Sonia Goes Punk in Berlin

by Gray Cargill on April 5, 2012

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Today’s guest post is by one of my new favorite travel videographers, Sonia Gil. Here, Sonia makes the case in both words and video for learning some of the local language when you travel. Those of you who have plans to travel to Germany should pay extra attention–you’ll definitely learn some phrases you will use. Enjoy!

Sonia in Berlin

Sonia practicing her German in Berlin

There is no better way to get an insight on a culture than through its language. Ultimately, today’s German is the result of thousands of years of conversations by millions of people. Those interactions throughout history have shaped today’s Germany. And that’s the most powerful reason to learn a few words, a few phrases, and many times, the entire language.

While spending time in Berlin last summer I decided to do some sightseeing while practicing my German. And I chose to visit Kreuzberg, a Berlin neighborhood where some people are not as fond of English as you might imagine. All the better reason to do my vocab work while walking around.

The Kreuzberg neighborhood is legendary and after only a few minutes here, I could easily see why. The area definitely has its own rhythm and plays by its own rules.

So if you are traveling solo to Berlin, I recommend challenging yourself and practicing what little German you may know and making the most of your visit to Kreuzberg. The quirky and effortlessly hip neighborhood is definitely not to be missed.

Sonia Gil hosts a weekly original web travel series called Sonia’s Travels. Each trip turns into a series of shows in which Sonia offers a small idea or tip about a place and the people who live there. New Episodes Premiere Every Thursday at 12 noon (9:00 am Pacific) and new Vlogs every Monday.

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Gray April 30, 2012 at 11:42 am

Thanks for the comments, everyone! Sonia’s video IS fun, isn’t it?

Oscar Jullis April 30, 2012 at 10:58 am

Berlin is a cool place with great street art and a special hidden vibe. I find German too hard to learn because i guess im not truly interested though im fluent in english and french. Fun place, fun video

David April 12, 2012 at 9:59 am

Thanks for the write up, Sonia. I hear Oktoberfest is a hoot in Berlin 😉

What exactly do you mean by the Kreuzberg neighborhood, playing by it’s own rules, though??

Will April 10, 2012 at 10:37 am

Hi Sonia,

How did you go about getting to your “basic level” of German to get by and communicate with locals?

Was it through home study courses like Rosetta stone?

Greg Blue April 10, 2012 at 10:35 am

I love this little German lesson!! Very useful and entertaining. Keep it up!

Bettina Houseman April 5, 2012 at 12:27 pm

I thought the video was super light and fun. The punk vibe was different but catchy. Its good to know that Kreuzberg is not such English friendly. if i get the chance to go, I will certainly visit with a german friend 🙂

neil @ singles holidays April 5, 2012 at 9:41 am

i think it is greta you are going out of your way to learn the local language. some many times you get people speaking english and taking in some of the local culture, nice blog by the way

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