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The Local · 8 Oct 2008, 16:52

Published: 08 Oct 2008 16:52 GMT+02:00

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Ticket machine

‘One day I’ll learn German …’ Till then, navigating German web shops is frustrating, to say the least, if you’re not up to speed in the natives’ tongue. Booking your tickets, for example, for the next Klezmatics (Nov 9) Jamie Lidell (Nov 25), or MIA (Feb 21, 2009) show can be a real hassle (what exactly does Lieferanschrift mean again?). That’s why EXBERLINER and Berlin ticketing experts Hekticket have joined forces to bring you the city’s first full-service English online ticket shop. Search all dates months in advance and have your tickets delivered to you door.

Yoga for BBW

Yoga is not just for the YFT (young, fit and thin). And Gabi proves it, with her 90-minute weekly session tailored for BBW (big and beautiful women), all the Rubenesque shaped - from queen to king-sized - among us.

In this class you will not be asked to do a humiliating shoulder stand. It doesn’t mean it’s easier; it’s just different. The traditional poses are adjusted to zaftig curves and heavier masses. For example, to ease pressure on joints the teacher encourages women to use a chair for support or will have you move to a wall to do poses meant for a mat.

Few of the students in the class have done yoga before. For them, this class is exercise they can actually stick with, and which they attend religiously every Saturday. They come from all over the city to tone up, to learn how to feel and listen to their bodies, or simply to have fun. Whether you boast a dozen or a hundred kilos too many, this is a class for you.

Saturdays 10:15-11:45, €12, Yogazentrum Akazienhof, Akazienstr. 27, Schöneberg, Tel 8639 1313, 0151 5601 3749, gabi@lutterbeck.net

Denglish at school

Today’s playgrounds offer a glimpse into tomorrow’s adult world and the busy ones in Prenzlauer Berg certainly point to a … multilingual future. But if multilingualism starts at home it needs to be supported in the classroom.

Founded over a year ago by a group of dedicated expat parents, Berlin Kids International School is the only state-subsidized English-German primary school in eastern Berlin. And it does offer ‘real bilingualism’ says co-founder Ruth Wishart, which means that not only must all children be able to speak English to enter the school but also that each class has two teachers – one native English speaker and one native German. They work together to develop a curriculum that fulfils the requirements of both Berlin’s guidelines and the English National Curriculum. Apart from promoting bilingualism, the school aims to expose children to multiple cultures.

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‘This year we have 20 nationalities,’ says Marcel Eusepi, one of the happy founding parents. Want little Thomas or cute Emma to be able to spell in both Daddy’s AND Mutti’s mother tongues while growing up in an international environment, and all that for the price of piano lessons in Britain? Hurry to the open house!

Open house, Saturday, Oct 11, 10:00, English-language presentation at 10:30; German-language at 11:30. Berlin Kids International School, Weinstr. 1, Friedrichshain, U-Bhf Schillingstr.

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