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LANGUAGE SCHOOL DROP-OUT? German A1+A2 repetition taught in English

As preparation for an optional B1 course starting February 2019

Course addresses students who dropped out somewhere at level A2 not wanting to repeat a whole A2 course. It will be essential you have already finished A1 level.  If you dropped out A1, we recommend our “A1 course taught in English”! 

Entire course: 532, -€ | 2x week | 28 days | material included


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German for beginners A1 or A2

At levels A1 and A2 our policy is to have questions and explanations in English, in a group of English speakers. Speaking and practicing German remains a central part of the course, increasing as the group advances.

A1 Entire course: 395, -€  | 26 days | material included

A2 Entire course: 395, -€ |  26 days | material included

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Workshop German grammar

This Workshop will treat the most important grammar rules, with special focus on those topics which experience has shown to be causing difficulties for people learning German. 

The course is suitable as an addition to other courses for German as a foreign or second language, as well as for German school pupils needing extra help with German grammar.  

220,-€ | once a week | 10 days  | material included

220,-€ | twice a week | 10 days | material included

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Private lessons

Private lessons 60 minutes

10 lessons: € 390,-

Private lessons 90 minutes

10 lessons: € 590,-

Getting there

PharoDercks language school is centrally located in the district of Prenzlauer Berg, on the well-known and busy avenue Schönhauser Allee. Just 6 minutes from Alexanderplatz. You can easily get there by U-Bahn, S-Bahn and/or Tram:

U2 | M10 Eberswalder Straße 

S41 | S42 | S8 | S9 Schönhauser Allee

M1 Milastraße

Tram 12 Raumerstraße

PharoDercks

Schönhauser Allee 58

D- 10437 Berlin

info[ät]pharodercks.de

+49 30 23 57 35 44

The language school

Norwegian, German and French are the principal languages taught in our institution. We offer different language courses which can be booked as private lessons or in small groups . The courses can easily be adapted to meet your special needs, interests and preconditions which differentiates us from conventional language courses. In addition to our language courses for adults:

Way of learning

We rely and build on conscious learning, because we are convinced that languages can not be learned only through reciting and repeating glossary, but through relating to the patterns we are familiar with. Hence we may soon discover that we already know a great deal more than we think in a new language. We simply relate our existing knowledge to the new one and use the old to understand the new. 

We believe in elaborating on connections, similarities and systematic differences and contrasts between the languages we already know and the language we are learning. This is namely experiencing it and understanding its nature. This is a key to give a meaning to grammar, to make it interesting and to simplify it’s learning process, instead of memorizing an abstract structure. We call this method of studying languages a comparative and contrastive approach. 


Philosophy

We do not promise that you will develop language skills for daily conversations within a few days or weeks as often promised elsewhere. We consider this concept an outdated approach. These simple steps in a foreign language might as well be  taken care of by the benefits of today’s technology. To be honest, no one really needs to be fluent or advanced in a foreign language to get around.   

For us it is the feeling of the language which matters. It is an art of living rather than Google Translate.  A language has it’s own soul, temper and temperature. Ordering a beer can easily and efficiently be translated into hundreds of languages, but whether it will sound offensive or charming, is not that easy to depict. In order to be able to communicate these feelings, there needs to be more ; the intonation, the ductus, the nuances. Mit Freude!  By comparing consciously, the skills we acquire are anchored more solidly into our memory, just because it now makes sense to us.

The translation service

We offer professional translation services. 

English to Norwegian, German, Danish, French and vice versa, for a broad range of needs. Send us your text, and we make you an offer.

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The art gallery

Art of Berlin, by Berliners and of friends of the city are our main focus.

You will find variety of products, ranging from the PharoDercks Postcard Edition, to large formatted pictures, paintings, drawings, as well as books,  and some other small and large artworks, mostly made in Berlin. At our gallery at Schönhauser Allee. 

Art and Artists