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did deutsch-institut newsletter 12|12
Advent calendar | Christmas markets | Starting dates | Reading tips | Students' Corner
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The days are becoming shorter, it is getting colder and strings of lights, candles and de­co­rat­ions are shin­ing brightly on houses and stores: The most beau­ti­ful time of the year begins! In the streets, the Christ­mas trees are lit, on every cor­ner the ginger­bread calls, and roas­ted al­monds and chest­nuts in­vite you to swee­ten your­self with tasty treats dur­ing the advent season.

Advent calendar 2012 In order to shorten the time of wait­ing before Christ­mas, we have put to­gether an ad­vent cal­en­dar for you. Daily, from the 1st to the 24th of Dec­em­ber, you can dis­cover some­thing special here.

Because behind each little door a wonderful surprise is hiding – for example, a gift certificate for free weeks of in­struc­tion, price re­duc­tions, free course up­grades in our ins­ti­tutes in Ber­lin, Frank­furt, Ham­burg or Mun­ich, and much more! Each un­covered gift cer­ti­fi­cate is re­deem­able only on that day, so you shouldn’t let a single day go by without check­ing what is hiding be­hind the little doors!

Those who come to Germany during advent absolutely must visit a Ger­man Christ­mas mar­ket. In Berlin, there are a mul­ti­tude of Christ­mas mar­kets as varied as the city itself. It is much dif­fer­ent in Frank­furt: the Christ­mas mar­ket be­fore the his­toric back­drop of the old city on the Römer­berg (town square) is not only one of the lar­gest, but also one of the most tra­di­tion-rich Christ­mas mar­kets in the coun­try.

In Hamburg, there is a Christmas parade on each of the four Sundays in advent – fan­tas­tic­ally cos­tumed gnomes, elves, angels and rein­deer trans­form the inner city into a Christ­mas won­der­land. At the ‘Christ­kindl­markt’ (Christ Child’s market) on the Marienplatz in Munich, the ‘Christ­kindl’ com­mu­ni­ty sets up a ‘branch office’. Here, they accept letters for the ‘Christ­kind’ (Christ child) and answer them as well.

Do you have questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us! You can reach us at office@did.de
Christmas markets in Germany
Starting dates 2013 Reading tips for German  learners Students' Corner
Beginners' course
dates in 2013

Once again in 2013, so that you can profit from your Ger­man course right from the be­gin­ning, we are offer­ing special start­ing dates for ab­so­lute be­gin­ner group cour­ses. As usual, par­tic­i­pants who already have some prior know­ledge of Ger­man can begin their cour­ses every Mon­day in our year-round in­sti­tutes in Ber­lin, Frank­furt, Ham­burg or Mun­ich. On the first day of each course, there will be a place­ment test, after which the par­tic­i­pant will be placed at the appro­priate level. In this way, we guaran­tee that your Ger­man stu­dies will begin at the high­est pos­sible level.
Reading tips for
German learners

For those who want noth­ing more dur­ing the col­dest time of year than to wrap up in a blan­ket cozy at home with a good book, our teach­ers have put to­geth­er a list of app­ro­pri­ate read­ings for youth and adult Ger­man lang­uage lear­ners at all levels. Whether it be some­thing his­tor­i­cal, class­i­cal Ger­man lit­er­a­ture, a pro­found novel, an ex­cit­ing thril­ler, or per­haps ligh­ter fare, some­thing hum­or­ous, here you can find just the right thing to keep your Ger­man fresh un­til you return to Ger­many once again. Please see a com­plete list­ing of all our rec­om­men­da­tions here.
Students' Corner
Why Hamburg?

Anil from Turkey: “My ac­a­demic ad­visor rec­om­men­ded did deutsch-ins­ti­tut. Most of my friends here in Ger­many rec­om­men­ded com­ing to Ham­burg. I like Ham­burg’s peace and ser­en­i­ty the most. You def­in­i­tely should go to the ha­rbor some­time to re­lax and chill out. I like to go to the new ‘in’ quar­ter – ‘Sternschanze’ – there are lots of al­ter­na­tive bars and clubs there and there is al­ways some­thing go­ing on. Or sim­ply roam through the streets of the city some­time. This way you dis­cover new sides of the city. I had an un­be­liev­ably great time here!” Read more
STM Star Awards 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012
In 2012, did deutsch-institut was awarded for the fifth time the Study Travel Magazine Star Award in the category German Lan­guage School, just as it was in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2011. We thank our partners and customers very much for their support. Info & Video

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