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Local people in Düsseldorf respond magnificently when spoken to in their own language of German. Communicating becomes much easier, hearts open and life as an expat improves. Understanding becomes far more expansive, interaction more colourful and life is full of surprises.

Learning a language can be great fun or, for some, be seen as an overwhelming challenge. However, the access to German society and the ability to comprehend more of the culture of a new or temporary home is a huge reward and renders the task worthwhile.

Whilst German is rather complex, it possesses an understandable logic. For Asian nationals the language can be quite a tongue twister. UK or US nationals may have learned a little at school, eastern and northern Europeans seem to grasp it more quickly. For some, the use of English in the corporate environment or relationships can be counterproductive and create a major challenge to learning.

Easy, basic knowledge is available at the VHS that offers interesting courses. Many private and more individual alternatives exist too.


We’ve all been there, standing in a foreign culture finding ourselves pointing, gesticulating and perhaps praying to be understood. Germans in the city mostly speak at some words of English.

However, some expats relocating to Düsseldorf may wish to carry a few words with them for use in some of those awkward moments. Basic but perhaps helpful., so print and fold for those special moments!


Original language movies are popular among expats in Düsseldorf. Films are frequently screened in English at a variety of cinemas in original with subtitles, known as OmU or Original mit Untertitel and without, portrayed as OV or Original Version