Meet Eleonora from Italy – Winner of the Advent Calendar24. January 2022

The Humboldt Advent Calendar 2021 was barely over when we welcomed the first winner to our language school in Berlin! Eleonora from Italy attended her two-week B1 German course in Berlin in January of 2022.

Can you please introduce yourself?
My name is Eleonora and I’m 24 years old. My home town is Trieste in Italy and I am studying business communication.

When and why did you start learning German?
I started my first German course about six years ago at university during my bachelor’s degree. In Friuli Venezia Giulia, the region where I live, German is an important foreign language as the region borders Austria to the north. I hope that my knowledge of German will help me later in my professional life.

How did you find out about the Humboldt Advent Calendar?
Five years ago, I took a German course at the Humboldt-Institut. Since then I have received the Humboldt newsletter and participated in the past Advent Calendars. Last December I won for the first time and I was totally surprised!

How do you like the institute and the course?
I really like everything very much. The courses and the institute are perfectly organized and the leisure activities are very exciting and varied. I particularly like that the institute is in such a central location in the heart of Berlin.

What do you like about Berlin?
Berlin is such a lively city with so many different ways to spend your free time. Even during Corona, for instance, the many museums. There’s only one thing I don’t like: in winter it gets dark way too early 😉

Will you continue studying at home after the two weeks at Humboldt?
After only two weeks here – unfortunately, my lectures in Italy will start again soon – I will continue learning German at my university.

Thank you for the interview!

Every year from December 1st you have the chance to win a two-week German course and other prizes in the Humboldt Advent Calendar. More information will follow at the end of November here in the blog, on Facebook, Instagram and in our newsletter.