Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Was machst DU im Sommer? Du willst mehr Deutschlernen vielleicht? Lies doch weiter! Vom Goethe-Institut BOSTON! Photo Contest "Märchenhaft" Join in and win a prize! Goethe-Institut Boston Info: +1 (617) 262-6050 x19 Calling all kids (6-11), teenagers (12-17) and adults (18+) from New England to participate in the Goethe-Institut Boston's great photo contest! Capture a fairytale-like scene with your camera and write a few words in German about it OR dress up as your favorite fairy tale hero (or villain, or sidekick, etc.) and win!
Deutschland feierte mit, als es in Baku sehr viele Proteste gab. Das Theme ,,LIGHT YOUR FIRE", wurde in Aserbejaidschan gleich zu ,,FIGHT YOUR LIAR" übersetzt. Man kennt in diesem Land immer noch wenige Freiheiten. Nach alle Musik, kommt immer das Voting. Jedes Land verteilt in einer Live-Sendung, ihre Punkte wie folgt: 1-2-3-4-5-6-8-10-und das Lied, dass man im Land am besten findet, bekommt 12 Punkte. Mit über 40 Voting Länder, gab es auch so viele Live-Sendung Berichte. Diese Punktevergabe waren unzensiert im Aseerbaidschanischen Staatsfernsehen zu sehen.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
SAG MIR WO DIE BLUMEN SIND Wir kennen alle dieses Lied, nicht wahr? HIER: Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß auf Liebe eingestellt denn das ist meine Welt, und sonst gar nichts Ich höre am liebsten, wenn sie spricht den Text. Männer umschwirren mich, wie Mothen um das Licht ... und wenn sie verbrennen, ja dafür kann ich nichts. (Men swarm around me like moths around the light; and if they catch on fire, well, I can't do anything about that.)
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Friday, May 25, 2012
von Sondaschule (Nur Instrumenten bis 45 Sekunden) aus dem Album Volle Kanne Sommer, Sonne, Strand und Meer 30 Grad am Baggersee bis zum hals im wasser stehn blaue fluten, weiße strände endlich wieder wochende es ist badesaison ich muss raus aus dem beton raus aus dem loch in dem ich wohn ich will sommer, sonne, strand und meer sommer, sonne, strand und meer ich muss raus aus dem beton faul auf meiner matte liegen endlich wieder farbe kriegen sonne tanken, burgen baun den mädels auf den popo schaun es ist badesaison ich muss raus aus dem beton raus aus dem loch in dem ich wohn ich will in den warmen sand ganz egal in welchem land raus aus dem loch in dem ich wohn ich will sommer, sonne, strand und meer sommer, sonne, strand und meer ich will raus hier zu hause ich brauch auch mal 'ne pause es is sommer und ich will strand und meer brenn mir den bauch rot mit cocktail im schlauchboot und fahr der guten laune hinterher Sende den "Sommer, Sonne, Strand und Meer" Klingelton auf dein Handy!
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Ein sehr schoenes Lied, nicht wahr? Wann wurde dieses Lied geschrieben, glaubst du? (When do you believe this song was written?) Wann in der Deutschen Geschichte glaubst du, dass dieses Lied am meistens gesungen wurde? (When in the history of Germany, do you think that this song was most popular -- most frequently sung?)
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Your Dream Burger awaits you! HIER FINDEST DU EINE INTERAKTIV MCDONALDS WEBSEITE AUS ÖSTERREICH! Welcher Burger hat schon die meisten Wähler? (Which Hamburger has already gotten the most votes?) Hast DU einen Burger veröffentlicht? (Did you publish a burger -- of your own design?) Mit welchen Zutaten? (With which ingredients? -- Damit wir auf ihn stimmen könnten.) Wie heißt er? (What did you name it? -- So that we can vote for it.)
Friday, May 18, 2012
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Saturday, May 12, 2012
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According to a recent SPIEGEL ARTICLE --SEE HERE! (German News Magazine: "Mirror") German police officers fired a total of 85 bullets in 2011, 49 of which were warning shots. Officers fired 36 times at people, killing six and injuring 15. This is a slight decline from 2010, when seven people were killed and 17 injured. Ninety-six shots were fired in 2010. Meanwhile, in the United States, THE ATLANTA HERALD REPORTED that in April, 84 shots were fired at one murder suspect in Harlem, and another 90 at an unarmed man in Los Angeles. "Our police officers are no thugs in uniform," Lorenz Caffier, interior minister of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, said at a press conference Tuesday. "It is gratifying that the use of firearms by police officers against people is declining," Caffier added.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
ENTIRE NORTH EAST INDEPENDENT ARTICLE IS LINKED HERE “I couldn’t stop giggling,” she said when asked what her reaction was when she learned she was selected. The study trip includes round-trip airfare from New York to Germany, housing with a host family and “excursions to places of cultural and historical significance.” Haun is the first student from Rhode Island in a decade to be selected for the award, which is made possible through a grant from the Federal Republic of Germany. Ruthann Baker, who teaches German at the high school, said she wasn’t surprised that Haun was selected and called her one of the “beacons” for her other students. Haun and Margaret Bender, a junior, both recently scored in the 90th percentile of the 2012 National German Exam, which was taken by nearly 23,000 students in the country. They both also ranked No. 1 in the state in their respective levels – Haun is a Level 2 student and Bender is a Level 3. After qualifying with a high score on the National German Exam, a further qualification involved submitting responses to several short essay questions in German and in English and being interviewed by German professors from Brown University and the University of Rhode Island. “They are both so determined,” Baker said of Haun and Bender. “They are the type of kids that every teacher dreams to have as students.” Founded in 1926, the AATG represents German teachers at all levels of instruction and is dedicated to the advancement and improvement of the teaching of language, literature and culture of the German-speaking countries. “This program gives students the chance to experience Germany firsthand by living with a German family and attending school,” said Keith Cothrun, executive director of the AATG. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” Haun, who spent time living in Germany when she was much younger because her father was in the U.S. Air Force, said she is most looking forward to meeting new people during the trip. She leaves on June 27 and returns on July 21, but other than that, she doesn’t know many details about the trip. Bender, who studied in Germany last year as a foreign exchange student, offered this advice for Haun. “Just keep an open mind with everything and don’t be afraid of trying different foods, even if they might look or smell funny,” she said.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Die Berliner Morgenpost fragte 50 Leute. Hier gibt es ihre Antworten: Und jetzt was möchtest du machen können? Willst du -- deine eigene Welt zaubern ? - magically create own world -- unsichtbar sein = to be invisible -- eine Zeitmaschine haben = to have a time machine -- über das Meer fliegen = to fly over the sea Wärst du gern sehr cool sein? =Would you like to be cool Möchtest du -- sehen was im Himmel vor sich geht? = to see what is happening in heaven? -- ein Gerät, das durch die Mauern gucken kann? = a device that can see through walls Glaubst du auch, dass es langweilig wäre, eine Superkraft permanent einzusetzen (to use) ? Wie reagierten die Leute zuerst? -- How did people express their first reaction? Was sagten sie beim Abschied? -- What expressions did people use at the end -- when saying goodbye?
FOX NEWS It is common in other parts of the world for people to speak English in addition to their native tongue, so some people shrug off the idea of learning another language. But there are many reasons to learn a foreign language, from being able to communicate better with loved ones to understanding a new culture. Here are four tips for learning a new language: Choose a language you want to learn If you love French cinema and dream of living in Paris, don't forgo learning French in order study Mandarin Chinese. If you know you want to learn a new language but don't know which ones to choose, start by checking the availability of resources and classes in your area. You will have more options if you decide to learn the language on your own, but if you want to take classes, see which ones fit into your schedule. Some colleges and universities require you to have a certain number of credits or reach a certain level of proficiency to graduate. If you tried to learn Spanish in school but hated it, maybe you will want to start from the beginning and learn a new language. Another factor to consider is the usefulness of the language. Being bilingual may make you a more appealing candidate for a job.
Published May 7, 2012 GOTHAMSchools.ORG by Rose O'Souza City students at selective public and elite private schools have long had the option to study Latin. Now several schools with less affluent students are breathing new life into the long-dead language by requiring all students to study it. At a panel discussion on Friday organized by the New York Classical Club, educators from across the city spoke optimistically about the revival of Latin at their public schools. “A lot of schools are pushing to go back to what works, to what they know produces intellectuals and thinkers. Latin is a return to norms that once were,” said Kathleen Durkin, one of two Latin teachers at Maspeth High School, which opened in Queens this year. Educators on the panel said one attraction of Latin instruction is the idea that it could help fuel academic achievement in other subjects. “I chose it because of the timelessness of it. When in doubt, go to Latin. You can’t go wrong with it,” said Lester Long, executive director of the South Bronx Classical Charter School, where students start taking Latin in third grade. “We want students to use Latin to understand what they read in English. That’s our big driver.” Durkin said, “People feel overwhelmingly — although there isn’t a ton of research to support it — that Latin is beneficial and students score highly on standardized tests.” But it’s not always about the test scores for some students. Solveig Gold, a junior at the private Nightingale-Bamford School, said she learned Latin as a fun way of improving her theater skills. “I love to act and sing. Performing is my thing,” the 17-year-old said. She initially learned to recite Latin by listening to a CD and last month won a college-level Latin recitation contest held at Columbia University. Maspeth and South Bronx Classical are two of several schools to open in recent years that make the study of Latin part of their backbone. The Brooklyn Latin School, for example, opened in 2006 as the newest specialized high school, admitting students using the same exam as Stuyvesant High School and requiring all students to take four years of Latin courses. At Brooklyn Latin, nearly two-thirds of students are poor enough to qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. That number is even higher at some of the other schools that require students to study Latin. South Bronx Classical, for example, serves the poorest congressional district in the country. At Williamsburg Charter High School, the city’s largest school where all students take Latin, 72 percent of the student body comes from low-income families. “The kids love the school. The school is a secure environment. The biggest problems for parents are gangs and violence. We are a haven above all,” said Ron Janoff, Williamsburg Charter’s curriculum director. “The Upper East Side doesn’t need more people teaching. They have everything in the world. Our serious deficiency is letting the bottom part of our education system go to pieces,” Janoff added. “They need it more than anything.” Williamsburg Charter’s founder and CEO was indicted last month on charges of tax fraud and misappropriating school funds, and the city is trying to shut the school down. (Another hearing in the legal saga is set for Tuesday.) But Janoff said the ongoing fight for survival had not hampered the school’s Latin language instruction. “As long as Williamsburg survives, there’ll be at least 600 to 700 students a year studying Latin,” Dr. Janoff said. “It would be a very big loss to the classics community if Williamsburg was shut down.”
--a proposal from Inside Higher Education Humanities Ph.D. in 4 YearsMay 2, 2012 - 3:00am By Mitch Smith Let’s say a first-year Ph.D. student in German studies teaches a freshman seminar. By the time that German student earns his degree, pre-med majors in that long-ago seminar might also be called "Doctor." Few believe the current model – in which humanities students often study for 8 or 10 years only to enter an uncertain academic job market – is smart or sustainable. While that conclusion isn’t a new one, the traditional blueprint has persisted. Now the University of Colorado at Boulder is offering an alternative. Beginning next fall, students there can earn a Ph.D. in German studies in about half the time it might take to earn that degree elsewhere. The program has been approved by campus administrators and the Board of Regents and is likely to be finalized at the state higher education commission’s meeting this week. The goal is to have students in and out in four years, Professor Ann Schmiesing said. Colorado’s program, which has been in development for almost half a decade, will admit two students a year and pair them with faculty mentors. Students will spend two years focused on classwork, one year doing research (perhaps in Germany) and the final year writing their dissertation. Candidates will be encouraged to take on internships during summers to prepare for careers inside and outside of academe. Students might be steered toward "less onerous" dissertation topics or pursue digital publication, professors say, but the writing will adhere to university guidelines on length and rigor. The difference is in a lighter teaching burden and one-on-one mentoring, allowing more focus on classroom work earlier on in the program and more guidance on research and the dissertation. Colorado administrators and others believe the program could be a model elsewhere, both in German and other humanities disciplines. But the fact that this program is in German is especially interesting, since Colorado ditched its doctorate in the subject back in 1996. Since doing away with that first Ph.D. program, Colorado has seen undergraduate enrollment in its German department boom. When student interest and faculty expertise suggested it might be time to reintroduce a doctoral degree, it was done with the very explicit goal of not mimicking what had already failed. “What’s being eliminated are traditional German programs,” said John Stevenson, dean of Colorado’s graduate school. “We had one of those. We eliminated it. We want to reimagine what advanced graduate work in Germanic studies might be and I think [Colorado professors] have come up with it.” David Barclay, executive director of the German Studies Association and a history professor at Kalamazoo College, is similarly optimistic. Colleges should be able to deliver quality doctoral programs in a reasonable timeframe, he said. “It’s crazy for people to be extended forever,” Barclay said, adding that he was speaking for himself and not the German Studies Association. “That’s just nuts. At some point somebody had to say something about that. And if the University of Colorado is doing that, then more power to them.” Stephen Brockmann, the German Studies Association’s president and a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, likes the idea behind Colorado’s program. He’s curious to see, however, whether students will be able to finish within such an ambitious timeframe. “The four-year thing strikes me as awfully fast,” Brockmann said. “That’s the ideal, right? You want your students to go through quicker rather than slower. I just wonder if they can really do that in four years.” Colorado professors are confident they can, and say there’s plenty of demand in business, government and NGOs for holders of high-level German degrees. But when students don’t earn a Ph.D. until after their 30th birthday, such careers might seem less attainable. Carol Lynch is the senior scholar in residence at the Council of Graduate Schools, an organization that has pushed for a greater focus on non-academic careers. Lynch was also Colorado’s graduate dean for 12 years, ending in 2004. Plans were already in place to phase out the German doctoral program when Lynch took over her post in Boulder. Lynch said Colorado’s German department has always been focused on realistic career options for its students, perhaps the reason for its enrollment spike in recent years. The four-year Ph.D. is a logical next step in that direction, said Lynch, who generally rejects the argument that students need the better part of a decade to be worthy of a doctorate. “One would ask what those students are doing in the ninth or tenth year,” she said. “A lot of science and engineering students finish in four years, and they’re not shabby degrees.” Rosemary G. Feal, executive director of the Modern Language Association, agrees. The MLA has called for foreign language programs to move beyond language and literature and to embrace broad study of cultures, including politics, economics, social movements and more. A past president of her organization has advocated for shorter Ph.D. programs designed to prepare students for a variety of careers. To see such a program proposed at Colorado is encouraging, Feal said. Of course, some humanities students finish their degrees well before Year 10. Schmiesing earned hers in three and a half years, and fellow Colorado professor Helmut Muller-Sievers received his after four years. But the consensus at Colorado is it’s well past time to make that the norm rather than the exception. “It’s an effort on our part to shape the market,” Muller-Sievers said. “We hope students will see that as an alternative. We think that many graduate students in these long programs may not want to be there; they just see no alternative. I’ve met these students. You just could not counsel them because there was no possibility of doing this.” Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/05/02/proposed-phd-german-colorado-aims-halve-time-degree#ixzz1uJD25Jsg Inside Higher Ed
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