Things to do in Delhi

I visited Delhi in January and I was careless not to bring enough warm clothes with me. I experienced a winter of 10-15 degrees with no central heating inside a house. The owner of the hostel I stayed in explained to me that January and February are the coldest months in Delhi. During other months, the temperatures are high enough, so there is no reason to have a central heating system. Of course, winter in India is still much warmer than in many other places. I have no reason to complain, because winter without any snow is my favorite season after all. 🙂

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Goethe-Zertifikat B2 Prüfung (personal experience)

Time flies. I came to Germany 11 months ago and I studied German at two different language schools for about 9 months before I took the German Goethe Certificate B2 Exam in June.

I did not have a chance to take the German B1 exam, so I cannot compare it with the B2. At the moment, I am about to start preparing for the Goethe-Zertifikat C1 Exam and I can surely see the difference between B2 and C1 levels. A friend of mine who took B1 Exam and saw my B2 level books mentioned that B2 looks more complicated. At the same time, a fellow student was encouraging me, saying that B2 exam is easy, because a friend of his took it earlier and passed excellently. The truth is: B2 exam is tricky, because even though the entire exam sets are supposed to be the same level of difficulty, they are not. Not from a foreigner’s point of view. I noticed that while preparing for the test. Books that help you to prepare for the exam and have sets of exercises consist of many texts. Very often, one text is much easier than another. It all depends on your vocabulary. It just happens that some sets of the exam are easier/ more difficult than the others, just because of the tasks vocabulary. My advice is do not underestimate the difficulty of the exam. If a friend of yours claimed he/she passed the exam without studying much, he/she might have got lucky. Take into consideration that a friend of yours might study the language longer than you or has more possibilities to practice his/her language skills and so on.

I would like to talk briefly about the exam, give my pieces of advice on what to review before the exam and share my personal score on the exam.

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Way too many compliments

Once I heard an expat in Japan saying that it is easy to believe that as a foreigner in Japan you are someone very special. Japanese people compliment you on your fair skin, your pretty hair, and the stunning way you look in jeans and a T-shirt. 🙂 You can fall into a trap thinking you are awesome and unique. In my experience, that works both ways. Expats also tend to give too many, moreover, unnecessary compliments.

Here are three situations I found myself in while staying abroad:

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Ein ganz normales Leben (essay)

The other day a German teacher asked us to write an essay based on the text we read earlier. I thought I would share my essay in German with you, because the topic was interesting and it gives food for thought.

Forgive me my grammar mistakes, I have been studying German for 9 months only.

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Hörverstehen ?

As I previously mentioned, I do not have a TV-set at home in Germany. Nevertheless, I shall watch German TV for the sake of the B2 German exam that I am going to take.

Luckily, you can watch German TV online. The only thing that is missing is a remote control for switching channels faster. I have to say, I am a type of a person that is constantly looking for a more interesting TV-show to watch. 🙂

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How to Learn New German Words

If you learn German, you must have heard that it is advisable to learn German NOUNS with their ARTICLES. Have you ever thought why and how important it really is? Here is the explanation and more:

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