Learning German: How much time does it take?

Posted by Heiko Pfeiffer • Friday, October 18. 2013 • Category: Latest Article
Many students approach us because they are interested in studying or doing a post-graduate degree in Germany. These programmes require that you have a good command of German, so we are often asked: How much time exactly do I need to learn German?

The answer is actually quite straight-forward. It just requires, of course, a little planning, but if you are prepared to spend about 4-6 hours in class each week, you will soon be able to have your first conversations in German. Here is an overview of how much time is needed to reach each level.

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The Jodhpur RIFF: Folk Music in the Blue City with Travel Must

Posted by Heiko Pfeiffer • Wednesday, October 9. 2013 • Category: People and Places
From the majestic Mehrangarh Fort to famous blue houses in the old city, Jodhpur never fails to impress its visitors. The Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF), organised yearly in October, adds to this city’s charm. Come and join us on a weekend trip which will leave you with many new visual and auditive impressions.

We will meet at Delhi Cantt Station on Friday 18th October and board the train at 9.46 pm and reach Jodhpur the next morning at 7.45 am.

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India Summer Programme 2013: Studies in Indian Language, Culture and Society

Posted by Heiko Pfeiffer • Monday, April 1. 2013 • Category: People and Places
Knowledge Must organises its summer programme Summer in India 2013 from 14th July till 10th August in Delhi. The programme consists of an exciting mix of Hindi language classes, academic seminars, skills training sessions, Delhi tours and weekend excursions.

India holds a very special place in our globalising world. It is not only home to every sixth human being on the planet, it is also the most culturally diverse country in the world. From high-tech industries in the megacities to remote jungle villages seemingly untouched by time, India encompasses both the dynamic forces of globalisation and the deep-rooted traditions of one of the world's most ancient cultures. Due to all this diversity, India is difficult to grasp.

Taj Mahal, Agra

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Learning German in Delhi: The Experience of a Senior Expert in Renewable Energies

Posted by Heiko Pfeiffer • Thursday, January 24. 2013 • Category: Global Career
Anil Misra is a senior expert in the field of renewable energies, having worked both in India and abroad for the last 27 years. As a student he spent one year at the University of Siegen, Germany, where he later also taught. He currently works with GIZ as Senior Programme Advisor. As part of a Germany-based multinational organisation, German is part of his daily work. He has previously joined one of the German courses offered by his employer in collaboration with Language Must.

Anil Misra (second from left) having dinner in an Italian restaurant with family of an Indian friend during one of his Germany trips. (c) Anil Misra

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German Courses in Delhi: The Experience of an Indian IT Engineer in Switzerland

Posted by Heiko Pfeiffer • Thursday, December 13. 2012 • Category: Global Career

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A Pioneer for Organic Food in New Delhi

Posted by Heiko Pfeiffer • Tuesday, December 6. 2011 • Category: People and Places
On a recent day when going to work to our office in South Delhi’s Shahpur Jat neighbourhood, I noticed, amidst sweets and street food vendors and recent fashion shops that have been mushrooming in the area, this cute little shop called “Dubdengreen”. Inside, unsurprisingly for this densely populated neighbourhood, the space is small enough, the decorations are minimal and the absence of shining and blinking advertisement on the shelves catches the eye. This looks more like a farm house shop, so you wouldn’t be surprised to find mooing cows and chattering chicken in the backyard. A quick look around is enough to confirm the impression: grains and millets are there, fresh vegetables next to fresh fruit and dairy products. This is indeed another shop for farm goods – so how is it different? Well, this one is all about organic.

(c) by Heiko Pfeiffer

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Learn Hindi in Delhi, India

Posted by Heiko Pfeiffer • Monday, November 28. 2011 • Category: Global Career

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A Food Map of India for Gluten-Free and Other Special Diets

Posted by Heiko Pfeiffer • Tuesday, March 8. 2011 • Category: In Depth
If you are on a special such-and-such-free diet like me, you know the kind of questions going through your mind before leaving for your next foreign destination. What will I be able to eat? How will I find the dishes that I can eat? How will I explain to people in a polite way that I can’t eat their national dish due to some never-heard-of-before condition? Of course, one answer is to stock up on all kinds of dried foods, muesli bars, packed cookies and nutritional drinks that will, under extreme circumstances, help you survive for a minimum of two weeks. But this is not what my vision of traveling and cultural discovery looks like. I’m not an astronaut. Nor I am travelling to lands that are as plain and arid as the moon. Taking precautions is good. But retreat is not the answer. So every new land is like a barely mapped territory to me, and I’m like the explorer.

Buying Vegetables in India
by Peter Rivera
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Yoga: A Way of Empowering Yourself

Posted by Heiko Pfeiffer • Wednesday, January 19. 2011 • Category: Arts and Beyond
When I started yoga, I saw it as something physical, an elaborate set of postures, bends, and stretches. Most of them I found difficult if not impossible to attain. Yoga clearly seemed to be a lot about fitness, something that was also in vogue. The pictures of extremely fit, flexible women and men, effortlessly smiling while performing some complicated posture, had an intimidating effect on me. I had always been playing sports and generally liked to move around a lot, but that didn't include doing more delicate things with my own body. Yoga, I assumed, was not for people like me.

By lululemon athletica
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Indian Spirituality – When Seers Turn Blind

Posted by Heiko Pfeiffer • Wednesday, December 29. 2010 • Category: People and Places
To many European and North American visitors to India, Indian spirituality is one of the most fascinating aspects of Indian culture and reason for many to come. Visiting the ancient spiritual temples that abound all over India with their magnificent display of Hindu mythology, pilgrims who make colourful flower and fruit offerings to their preferred deity, entire families standing in line for hours just to take a quick bath under the sprinkling waters of some ancient holy source, with the ever present odour of sweet incense filling the spiritually-laden air – all these are impressions that many visitors of India seek and that have vividly enriched the memories of many travellers to India before.

By Niyam Bhushan
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