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We’ve recently welcomed a new member to the team: Luisa! Originally from Cologne, Luisa moved to Berlin to study Deutsch als Fremdsprache in order to become a German language teacher. Now that she’s graduated, she’s joined us here at Transmitter! Luisa will be assisting us in the office alongside Kirstie, and will also teach classes on occasion.

We thought we’d ask her a couple of questions to get to know her a little better.

T: Hi, Luisa! First things first: what interests you about teaching German?
L: Teaching German is very international - thats what I like most about it. Even when you teach within Germany, you always work in a multicultural environment. I also learn a lot about other languages, cultures and ways of thinking while teaching. I feel that thinking and speaking is deeply connected - both aspects influence and shape each other, which I think is very fascinating.

T: You moved to Berlin three years ago from Cologne. What would you say are the main differences between the two cities?
L: Berlin is much, much bigger! Even though Cologne is considered to be one of Germany’s big cities, Berlin has this international, vivid, busy flair of a global metropolis - Cologne hasn’t had that for me. Also, the German history is much more present around here. These aspects make Berlin very special to me. The mentalities are also quite different. Experiencing this was surprising for me, I wasn’t expecting that.

T: What are your favourite parts about Berlin?
L: Probably because of that special flair and all the different subcultures and microcosms Berlin offers a lot when it comes to cultural events. I also love that, because of all these different mindsets and ways of living our cooperation is very tolerant and not judgemental. Thats very inspiring and freeing.

T: And your least favourite?
L: Too. Many. People. This goes for public transport during rush hour especially. I also learned how to queue in Berlin - not only in front of clubs, but in many everyday life situations like in supermarkets, museums or restaurants.

T: What do you like to do when you’re not here teaching and helping us keep Transmitter running smoothly?
L: I love to go to the theatre, especially the Gorki… or to dance performances, or concerts, or exhibitions! As a contrast, I also like to discover Berlin’s quieter, less-known suburbs or surroundings as a contrast to Berlin’s heart. Especially in the summertime, the lakes in Brandenburg are awesome.

Thanks Luisa! Looking forward to seeing you in class soon!