隨著不斷改正每一個錯誤而逐漸進步。 當你犯錯時,沒有人會評判你或輕視你,因為每個人都知道學習一門全新的語言是多麼困難的事。相反地,你應該為願意學習新語言的自己而開始到驕傲!

訣竅1:交通

如右圖所示,就環境保護而言,搭乘飛機或汽車到達目的地是最不環保的方式。 雖然騎自行車的出行方式對環境的影響幾乎為零,被認爲是最好的選擇,但考慮到長途旅行時騎自行車的方式並不現實。乘公共汽車或火車旅行由於產生的碳排放量相對較低,被認爲是兼顧現實和環境的最佳選擇。 如果您仍然決定開車旅行,也許可以考慮與別人拼車,這樣可以減少每位乘客每英里排放的二氧化碳磅數。如果除了坐飛機別無選擇,那麼找一家對環境保護有作爲和貢獻的航空公司的直飛航班將是最好的選擇。 到達目的地後,避免租車,盡量使用當地的公共交通工具是較爲環保的選擇。

學習德語必須要瞭解的德語定冠詞

冠詞是用來修飾或描述名詞的,同時也告訴我們該名詞是指特定事物還是指一般事物。冠詞有三種不同的變格種類:屬、數和格。[屬]是指特定名詞的屬性是女性的、男性的或中性的。[數]描述了名詞是只出現一次(單數)還是多次(複數)。最後,德語有四種[格]--主格、賓格、與格和屬格--描述了名詞與句子其他部分的關係。

像大多數語言一樣,德語有兩種類型的冠詞:定冠詞和不定冠詞。 這些通常放在名詞之前。 這兩種冠詞之間的區別是:

定冠詞:定冠詞與名詞結合使用。 顧名思義,定冠詞描述了一個特定的對象。 德語中使用的定冠詞是DER(陽性)、DIE(陰性)和DAS(中性)。

例如:這隻狗在跑。 = Der Hund rennt.
這隻狗是一指特定的一隻狗,而不僅僅是隨機的一隻狗。

不定冠詞:不定冠詞用於事物、物體或人不能準確指定或未知的情況。 德語中使用的不定冠詞是 EIN(陽性和中性)和 EINE(陰性)。

例如:一隻狗在奔跑。= Ein Hund rennt.

在這個情況下,我們不知道這條狗是誰的,我們只知道有一條狗在奔跑。

即使是母語人士也有可能不知道何時使用定冠詞和不定冠詞。 為避免犯錯或使用不正確的冠詞,您可以查看以下文法規則。

2. 嘗試像孩子一樣學習

兒童的學習方式與成人不同。 當他們在學習語言遇到困難時,只會認為"我只是現在還不會",因為他們知道他們遲早可以學會,並且不會在遇到第一個困難時感到氣餒。 They take it for granted that they will eventually be able to do it and are happy with every little bit of progress. Children don't question so much why something is the way it is, but just accept it as it is and are not afraid to make mistakes at the beginning. A mistake a lot of people make at the beginning is giving up because they don't think they are natural language learners. There is no such thing! Even the most talented students need to put a lot of work in what they do. So don't give up, and remember: practice, practice, practice!

訣竅2:輕裝上陣

在旅行中攜帶大量行李將會影響您選擇搭乘更高的油耗的交通工具,從而導致製造更多的碳排放。只帶一個小的後背包或小行李箱旅行不僅能讓您減少對環境的污染,而且也能讓您在旅行中更加便利和靈活的活動。

在德語中找到正確定冠詞的小技巧

想了解應該使用哪個定冠詞的最好方法是查看名詞的結尾。 下圖顯示了哪些名詞結尾需要搭配哪個定冠詞:

3. Make 'learn by doing' your motto

'Learn by doing' literally means taking any opportunity you have to learn and apply what you learn. Whether it's watching a movie with subtitles, writing new vocabulary on a post-it and looking at it while brushing your teeth in the morning, or reading through the packaging of your French cheese, everything is useful.  Even if it's just placing an order at your favorite Italian restaurant or making small talk with your Portuguese co-worker, these small things will improve your vocabulary and build your confidence. We truly believe that you learn the most when you use the language in everyday life! We really advise you to do more than simply follow your textbook and trying to understand every single grammar rule. Instead, try to develop a feeling for the language by using it in real situations.

訣竅3:數位化!

無需購買實體指南和地圖,或者購買昂貴或一次性的相機,您口袋裡的智能手機可以為您提供所需的一切,甚至更多。 Google Maps、Waze、Citymapper 或 Maps.me 是協助您在國外探索的最佳工具,並且它不會像紙質地圖那樣對環境造成影響。在現在科技如此發達的時代中,使用手機就能拍攝出的高質量的照片,因此您其實不需要再額外購買相機也可以拍出好看且高質量的照片,並且還減少了生產相機的塑料和電池的數量。

4. You are not crazy if you talk to yourself

On the contrary, it helps to memorize new words better if you keep saying them to yourself. A useful trick is to repeat words you've heard and try to form simple sentences with them. This will also prepare you for real conversations, making these easier since you will already have practiced by yourself. The more you speak, the better - whether it's to yourself or others. Of course, it's not always possible to say everything out loud, and you may find it distracting when you're on the train or in other public places. In that case, it really helps to think in your new language. Ask yourself simple questions that you answer in your head. You don't have to change your entire way of thinking, especially in the beginning, but just try to let your thoughts run free in the foreign language for a few minutes every day.

訣竅4:減少塑膠的消耗

你旅行的次數越多,你使用的塑料就越多。 水瓶、吸管、外賣食品容器和塑料餐具都會污染水源,加速破壞我們的環境。可重複使用的餐具是減少塑膠消耗量的好方法。 在飲用酒水和飲料時,帶上自己的水瓶和環保吸管可以減少塑膠的使用,也可以幫助您節省不必要的花費。

上述的定冠詞語法規則只是在大多數情況下適用,但是當然也會有許多例外的情況。 因此,您應該僅將這個文法應用的小技巧視為一個找到正確的德語定冠詞的好指南,而不是完全依賴這個規則。

此外,另一個小技巧是當您不確定哪個定冠詞是正確的冠詞時,最好先選擇使用冠詞"Die"。 這是因為幾乎 45% 的德語名詞都是陰性的,所以你猜對的機會很大。 另一方面,中性冠詞"Das"出現的頻率最低,所以您最好只有在確定"Das"是正確的時候才應該使用它。

5. Learning together is always better

Finding someone who wants to learn the same language as you can be a huge help in your educational path. There are so many advantages to knowing you're not alone: you can talk to each other, make mistakes and improve together, learn together and motivate each other. And remember, learning a language doesn't just mean sitting down at a desk, try to get creative! For example, you can organize themed evenings where everything revolves around Spain and prepare delicious tapas together, listen to Spanish music and, of course, talk to each other in Spanish. Sprachcaffe tip: texting is a great way to practice your day to day language!

訣竅5: 支持當地人

旅行時支持當地人口的一種方法就是預訂當地人經營的酒店或飯店,而不是選擇住在跨國或連鎖的飯店中。當地飯店或旅館的用水量要比連鎖的飯店低得多,因為沒有大型泳池設施,床單和毛巾也不是必須要每隔一天更換一次。 如果您想雇用導遊探索目的地的景點,最好能選擇當地的導遊。 這是真正幫助您了解旅遊目的地並幫助當地經濟的最佳方式。我們的 Sprachcaffe 旅行指南可能會對您的旅行有所幫助,其中概述了有關不同目的地文化和傳統的一些有趣資訊。 最後,在國外旅行時,體驗當地菜餚以獲得真正身臨其境的體驗非常重要,所以不要忘記在傳統餐廳用餐和在當地的店家購物。

結論

儘管學習德語的路上會有很多困難,但總有一些捷徑可以幫助您更容易學好這門語言。 學習使用正確定冠詞的規則對任何一個德語學習者來說都很重要,把這些規則背下來並常常應用將可以訓練您對德語的語感。 隨著愈來愈多的練習,你將會愈來愈不需要考慮哪一個定冠詞才是正確的,而是能在口語或寫作時自然地應用它。

有興趣測試您當前的德語程度並新獲得的語法知識嗎? 那麼我們的線上德語測驗正是您所需要的!

6. Be patient

This is of course easier said than done, but it is always forgotten when learning a language. You will not be able to carry on a complete conversation without problems after one day of intensive training. Not even after a week. A language takes time and requires a lot of patience. You have to practice and internalize what you learn until the language comes naturally to you. Languages are extremely complex,and between vocabulary, sentence order, and grammar rules, there is a lot to learn. It will take some time for you to be patient with yourself, as well learning from your mistakes and turning them into successes.

訣竅6:尊重當地文化

以尊重和包容當地文化的是心態旅行中的基本要素。 所以在國外旅行時請謹慎選擇你的著裝。 避免穿著會冒犯當地人或當地文化的服裝是做為旅客的基本素養。你所沉浸的文化中的東西既表示欣賞又表示尊重。學習當地語言的一些基本單字和用語將有助於您融入當地人的生活,並且向當地人展示您願意花費時間和精力來了解他們的國家。此外,微笑是世界的共通語言,可以幫助你在旅行中結交更多當地的朋友。



Always keep in mind the reason you are learning the language and don't give up too soon! One of the best way to truly learn a language is being in its origin country and speak it with the locals. And that is what our language trips are all about! International students, expert teachers, and language learning in beautiful locations! Take a look at our amazing selection of languages and destinations and start learning!

我們希望您喜歡我們關於如何可持續旅行的建議! 負責任地旅行並不意味著完全不旅行。 這個概念只是要提醒您,在計劃您的旅行之前,最好能考慮到您在旅行中的每個選擇都會影響當地經濟和整體的地球環境。因此在做旅行計劃時可能可以更加謹慎。

西班牙語播客 - 基礎級別(A1、A2)

如果您還是個初學者,我們建議您從簡單的播客開始。這樣您就可以透過持續地聽力練習,逐漸培養對西班牙語的語感。 請記住,在學習的初級階段,您不需要急著理解播客的全部內容,更重要的是讓您的大腦持續接受西班牙語的訊息。

1. 初級西班牙語 A1/A2

該播客特別針對母語為德語的人。 與自 2003 年在德國工作的西班牙語老師 Maria 一起,您將通過緩慢而簡潔的音頻學習西班牙語的基礎知識。此播客特別適合剛剛開始學習西班牙語的初學者,您可以從中學習基礎的文法規則和並瞭解如何應用這些規則。如果您在聆聽的過程中錯過了某些片段,您還可以找到德語的簡短解釋,以便您可以回顧並繼續學習新的語法。

發行地:西班牙

2. Caso 63

2022 年,精神病學家 Elisa Aldunate 記錄了一名神秘患者的治療過程,該患者的編號為 63 號病例,自稱是一名時間旅行者。一開始只是例行的治療課程,但很快就變成了一個威脅虛擬和真實邊界的故事。 故事中的兩個角色在未來和過去之間自由穿梭,他們或許掌握著人類的未來。 Caso 63 是由 Antonia Zegers 和 Néstor Cantillana 的 Spotify 原創播客。

發行地:智利

3. 西班牙語版TED

來自首字母縮略詞:技術(Technology)、娛樂(Entertainment)、設計(Design),TED是一個在全球範圍內通過世界各地優秀演講者們向大衆傳播訊息的平臺。演講者們不僅使用英語,還使用世界上許多不同語言。該播客基於"值得傳播的思想"的哲學,向大衆傳遞多元且有趣的主題。例如:愛情和數學之間的關係是什麼? 移民如何建立自己的身份? 人工智能會取代我們的工作嗎? 企業家可以改善所有人的教育和健康嗎?TED en Español 播客邀請您提出此類問題,聆聽具有挑戰性的想法並發展新的思維方式。 每週都有來自世界頂級領導人和創作者的新的 TED 演講。

發行地:美國

西班牙語播客 - 中級級別(B1、B2)

若您已具備中等程度,即使您在聼播客的過程中錯過了一些單詞,您也將能夠從對話的上下文理解内容。 我們推薦的 B1 或 B2 西班牙語播客如下:

4. Radio Ambulante

近十年來,Radio Ambulante 一直在講述來自拉丁美洲各地的故事,這些故事令人心酸、有趣甚至會令人感到驚訝,完整揭示了拉丁美洲地區的復雜性和多樣性。

Radio Ambulante 在 20 多個國家/地區製作了超過 200 多集,是拉丁美洲國家中最雄心勃勃的敘事新聞播客。由美國公共廣播電台 NPR 分發,Radio Ambulante 提供了拉丁美洲和所有西語地區的生動表述。 他們與一群才華橫溢的廣播製作人、記者和插畫家合作,講述其他媒體不為人知的故事。 Radio Ambulante 以愛情和移民、青年、政治以及處在特殊情況下的家庭的故事為主要報導内容,藉此向人們介紹拉丁美洲地區的生活。

發行地:美國(内容多來自拉丁美洲各地的口音

5. Desenterrando el pasado

這個播客是為所有對考古學和古生物學充滿熱情的人準備的,每週更新 15 分鐘的西語内容。

Desenterrando el pasado由是西班牙國家地理頻道所推出的播客。從在年輕的索馬里蘭發現的寶藏,到埃及的翡翠礦和里海的岩石藝術,再到巴塔哥尼亞第一批定居者的歷史。 由 Francesc Gascó 和 José Priego 以嚴謹的精神為大家呈現大量知識信息的播客内容。

發行地:西班牙

6. DianaUribe.fm

這個播客可能是哥倫比亞最著名的播客。播客主播戴安娜·烏里韋 (Diana Uribe) 是一位哥倫比亞歷史學家,她的頻道所討論的主題豐富多元,橫跨文化、電影、旅行、和平、音樂,成功地吸引了成千上萬的聽衆。 值得注意的是,這個播客實際上是哥倫比亞廣播公司 20 多年廣播節目的延續,現在將其帶到了 Spotify 或 Audible 等數位平台,以便擴大人們對"一般文化素養"的興趣。

發行地:哥倫比亞

7. Entiende tu mente

在一天中,我們有許多零碎的時間可以用來收聽播客節目,像是在乘坐公共交通工具的通勤途中、在做飯的時候或者在睡覺之前。 每天只要花20分鐘的時間收聽此播客,將幫助您更了解自己。Entiende tu mente 是一個心理學播客,它以一種有趣的方式告訴你大腦是如何運作的。 由 Molo Cebrián(播客和心理學學生)、Luis Muiño(心理學家和西班牙最著名的該學科傳播者之一)和 Monica González(教練兼大學教授)共同主持。


發行地:阿根廷

西班牙語播客 - 高級級別 (C1, C2)

如果您已經具備高級西班牙語的水平,您將能夠輕鬆理解西語播客的内容,並藉此快速地提高您的聽力和理解力。 我們為高級程度的西語學習者推薦的西班牙語播客如下:

8. El Hilo

在 Twitter 和其他社交網絡上,每天能看到人們在上面分享或討論最新實事和熱點新聞。這意味著每天都有無數的話題等著被分析與討論。El hilo這檔就是專門探討這類話題,主持人會邀請人們進行對話並更深入地探討拉丁美洲最重要的新聞實事。 每個星期五,主持人都會與記者、副新聞記者、美國國家公共廣播電台的撰稿人以及該地區最值得信賴的專家對話。

發行地:拉丁美洲

9. La cotorrisa

作為墨西哥最著名的播客之一,Ricardo Perez 和 Slobotzky 像往常一樣與聼眾用閑聊的方式談論各種主題。每個星期三他們都會推出新的播客,談論的熱點新聞、新奇的知識和搞笑的軼事。推薦給那些只是坐下來笑一笑,聼一些輕鬆閑聊内容的聼眾們,可以來感受一下主持人獨特的墨西哥式幽默。

發行地:墨西哥

10. El Estocio

在這個播客中,主播談論斯多葛主義、斯多葛派人物和斯多葛派練習,以改善您的生活和面對逆境時的複原能力。該播客對於收聼者的西語言能力有很高的要求,因為它涉及的主題即使對於以西班牙語為母語的人來說也是很複雜的。然而,即使您的西語完美也不用氣餒,這個播客所用的西班牙語是相當中性的,對於高級西語程度的聼眾來説應該可以理解所有的單字,我們推薦給對哲學、個人心理和精神成長感興趣的人。


發行地:西班牙

最後,這裡有一些收聽西語播客的小技巧:

首先,母語人士有時會說得很快,這使得非母語人士可能會很難理解,但您不用太擔心,因為您通常可以將播客設置為較慢的播放速度幫助您更容易聽懂。

其次,我們會建議您在開始收聽西語播客時先專注於聆聽播客内容而不要同時分心做其他事情。如果您沒有很多時間,那麽最好專心聽一個播客,而不是一次聽很多不同的播客。經常重複的收聽同樣的内容會讓您在潛意識中也在學習西班牙語,可以幫助您在學習的路上事半功倍。

最後,如果您已經聽懂大部份的内容,但詞彙量仍然存在問題,請停止在收聽播客時不斷地查尋您不懂得單詞。 最好先把它們快速地記下來,等聽完播客的全部内容之後再來查字典,並想辦法記住這些新的單詞。

祝福您在收聽播客和學習西語的過程中玩得開心!


Holi – India, Mathura and Vrindavan

In the middle of March on a full moon day, Indians celebrate Holi, the Festival of Colours. With this festival, the people of India celebrate the beginning of a good harvest and land fertility. The festival is hosted in Mathura and in Vrindavan, cities associated with Lord Krishna.

The festival starts with a bonfire on Holi eve. The next day everybody gathers on the streets to smear each other with bright colours, dance and exchange sweets.

February

It may already be over for this year, but the carnival in Frankfurt is definitely a visitor's highlight. One of the most famous events of this carnival is the 'Rosenmontag' parade, which can be witnessed in the streets of the city center.

China
  • China's most traditional and well known food are dumplings, a dish that has been prepared since the 1800s. Nowadays, it is a tradition in China to eat dumplings on the New Year to say goodbye to the old one. Eating this dish is also considered as bringing good luck and family reunions. Dumplings are made of dough that contain a filling. The dough is either potatoes, bread or flour, while the filling is either cheese, fish, meat, vegetables or something sweet like red bean paste.
  • If you are more about sweets, then why don´t you try the delicious Chinese Moon Cakes? Traditionally, people eat this desert for the the Mid-Autumn Festival and serve it with tea. Moon Cakes, like dumplings, also symbolize family reunions. These cakes can be either sweet or salty, as the fillings can be quite different, for example nuts, ham, black sesame, red bean paste, roses, rock candy, lotus seed paste, osmanthus, egg yolk, dried plums or ginkgo.

Free websites

There are many websites to help you improve your English completely free of charge. You can really find anything online, from grammar and pronunciation to listening and reading exercises.
Here are our picks for the most useful websites to use:

  • English Help: Here you can find simple explanations of grammar rules, vocabulary lists, games, tips, etc.
  • Talk English: Lessons for all levels, business, conversations, and more
  • ESOL Courses: Free interactive listening lessons, reading exercises, quizzes & games.
  • engVid: Learn English for free with 1722 video lessons by experienced native-speaker teachers.
Indonesia
  • Indonesian cuisine is incredibly diverse. One of the most famous dishes is satay, meat skewers grilled over cabbage. They are served with a rice cake, which is called ketupat, doused with peanut sauce. This dish is so beloved in Indonesia that it can be found almost everywhere in the country.
  • Another specialty in Indonesia is Nasi Rawon. This is a beef stew from East Java with a nutty flavor and black color because of the combination of keluak nuts. The locals like to serve this dish with rice.

Youtube Videos

  • Easy English: Mitch and Isi upload videos with lots of conversations on various topics that will help you improve your vocabulary and spoken English. They also have videos where they interview people from Great Britain, a great way to get to know the people and culture while learning the language - educational and entertaining at the same time!
  • BBC Learning English: Every day a new video is uploaded about different topics of the English language. Grammar explanations, new vocabulary and even live English lessons, a great channel to learn the language!
  • Watch English-speaking Youtubers - just choose the ones you like the most and learn English while being entertained!

Balloon Fiesta – USA, Albuquerque

During nine days in October, 550 hot air balloons will rise up in the sky during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. More than 850.000 people come to see the special shaped balloons during competitions, glow ups (lighting them up while they are on the ground) and spectacular fireworks. Of course, there are also some open air concerts to listen to your favourite music, while watching all the balloons taking off!

May

The Festival of Young Talents took place at the Frankfurter Kunstverein from the 3rd until the 6th of May 2018. This relatively young festival is organized by the Verein für Kunstförderung Rhein-Main e.V. and forms a cooperation between the leading regional art academies and universities from the Rhine-Main area. The subject of this year's displayed pictures was "utopia / dystopia".

Another highlight that occurs in May is the Night of the open Museums in Frankfurt, which took place on May 5th. Around 40 cultural institutions are opening their doors at night so that the public can get a glimpse of the rich cultural program in the city of Frankfurt and its neighboring city, Offenbach.

Foodies listen up! The Green Sauce Festival takes place in Frankfurt from the 11th to the 19th of May. What is green sauce you ask? If you have ever been to Frankfurt, especially in the district Sachsenhausen, then you have probably heard of the traditional Frankfurt dish before. You may even have tried it. To make green sauce you need seven herbs: chives, borage, pimpinelle, chervil, sorrel, parsley and cress. The people of Frankfurt are so crazy about their green sauce that they not only made a festival about it, but there is even a green sauce memorial. During the festival, which takes places at Rossmarkt, several stalls offer delicacies based around the traditional "Grie Soss".

You want to learn how to make Green sauce? We found this YouTube Video for you which shows you how to make a vegan version of the sauce:

Morocco
  • Moroccan cuisine is one of the most popular ones in the world. No wonder, Moroccans know how to create a creative combination of flavors by combining different spices and exotic ingredients. Ingredients such as cinnamon, ginger and pimento are often used in cooking. One famous dish is B'stilla, which originated in Fez. This dish is a puff pastry cake with a pigeon meat, almonds and eggs filling, and spices such as cinnamon, coriander and saffron.
  • Haria is especially popular with Moroccans during the fasting month of Ramadan. The reason is that as soon as Moroccans break their fast at sunset, they start by eating a bowl of Harira soup. This soup consists of lamb broth, chickpeas, tomatoes, red lentils and other legumes as well as a squeeze of lemon juice and chopped cilantro. This soup is thickened with a mixture of flour, tomato paste and water. The soup is traditionally served with sweet dates and chebakia, which is a baked pretzel topped with sesame seeds and honey.  

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St. Patricks Day – Ireland, Dublin

During St. Patrick's day, the Irish remember the day’s namesake St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland
  Irish-Americans have made this day into an international party. Boston was the first city with a St. Patrick's Day parade. Ever  since 1962, Chicago has been coloring its river green.

St. Patrick’s Day has become a combination between King's Day and Carnival. But instead of orange, everyone is dressed in green, the national color of the Irish.

Italy
  • A lesser known but delicious dish is the Osso Buco. Osso Buco is originally from Milan and is made from veal shank. This meat is braised with red wine and vegetables. The dish is typically refined with gremolata, a spice mixture of garlic, lemon peel and parsley. The locals especially like to serve it with risotto alla Milanese.
  • Polenta is another delicacy from Italy. Polenta is made from corn semolina as a solid porridge. In the classic polenta, butter, black pepper and Parmesan cheese are added. This dish is especially popular in the north, since it can get rather cold in the autumn and winter seasons.

Online language forums

If you want to become part of a community and learn English from the comfort of your home, an online language forum is the right choice for you. Here are some examples:

Carnival – Brasil, Rio de Janeiro

Of course, the carnival is celebrated in the whole world. But the place to be is in Rio de Janeiro. With more than 300 parties and parades throughout the city, it’s easy to see why it is the capital of carnival. The Samba bands of Ipanema is the most famous and impressive one.  the parties downtown, like Cordão do Bola Preta, are the biggest. Did you know that you can join the parade yourself? Just get in contact with one of the Salsa Schools and order your own costume. Or order tickets and watch the parade from the side. Either way, it is one of the most impressive experiences in your life!

Frankfurt celebrates the Tuesday after Whitsun, named Wäldchestag, like no other city in Germany. Some even refer to it as the "highest Pentecost holiday". For years, the day is traditionally celebrated in the Frankfurt city forest. Many companies and even schools stop their work and lessons so that they can all go to the city's forest together. Food stalls, stages, small rides, carousels, target shooting and scores await you here. This year, the festivities will be taking place on the following dates: May 19 to May 22, 2018.


From May 23, 2018 to June 1, 2018, the Fressgassfest will take place at the Alte Oper. Several stalls offer a variety of food and drinks. The street party is ideal for an post-work drink after a long day of work or a language course. Various cover bands provide additional mood on the small fixed stage. The Fressgassfest initiates spring and is just one of many street festivals.

Malta
  • Malta's cuisineis an incredible mix of Sicilian, British, Spanish and French dishes. In Malta, people often cook with rabbit meat, such as for Stuffat tal-fenek, and incredibly popular meat stew. The meat is cooked slowly and mixed with a tomatoes, red wine and garlic sauce.
  • Although Maltese winters are not too cold, the locals still like to cook a soup called Minestra, a thick vegetable soup eaten with bread and oil. This soup is made of vegetables such as pumpkin, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes and cauliflower. To this are added small noodles and parmesan cheese.

Music and podcasts

Listening to native English speakers will help you become familiar with the language. Pay attention to the lyrics of your favorite songs - you can read them on YouTube while the song is playing, a great reading and listening exercise!

There are podcasts on every conceivable topic - these are some of our favorite ones:

  • The Daily: Five times a week journalist Michael Barbaro covers a current topic in about 20 minutes. It's not always just about the news in the U.S., global events are often addressed as well.
  • Luke's English Podcast: Luke, an English teacher from London, teaches you important language skills such as pronunciation, topic-specific vocabulary, colloquial expressions, as well as telling you some funny stories about his life.
  • Love and Radio: Love and Radio has some very interesting interviews with people talking about their lives or discussing a specific topic.
  • No Such Thing As A Fish: The name may not make any sense - but the content of this podcast does. Each week, different hosts present their favorite fact they've dug up throughout the week. So if you're looking to educate yourself in the "useless knowledge" category, this podcast is for you.
  • 6 Minute English: As the name suggests, you'll learn 6 minutes of English in one episode. Every episode focuses on a specific everyday situation, offering you some topic-specific vocabulary that you will definitely find useful!

The festival of Lights – Thailand

Loi Krathong or ลอยกระทง or The Festival of Lights is celebrated in Thailand and the surrounding countries. The festival starts on the 12th full moon-month of the Thai lunar calendar. During five days there are parades, fireworks and light shows. Tourists and locals will set lighted paper floats (Krathong) in the river and they release lighted paper lanterns in the night sky. While releasing the floats or the lanterns they whisper a prayer. Many Thai people use the Krathong to thank Ganga, the Hindu Goddess of Water. The festival gets more and more environment-friendly, in 2016, 93 per cent of the material was biodegradable. the government also sets up cleaning efforts after the celebrations. So if you are in for a fairy tale experience, book a ticket to Thailand!!

June

The Rose and Light Festival will take place at the Palmengarten from the 8th to the 10th of June 2018. This festival has been celebrated in the botanical garden since 1931. The festival is all about the Rose: In addition to music, guided tours, lectures and information about the flower, there will also be rose water, rose mustard and other specialties to buy. The highlight of the rose exhibition is the festival of lights on Saturday. Here, visitors are invited to create images from thousands of tea lights and to wait for the spectacular closing fireworks in the dark together.

France
  • French people especially like to cook with simple combinations of natural flavors. A delicious dish from France is the soupe à l'origen, a soup made of onions and beef broth. It is served with melted cheese and croutons.
  • A delicious dessert is the world-famous crêpe. Crepes are usually eaten with jam, Nutella, whipped cream, or cinnamon and sugar. Some people prefer their crepes to be salty, and eat it with ham, cheese or vegetables.

Language partner

Have you ever heard of a language partner? That's someone who speaks your learning language as a native language and wants to learn your native language. You teach each other your native languages by simply talking, explaining things, and maybe even becoming friends. You can have an online language partner that you write or video call with, or you can find someone in your city so you can meet in person! Check out Tandem and HelloTalk and make friends while learning!

King’s day – Netherlands

The 27th of April is King’s day in the Netherlands. The purpose of this day is to celebrate the birthday of the king.   the royal family visits and walk through one of the bigger cities in the Netherlands, which will be aired live on television. The trip through the city ends at a big open air festival.

 There are big festivals with amazing line-ups and flea markets going on simultaneously throughout the country. Children sit on blankets to sell their old stuff. The Dutchies spend millions of euros on this day to buy stuff they will probably resell the next year!

But the most amazing thing about this day: everybody wears orange. The royal family’s last name is of Orange, so with wearing this colour the Dutch people show the love for their king.

Do as the Dutch do and show your appreciation for the royal family by wearing orange! If you are asking why they do that just know that the royal family’s last name is Orange. Who would have guessed!!

Germany
  • All German regions have their own peculiar dishes and delicacies. But often most recipes use pork, bread, cabbage and potatoes as the base ingredients to create delicious foods from. A popular food eaten at every time of the day is the currywurst. It consists of chopped sausages, fries and a spicy ketchup sauce, a fast meal especially popular in Berlin.
  • Käsespätzle comes from the southwestern regions. It is a dish of small spaetzle with cheese and topped with fried onions. It is often served with salad and apple sauce.

Play and learn

Even adults can learn something through games! It is easier to remember information when you have built an emotional connection (in this case the fun factor) to it. Check out these websites that offer online games:

The Höchster Schlossfest takes place at the End of June towards the beginning of July. Frankfurt would be the last city you would expect to see a castle in, since it is filled with sky scrapers and buildings made mostly of glass. The district of Höchst will present you with just these kinds of unexpected sights though! The officials of the Mainzer Erbistum originally lived within the castle of Höchst. It consists of the old castle, which was build between the 14th and the 16th century, and the new castle that was constructed towards the end of the 16th century. The Höchster Schlossfest takes place around the castle of Höchst every year since 1957. This year it will take place from the 30th of June to the 1st of July 2018.

USA
  • When you think of the USA, you often have burgers, fries and hot dogs in mind. But that's not all the country has to offer. One traditional meal, for example, is the lobster roll, a dish made of lobster and served with mayo and celery in a bun. This is not a typical fast food dish because you have to pay at least $15 for it, but we promise it is absolutely worth it!
  • Barbecue rib is also very popular dish in the USA. A barbecue rib is made of a pork rib, because it's soft on the bone and it comes off immediately after grilling. But before the grilling, a marinade is prepared, which consists of soy or Worcester sauce, spices, ketchup and whiskey or honey.

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Oktoberfest – Germany, Munich

Every year during the end of September and the beginning of October Munich celebrates Oktoberfest. Millions of people dress in traditional outfits, Lederhosen and Dirndls. Prepare yourself for a bellyful of the world-famous German beer and Wurst!

Drinking and eating is not the only things Oktoberfest offers the intrepid visitor: rides, live music, parades and even a chance to shoot a crossbow!! Don’t miss the 186th Oktoberfest!!

July

The Christopher Street Day has also gained more importance in Frankfurt. This year, the CSD takes place on the weekend of 20-22 July 2018. The parade through Frankfurt is in the center of the event on Saturday 21.07.2018 from 12 clock from Römerberg. "The Bazaar of Diversity" is also a highlight in the Great Friedberger Straße on Friday from 15 to 22 o'clock. There will also be a 16 o'clock speech at the Römerberg on Saturdays.

The theater festival Stoffel will also start on 19 July 2018. The open air event is organized by the Stalburg Theater in the district of Nordend. The Stoffel offers readings, theater and cabaret as well as live music and food for four weeks.

The Sommerwerft is a comparatively young festival traditionally held at Weseler Werft, in the east of Frankfurt, directly on the River Main. It started as a simple "Theater Festival on the River", but it is much more than that today: everything revolves around theater, dance, music, performance, film and poetry. The festival takes place annually in the summer between July and August. The dates for 2018 are fixed: 20.07. - 05.08.2018.

Canada
  • If you travel to Canada, you absolutely must buy maple syrup. This is not a dish, but definitely a product worth mentioning in our article. After all, maple syrup is the most popular symbols of Canada, as shown by the fact that the leaf of this tree has even made it onto the country's national flag! Maple syrup is an amber-colored syrup obtained from maple trees and is especially used to sweeten pancakes, waffles or crepes.
  • A dish that Canadians love to eat is poutine. This is freshly cut fries topped with cheese and gravy, also available as a vegan option.
  • Canadians also like to eat meat. A famous steak is the Alberta steak, which takes its name from the Canadian province of Alberta. This meat is ethically farmed and thus is also antibiotic-free beef. Especially due to factors such as the environment, the diet of the cattle as well as the climatic conditions, the steak tastes absolutely delicious!


Films and TV series

To watch English movies or series you usually have to pay for a streaming service or VPN.

Watching English-language TV will not only improve your listening comprehension, but will also help you with your pronunciation and knowledge of English idioms. You can choose to watch a movie or series on a streaming services like Netflix, Disney Plus, or Amazon Prime Video. Some channels we reccomend to watch British, American or Australian content are:

  • BBC: National TV service with 9 different channels
  • ITV: The largest commercial television station in the U.K.
  • ABC: Original programs, Sports, News
  • FOX: Sports, political talk shows, and reality tv
  • Australian Plus: International TV channel with a special "Learn English" offer
Cuba
  • Cuban cuisine is very diverse, as it consists of a mix of Spanish, African and Caribbean dishes. A traditional dish from Cuban cuisine is "ropa vieja", which means old clothes. The dish was named this way because it consists of torn beef, which reminds of old clothes. Ropa vieja started getting popular in the 16th century, since back then people were very poor and had to make do with leftovers such as small pieces of meat and vegetables, cumin, pepper and a spiced tomato sauce. Over time, the locals became richer and were able to use better meat and add more vegetables such as peas and peppers. To this day it is one of the most popular dishes for Cubans.
  • The Cuban national dish is Congris. An interesting fact about Congris is that it is often cooked at the end of the month, when money is getting short. For this reason the dish doesn't require many ingredients. The typical Congris consists of rice, onion, green peppers, garlic, lard, red beans and tomatoes. The spices used are pepper, cumin and salt. The dish is often served with a piece of pork.

Learn languages on vacation

Another way you can learn English for free is by learning by doing it while on vacation. Of course, a vacation isn't free - but if you're there anyway, why not take the chance and speak as much English as possible? In an English-speaking country like England or the US is of course easier since you're constantly surrounded by the language. But even if you travel to Spain or Italy, most people know English. Try to get involved and speak as much as you can - even if you might make a few mistakes at the beginning it is important you don't give up! We assure you you will see your level improving rather quickly.

August

The station district (Bahnhofsviertel) had a bad reputation for a long time. Today, the district has changed, but remains a main meeting place. The Press and Information Office of the City of Frankfurt invites you to the station quarter night (Bahnhofsviertelnacht) once a year, during which visitors can stroll through the district and look behind the scenes. This exciting tour will show you the culinary highlights of the district or enable you to explore more of its corners. This year's station quarter night will take place on Thursday, August 16, 2018 from 19 to 24 clock.

The Museumsuferfest is a cultural event held on the last weekend of August in Frankfurt am Main every year since 1988. It gets its name from the Museumsufer, the name given to the river side in 1980s, due to the fact that more than 20 museums are located on both sides of the Main river. Every year, more than three million people visit this festival, which is the largest one in the Rhine-Main area.

Mexico
  • If you travel to Mexic, you must try chilaquiles for breakfast! It consists of warm quartered corn tortillas topped with either green or red salsa. It also comes with scrambled or fried eggs as well as chicken, cheese and cream. On the side comes a serving of frijoles, which are refried beans. 
  • Another highlight in Mexico is Elote, corn on the cob. The corn is traditionally cooked before serving and is then sold either on a stick or in a cup. The corn on the cob is often topped with mayonnaise, sour cream, cheese, butter, lime, salt and chili powder. 

    September

    Naturally it’s not the same as in Munich, but Frankfurt has a little Oktoberfest as well, which starts in mid September and ends in October. If you can’t make it to Munich but would like to experience the Oktoberfest, why not start with the one in Frankfurt this year?

    South Africa
    • Bobotie is South Africa's most popular national dish. It is mainly found in Cape Town, where it is truly a dish that gets consumed daily. Bobotie is a casserole that consists of minced lamb, dried fruits and many spices. The meat is marinated beforehand with raisins and apricots and spices such as coriander, turmeric, ginger, apricot jam and cumin.
    • The most popular street food in South Africa is Bunny Chow. This dish originated in Durban in the 19th century. It is a hot curry that consists of vegetables and minced meat served in a bread bowl. A vegetarian option is also available.

    As you can see, there are many ways to learn English for free. You should add as much variety as possible to your learning routine and not give up! However, for effective learning, we recommend that you take lessons with a professional teacher who will show you the correct use of grammar rules, knows the best methods for learning, and will cater to your individual needs.

    The English lessons can take place in groups or individually, for example online or in combination with language trip. Find your preference and learn to speak like a native speaker! Good luck!

    October

    At the beginning of October, the annual Frankfurt Book Fair, the largest trade fair for books and book printing, takes place in Germany. It was founded by the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels in 1949. Visiting the Book fair presents a great chance to get to know the newest books and meet your favourite authors or publishing houses. If you are an author yourself you might even get the chance to introduce yourself to a publishing house. Every year, a host country is announced, which will be in the focus of the book fair and will have its own pavilion. In 2018, the host country is Georgia and the motto of this year's book fair is "Made by Characters". This year's book fair will take place on the following dates: 10th - 14th October 2018.


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    December

    If you visit Frankfurt in December, you're in luck because you can visit the legendary Frankfurt Christmas Market, one of Germany's biggest Christmas markets. There are rows of stalls selling mulled wine and hot cider, as well as food, decoration and all kinds of trifles from the Hauptwache all the way to the Römer. You don't yet have a Christmas present for your loved ones? Don't worry, because you're bound to find something special at the Christmas market. In fact there are numerous other Christmas markets in Frankfurt in addition to the one in the city center, such as the Sachsenhäuser Christmas Market or the Swedish Christmas Market in Preungesheim.

    We hope you enjoyed this run down of delicious dishes from around the world! If you ever decide to try and cook these dishes at home we would love to see that. Please share your story with us on Instagram and we will feature you on our profile. Bon appetit!

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