Learning the language
There’s good news and bad news about moving to Berlin. The good news is, most people speak English! Germans are known for their language skills and the rich international culture means that you shouldn’t have an issue with settling in if you speak English fluently. The bad news is, you won’t have the pressure to learn German as you might in other smaller cities in Germany, so you’ll have to make an extra effort if you want to brush up on your German skills. If you’re dedicated to learning the language before moving to Berlin, try watching movies in German with English subtitles, or apps like Duolingo. Once you arrive in Germany, there are countless options to continue improving your language skills. Consider taking up a tandem learning course with a German: you can share your native language skills while benefiting from their German skills. Or look to organizations like the Goethe Institute, a trusted group with learning centers worldwide and countless resources to help you get fluent in no time.
Still have to get your visa?
3 kinds of German work visas
Moving to Berlin is an exciting opportunity for expats who like action and adventure. For more advice on getting your visa in Germany, check out this guide. Or if you’re looking for a new job, you can find advice on job-searching in Germany here.