German Courses in Delhi: The Experience of Fackelmann India

Posted by Peter Beyes • Friday, November 9. 2012 • Category: Global Career

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As employees of a German company, how do you use German at work?

Neeraj: With clients we always speak English. When talking to German colleagues, I sometimes speak some German to make them feel more comfortable. It leaves a good impression.

How long have you been learning German? What was your motivation to pick up the language?

Sudha: We've been learning German since March 2012 ...

Gaurav: … (laughs) and our motivation is to understand what our boss says about us when he's talking to others in German.

Sudha: Some internal emails are also in German, so it helps to understand what's going on!

What do you like about German and what do you find particularly peculiar?

Jeetendra: Learning "der, die, das" (the articles) is difficult: Why is “das Mädchen” (the girl) neuter and not feminine? But I like how the pronunciation is straightforward.

Neeraj: The grammatical cases are difficult, too! There is no real need for Dative and all these other cases. There simply is too much grammar. The language should be simplified!

Gaurav: I find German more refined than English. In English there is only “you” (for both formal and informal speech). In German you have two terms to differentiate formality: “Du” and “Sie.” But Hindi is even better, we have three levels of formality (tu, tum, aap). (Laughs)

Do you use your German skills outside of the classroom? How do people usually react?

Sudha: I taught my parents some phrases, like “Guten Morgen" (good morning). All of us use them at home now and everybody likes it.

Jeetendra: People feel good, but also a bit surprised when I speak German. But I mainly use my German skills at work. Like saying a few words on the phone or in e-mails to German-speaking colleagues.

How do your family and friends react to you learning German?

Sudha: They like it. They think it's great that we can study the language as part of our work.

Jeetendra: (Laughing) They don't like it because I have to leave so early in the morning to be there for class.

In your opinion, how do Indian people think about Germany? How has your own understanding of Germany changed since you have started to learn German?

Gaurav: Germany has a reputation for quality. The language reflects this, too. Culturally, I have learnt that it is not okay to make noise (burp) after eating.

Gaurav: Elders are not as important as in India. People see eye to eye. The language also reflects this.

Sudha: In the class on “rooms of the house” I have learnt that kids often don't share the same room. This is still different in India.

Have any of you been to Germany? What was your experience? What is different to India?

Jeetendra: Only I have been. Germany is good but so empty! There are very few people on the streets and most of them walk alone. It is more difficult to approach people. Everything is perfect in Germany, but also there is nothing happening. In India when you look out of the window there is so much happening: traffic, cops, accidents, people breaking traffic lights… But what's nice about Germany is that strangers greet you and smile at you. That does not happen in India!

If you are interested in running a German course at your office or organisation in New Delhi, please do not hesitate to contact Language Must: +91-(0) 11 2649 1817, or click here to send us your enquiry.

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