Home/Sprachen Akademie

About Sprachen Akademie

This author has not yet filled in any details.
So far Sprachen Akademie has created 29 blog entries.

Swiss German (Part 1) – Introduction


Switzerland's language situation is without doubt special. There is not just one, but four national languages (German, French, Italian and Romansh), with German being the most widely spoken language in Switzerland. In addition, there is a diglossia situation in German-speaking Switzerland. In a diglossia situation, two languages, or rather two linguistic varieties, co-exist and differ in their contexts of use. In the case of German-speaking Switzerland, these two varieties are Swiss Standard German and Swiss German. In this first introductory blog post on Swiss German, we will look at both Swiss Standard German and Swiss German, clarify differences between them and [...]

Swiss German (Part 1) – Introduction2023-01-22T17:34:29+01:00

Common Challenges for German Learners (Part 3) – Upper and Lower Case


The importance of capital letters in German The German language is almost the only language in which nouns, names and nominalisations are capitalised. This is why capitalisation is a challenge for most German learners, and even native speakers are sometimes unsure whether a word is written in upper or lower case. What is more, did you know that there are certain words that can be written both upper and lower case, but that the meaning of the sentence changes accordingly? This is exactly what this blog post is about. At the same time, this blog post will give you an [...]

Common Challenges for German Learners (Part 3) – Upper and Lower Case2023-01-15T14:05:27+01:00

Learning Strategies (Part 5) – Podcast


The Best Free Podcast to Learn German Studying vocabulary, writing summaries, among other things, is crucial when learning a foreign language, especially within the framework of a language course. However, you can also learn a foreign language outside the classroom or in addition to a language course. We already got to know one of many methods in the blog post Tandem Language Learning, that is – as the title suggests – language learning through language tandems. While learning in a language learning tandem requires your active participation and responsibility for your learning process, today we will introduce a slightly more [...]

Learning Strategies (Part 5) – Podcast2023-01-08T13:08:43+01:00

Common Challenges for German Learners (Part 2) – Compound Words


Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz. This was officially the longest German word. The English translation is: Cattle marking and beef labelling supervision duties delegation law. It was part of a legal text, but since the law was repealed in 2013, it disappeared from the dictionaries. Nevertheless, the German language is known for its long words, also known as compound words. And this is also one of the (many) reasons why German is not an easy language to learn. In this blog series, I want to explain some common challenges for German Learners in more detail. And in this blog post, I will focus on [...]

Common Challenges for German Learners (Part 2) – Compound Words2023-01-15T14:04:17+01:00

Common Challenges for German Learners (Part 1)


German orthography: “Widder”, “wieder” or “wider”? Imagine reading a German book or article, and all of the sudden you notice a word that occurs again and again, but each time with a slightly different spelling – as it is the case in the following passage: Schon wieder Weihnachtszeit! Annika widerstrebt das ganze Theater rund um Weihnachten und den damit einhergehenden Einkaufsrausch. Schlecht gelaunt fährt sie im Tram durch die überbeleuchtete Altstadt und blättert in einer Gratiszeitung, in der sich ebenfalls alles um Weihnachten dreht. Letztlich bleibt ihr nichts anderes übrig, als ihr Tageshoroskop zu lesen und zu erfahren, was sie [...]

Common Challenges for German Learners (Part 1)2023-01-15T13:54:13+01:00

Learning Strategies (Part 4)


What are the best ways to study vocabulary? Emma stands at the bus stop and watches a middle-aged woman tapping desperately on the touchscreen of the public transport ticket machine. Finally, the woman approaches Emma and asks her if she speaks French, and if she could help her with the ticket. Emma's eyes light up. Yes! Finally an opportunity to practice French outside of her language course! Emma wants to ask the woman whether she has a Half Fare Travelcard and where exactly she wants to go, but she suddenly realises that she does not remember or know the right [...]

Learning Strategies (Part 4)2023-01-08T13:09:24+01:00

Experience report: Tandem Language Learning


In the blog post Tandem Language Learning, a language-learning tandem partnership was described as a learning method that can complement language courses. More specifically, the following questions were answered: What exactly is a language-learning tandem partnership? How do I find a language-learning tandem partner? How do I meet my language-learning tandem partner? How would a meeting with my language-learning tandem partner look like? In this blog post, I will share my personal experiences with tandem language learning. I hope you enjoy reading it! Arabic on Tuesdays, Spanish on Wednesdays, French on Thursdays... Whenever I tell my family and friends that [...]

Experience report: Tandem Language Learning2022-10-09T21:10:13+02:00

Learning Strategies (Part 3)


Tandem Language Learning In the blog post Make the most out of your language lessons with these learning methods we shared tips and tricks for effective learning methods before, during and after language course lessons. The blog post How to Write a Good Summary focused on one of the methods: writing a summary. However, you can also learn a language outside the classroom. A language-learning tandem partnership is a relaxed, interactive and extremely enriching way to do this. In fact, a language-learning tandem partnership can complement or, in some cases, replace language courses. And the best thing about it: language-learning [...]

Learning Strategies (Part 3)2022-12-04T19:56:50+01:00

Learning Strategies (Part 2)


How to Write a Good Summary In the blog post Make the most out of your language lessons with these learning methods, we mentioned that writing summaries is a useful method for revising the topic discussed in class. However, in order that making a summary really helps you learn languages faster, you may want to consider some tips and tricks. In the following, we describe five steps that are necessary for a proper summary. Step 1: Discuss your questions and uncertainties in class The class itself is the basis for a good summary. Why? Let us imagine that you are [...]

Learning Strategies (Part 2)2022-09-20T16:58:57+02:00

Reasons to Learn a Foreign Language (Part 2)


Labor Market The first part of this blog series was about how language skills not only make travelling easier, but also more interesting and enriching. This statement was also supported by the experience report Volunteering in Chile. Now, in this blog post we will give you another reason why you should learn a foreign language: Multilingualism increases job opportunities. Switzerland is a multilingual country Switzerland has four national languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh, and is, therefore, a multilingual country. Thus, it is not surprising that a lot of jobs require a good knowledge of at least two national languages. [...]

Reasons to Learn a Foreign Language (Part 2)2022-08-08T12:37:34+02:00

Zürich Oerlikon

Wehntalerstrasse 293, 8046 Zürich

Phone: +41 43 540 09 53

Zürich Stadelhofen

Dufourstrasse 22, 8008 Zürich

Phone: +41 43 540 09 53


Technikumstrasse 84, 8400 Winterthur

Phone: +41 43 540 09 53


Centralbahnplatz 8, 4051 Basel

Phone: +41 61 228 77 32

Go to Top