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From Blog to Language School: An Interview with Berlino Magazine

Berlino Team

The Berlino Team

Despite your motivation or ability, learning a new language can be a drag: Until words start making sense, what you experience is constant confusion. The need of a language becomes even more imposing when you’ve moved to the country in which it is spoken: no matter how willing people are to speak in English to accommodate you, awkward situations where you don’t know what is happening in daily life are inevitable: the lady talking to you on the street, the cashier at the supermarket, the signs all around the city.

Berlino Schule, the newly created language school by the team behind Berlino Magazine, is ready to meet the challenges that make learning German unattractive, while keeping their price very very attractive: only 4 Euro/hr. They are devoted to providing a friendly atmosphere for their students, where they can feel as adults learning and not school kids. The groups are small in each class, and the staff keeps exploring new, innovative ways in order to make learning more effective and fun. We had the chance to speak with one of the Berlino founders, Andrea D’Addio, about how he came from running a blog about Berlin to running a language school and how to improve your German learning experience.

Stella by Stella
on June 15th, 2017
in People

8 Berlin DJs You Should Look Out For

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DJing might be one of the most underrated art forms. Despite most people referring to it as “Have u been to the main room? The music is so good” or “Downstairs was so great before – now it’s ok.” It is not like the room is somehow magically spilling out beats on its own. There is a craftsman/woman responsible for creating that sound fabric. This person is called a DJ aka Disc Jockey but that sounds like a dude in a white polo shirt with spectacles running around with a ghetto blaster. So, let’s stick to DJ. Some of them tour the world, play festivals, go from Berghain, to Smartbar, to Fabric and earn thousands with each set. They have millions of fans, and followers on social media who celebrate them for being the musical tailors that they are. But, everybody starts somewhere, and no other city is such a career springboard for DJs as Berlin. With so many unheard names on various party flyers and endless people claiming they’re pure genius behind the decks, it’s hard to have the ones on your radar who are actual masters of their art and just that one ‘Klubnacht’ away from stardom.

So here’s a list of DJs who spin regularly in Berlin. They might not have endless followers on social media, thousands clicks on Soundcloud, or tour the globe (just yet) but their music selection will never let down any dance floor.

Andy by Andy
on June 9th, 2017
in Music, People

The Ups and Downs of Being a Female DJ in Berlin

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photos: Olga Khristolyubova

Berlin is such a diverse and open minded city, yet the music industry has not been cracked by women, as I noticed the lack of female presence behind the decks.

No… I’m not a DJ… but three years in this magical city has allowed me to explore Berlin’s electronic music and club scene, through the eyes of a music enthusiast, dance floor filler, and a social party girl.

Some ladies have successfully crept there way into the music industry, as many of my best memories in this city, has been witnessing legends like Sonja Moonear, rocking it at CDV, Anja Schneider who burns Watergate down with her vibrant connection to the audience or my personal favorite, Anthea who rocks the boat at Hoppetosse.

by Guest Author
on May 25th, 2017
in Party, People

These Berliners have Extraordinarily Progressive Lifestyles

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photo: Marlen Müller

Lina Jachmann’s new book Einfach Leben, the title meaning live simply, is a lifestyle guide that escapes the usual traps of this kind of literature: it’s neither about fast trends nor is it pretentious or preachy. On the other hand, it provides you with a lot of practical insights into the minimalist lifestyle based on portraits of (extra)ordinary people who have found ways to incorporate this philosophy into their everyday lives to make them more sustainable. Since quite a few of them are somehow linked to Berlin, we’re introducing them and their alternative habits we could all learn from below!

Michalina by Michalina
on April 4th, 2017
in Books, People

Boys of Berlin: Musician Sion Hill

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At iHeartBerlin we always look for inspiring people in the city who we can present to you. So when meeting the musician Sion Hill last weekend, who is the supporting act on Pete Doherty’s tour, we took the chance and asked the newcomer some questions.

Alicia by Alicia
on March 7th, 2017
in Music, People

Street Portraits: „What is special about Berlin?”

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We took a stroll around the streets of Berlin this weekend and asked people what they think makes Berlin special. See for yourself and let us know your opinion in the comments!

Alicia by Alicia
on February 26th, 2017
in Fashion, People

Dance Floor People Watching: 4 Berlin Clubber Stereotypes

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Admit it, you’re a people watcher. Whether it’s ogling eccentric passersby, eavesdropping on the U-bahn, or pretending not to stare through the uncurtained windows of the flats opposite, we’ve all been there. And club nights are no exception.

I’m sure you can relate when I confess that, no matter how otherworldly the musical offerings in this city, sometimes there are much more entertaining things to watch on the dance floor than the hypnotically rhythmical nods of the DJ and the feigned enthusiasm of his Klingon Krew – and boys, I’m not talking about girls’ skirts.

by Guest Author
on February 19th, 2017
in Party, People

Holding Out – A short story about a hopeless date

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photo: Eylül Aslan

Dating in Berlin isn’t always easy, but certainly can be a dilemma, as you might have already read here on iheartberlin.de. The cautious approach to each another and one person feeling or interpreting more into the encounter than the other is part of those first acquaintances globally, though. Matthew David Morris wrote a short story about those different expectations when getting to know someone.

by Guest Author
on February 18th, 2017
in Misc., People, Stories

What’s Berlin Style for you?

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After Berlin Fashion Week and just during the international fashion shows, there comes the question of the definition of a city’s style again. The Parisians are oh so sophisticated and a hot mess, NYC is chic and cool as ice at the same time. And is there one Berlin look? Definitely not. But do we really have to justify ourselves that we’re not as glamorous, or is our definition of allurement just something else? Anyways, we took a look around the streets in Berlin Mitte and asked people about what they think about the Berlin Look. Let us know about your opinion on Berlin style in the comments!

Alicia by Alicia
on February 12th, 2017
in Fashion, Misc., People

An Urban Art reinterpretation of the American Flag in Berlin

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photo: Studio Various & Gould

Unfortunately, not a day goes by without coming across a number of new articles, comments and memes about Trump. Quite rightly the shock about the new president and the new congress is still great. Thus, not only celebrities and big firms speak openly against the attacks on human dignity. At the Women’s March on Washington on January 21st 2017, thousands of people protested on the streets for the protection of women’s and human rights. Not only in Washington, but also worldwide in various cities and countries millions of people expressed their outrage about current politics, but moreover their readiness to protect each other.

Alicia by Alicia
on February 1st, 2017
in Art, Design, Misc., Mitte, People