A step – by-step plan – From your UG to a PG in Germany

A step – by-step plan – From your UG to a PG in Germany

THE SMART KID’S GUIDE TO AN MS IN GERMANY. We see a lot of material for Dummies, but this article is targeted at the smart ones. The ones who require a bit of guidance. And believe in planning their next step towards studying abroad. One of the options being Germany. First, let us analyze the reason as to why we must consider Germany an option, when all our Friends and relatives are busy packing their bags to other places. WHY GERMANY Quality of Studies – the biggest factor is the quality of Studies you receive. It is absolutely top-notch, in accordance with international standards and the language of instruction is dominantly English Finances – An MS in Germany would easily require maybe 30-40 % of the funds you might have to allocate for a similar degree in the US. Think of the bank loans, financial burdens and stress that you would be reducing. Job Market – In comparison to many other European countries,...
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Learn German – The  “Appy” way

Learn German – The “Appy” way

Smartphones are in. Apps are in. Foreign languages are in.How about making a combination of all of the above? Let us pick some that would help us practice and improve our German skills. There are usually many apps that are present for the benefit of the beginner – teaching you Pronouns, sein, haben, time, days of the week, etc. Those do help for sure - but they can never entirely substitute a real language learning experience.  Apps are usually a fantastic supplementary practice. Sadly most of them are targeted at the amateurs. But are there Apps for the intermediate user to get some practice? We have listed out some of them below : [These are all free apps. We are not promoting or vouching for them. These are apps that are useful and supplement those who are already learning German] Artikeltrainer and Der Die Das  – the articles pose a problem for all, irrespective of the level you are studying at. The article trainer keeps...
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No German In Germany – Ist Das Okay?

No German In Germany – Ist Das Okay?

This is a question that might arise in your mind, if you are considering the Land of Ideas as your next home for awhile – be it for studies or employment. And as you research, you might find that for a student – the visa requirements state that you require a language competency certificate ONLY if your course is taught in German.  Well , my course is entirely in English. And almost everyone at my University/Workplace can understand English. So, we hear you think? Why learn German? Let us analyse this three word question in detail. TOP REASONS NOT TO LEARN GERMAN 1.There are enough English speaking Germans – True. Of late, many Germans pick up English from a young age and are considerably fluent in the same. You will meet them at Universities, Airports, and sightseeing spots or maybe even at your office. If you are a tourist, or are on-site for a short duration, learning German might not be a must. You can...
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B1 Or Not A B1 – Go Soft On Your Candidate

B1 Or Not A B1 – Go Soft On Your Candidate

With a number of students wanting to learn a foreign language, and an equal number of institutes mushrooming at every corner – it becomes a difficult choice to weed out  the unsuitables from the rest of the crowd. Taking the specific scenario of German, and survival in Germany – it goes without saying that a minimum of a B1 (3 levels) is a must for anyone who intends to make Germany their base for a few years – be it for work or study. Despite many Universities offering courses entirely in English, I would still emphasise the importance of learning the language up to B1 – just so you will have more confidence and for easy transition when you actually get there. What should you be able to do after 3 levels of German? According to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) – a B1 student has : “The ability to express oneself in a limited way in familiar situations...
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8 Factors to choose a Language School

8 Factors to choose a Language School

There could be a million reasons for wanting to learn a language – hobby, work, study, relationships, art and culture appreciation, travel and tourism, breaking barriers, etc. Most important is the fact that you “want to”. Keeping that in mind, what are the factors one must consider while choosing a language school or course that suits you? Here are the top 8 things you could keep in mind while researching for the same. 1.HOURS OR UNITS? Most language schools tend to talk about units in their brochures. It would make sense for you to ask their representative to explain – exactly how many hours of work go into each level. A unit is about 45 minutes of work / activity. So if a school promises you 100 units of class, they are actually talking about 100 x 45 minutes and NOT 100 x 60 minutes.Another common problem you might encounter is - language schools tend to break up a level into many...
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