Category: Living in Berlin

Plane watching at Tegel airport

Despite Ryanair’s ‘on-time’ arrival announcement, people clapping when landing and Schönefeld airport, the inner child in me still gets excited by aeroplane travel. Experiencing childhood in an era before budget airlines has helped me...

5 ways to learn German more quickly

“German isn’t the easiest language in the world” Yes, that’s a proven fact (at least according to the U.S state department). The easy honours go to romance languages including Spanish and French. Difficulty issues...

Health insurance for freelance English teachers

The German healthcare system is funded by statutory contributions, divided between the individual employee and the employer. Health insurance in Germany is compulsory for permanent residents. There doesn’t seem to be a exact definition...

The worst things about Berlin

One of my favourite conversation classes involves discussing pet hates. The other day in one class, we were discussing the most popular pet hates that German people have on holiday. Believe it or not,...