Babelfish Information for Participants EN

You want to participate in Babelfish? Here are answers to some of the most important questions!
(If the English level on this page is too difficult for you, please visit our page in simple German, where the sentences are very short and built in very simple words.
If you already enjoy German subordinate clauses and have an extended vocabulary, just keep reading.
And if you want to know why Berlin Babelfish is called this please click here 🙂

When and where does Berlin-Babelfish take place?

Berlin Babelfish starts on Monday, April 16th and runs until Tuesday, May 15th, 2018. Every weekday we are visiting another place of learning to give you the opportunity to not only to improve your German, but also to improve your German to get to know new places in the city.

We start at 17:30 at the earliest, so that people who are still attending a normal language course or who may already be in training can also participate. Babelfish is open to all people, regardless of age and origin 🙂

What is the goal of Babelfish?

We want to help you as our participants to participate successfully, sustainably and with fun in the civil society in Berlin. Good German skills are very helpful, even if you get through in Berlin very well in English. 😉
We like to train with you about what is important in your life right now. So bring your own books or letters.

Teams of the Refugee Academy

At the Refugee Academy we have several teams where we bring together people with similar professions. These include:
Team architecture for architects and civil engineers
Team education for teachers, educators and faculty
Life Science Team for physicians, pharmacists, veterinarians and biologists

A legal team and an engineering and technical team for many sciences is under construction.
That’s why we, as guests for the lessons, always bring back specialists from these professions, who are able to teach a very special vocabulary. As part of Babelfish you can also get to know many of the colleagues.

Mondays, 17:30 – 19:30
Evangelische Schule Berlin Zentrum, Wallstrasse 32, 10179 Berlin
Main vocabulary in medicine and law
(We are in the student café on the ground floor of House A, the first house from the street)

Tuesdays, 17:30 19:30
German Museum of Technology Berlin, Trebbiner Straße 9, 10963 Berlin
(The entrance for the language course is exclusively in the loading lane, Gate 7 !!! Attention, many Navis and Google Maps do not know this address, so follow the small plan.)

Vocabulary focuses on technology, science and architecture

Wednesdays, 18:30 20:30
Ulme 35, Ulmenallee 35, 14055 Berlin
(Babelfish is integrated into the regular language café of the Ulme35)

Thursdays, 18:30 20:30
Migration Hub, Am Krögel 2, 10179 Berlin

Additional focus on social sciences and entrepreneurship.

Fridays, 17:30 20:30
Creative House e.V., Fischerinsel 3, 10179 Berlin
(Babelfish takes place integrated into the regular Sprachcafe of the creative house)

Here is a link to the map with all the so far known language cafes in Berlin.

Do I have to sign up for Babelfish?

No, we are an open offer. Just come on time to the respective venue. We are also happy if your friends and colleagues come 🙂

Attention: on some days we make trips to other events of our network partners.
Here you will find the details of the special dates.

What and how is trained?

It would be great if you had already completed an A2 course and maybe you are already attending a B1 language course. But our offer is based entirely on the wishes and needs of the participants, and we adapt our level accordingly.
Many exercises take place in small groups, where more advanced participants can also try as instructors.

Is there special teaching material?

We deliberately avoid complex teaching materials and teach very practical. Therefore, we are very pleased if you bring along books, articles or documents with which you may still have difficulties or are of particular interest to you. Our teachers enjoy working with such material.

How are the teaching teams structured?

Our teams generally consist of three teachers each: the native language of the very experienced main teacher is not only German, they also have a great general knowledge that they would like to share with you.

Mostly we also have several multilingual assistant teachers in the team who can translate German grammatical subtleties into the most important languages.

Is there a diploma or an exam?

We do not take any exams ourselves, but as part of the Babelfish class, we are happy to help you prepare for your next German exam.
Those who have come to our course more than 10 times over the course of 5 weeks will of course also receive a confirmation of participation.

Who is the course for?

Babelfish is not only for refugees, but is open to all new and old Berliners who want to improve their German.

What happens after May 15?

Ramadan begins on May 16th and our experience has shown that we have far fewer participants during this time. If you’ve been to Babelfish often enough, but you have already been able to close many contacts, nice people and interesting language cafes met, so you can take care of your own options to improve your German.
Here is the link to the map with all language cafes in Berlin.

But still questions?

If your question has not been answered with the answers listed here, please send us an email to babelfish@refugeeacademy.de.

But remember, we all work as volunteers, so our time is limited. The simplest thing is always to just come by and experience the atmosphere of Babelfish itself. 🙂

(This subpage was last updated by our volunteer editorial team on June 19, 2018, but it has not yet been translated into all new languages.
If you want to help us with the translation, or have discovered a content or spelling error, we look forward to receiving an email at redaktion@refugeeacademy.de)