innes-blog-Useful German Words and Phrases to Survive Covid in Vienna

Useful German Words and Phrases to Survive Covid in Vienna

As you know, the whole planet is in the middle of a pandemic and each country is trying different regulations and testing systems to get through it as fast as possible. For most part of the year 2020, Austria has been fighting the virus constantly with questionable success. As this dreadful virus will continue to bother us for another couple of months and as the government of Austria just announced a new bunch of regulations, it is time to take a closer look at some of the most common Covid-related words and phrases used in Austria. On the way, you will also learn a bit of beautiful German grammar.

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Thomas Hinterhofer
innes-blog-How to Learn German by Visiting Art Museums (for B1+ learners)

How to Learn German by Visiting Art Museums (for B1+ learners)

On your first day in Vienna, you will be overwhelmed by all the stunning buildings around you. Especially Vienna’s city center, the first district (also called „Innere Stadt“ meaning „inner city“ due to the huge wall, that surrounded it until the 19th century), is filled with century-old palaces, baroque churches and world-class museums. All these sights are so inviting that you won’t be able to decide which one to visit first. And yes, there is no way to do all the sightseeing in just one day (not even within a month), so make sure you always have some spare time in between university and German lessons. If you mind some of the following tips while doing what every tourist does you will even gain a greater benefit: Advance your command of the German language while exploring Vienna’s cultural heritage.

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Thomas Hinterhofer
innes-blog-How to Put the German Verb in The Right Position: Learn the 8 Most Important Sentence Structures in German in 8 Minutes

How to Put the German Verb in The Right Position: Learn the 8 Most Important Sentence Structures in German in 8 Minutes

The German verb in the right position? Are you kidding me? Putting the German Verb in the right position is a challenge for many German language learners. Sometimes in second place, sometimes at the end of a sentence, sometimes at the beginning - the position of the German verb depends on whether you are using a basic sentence structure or a complex one. Also, things change when you move into the past.  Spend 8 minutes to really understand how the German verb works in a sentence.

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Astrid Ollinger
innes-blog-What a little Lao boy has to do with language learning

What a little Lao boy has to do with language learning

Have you ever thought about what might be the best way to learn a language?  What makes you succeed best? When we teachers ask our students how they would like to learn, they generally don’t know. They hope it just happens, by some kind of magic. After all we already speak at least one language. We don’t remember how we learnt it, but we were quite successful, it seems. There must be something in our mind to switch on and it just happens, isn’t it? I can reassure you, teachers often hope the same. We all, students and teachers secretly hope to find the magic button to push and everything falls into place. Effortless. We just have to find the right method? 

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Dagmar Franzen
innes-blog-5 Free Resources for Learning German on the Road

5 Free Resources for Learning German on the Road


Learning a language is not for the faint of heart. It’s the motivated and the brave who persevere to the finish line of fluency. Learning a language, like most things, takes practice and time. A lot of it. Seriously, A LOT. And not just in the classroom. Practice, repetition and repeated exposure to the language in and out of the INNES classroom are what make it stick in long-term memory. Students excel when they sit in the driver’s seat of their own learning by taking time to practice at home, but what if that practice is boring?
We understand the challenge of studying on your own. It’s hard to find quality resources that are easy on the wallet but still modern, user-friendly, and engaging.
We’ve come across a lot of online resources that fall flat. They’re boring, clumsy, and visually unappealing. All of which can be demotivating. But, what if there was a better way to put in the hours without falling asleep? What if there were engaging tools to support your own learning outside of German class?
We know that study that is beneficial and interesting is important to you, so we've compiled a list of the best resources out there designed to help adults practice the language they're already learning in the classroom. The best part? These resources are free.

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Elizabeth Houser
innes-blog-The dark side of Vienna 5 Rules to Grumpiness

The dark side of Vienna 5 Rules to Grumpiness

First things first, do you remember the first time you visited a traditional Viennese coffee house? You were probably excited - delighted by the lavish interior and the old school flair. Maybe a famous author or poet had been sitting in exactly the chair you were sitting in 100 years ago, who knows! What an exciting thought. And then the waiter came to take your order. You looked into his face and all your happiness and excitement evaporated into thin air. 

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Evelyn Baier-Schmid