Languages & Books

The language used to communicate at BIWC activities is English. As a non-native speaker, you have the opportunity to improve your English language skills by participating in the conversation group which meets twice a month, normally at the BIWC office. We revise grammar and read and talk about all topics that are in the news. Everyone is welcome, whatever your standard of English.

Books & Languages

There are three English-speaking book groups which cover different fields of interest and meet at different times of the day.

In 2016, the biographies book group read:

Benjamin Franklin & the Birth of America by Stacy Schiff
The Slave by Mende Nazer
The Arcanum by Janet Gleeson
Clara Schumann: The Woman & the Artist by Nancy B. Reich
The Invention of Nature, Alexander v. Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf

The morning book group read:

The Fires of Autumn by Irène Némirovsky
The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak
When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka
The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota
The Question of Red by Laksmi Pamuntjak
Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

Here are the titles read by the afternoon book group:

The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Renney
Dear Life by Alice Munro
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
Old Filth by Jane Gardam
In the Light of What We Know by Zia Haider Rahman

The following language groups also meet regularly:


Parlez-vous français?
If you want to improve your French, come and join us. We usually meet twice a month in the BIWC office and discuss French news or interesting subjects, characters etc. The article or video is sent to you by email before the meeting.
A bientôt!

German: This group is one of the original Special Interest Groups first established in 1992, the founding year of the BIWC. Interested expats who would like to improve their German skills meet with the coordinators to read and discuss newspaper articles of common interest. In this way, they increase not only their conversational skills, but also gain a deeper insight into German culture and customs. Questions regarding “strange German customs” are often raised and answered and sometimes very lively discussions ensue!
The group meets twice a month. The group is very popular as we often meet in a café in different Berlin districts, so our members have the chance of getting to know new places in this rapidly changing city.

Spanish: Spanish Speakers is a friendly and active group of ladies of different nationalities who share the Spanish language as their mother tongue, and their countries share similarities in food, art, music and cultural traditions. A Spanish teacher conducts the monthly Spanish sessions. The group’s coordinator organises bi-monthly social and cultural activities which are open to all BIWC members who speak Spanish. A Christmas party, a New Year’s brunch and a summer lunch have become a tradition in this group.

Potential members are encouraged to attend our monthly Meet and Greet meetings to find out more about these activities. Members can find details how to sign up in the Club’s Newsletter.