Yesterday I found myself at the opera again. What is better than to enjoy some beautiful music in a pleasant atmosphere far off chores and worries. I have two exams coming up soon and I really needed some time off studying. I tend to isolate myself quite a bit when it comes to exams and prefer to stay at home and work than go out. But sometimes you just have enough of that and you need something to distract you – then instead of watching a movie at home I grab my coat and go for an opera. Continue reading
I have been living for almost two years in Vienna and I have never been to this café throughout the time. Few days ago a colleague of mine suggested a brunch there since I wanted to try some place new. I have heard before of it and that it was situated in MQ. I was quite skeptical about it I must admit. Museumsquartier is a place for art! Continue reading
Last night I saw the performance of La Traviata in Volksoper. It has been running for some time now and I never had the time to check it out. Since it is already winter break I decided that I have to make the most of my Friday night and pay a visit. Since I have seen the performance at Staatsoper I was not expecting to be so pleased with the performance. Continue reading
If you just came to Vienna or you are planning a visit you would probably want to feel a little bit more local. What better way than using some phrases that will help you with the basics? There is this amazing website called “Duolingo” and if you haven’t already heard of it, make sure to check it out. It offers a completely free program for learning language either from the very beginning or it can help you brush up your language knowledge.
It is most profitable if you speak English, I must say, because you can learn more languages that way. You have access to courses not only in German but Italian, French, Russian, Spanish, Norwegian and many, many more. It doesn’t take a lot of time, it is easy to work with and it is not at all demanding.
You can also use it as an app on your phone. Personally I love to make the small exercises while I am on the tram or waiting for something. It is at the same time helpful, interesting and very productive. Some say that if you had even basic language skills in advance you can go up till level B1 or B2 for some languages. It really depends on your level of determination and how much time you take to practice it.
“Duolingo” may not be very helpful when it comes to real-life dialogues which have a duration span of ten minutes or more but be sure to use it if you want to know some phrases which can get you around. The one thing you can be sure of, though, is that if you practice regularly you will be at least able to write and read properly in the chosen language.
My personal experience is with French and German. For German I already had a quite high level so I did not find it very useful but for French it was a blessing. I always wanted to learn the language but never had the chance for different reasons. Then I remembered about “Duolingo” and decided to give it a try. I had absolutely no clue how to go with French. The only words I knew were “bonjour” and “merci”. I had a lot of determination and I started practicing every day, I think I was putting two to three hours a day to improve what I have learned and did regular revisions. However, once the semester started I couldn’t make that much time for it and I made a very, very long pause from French.
Then not earlier than a week ago I picked it up again. From the very beginning! Imagine my surprise when everything started coming to place and it was almost as if I haven’t stopped. It was a really pleasing feeling to know that what you’ve learned actually stayed with you and wasn’t just a waste of time.
So my advice is, if you want a quick way to pick up some German on your way to work for example be sure to try it out. I am sure you will find it interesting and if it doesn’t work for you, at least you didn’t lose anything by trying.