Learning Deutsch

From some of the signage around town, one might think English is the alternate language of Graz.

Well it isn’t, thank God. And though many people can speak some English–particularly those under 20, older people less so–I’d rather stumble around in German than march right in and speak in English.

Now for this native English speaker and one who has learned Spanish and some French, German is a whole other story. It is complicated, man, and counter-intuitive. I needed help and a lot of it. Smoking dope and watching German TV all day wasn’t enough.

That is when I discovered the Deutsch Kurs für Musiker at the Vorstudienlehrgang der Grazer Universitäten. It has been a lifesaver.

A German for Beginners course at a public university, the course, despite its name, isn’t just for musicians. Anyone with enough previous education, I think, can enroll. And it is a great deal: €360 per semester. That is for classes 5 days a week, 12.5 hours a week.

Most of the students are enrolled in classes at the University, many of them musicians, some not. Now, I am an old fart and am not enrolled in anything, and they let me in.

The teachers are really dedicated and for the most part teach entirely in German, sparingly using English as the most common language. And it works.

I reccomend it for anyone who is serious about learning German while living in this wonderful burg.

Contact info: tel. 316-83-14-96-0, address: Neubaugasse 10, downtown not too far from the Kunsthaus.

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