If you’ve taken a German language course in order to improve your business German then a trip to the country to meet clients or colleagues is a great chance to improve your language skills.
Once all the business is done for the day, there’s the temptation to stay in your hotel and relax. This isn’t really the best way to make the most of your time. Head out of the hotel and explore the local area.
Taking in the culture of a city can really help to improve your language skills. This might be something as simple as keeping your thoughts on vocabulary as you walk past the Kirche, Rathaus and Schloss.
Speak German with the locals
If you are on your own in Germany, perhaps talk to the other business people you are meeting. You’ll probably find that some of them are more than willing to show you around. This is a good chance to work on the conversational skills learnt in your German language course. It’s also a good opportunity have some fun.
Speak German in a restaurant
Even if you head out for dinner on your own, it’s a great way to test out even the most basic of German language skills. Most German language courses will cover ordering in restaurants. Perhaps go somewhere traditional and sample true German cuisine.
Listen to people speak German
You don’t need to seek out places to speak German in order to get more of a feel for the language. Simply being around people can help improve your listening skills and perhaps learn some more colloquial and informal aspects of the language. Visit the hotel bar, a restaurant or spend some more time with your German-speaking colleagues.