《Berlin》001 - Alexanderplatz
Let’s start with the language when we are talking about Berlin. Although learning Deutsch is a must for living in Germany to me, however since I was occupied by tons of works (What an excuse…) therefore my Deutsch is still awful after four months intensive lessons. One of my friends joked to me and said don’t come to Berlin if you really want to study German, and the main reason is because of too many “Ausländer” here. Due to the economic crisis a lot of young Italians, Spanish and Portuguese came here for seeking job opportunities. Besides tones of youngsters from all over the world attracted by this low-budget living city in order to pursuit a free life, and don’t forget the Vietnamese and Turkish who grounded here from a few generations ago already, which makes Berlin a multi- culture city that minority groups are no longer an issue. When you travel Sbahn to the famous tourist area Alexanderplatz, you will be no surprise to hear people speaking English on train and locals who have different colours and languages speaking. There was a time I tried my best to use my broken German to ask the people is the ATM machine broken or not, however they all speak English to me immediately after they hear my grammar/ sentence structure is wrong plus my heavy foreigner accent. Although on the good side that it’s more convenience for communicate on daily life, but at the same time it also lower my motivation of learning Deutsch. Gonna be carful about that!
關於柏林想講的實在太多， 就先從語言說起吧。入鄉隨俗，學習當地言語理所當然，可惜本人語言天份認真麻麻，加上到埗後一直忙這個忙那個（懶人籍口！），德文學了四個月後仍然一塌糊塗。友人笑說，如果要學德文的話的千萬不要來柏林，原因是柏林太多．外．國．人．了 。近年鄰近國家的不景氣，使到大量的西班牙、葡萄牙和意大利人都湧到這裡；而柏林的生活指數在歐洲來說可算是最底，又再吸引了一班來自世界各地、嚮往自由生活的年輕一輩蜂擁而至；加上第二次大戰後大量引入的土耳其勞動人口和早幾輩已在這裡落地生根的越南人(他們同時是此地為數最多的亞洲人)，今時今日想在柏林找人種族歧視你應該都幾難。坐Sbahn往遊客區Alexanderplatz走一轉，車上聽到的不少是英文對話；在遊客區中散步，碰到不同膚色操不同語言的也不一定是遊人。自己就曾經嘗試用極爛的德文和德國人作簡單對話 (我問銀行的櫃員機是否關了還是壞了)，但人家一聽到你說的文法不對/句子結構不對/外地口音便馬上於0.09秒內用英語作答。講英文沒錯對於生活是便利了，但長此下去只怕會慢慢變得倚賴而失去學德文的動力，小心小心。