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German Beginners
10:30am - Every Wednesday
Alternating between Oldfield Park and Zoom

As the description "intermediate" implies; we all know or should know the basics and a bit of grammar. Most of us aren't worried about having a go and making lots of mistakes.

The aim is to use German all the time and the morning starts well with a cheery 'Guten Morgen' to the hosts and it ends equally well with 'auf Wiedersehen'. In between however you can hear a lot of 'I'm just saying this in English, if I may', but then that's probably a phrase familiar to all language groups.

We're lucky in that our host (in whose home we meet) is a native speaker. Sometimes we read an instalment of a short story in German and short extracts from German media. We also talk in German about what we have been doing during the week.

This is the bit where all the grammar you've just explored is supposed to fall beautifully into place but you end up peddling datives instead of accusatives and inventing an entirely novel word order!

It's a very friendly and gentle group, providing much encouragement when you're diffident or hesitant yet not pushing people beyond their limits. The group is appropriate for anyone who would like to refresh their school German or practise their travel vocabulary.

Our host is not online, and is now unable to host us each week. Zoom allows us to share texts online, and worked well during the pandemic.

We are a small group but could accommodate one or two new members, so would welcome enquiries. If you'd like more information, u3a members can contact us via the details in the members’ newsletter. Non‑members can email us at:

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