We’re right about in the middle of our summer semester in Munich and the beautiful weather is making it harder and harder to resist going outside! One of our students, Audra White, shares what her semester has been looking like so far:
This semester I’m taking all of the Institute courses that are being offered: Sprachkurs, Theaterkurs and Konversation. I really enjoy the Institute classes because we are constantly improving our German speaking, writing, and reading skills but we are also able to interact with each other in a very comfortable and casual environment. I am also taking two courses at Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) in the Amerikanistik Department: Crime & the City and Contemporary Literature. They are both American literature classes in English, and I’m really enjoying having an excuse to read books again on a daily basis!
As far as what I’ve been doing in my free time, spending time outside and traveling is the name of the game! The Englischer Garten (just behind Studentenstadt where we live and reaching all the way to downtown) is always a surefire way to spend some extra time in the sun and people watch. My parents are actually currently visiting, and we spent a beautiful sunny morning exploring the grounds at Schloss Nymphenburg before heading to Zurich, Switzerland for the weekend. We’ve had so many holidays in the summer months and they make for the perfect long weekend trips to any of the many destination cities that are in such close proximity to Munich!
German isn’t always an easy language to learn, but its worth it when you find that word that you just love to use in conversation whenever possible! Here are a few of our students’ favorite German words:
Elizabeth: der Tintenfisch –octupus/squid/calamari
Noa: das Kopierpapier — copy paper
Reed: der Ohrwurm — catchy song (literally translates as “ear worm”!)
Jackie: der Hai — shark
Jessie: der Zwetschgendatschi — plum cake
*BONUS WORD: schmeckerlich — tasty (WARNING: this isn’t a real German word, but Jose created it and we use it with shocking frequency)
Munich is a beautiful city with lots of things to offer. Whether you’re looking for food, shopping, a cultural experience, or just a nice place to sit and take in the view, you can find it in Munich! We asked a few of our students what their favorite places in Munich are, and here’s what they said:
Noa loves Bazi’s restaurant at Sendlinger Tor, which offers good quality and fast-food style Bavarian food for a good price.
Jessie likes to spend time in the Englischer Garten (pictured above), which is one of the world’s largest urban parks. Especially as we are now well into the spring season here in Munich, there’s nothing better than sitting in the sun and watching endless amounts of dogs and bikes just passing through. The mini brahaus, tucked away near Studentenstadt in the Garten, is also well worth a trip.
Jose agrees that the Pinakotheken Museums are definitely worth a visit while in Munich. Those of our students who choose to take Kunstgeschichte (Art History) last semester know how much these museums have to offer. There are five different museums under the Pinakothek umbrella which range in era and style. Alex adds that there is an “indian fast food place by the Pinakotheken has three euro half liter mango lassis if you can handle the yogurt.”
Jackie notes that she always takes visiting friends and family to the Alter Peter church, where you can climb 299 stairs to see a fabulous view of the city.
So long as you continue looking, you will always find that Munich has something new and exciting to offer you.