Friday, August 29, 2014

KiKa Tanzalarm Kids singen Das ist Fussball

Aus der 22. Episode (Folge)

Ihr macht das, ihr schaft das schon!



Das ist Fussball, Fussball.
So sieht richtig geile Fussballer aus.

Ihr glaubt an d
Wir wollen Tore sehen!

The Bundesliga begins a new seasion 25 August 2014

Here we get a glimpse of the action in many of the stadiums in Germany, including in the 2. Liga city, of Kaiserslautern, a team which hopes after this season to be back in the Bundesliga.



How does this resemble some of our Opening Day ceremonies in the USA?
What are some differences you notice?

And this clip shows 10 successful long-distance strikes in the Bundesliga from last season.



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hör Zu und Lernen mit dem Goethe-Institut und Deutsch Welle

RADIO D BEGINNT HIER MIT SZENE 1

1. Szene:   Wohin geht es?

2. Szene:   Wer fährt?

3. Szene:   Was macht er zuerst?  Und dann, was trinkt er?

4.  Szene:  ,,Natur pur." (Pure nature)  ,,Schluss jetzt!"  (That's enough!)
 ,,Ja super :  Mistbiene!" (Rotten bees!)

Der Professor hilft uns... Was wissen wir schon?  (= What do we already know? -- We know LOTS!)

Es gibt hier sehr viel Englisch... 



HIER SIND DIE ANDEREN FOLGEN! 

√ on the Episode, then √ on the MP3 file located beneath the heading "Audio und Video zum Thema".

English Verb Rap

Danke Frau Knipprath!



Three forms of these irregualr English verbs are given:

  • Present infinitive,                     Kate takes the cake.    
  • Simple past (imperfect)               Kate  took the cake.
  • Perfect (the plugged in participle needs the helping verb to match the subject.."have" --> "has") 
  •                                                  Kate  has taken the cake.

Know anyone this might help?    ----   HV  ------------  Participle plugs in at the end.
Does this simplify German?       (Kate hat den Kuchen genommen.)

Fluency MC (Jason R. Levine) "raps the white board" to make those English irregular verb forms  Stick (StuckStuck) in your head!

The microphone I 

TAKE (took, TAKen). You SHAKE (shook, SHAken). 
WAKE (woke, WOken) to the STYLE Im creAting. 
THINK (thought, THOUGHT). SEEK (sought, SOUGHT).

LISten to the LESson that I TEACH (taught, TAUGHT).

Dont SLEEP (slept, SLEPT). I CREEP (crept, CREPT). 
I SNEAK (snuck, SNUCK UP). You LEAP (leapt, LEAPT).
I KEEP (kept, KEPT)
HAVing FUN. 
Im never BEAT (beat, BEAten); I WIN (won, WON).
DO (did, DONE). BeGIN (began, beGUN).
SHOOT (shot, SHOT)
—no, I DONT own a GUN. 
I LEAD (led, LED) so I can FEED (fed, FED). 
the KNOWledge you NEED, STRAIGHT to your HEAD. 
When I BRING (brought, BROUGHT) it, you CATCH (caught, CAUGHT) it.
Sit BACKreLAX. Dont FIGHT (fought, FOUGHT) it.

Please don't 

FREEZE (froze, FROzen) when I SPEAK (spoke, SPOken). 
Its REAL. You can FEEL I dont STEAL (stole, STOlen). 
I CHOOSE (chose, CHOsen) the VERy best RHYMES and
WRITE (wrote, WRITten) them INto my LINES and
INto your MIND. When we MEET (met, MET)
Ill BET (bet, BET) I wont LET you forGET 
(forGOTforGOTten). I GET (got, GOTten)
EVery head NODding. Dont THINK about STOPping
just COME (came, COME). 
THIS is hip hop. I dont SING (sang, SUNG).
I STING (stung, STUNG). I CLING (clung, CLUNG).
On EACH and every WORD, you HANG (hung, HUNG).

Its not enough to

DREAM (dreamt, DREAMT); you've got to SPEND (spent, SPENT)
TIME on your GOALS. Please LEND (lent, LENT) me your
EAR. Come NEAR and Ill LAY (laid, LAID)
DOWN this new SOUND that I MAKE (made, MADE). 
I HOPE you dont SAY that you THINK its JUNK.
I HOPE you dont THINK that I STINK (stank, STUNK).
If youre THIRSty for ENGlish, come DRINK (drank, DRUNK).
because I SINK (sank, SUNK) ALL compeTItion when they 
HEAR (heard, HEARD) that I GIVE (gave, GIVen)
encouragement when I SPIT (spat, SPAT).
Never QUIT (quit, QUIT); dont SIT (sat, SAT).
Yeah, I LIKE it like THAT. Ill even KNEEL (knelt, KNELT).
and BEG you to exPRESS what you FEEL (felt, FELT).

I RISE (rose, RISen) when I DRIVE (drove, DRIVen) through 
the BEAT; tap your FEET as you RIDE (rode, RIDden). 
Those that HIDE (hid, HIDden) I FIND (found, FOUND).
If you FLEE (fled, FLED)
then Ill TRACK you DOWN.

Now you SEE (saw, SEEN) that I MEAN (meant, MEANT) 
every WORD of the MESsage that I SEND (sent, SENT). 
I SHOW (showed, SHOWN) I can FLY (flew, FLOWN).
Now you KNOW (knew, KNOWN) I SHINE (shone, SHONE).
Ill THROW (threw, THROWN)
you the BALL. Its your TURN. 
GROW (grew, GROWN) with the VERBS that youve LEARNED. 
GRAMmar through LYRics I DRAW (drew, DRAWN). 
PEACE to elLS, now I GO (went, GONE)!


Sunday, August 24, 2014

"Guten Tag" Ein Zimmer suchen

Hier ist die Episode:  Hör zu, und lerne Deutsch!   (Listen, and Learn!)
Zimmer zu vermieten  (Room to Rent)



Ein junger Mann kommt.
Ist das richtig?
Sie suchen ein Zimmer.
Bitte, kommen Sie!
Ein junger Mann ist da.
Sie suchen ein Zimmer.
Wir vermieten ein Zimmer.
Das ist das Zimmer.
Hier ist ein Tisch zum schreiben.  Ein Schreibtisch.
Hier ist ein Schrank für die Kleider.  Ein Kleiderschrank.
Ein Sofa ist da.  Es ist sehr bequem.  Und sehr schön.
Und dort ist das Bett.
Nun ist das Zimmer sehr schön.
Nehmen Sie das Zimmer.
Ich nehme das Zimmer nicht.
Das tut mir leid.
Auf Wiedersehen.
Er kommt bestimmt wieder.

Es ist schon besetzt?

Ja, ich nehme das Zimmer.  Aber nur für vier Wochen.
Bitte schön.

Hier ist noch ein Video worin Anna sucht in Freiburg eine Wohnung mit ihrer Freundin, Sabine.



Beginnt: 7:24

Berlin, Berlin. Der Mauer ist weg! 1989

 von Gropiuslerchen...



Fragen und Songtext vom Goethe-Institut

John F. und die Gropiuslerchen -- Berlin, Berlin (Die Mauer ist weg) 1989

1. Hören Sie sich das Lied auf youtube an! Achten Sie auf die erscheinenden
Bilder.
  • Welche Bilder erkennen Sie?
  • Beschreiben Sie zwei davon: Wer / Was ist da zu sehen? 
  • Was ist da passier?  Wo ist das passiert?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dN59HQ_XpcY (oben)

2. Hören Sie sich das Lied noch einmal an und danach diskutieren Sie in der
Gruppe:
  •  Was bedeuten die fettgedruckten Zeilen in dem Liedtext?
  •  “Ich bin ein Berliner!”: Wer hat diesen berühmten Satz gesagt? 
  •  In welchem Kontext?
Berlin, Berlin (Die Mauer ist weg) 1989

Today, in a world of freedom
the proudest boast is
--Wir sind das Volk! (x3)

Berlin Berlin, hey  -- dein Herz kennt keine Mauern!
Berlin Berlin, hey  -- es gibt nichts zu bedauern!
Berlin Berlin, hey
Berlin wird leben und die Mauer wird fallen!
Wenn es um die Freiheit geht,
Wir sind das Volk!  -- Wenn es um die Freiheit geht,
Wir sind das Volk!  -- Wenn es um die Freiheit geht,
Wir sind das Volk!  -- Wir sind das Volk!
Und wir waren dabei.
Meine Damen und Herrn,  -- Meine Damen und Herrn,
die Mauer, die Mauer muss weg, weg, weg
Meine Damen und Herrn,  -- Meine Damen und Herrn,
Wir sind das Volk!
Und wir waren dabei.
Berlin Berlin, hey  -- dein Herz kennt keine Mauern!
Berlin Berlin, hey  -- du bist kein Tabu!
Berlin Berlin, hey  -- es gibt nichts zu bedauern!
Berlin Berlin, hey  -- bei einem Rendezvous!
Ich bin ein Berliner!
Völker der Welt, Ihr Völker der Welt,
wir Deutschen sind jetzt
das glücklichste Volk auf der Welt!
Völker der Welt, Ihr Völker der Welt,
schaut auf diese Stadt!
Herzlich Willkommen!
Berlin Berlin, hey  -- dein Herz kennt keine Mauern!
Berlin Berlin, hey  -- du bist kein Tabu!
Berlin Berlin, hey  -- es gibt nichts zu bedauern!
Berlin Berlin, hey  -- bei einem Rendezvous!

Entspannung,  -- in der DDR
Entspannung,  -- in der DDR
We are ready,  -- in der DDR  -- Entspannung...
Und wir waren dabei!  We are ready!

Berlin Berlin, hey  -- dein Herz kennt keine Mauern!
Berlin Berlin, hey  -- du bist kein Tabu!
Berlin Berlin, hey  -- es gibt nichts zu bedauern!
Berlin Berlin, hey  -- bei einem Rendezvous!
Berlin Berlin, hey
Berlin wird leben,  -- und die Mauer wird fallen!!!
Berlin Berlin, hey  -- Herzlich Willkommen!
Berlin Berlin, hey dein Herz kennt keine Mauern!
Berlin Berlin, hey -- du bist kein Tabu!
Berlin Berlin, hey -- es gibt nichts zu bedauern!
Berlin Berlin, hey -- bei einem Rendezvous!
Das Meer


Los geht's!   Am Meer:
das Meer oder die See,
die Welle,
der Strudel,
das Wattenemeer,
das Watt,
die Flussmündung oder die Mündung,
die Düne,
die Steilküste,
das Ufer,
die Marsch,
der Deich,
der Damm,
das Sperrwerk,
 die Schleuse,
der Hafen,
die Fischbude,
das Fischbrötchen,
der Leuchtturm,
das Leuchtfeuer,
der Spülsaum,
die Muschelschale oder die Muschel,
die Qualle,
der Blasentang oder der Tang,
das Treibholz,
der Krebs,
der Bernstein,
die Feder,
die Alge,
der Seestern,
 der Austernfischer,
die Ebbe,
die Flut,
der Sand,
der Schlick,
der Priel,
das Schilf,
 die Seebrücke,
der Pfahlbau,
die Brandung,
die Rettungswacht,
der Strand,
die Strandpromenade,
das Strandcafé,
der Drachen,
der Badestrand,
der FKK-Strand oder der Freikörperkulturstrand oder der Nacktbadestrand,
die Dusche,
der Schwimmer,
schwimmen,
die Badenden,
baden,
das Sonnenbad oder sich sonnen,
blaß und braun,
der Sonnenschirm,
die Strandmuschel,
der Strandkorb,
die Sandburg,
die Schaufel,
der Eimer,
der Kescher,
der Bademantel,
die Badekappe,
der Badeanzug,
die Badehose,
der Bikini,
der Schwimmflügel,
der Schwimmring,
die Taucherbrille,
die Luftmatratze,
das Handtuch,
der Urlauber,
das Andenken oder das Souvenir

Plural Forms in German -- Katja's Deutsch für Euch

See her chart:


Irregular Verbs

Katja's Deutsch für Euch!

Hier:  wollen = to want; to want to



Check the sidebar for other verbs!



Nouns in German are capitals

By Andrew Bossom

Why have two separate forms for each letter?


Nürnburg and Würzburg

The history of Nürnberg:



This city of Nuremberg in Bavaria, Germany, is an important tourist attraction and rich in historical significance. From the Holy Roman Empire to the Industrial Revolution and the dark days of the Third Reich, it has been a major player.


The history of Würzburg




The city of Würzburg in Bavaria, Germany, is the capital of Lower Franconia and has a history extending at least as far back as 704 BC. And there is no hiding the fact that religion has always been very important.

Berlin 5 Part Documentary by

 This series focusing on Berlin is one of several published by REWBOSS  (Andrew Bossom), a Brit who has been living in Germany for quite a few years now.  The following comment summarizes the reception his series on Berlin has been receiving (which also included a potential nomination for Best of YOUTUBE).  I've become a subscriber...

downhill240  18 hours ago

I don't believe there is a more exciting city on the planet than Berlin. It's history is mind-boggling. I will be watching this entire 5 part series again! Great production, great narrative!! Thank you so much for your time and efforts!!


First:  Tips on visiting Berlin:


Thanks to RewBoss

Episode 1: Birth of a Capital


"Here we explore the very oldest parts of Berlin, tracing its history from its beginnings in the 13th century to the construction of the Brandenburg Gate. Along the way we visit the St Nicholas Quarter (Nikolaiviertel), the TV Tower, Museum Island and Unter den Linden."

Episode 2:  From Empire to Republic



"I trace its history from the creation of the German Empire to the Weimar Republic. Along the way, I visit the Reichstag, Schloss Charlottenburg and the Ku'damm, and take a ride on the U-Bahn."

Episode 3:  Nazionalsozialism



In this video, I look at the impact the Nazi period and its immediate aftermath had on the face of Berlin: the Olympic stadium, Tempelhof Airport, war memorials and the events leading up to the division of Berlin.

Episode 4:  The Cold War

 As tensions between the Western Allies and the Soviets increase, East Germany resorts to extreme measures. But life in the divided city is not quite as bad as it could have been.

NEW TO ME:  Soviets killed 153 protesters (mostly construction workers were protesting poor working conditions) on June 17, 1961.  3 days later, the West Berlin Senate approved renaming part of the E-W access road "Straße des 17. Juni". --rsb 



Episode 5:  A New Berlin   Published on Aug 31, 2014
The Berlin Wall comes down, and life can start to get back to normal. What does the future hold for the city?



Saturday, August 23, 2014

57 Fun Facts About RI --To Share With Our Exchangers


 Thanks, Spencer McGee!  And thanks, Flickr and FB

1. The only nuclear explosion to ever happen in the U.S. outside of a controlled environment happened in Wood River, R.I. in 1964 when a worker at United Nuclear Corporation Recovery Systems mistakenly put too much uranium solution in a tank, resulting in an explosion as well as their death. The worker was the only causality.
Source: Flickr user hulaman345
57 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Rhode Island 
 2. Block Island has its very own ghost ship, which has haunted islanders ever since a deadly wreck there in 1738. Some say the passengers and crew seek revenge against locals who failed to help them as the boat went down. According to legend, a local mass grave contains their bodies.

3. Mr. Potato Head was named as the official “family-travel ambassador” of Rhode Island in 2000. It makes sense with the Hasbro headquarters located in Pawtucket. He was also the first toy to be advertised on television.

57 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Rhode Island
Source: Flickr user somegeekkintn
4. The state of Rhode Island can still technically fine a company for making certain employees work on Sunday. Unfortunately for weekend warriors, it’s only a fine for unnecessary work that’s done, and it’s only a maximum of $10.

5. Buying your kid a toy gun? Remember, cap guns are illegal in Rhode Island.

57 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Rhode Island
Source: Flickr user deltamike
6. The big Kodiak sculpture in Providence known as “Indomitable” is 11 feet tall and weighs more than three tons.

7. Thank Governor Ambrose Burnside for the popularity of the sideburn.

57 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Rhode Island
Source: Flickr user eusebius@commons
8. It’s said a carnivorous tree digested the decomposing body of Rhode Island founder Roger Williams. The tree wasn’t charged with any crime and is still on display.

9. Rhode Island is not zombie friendly. There’s actually a statewide law against biting off another person’s leg. And you thought this was a free country, sheesh!

57 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Rhode Island
Source: Flickr user y
10. Over 400 Rhode Islands can fit inside of Alaska, and almost 4,000 can fit in America.

11. In 1993, the official drink of Rhode Island became Coffee Milk.

57 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Rhode Island
Source: Flickr user spablab
12. Blake Rodgers of Cranston, R.I. once held the record for most high-fives in a 24-hour period, able to get 3,131 at the Dunkin’ Donuts center. Unfortunately he was beaten by an Australian who received 14,607 in the same time.

13. In 1774, Newport became home to the country’s first official circus performance.

57 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Rhode Island
Source: Flickr user riccardo palazzani
14. Glendale claims to be home to the world’s oldest penny arcade, with some games dating back to the 1920s, still operating at their original price.

57 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Rhode Island
Source: Flickr user rob boudon
15. Rhode Island shores are publically owned.

16. Fore! The first golf open was held in 1895 in Rhode Island.

17. Providence, R.I. is home to the world’s largest bug, a giant 2-ton, 58 foot long termite. Named “Nibbles Woodaway”, this creature waits for his next feast of wood chips on top of the big blue bug pest control building.

57 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Rhode Island
Source: big blue bug via facebook
18. With the defendant flying along at and absurd 15 miles per hour, Rhode Island Judge Darius Baker was the first person to jail a person for speeding in 1904.

19. Some studies show that there are more doughnut shops per capita in the Providence metro area than anywhere else.

20. While most people attribute New Orleans with the invention of jazz music, America’s first jazz fest was actually held in 1954 in Newport.

57 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Rhode Island
Source: Flickr user weeklydig
21. Cumberland is the only place on earth that cumberlandite has been found. It’s high in iron and titanium and very magnetic, often mistaken for debris from a meteor.

22. While most people credit the Boston Tea Party with starting the revolutionary war, almost two years before a group of Rhode Islanders attacked a British warship, burning it and killing one of the leading officers.

23. This year, a Providence high school senior, Ben Perry, set the Guinness World Record for marathon cooking, working for 40 hours straight.

24. Rhode Islanders are great at growing pumpkins, setting and resetting the world record for the largest pumpkin several times in the last decade. Though Ron Wallace’s 2,009-pound pumpkin was topped by some Californian’s this year, there’s no doubt Rhode Island will soon be back on top.

57 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Rhode Island
Source: Flickr user pquan
25. You’ll get fined if you throw pickle juice on a trolley in Rhode Island.

26. In Newport, it’s illegal to smoke a pipe after sunset.

57 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Rhode Island
Source: Flickr user jakeliefer
27. Now popularly called badminton, Rhode Island is often credited with holding the first lawn tennis championship in 1899.

28. The first U.S. National Championship was also held in Rhode Island in 1881 at the Newport casino. It’s still an annual event today, making it America’s oldest tennis tourney.

29. Rhode Island wasn’t the first Rhode Island. In fact, it’s named after a Greek island called Rhodes.

57 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Rhode Island
Source: Flickr user nasa earth observatory
30. Behind only St. Peter’s Basilica, the Minnesota state capital, and the Taj Mahal, the Rhode Island State House is home to the fourth largest self-supporting dome in the entire world. Plus, it’s topped with an 11 foot tall, 500 pound statue.

57 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Rhode Island
Source: Flickr uer howthegodschillx
31. Next time you pay with a dollar bill, remember that Rhode Islander Gilbert Stuart was the artist behind the George Washington portrait featured on the bill.

57 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Rhode Island
Source: Flickr user c_ambler
32. Often credited with starting the Industrial Revolution, Samuel Slater developed the first water-powered cotton mill in 1790 in Rhode Island.

33. The famous songs “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and “ You’re A Grand Old Flag” were written by Rhode Islander George M. Cohan.

34. Rhode Island has more shipwrecks per square mile than any other state.

57 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Rhode Island
Source: Flickr user deivis
35. In 1640, Anne Hutchinson became the first woman to establish an American town, Portsmouth, R.I.

36. Brown University was named after Rhode Islander Nicholas Brown, one of the key leaders in ratifying the Constitution.

37. Providence is consistently ranked as one of the most exciting mid-sized cities in America, with some of the youngest, most vibrant residents. It helps that they’ve got one nighttime hangout for every 500-or-so residents.

38. All Rhode Islanders should know that the Rhode Island Red Chicken is the official state bird.

57 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Rhode Island
Source: Flickr user garrett heath
39. Rhode Island was the first state to declare its independence on May 4, 1776.

40. Rhode Island was also the first state to make its anti-slavery stance official, passing laws as early as 1652.

41. At four letters, Rhode Island’s state motto, “Hope,” is shorter than any other state motto.
42. Pelham Street in Newport was the first gas lit street in America.

43. Think twice before you take your favorite horse out on 95. They’ll pull you over and ticket you if they think you’re preparing for a race.

44. Next time you’re in Exeter, visit the graveyard to check out the grave of a suspected vampire, Mercy Brown. It’s said that when her body was exhumed two months after her death, she had moved inside of the coffin and her heart showed no signs of decay. They did the only rational thing. They burned the heart and fed the ashes to her sick brother.

57 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Rhode Island
Source: Flickr user anieto2k
45. Newport is home to several spooky places, including Belcourt Castle, where haunted chairs are said to buck visitors onto the floor.

46. Both the first Baptist church and the first synagogue to be built in America were built in Rhode Island.

47. Rhode Island was one of a few states to not approve Prohibition.
57 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Rhode Island
Source: Flickr user Flickr-rickr
48. For some odd reason, it’s illegal to sell both toothpaste and a toothbrush to the same Providence resident on Sundays.

49. Though the sport never grew to huge popularity among Americans, the first American outdoor polo match was held in Rhode Island in 1876.

50. Apparently Providence has had a problem with risqué outfits in the past, as now it’s against the law to wear see-through clothing.
57 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Rhode Island
Source: Flickr user planetc1
51. The state’s full, unabbreviated name, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, is the longest state name.

52. Fashioned after the Sistine Chapel, Woonsocket’s St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church is home to one of the largest fresco collections in North America. Members of the congregation were the models for the paintings.
57 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Rhode Island
Source: Flickr user briyyz
53. Originally rotated by huge draft horses, the watch hill, R.I. carousel, the flying horse carousel, is the oldest in the country, built in 1850.
57 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Rhode Island
Source: Flickr user|jw@ldzen|
54. You’ll get ticketed in Scituate for driving with beer in your car, even if it’s not open.

55. If you’re neighbor gets caught having more than 11 permanent vehicles in front of their house, it’s a misdemeanor.

56. Newport may be home to the oldest standing building in America, the "Viking" Tower in Truro Park, with some estimates pulling its construction at 1120 AD.  (Another theory is that it was built by the Chinese...)

57 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Rhode Island
Source: newport tower museum via facebook
57. Newport is home to the country’s oldest continually used library, the Redwood Library.
It may be small, but it’s been around for a long time. Rhode Island was bound to have a few secrets left.
Feature Image Source: Flickr user m01229

What’s your favorite fun fact about Rhode Island? 
 

Janna aus Polen in 15 Fernsehfolgen

Die erste Folge:



15-teilige polnische Fernseh - Serie aus dem Jahre 1989.

Die "Wölfe" haben den Starenhof erobert, doch Janna und die "Adler" schlagen zurück. Der Zweikampf zwischen Julian und ihr endet unentschieden, weil der Dorfpfarrer das Mädchen zu seiner sterbenden Tante ruft. Kurz vor dem Tod schenkt die Tante Janna einen Ring und flüstert ihr zu, dass sie damit zaubern könne. Jakob Bromski, der Onkel von Julian - seit Jahren als verrückter Erfinder im Dorf bekannt - kehrt zurück, zur Freude von Martha, Jannas Mutter, die vor ihrer Heirat mit Jakob befreundet war. Nach dem Tod der Tante glauben alle, sie hätte einen Schatz hinterlassen, aber niemand kann ihn finden. Großvater Nowak verteilt das Erbe. Dabei findet ein alter Sattel keinen neuen Besitzer. Nur Janna ist bereit, ihn zu nehmen. Als sie dann den Ring der verstorbenen Tante zum ersten Mal herumdreht, geschieht etwas Merkwürdiges...

Sehr beliebte Serie und endlich auch hier komplett zu finden!
Viel Spass beim Anschauen!

Folge 1
Folge 2
Folge 3
Folge 4
Folge 5
Folge 6
Folge 7
Folge 8
Folge 9
Folge 10
Folge 11
Folge 12
Folge 13 
Folge 14  Wiehnachten
Folge 15  Pleite = Bankrot

Friday, August 22, 2014

Printed Samples of Fraktur and Kurrent

"Until 1941, German was usually printed in Fraktur and handwritten in Kurrent. Then the Nazis came along and ended this centuries-old tradition..."  --
from  http://www.reddit.com/r/languagelearning/comments/1l6maz/guten_tag_this_weeks_language_of_the_week_german/

 Here's a sample of printed Fraktur.  Can you read about "die Orgel" = the organ and other "Klavierinstrumente zum Accompagnement." = and other keyboard instruments used for accompaniment?  The capital letters "S" and "V" I find particularly difficult.  Both are below. Can you find the words "Schade" (a shame) and "Vorzüge"? (advantages)


 Here's a handwritten note by Immanual Kant, in Kurrent, which reminds me of my maternal grandmother's penmanship (1906-1987).  It seems to me that not much changed for 150+ years. 

Can you read this?


Übung:  Locate these words in the above handwritten text:
  • Aufklärung = explanation
  • Unmündigkeit = immaturity 
  • Leistung = accomplishment
  • Mut = courage ..

Berlin Tops List of Top 10 Major European Cities for Boom in Visits

EUROPEAN CITIES MARKETING
*This agency gathers tourist figures from 115 European cities and offers an official comparison study each year in a Benchmark Study.

In summary, overnight stays in Berlin grew 8.2 % from 2009 to 2013, as compared with 3.3% growth in London, and a .6% decrease in Paris during those same 5 years.

In total, Berlin tourism grew 42.7%, which also was the strongest growth result among Europe's top 10 cities.

die Anziehungskraft = allure

The reasons Mr. Burkhard Kieker (business leader from visitBerlin) gives for this growth include its "Anziehungskraft" as a city of freedom, tolerance, and authentic history, along with a magnetism for youthful creativity from around the world."

Details below:

Berlin, 23. Juli 2014 Beim Tourismus ist Berlin weiterhin die am stärksten wachsende Stadt Europas unter den Top 10. Mit einem Plus der Übernachtungszahlen von 8,2 Prozent (2,01 Millionen Übernachtungen mehr als im Vorjahr) ließ die deutsche Hauptstadt die beiden anderen europäischen Top-Reiseziele hinter sich: London verzeichnete im gleichen Zeitraum einen Zuwachs von 3,3 Prozent, Paris sogar einen Rückgang um 0,6 Prozent. 

*Das zeigen die neuesten Zahlen der Benchmark-Studie des europäischen Städtetourismusverbandes European Cities Marketing (ECM), die 115 europäische Städte vergleicht. Die jährlich erscheinende Studie gilt als die umfassendste und fundierteste Quelle für Städtetourismus-Statistiken in Europa.

Burkhard Kieker, Geschäftsführer von visitBerlin: „Berlin bewahrt sich ungebrochen seine Anziehungskraft: als Stadt der Freiheit, der Toleranz und als authentischer Ort der Geschichte, verbunden mit einem Magnetismus für junge kreative Köpfe aus aller Welt. Dazu ist es die einzige Weltstadt, die nicht die Welt kostet. Die Mischung aus all diesem ist das Rezept für den Erfolg unserer Stadt.“

Berlin bei Auslandsgästen beliebt

Insgesamt wuchs der Berlin-Tourismus seit 2009 um 42,7 Prozent – das stärkste Wachstum aller Top-10-Städte. 

Zu verdanken hat Berlin das gute Ergebnis dem hohen Anteil internationaler Gäste. Dieses Segment nahm in den letzten fünf Jahren um 55 Prozent zu. 2013 kamen 42,9 Prozent aller Berlin-Besucher aus dem Ausland. Besonders beliebt ist die Stadt bei Spaniern, auch bei Gästen aus Großbritannien, USA, China und Russland hält sie Spitzenplätze. Der russische Quellmarkt hat einen hohen Anteil am Wachstum: Die Übernachtungen stiegen in 2013 um 21,5 Prozent. Zudem bleiben russische Touristen länger in der Stadt als andere internationale Gäste. 

Die vollständige Analyse zum Bestellen: www.europeancitiesmarketing.com bzw. http://www.cvent.com/d/v4q2k7
Zur Studie: Das European Cities Marketing (ECM) ist ein Netzwerk von Stadtmarketing-Organisationen mit Sitz in Frankreich. Die ECM bietet eine Plattform für rund 115 Städte in 32 europäischen Nationen. Die Organisation veröffentlicht jährlich den „The European Cities Marketing Benchmarking Report“, erarbeitet von der MODUL University in Wien in Zusammenarbeit mit der ECM Benchmarking Group. 2014 erscheint die Studie bereits zum zehnten Mal.

25 Years Since the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Border patrol guards had lost permission to shoot at will at border crossings in the spring of 1989.  This inspired East-Germans to abandon their apartments and risk everything to live elsewhere.  For better or worse, these people felt a need to leave the guided life available to them under Russian influence, and instead, wanted to be in charge of their own futures. 

25 years later, there are plenty of people who miss the security they had under communism.  The term for this is "Nostalgie,"  or nostalgia for the East (Ost).

Differences between the two styles of government are becoming even more clear now, with
  • the border disputes between Russia and the Ukraine;
  • attacks by radical islamic organizations against capitalist democracies;
  • Edward Snowden finding shelter in Russia after his revelations;
25 years ago the threat of losing everything were clear.

Here is a 2 minute news clip, which follows the emotions on both sides of this historical event from the perspective of the Soebel family.  They were on a camping trip in Hungary 25 years ago, read about the offer to pass through a gap in the wall that afternoon on a flier posted to a tree in their campground, and took up the offer!  Guards did not fire upon the picnickers in Hungary, who on the afternoon of August 19, 1989, slipped through a momentarily-opened border with Austria.  Rather than just freeing a handful of citizens, hundreds slipped through that brief gap, setting the tone for what was soon to follow.

http://www.zdf.de/ZDFmediathek/beitrag/video/2220970/25-Jahre-Paneuropaeisc
hes-Picknick#/beitrag/video/2220970/25-Jahre-Paneuropaeisches-Picknick


BERLIN IN PHOTOS TODAY 

20 second video:  Berlin today:


Pilpop filmt Berlin (in Miniatur?)  "Little Big Berlin"


"I dedicate this film to Berlin where I have been living for 19 years now. While the architecture of Berlin is stunningly beautiful, only its inhabitants make Berlin the unique city that it is. In every corner there is something new to discover. And the best thing to do is to film it.
Filmed with my beloved Sony HC9. Edited with Sony Vegas Pro 9.The miniature effect is called tilt-shift, which originates from a particular lens that was used to photograph architecture. The miniature effect is a by-product of that. It can also be achieved by digital postprocessing.
Music: "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2" by Franz Lisz "

-- Does life in Berlin seem that much different than our own?  Different in which ways?


All sorts of press infos regarding the Fall of the Berlin Wall can be found here: 
HIER GIBT ES ALLERLEI PRESSEMATERIAL ZUM MAUERFALL

Genitive Case (Possession)

Genitiv functions
Noun is object of Genitive verb or constructions (A)



Possession and relationships(B)




Noun used as Genitive Possession (C)

Dativ Case: Indirect Objects

Learn German Lesson Nr 9






Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wie heißt das Land auf Deutsch? Wo liegt das Land?

Spielen wir mit Purpose Games!  Search for games "auf Deutsch".

SPIELEN WIR HIER!   HERE'S WHERE YOU CLICK TO PLAY!

Select the game you want to play.  Click on the image.  No need to download.

Register if you want your scores to be remembered.

Got an idea for a new game?  Here's your site!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

VW Apprenticeships in Tennesee

Marketplace  by Blake Farmer Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 16:19

Volkswagen brings German-style vocational training to the US


One of the world’s largest automakers has stepped into the fringe of American education. Volkswagen has imported its German-style apprenticeship program to the U.S., and American labor officials hope it might become a model.

“It’s a totally different mindset. It’s a totally different culture,” says Ilker Subasi, who heads the Volkswagen Academy on site at the company’s Chattanooga plant.

Subasi sees a stigma in the U.S. against technical education. But in Germany, more than half of high school graduates go into vocational programs like VW’s. Subasi himself was once a VW apprentice.
Once accepted, the company’s U.S. “mechatronics” students earn a small stipend over the course of three years while learning how to maintain robotics. If they stick with the program, they’re hired with a starting salary of $22 an hour. They also earn an associate’s degree from Chattanooga State Community College and a DIHK certification from the German American Chamber of Commerce, which would allow them to work at German auto plants around the world.

“At first, I was like, ‘Am I going to be pushing around a broom? Am I going to be changing light bulbs?’” recalls Alex Bizzell, a 22-year-old who graduated last week. “It’s been a substantial effort to do it, but now I know exactly what I’m going to do for the rest of my life.”

The VW school is heavily subsidized by the state of Tennessee as part of an incentive package to bring the automaker to the state in 2009. A stadium-sized building beside the plant that builds the Passat houses the classroom space and hands-on learning. 

Inside, a robotic arm two stories tall swings through the air, as a student practices programming machines like the ones used next door. Michael Regan says he tried a year of community college before applying.

“You know, I was never that really into writing and all of that,” he says. “I’m not that big of a writer. I was just always more of a hands-on person. That’s just how I learn better.”  At Regan’s graduation, a top executive told the dozen students he hopes they will ultimately retire with VW.

Some graduates are taking the option to spend a year working at a German plant. Others are deferring their job to finish a four-year degree. Regan starts work immediately – albeit on the night shift.
“Look at the benefits and the future he has with this company,” says Regan’s mom, Sharon. “And that’s why you go to college is to work for a big company – most people – to make a good living and have good benefits. And he’s going to have all that -- at 22.”

Olaf und das Renntier . . .



Wie geht diese Geschichte auf Deutsch?

Und kann Olaf überhaupt singen?  Was machen die Gefrorenen im Sommer?



-- eine Pfütze = puddle... 
Das Wort reimt mit  Hitze (heat)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Wir denken...

So geht es bei "Easy German"



Ein paar Fehler gibt es doch...

Geographie der Erde

von Christoph Sperlbaum

Topographie ist ein
--> Teilgebiet der Geographie, welches sich mit der kartographischen Landesbeschreibung beschäftigt.  Die Lage natürlicher (z.B. Meere, Gebirge, Flüsse, …) und künstlicher (z.B. Städte, Länder, …) Objekte auf der Erdoberfläche stehen dabei im Mittelpunkt.


Diese Länder werden gezeigt:

Herzlich willkommen nach Hause, Königin der Herzen, Conchita Wurst

Bei einem freien Konzert in Wien Ballhausplatz-



1.  Do You Believe in Life After Love (No Matter How Hard I Try, There's No Talking To You..I really don't think I'm strong enough..)
2.  That's My Destiny  (Conchita's 2012 Eurovision Song attempt, in which she placed 2nd in Austria)
3.  Rise Like a Phoenix (Europe's 2014 Eurovision's Top Song)
4.  My Heart Will Go On (This song changed Conchita's life)


Der Sieg der Freiheit, der Offenheit, der Toleranz...was Tom Neuwirth vom Anfang an gekämpft hat.



Und ist Conchita plötzlich eine Politikerin?




Opinion  REUTERS   By John Lloyd  May 12, 2014
Eurovision’s Conchita brings out Russia’s worst and Europe’s best
 

The most complicated thing said over this past weekend by a public figure came from the perfectly rouged lips of the winner of the Eurovision song contest, Conchita Wurst. “I really dream,” she said, “of a world where we don’t have to talk of unnecessary things like sexuality.”

That’s silly on two levels and deeply idealistic on a third. It’s silly, first and most evidently, because sexuality won’t be unnecessary for a long while, and may last as long as this world does.

It’s silly, second and most personally, because Wurst (her second, adopted name means “sausage” but apparently is also Austrian German slang for “whatever…”) had just won the first prize in the world’s wackiest tournament ­– the Eurovision Song Contest held this year in the Danish capital Copenhagen. She was dressed in the slinkiest of gowns hugging a perfectly sexy figure, the perfectly rouged lips set off by a perfectly trimmed black beard. ‘Unnecessary’ had nothing to do with it.

The statement is deeply idealistic because what she was saying was: it’s time we stopped thinking that it’s necessary to make a fuss about a man who’s become a woman and grown a beard. I have my thing and you have yours and if we don’t hurt each other, who is to say who’s better? It’s like … whatever.

Conchita, born Thomas Neuwirth in a small Austrian town is a kind of mascot for the European Union, which takes pride in being neither one thing nor the other – it passes laws, but is most definitely not a single state.

Conchita is everything the EU aspires to be in the eyes of the world – open, tolerant, plural, wholly accepting of every kind of sexuality in every kind of expression, shorn of narrow, cramping, sexual assumptions. She sang, in her winning number “Rise like a Phoenix” that “once I’m transformed, once I’m reborn, (I will) Rise like a phoenix!” – like the mythical bird, rising from the ashes, in Conchita’s case, the ashes of sexual prejudice.

The Russians didn’t see things that way: Conchita was fully aware of that, telling reporters on Sunday that “This was of course directed against some politicians that we know…” “Putin?” “Among others.”

Maybe she also meant back home in Austria, where less than a quarter of one of the EU’s more conservative states had expressed themselves in polls as proud that she was representing their country.

But none expressed themselves publicly like leading Russian politicians felt it was necessary to do. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin employed sarcasm: he tweeted that the win “showed supporters of European integration their European future: a bearded girl.”

Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky preferred irony. Claiming he was distressed that his children had watched Eurovision, he tweeted — “how am I going to explain all this to them in a ‘politically correct’ and ‘tolerant’ way?”

More crudely, the never-to-be-outdone leader of the Liberal Democratic Party Vladimir Zhirinovsky spat that “Fifty years ago the Soviet Army occupied Austria. We should have stayed there.”

 
As Conchita celebrated the ballot results in Copenhagen, the organizers of a grimmer referendum in eastern Ukraine set up booths in schools, churches and the streets to tally support for a vaguely worded resolution that could lead Donetsk, Slavyansk and Luhansk to greater autonomy and, perhaps, a union with Russia.  And what a Russia it has become.

European tolerance is seen by its leaders as degeneracy; a willingness to acquire territory by force and by guile; an attachment to race, so that ethnic Russians everywhere outside of Russia should be seen as “ours” and, where possible, brought back – along with the land they live on — to Mother Russia.

In case there’s any question about how all of this is playing in the rest of Europe, the Eurovision contest offers another insight.

Russia’s contestants, two sweet-faced sisters named Tolmachevy, suffered boos when they qualified for the finals. A long way from its 2012 entry, the Buranovskiye Babushki, a group of grannies whose sprightly number — “Party for everybody” — got a standing ovation and nearly won the whole competition.

What a difference intolerance, and an invasion, makes.

PHOTO: Conchita Wurst representing Austria performs the song “Rise Like a Phoenix” after winning the grand final of the 59th Eurovision Song Contest at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

Freundschaft! Und Einheit (Unity). Und Liebe?

Hier in einem Film können wir eine ganz außergewöhnliche Freundschaft entdecken.



Erzähl mal diese Geschichte!

der Hund,-e = m/dog
die Hündin,-nen = f/dog
der Abenteuer,- = adventure
das Boot,-e
der Delphin,-e, die Delfin, -e  = m/f dolphin
die Beute,- = prey
der Hai,-e   der Haifisch,-e  = shark
die Rettung,-en = rescue
der Rücken,- = the back 
der Abschied,-e = farewell

suchen
finden
sich wohl fühlen = to feel happy
mitfahren = to accompany; travel along
springen
Hunger haben
auffressen = to devour
retten = to rescue
zurückbringen = to bring back
aufführen = to perform
sich verabschieden = to bid farewell




Weltmeister: Adel Tawil's Zuhause!

Wer hat die Tore geschossen?



Und so gewinnt eine Mannschaft die Weltmeisterschaft:  Zusammen!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Diese Interview endet im Wasser

 This reporter has -- almost -- landed on the German island of Sylt.  Her interview with the mayor (Bürgermeister) got cut short...



-- Was für Farbe Stiefel hat diese Reporterin an?

--  Bewusst vielleicht? 
    Also, könnte die Reporterin mit Absicht ins Wasser gefallen sein??
    (Do you suppose this might have been an intentional stunt ?  )

Am Wochenende beginnt die Bundesliga einen neuen Saison

Klicker.de  is a pretty thorough website for following German "Football" as well as soccer played in clubs around the world.  The opening pages and clicks refer to the sport in Germany's club system.

Hier sind die SPIEL - TABELLEN SIND BEI KLICKER.DE ZU FINDEN

Tabellen rechner  (Point tallies:  3 earned for a win; 1 for a tie)  
Einsätze  (Starters and subs)
Scorer    (Goal scorers)
Torjäger  (Goal kickers)
Topspieler   (!)
Elfmeter   (Results from any penalty kicks - from 12 yards out)
Karten   (Red / Yellow penalty cards handed out)
Elf des Tages  (Details of Team of the Day)
Mann des Tages  (Player of the Day)
Zuschauer   (Number of paid spectators in the host stadium)
Schiedsrichter  (Referees assigned)
Relegation (How close to, or far from, dropping to the minor league a team is -- the US has nothing like this; the pressure sure keeps things interesting!)
Historie   (Glimpsing at the past often helps to betterunderstand the present)
clubs playing this year in the Bundesliga)

2. Liga   (Results for this premier minor league)
3. Liga   (Results for this secondary minor league)
Regionalliga   (Results for these regional divisions)
Amateure     (Results for amateur divisions)
DFB-Pokal   (Details about earning the National Trophy)  

International Fußball  (Details on various international leagues)

Europa League  (32 selected European teams --usually a country's top 3 teams -- compete on July Tues/Weds in this league; Bayern, Dortmund and Schalke are all still in for 2014-16.  Bayer Leverkusen also has a chance, if they can overcome FC Kopenhagen... )

Champions League (Once the 32 teams in the ultra selective Europa League are weeded out, they are elegible to compete in this league, along with the 4-5-6-7th or so ranked teams.)

Nationalelf   (Details for their World Cup Winning national team)

WM  (FIFA Weltmeisterschaft = World Cup = every 4 years.   2018: RUSSIA, from SW Sochi, SE Ekaterinburg and Northern St Petersburg to 8 other locations, including Moscow.)
EM   (Details on qualifying for, and results from, this exclusive biannual event)
U 21   (Details on the under 21- League)
Frauen  (Details on the Women's League)  
Junioren  (Details on the various Junior Leagues)

Which teams do you think will be at the top of the Bundesliga this season, to qualify for the Champions League, etc. Here's the link for you to record your guess: 
HIER KANN MAN DIE MANNSCHAFTEN ORDNEN?

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Auto Industry: Germany VS USA

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How Germany Builds Twice As Many Cars As The U.S. While Paying Its Workers Twice As Much

LEIPZIG, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 05:  Workers assem...
A BMW assembly plant in Leipzig, Germany.

In 2010, Germany produced more than 5.5 million automobiles; the U.S produced 2.7 million. At the same time, the average auto worker in Germany made $67.14 per hour in salary in benefits; the average one in the U.S. made $33.77 per hour. Yet Germany’s big three car companies—BMW, Daimler (Mercedes-Benz ), and Volkswagen—are very profitable.

How can that be? The question is explored in a new article from Remapping Debate, a public policy e-journal. Its author, Kevin C. Brown, writes that “the salient difference is that, in Germany, the automakers operate within an environment that precludes a race to the bottom; in the U.S., they operate within an environment that encourages such a race.”

There are “two overlapping sets of institutions” in Germany that guarantee high wages and good working conditions for autoworkers. The first is IG Metall, the country’s equivalent of the United Automobile Workers. Virtually all Germany’s car workers are members, and though they have the right to strike, they “hardly use it, because there is an elaborate system of conflict resolution that regularly is used to come to some sort of compromise that is acceptable to all parties,” according to Horst Mund, an IG Metall executive. The second institution is the German constitution, which allows for “works councils” in every factory, where management and employees work together on matters like shop floor conditions and work life.  Mund says this guarantees cooperation, “where you don’t always wear your management pin or your union pin.”

Mund points out that this goes against all mainstream wisdom of the neo-liberals. We have strong unions, we have strong social security systems, we have high wages. So, if I believed what the neo-liberals are arguing, we would have to be bankrupt, but apparently this is not the case. Despite high wages . . . despite our possibility to influence companies, the economy is working well in Germany.

As Michael Maibach, president and chief executive of the European American Business Council, puts it, union-management relations in the U.S. are “adversarial,” whereas in Germany they’re “collaborative.”

Does such a happy relationship survive when German automakers set up shop in the U.S.? No. As a historian observes in the article,  “BMW is a German company and it has a very German hierarchy and management system in Germany,” yet “when they are operating in Spartanburg [in South Carolina] they have become very, very easily adaptable to Spartanburg business culture.” At Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant, the nonunionized new employees get $14.50 an hour, which rises to $19.50 after three years.

The article’s author, Kevin C. Brown, asked Claude Barfield, a scholar with the American Enterprise Institute, why the German car companies behave so differently in the U.S. He answered, “Because they can get away with it so far.”

Wolfsburg, Dresden, und VW

Reuters Report:   World's Biggest Car Delivery Center:  Wolfsburg, Germany
Joanna Partridge



Watch the post-robot-based assembly process.

Note:  These are high paying jobs.  Per one report, a third of the assembly jobs in the Porsche factory in Leipzig remain unfilled.

How do you get these jobs?  One way is through an apprenticeship program.

Salary will never be 20x lower than the CEO earns.  (In the USA, salaries are often 200-400x lower.)


VW's investment in Dresden showcases the most modern of assemblies:



Did you notice the significant efforts that were made to have the factory blend into the Dresdener landscape?  What are some examples of this?