Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Maybebop: Lieder aus 2014

Only a handful of these songs are familiar to me, but all are "hoerbar," (=listenable)! Genial! --rsb

  • Wer friert uns diesen Moment ein?
  • Doch manchmal traume ich nur von dir.. das du mich hoerst. ich waere heute zu gern bei dir..
  • I'm slowly drifting away...
  • Am I wrong?  Thinking
  • And I see fire , there, inside the mountain, burning the trees.
  • When burning up, we might as well be lovers on the sound ...
  • Atemlos durch die Nacht...bis der neue Tag erwacht.
  • It's hot out here, for a bit...
  • You never said a word, you didn't send me no letter..
  • When I met you in the Summer, my heart beats... 
  • Rise like a Phoenix...
  • My house in Budapest...
  • I'm addicted to you
  • I'm all about that bass, 'bout that bass (no treble)
  • OK, cuz I know you'll shine even on a rainy day...and I can find a halo
  • 'cause I'm happy I belong, if you feel like happiness is the truth
  • And you will find for it ..all your life you will struggle...learn to fly
  • Every day, every hour
  • If fuhl dieses Kribblen im Bauch  --- so ist die Liebe
  • Guck mal was sie gemacht hat
  • Down to the Riptide.
  • When the beat drops out, and the people are gone.. it'll still be there for me.. I'm yelling timber
  • Ein hoch auf uns! Auf dieses Leben.  Auf den Moment, der immer bleibt.
  • Geronimo...
  • Lass uns gehen...
  • I keep going to the River to pray.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Why Listen to German Pop Music?

  • It’s fun! Sure, reading can also be a great way to learn German, but when listening to songs in the language you can really have some fun. It’s also a great excuse to invite your friends around for a German pop session; you can help each other by having a sing-along or playing lyrics games.
  • Increase your vocab. Pop music can cover so many different subjects—from heartbreak and romance, to politics and current affairs. In fact, the range of topics covered in pop music means listening to it is a fantastic way to increase your vocabulary.
  • Learn how locals speak. Listening to native speakers sing means you’ll be picking up German idioms. You know, phrases or expressions like the English “when in Rome” or “the early bird catches the worm” that don’t translate easily. By listening to German, you’ll be picking up in its hard-to-translate phrases, which you can show off in your lesson work.
  • Absorb grammar and vocab. It sounds pretty spooky, but you’ll be absorbing loads of useful vocabulary and grammar subconsciously. The more you listen to German music, the more naturally the language will come to you. And before you know it, you’ll find yourself using a whole load of words and sentence constructs that you didn’t even realize you knew!
  • It’s an insight into German culture. When listening to all the latest pop music, you’ll know all the trends and styles that the Germans are getting into, helping you to fit in with the locals.

How to Learn German by Listening to Pop Music

Listen without any subtitles the first time

The very first time you listen to a new pop song, do so without any subtitles or lyrics on hand. Why? This will challenge yourself to really concentrate on the German that you’re hearing. If there’s a music video with the song, try minimizing the window or closing your eyes, so that you can focus all of your mental strength on just one sense, and not get distracted by the visuals.
Can’t the visuals help you understand the meaning? Certainly—depending on the music video, of course. So add them in after your first listen and see what else you can understand. While listening, try to pick out any words at all that you recognize, and jot them down. Feel free to pause the song as necessary, so you can write with no rush.

Look up any words you don’t understand

Depending on your level, it will most likely be beneficial to have a set of the German lyrics handy—after you’ve done some initial “listening only.” If you type the song name into Google followed by “lyrics,” you should end up with a long list of results. The main (and best) website for German lyrics is
As you dissect these lyrics, if you come across a word or phrase you’re not familiar with, look it upin a dictionary and then write it down. Use whatever recording system works best for you—whether it’s real flashcards, a vocab notebook, an online document, a flashcard app, etc.
This step is vital for improving your vocabulary, so be sure to write down new words—and give yourself a daily goal, like learning four of these words a day.

Play along using music videos

After learning the ins and outs of your lyrics (potentially with FluentU), a fun game to play is Lyrics Training. In this game, you fill in the blanks of the lyrics as the music video plays. There is a huge selection of songs to choose from, categorized by both genre and difficulty.
After choosing your song, you get to select the difficulty of that round—from beginner, with 10% of the words missing, to expert, with all blanks and no lyrics on screen to use as prompts. There are two play modes to choose from as well: “Write Mode,” where you type the missing word, or “Choice Mode,” where you choose the correct word from four options.
The game keeps track of your score, so you can try to beat records and track improvement!

Sing along

After you’ve mastered the lyrics, you’ll be more than ready to sing along to these German pop songs. Heck, some of these are so darn catchy that you’ll probably have already been singing along without even knowing it!
This is a perfect exercise because a) it’s super fun and b) you get to practice speaking in addition to listening. Go phrase by phrase, pausing to sing after the original, and compare your pronunciation with that of the artists. Does it sound the same? What can you change to sound more like them?
Should you be lucky enough to have friends that are also learning German, sing with them! Even if you just talk through the lyrics, you can let each other know if there are any areas of pronunciation that need to be practiced. Plus, you can also give each other a pat on the back if you start to sound like a native!
So now you’ve learned the how and the why behind listening to German pop, I’ll show you our pick of the five best pop bands out there.

5 of the Best German Pop Bands for Learning German

1. Die Ärzte    (Warning:  no video...check out the awesome music below first. --rsb)

Thanks to their quirky song topics and upbeat lyrics, Die Ärzte (The Doctors) have been used to teach German in schools for quite a few years already, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t also be including them in your studies.
Die Ärzte started out in Berlin’s punk scene during the ’80s. Two members—Farin Urlaub and Bela B.—were in various different punk bands before joining forces under their medical moniker. In 1993 they were joined by Rodrigo Gonzalez to create their current lineup.
Some of their most notable hits include the anti-Nazi anthem “Schrei nach Liebe” (Cry for Love) and “Hurra” (Hoorah). In recent years they’ve taken a more poppy route with their music.
The above song, “Westerland” is one of their earlier songs from the ’80s, and probably one of their first with a pop vibe. It pays homage to Westerland—an area on the island of Sylt, that lies just off Germany’s north coast. It’s a great song to learn German to, as the chorus’s use of simple sentences are repeated regularly.

2. Silbermond   (I find this video and song both crazy good--rsb)

For those of you who prefer your pop to be on the more rocky side of the spectrum, Silbermond (Silver Moon) is the perfect choice.
The band comes from Bautzen in east Saxony and is fronted by lead singer Stephanie Kloß. After meeting her future band members in the Christian youth program “Ten Sing” in 1998, the foursome went on to form the band Jast in 2000 before changing to their current name the following year.
Even though they perform exclusively in German, they’re also fairly well known across the world, and have even had the honor of performing alongside the likes of Green Day and Chris de Burgh. They won the Best German Act Award in 2009 at the MTV Music Award. If you’re going to improve your German with some pop, you can’t go wrong with these award winners.
All right, so the lyrics are fairly soppy, but “Das Beste” (The Best) is one of Silbermond’s most popular songs and is possibly the most romance-heavy song to feature in this list. But it will help you with your verb conjugation! There are a lot of sentences that begin with “Ich..” and “Du..,” which means plenty of practice on how to conjugate their verb forms.
If this leaves your ears wanting more, check out “Ja” (Yes) and “Unter meiner Haut” (Under My Skin).

3. Wir Sind Helden   (Ein Lieblingslied von vielen Deutschklassen -- rsb)

Wir Sind Helden (We Are Heroes) may have broken up in 2012, but their awesome pop legacy still lives on! The band is usually described as being part of the Neue Deutsche Welle scene, a genre that has developed from new wave music and punk rock.
The group, originally from Berlin, used David Bowie’s “Heroes” as inspiration for their name. Just like SilbermondWir Sind Helden had a fairly large international following; they even played to three sold out concerts in London in 2006 and 2007. One of their songs also made it on to the EA Sports video game FIFA ’08!
Their breakthrough hit from 2002, “Guten Tag”  (Hello) is another of their songs that’s worth a listen, as is the very popular “Denkmal” (Memorial)But when it comes to nailing German, our favorite has to be “Nur Ein Wort” (Only A Word) thanks to the helpful word cards in the Bob Dylan-inspired video.

4. Nena

It would be wrong to write a blog post on German pop music and not mention one of its first international superstars, so here she is: Nena!
In 1983 her song “99 Luftballons” (99 Red Balloons) was released to critical acclaim across the world. As mentioned before, German pop music crosses a load of different subject matters, and Nena’s “99 Luftballons” is one of the more political songs, with its anti-war lyrics. It’s worth noting that the English version of the song was rewritten, rather than directly translated from the German, so a useful German exercise would be to compare and contrast the two versions.
After her ’80s smash hit, Nena continues to record new albums and still regularly tours. 2002 saw her duet with fellow ’80s icon Kim Wilde in their hit “Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime.”   (Habt ihr von Kim Wilde gehoert?? -- rsb)

5. Die Fantastischen Vier   (Die da?!  MfG!  SUPER LIEDER! - rsb)

Die Fantastischen Vier (The Fantastic Four), a hip hop group from Stuttgart, were one of the very first groups to rap in German. Just like Die Ärzte, they’ve been on the go since the ’80s, but are still as popular as ever.
“Die Da” is an excellent song choice for learning German, as it features one aspect of grammar that you won’t be taught in schools. Most of the time in spoken German, the Germans will substitute the third person pronoun for a definite article.
Take a look at how they do this in their lyrics:
Es ist die da, die da am eingang steht.(It is her there, who’s standing in the entrance.)
It’s really simple—to do this, simply switch “sie” for “die.”
And that’s also a great example of how to use a relative clause! After the comma, the relative pronoun “die” sends the following verb to the end of the sentence.
Hopefully this post will have whet your appetite for some German tunes. If you pair this with your determination to get to grips with German, then you’ve found one more way to start conquering the language!

How to Brew Up a Personalized Study Routine to Learn Advanced German

How to Brew Up a Personalized Plan to Learn and Master Advanced German

Ready to do some dirty dancing with advanced German?
The first question that really needs to be answered isn’t “how do I learn it?” but “what the heck isadvanced German?”
It’s important to try to answer this question precisely because it isn’t easy to answer.
Not only is it a slippery topic, but the range of possibly valid answers is pretty big, since most forms of German beyond the beginner and intermediate levels (which are also somewhat tricky to define) can reasonably be considered advanced.
This means that there are forms of advanced German which are easier to acquire than others, and that no matter how good you get, there will always be something more advanced than your current abilities.
This also means, however—as you probably already know as an advanced speaker of the English language—that it’s not necessary to be able to understand or express everything in order to enjoy a language and get stuff done beyond the intermediate phases. Learners of German have lots of options and are always in a position to take the learning process into their own hands based on their own personal needs and desires, provided these needs and desires can be sufficiently defined.
I’m not a big fan of writing down lists of priorities, so I don’t expect anyone else to do this either. That being said, it’s still important to have a clear idea of why you’re learning German. Knowing this will help you orient yourself in advanced terrain.

Up to this point, beginner and intermediate learners typically rely on various learning materials to decide what needs to be learned, how it should be learned and in what order.

The advanced stages of the learning process require that students jettison themselves from structured lesson plans and get their hands dirty with the real world language as it’s actually used in various contexts.
This means—at least in terms of input—you need to decide what to listen to and read and when to listen to it and read it. And while doing this might seem scary and challenging at first, it’s both completely necessary and totally rewarding.
After all, why bother learning German in the first place if not to have access to real Germanconversationsnewstelevisionradio, etc?

Understand what “advanced German” actually means

As I hinted at above, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer to this question.
Depending on what you want to get out of German, the answer will take on different forms.
If you’re a fan of German literature, then advanced German involves a skill-set far different from someone who wants to live in Germany and get everyday stuff done (e.g. subscribing to online services, opening a German bank account).
In order to narrow the field of demands and options, it’s important to be able to say what it is you want to do with your soon-to-be advanced German skills.
If you’re still trying to figure that out or haven’t given much thought to the question, there are some loose definitions of advanced German floating around which might be of some help.
The Goethe Institute in Germany, which offers a range of courses and exams for German language certification, mentions the phrase “advanced language skills” as early as the B2 level in the CEFR and provides the following definition of the skills an advanced user of German can demonstrate:
“Passing the [Goethe-Zertifikat B2] exam demonstrates that candidates can understand the main contents of complex texts on concrete and abstract topics, as well as technical discussions in their own respective area of specialisation. They can also communicate so spontaneously and fluently that a normal conversation with native speakers is readily possible without a great deal of effort on either side. Candidates can also express themselves on a wide range of topics in a clear and detailed manner, explain their position on a current issue and state the benefits and drawbacks of various options.”
The Goethe Institute also provides online practice materials for passing the B2 exam, which should give you an idea of what they consider to be “advanced.”

Decide what advanced German means to you

Another way of looking at the question of advanced German is to simply create a mental list of activities you’re currently capable of discussing in high-level English that (while you might not be aware of it) require advanced language skills. We’re talking about normal, everyday activities here: watching prime time television, generally understanding written and televised news, listening in on a conversation a la “he said, she said,” reading wikipedia, reading “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” or buying cheap concert tickets online.
Deciding what’s important to you shouldn’t be too tough.
If you don’t read the news in English very much, there’s probably a slim chance you’re going to spend much time doing that in German. It’s reasonable, then, to say that you probably shouldn’t be spending a lot of your time trying to learn how to read the news in German. Not because you won’t ever need to do it or because it isn’t useful—you will need to and it is important—but because the goal here is to prioritize personally useful or desirable skills. Plus it’s not like the news is some self-contained sphere of language that only uses grammatical structures andvocabulary you won’t ever come across anywhere else.
learn advanced German1 How to Brew Up a Personalized Plan to Learn and Master Advanced German
There’s plenty of crossover at the advanced levels and focusing on the intricacies of stylistically different forms of German is probably best done in those areas which are most useful to you.
As an expat living Germany, I know for myself that being able to read my electricity bill is worlds more important than understanding the poetry of Schiller, despite what any teacher might tell me.
If I were to take German classes (which I haven’t) and be expected to read and understand literature, all the while knowing that the stuff I need to get done ain’t written in 19th century German, one could convincingly argue that I’m wasting my time. Of course, if I’m interested in literature and I need to pay my bills, that’s a different story and would require that I find a balance between the two areas of interest.

Get familiar with advanced German

Getting to the advanced level isn’t actually about getting anywhere.
It’s about already being in that space and gradually feeling more comfortable about it over time.
If you move to a new city, you’re not going to rely on a book to tell you how to organize your new life or where the nearest grocery store is before stepping foot in your new home environment. You learn these things by being there and letting the pieces fall into place over time. The person who reads about New York and the person who actually lives there have very different stories to tell about what is and isn’t important about actually living in New York.
So, all moving metaphors aside, the point here is that getting good at advanced German is about spending time doing advanced things. If you’ve devoted some thought to your goals and you know what you’re into, then, by all means, spend time doing those things in German.
Try reading the news, try watching TV, try browsing Wikipedia, try reading video game reviews or watching awesome YouTube videos.
There are videos covering every German skill level, preferred learning style and personal interest. You’ll get to learn German with content that native German speakers actually watch on the regular, like vintage Volkswagen commercials, funny YouTube videos, scenes from “Guardians of the Galaxy” and the hit song “Let it Go” from “Frozen.”
learn advanced German How to Brew Up a Personalized Plan to Learn and Master Advanced German
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Plus, FluentU offers interactive subtitles, in-context word definitions and a fantastic learn mode featuring active learning tools like multimedia flashcards and running vocabulary lists.
If you’re not using FluentU, you’re not gonna understand every bit of German you encounter. That much should already be clear, and it’s totally okay. Your mission now is to simply spend time doing the things you want/need to do in German as much as possible with a heavy focus on authentic input. The main priority is to get real German words and sentences entering your eyes and ears.
When you come across words or phrases you don’t know, throw them into Google. You’d be surprised how often Germans don’t understand German and need to ask for help on the Internet. Reading explanations in German is great practice and really helps to clear the fog around unknown words and phrases, which brings me to my next point: monolingual dictionaries.

Get a dictionary that Germans use

German monolingual dictionaries are dictionaries that use German to explain what German words and phrases mean.
When you don’t understand a word in English, you look it up in English. Why? Because it gives you more information. As a native or fluent speaker of English, there’s no better source for understanding an unknown word than a good ol’ English dictionary. Nothing else will do. The same is true of German words and dictionaries.
To help clarify this point, here are the definitions (translations) of the German words “Zahl” and“Anzahl,” as provided by the Reverso online dictionary:
Zahl — number, figure
Anzahl — number
While these words do have very similar meanings in German and are often given as synonyms of each other, there are subtle differences between them which aren’t sufficiently captured in the English equivalent number. Using a monolingual dictionary helps you understand German words the way Germans understand them.
Now take a look at the following definitions for the same two words (there are actually multiple definitions of each), as given by the German-German dictionary over at TheFreeDictionary:
Zahl — eine bestimmte Menge von Personen oder von zählbaren Dingen
Anzahl — eine unbestimmte, nicht genau zählbare Menge von Personen oder Dingen
What the above example actually shows is that German-English dictionaries lend themselves well to translation, but translation sometimes lacks information in practice. It’s simply how the game goes.
Understanding German at the advanced level, on the other hand, can be done completely without reference to English. After all, German words aren’t German versions of English words. They exist in a different system and have different relationships to each other. Even English words which are borrowed by German aren’t always used in the same way as their English counterparts. So, while knowing that Hund “means” dog is more than sufficient at the beginner and intermediate levels, getting down to the nitty gritty with monolingual dictionaries (also check out Duden and German Wiktionary) is a highly recommended practice for anyone looking to move into advanced territory.

Keep yourself motivated at all costs

One of the biggest hurdles at the advanced stages of learning is staying motivated. The main problem facing students is the seemingly disproportionate ratio of time spent doing stuff in German to recognizable improvement. You simply just can’t tell a lot of the time if you’re getting better. And this spells the end of a lot of efforts to actually keep trying.
The road to advanced German is long, but it doesn’t have to be boring.
It’s an unavoidable fact that getting comfortable with advanced German takes a lot of time and effort. You need to be persistent and patient, even if you lose sight of why you’re learning German from time to time. And unless you’re being forced to learn German (e.g. for a job), motivation has to come from within, every day.
This is why it’s important to focus heavily on doing things that are fun for you. There’s plenty of advanced German vocabulary and grammatical structures to be acquired by watching German dubbed versions of “The Sopranos” or playing German localized versions of video games (I recommend role playing games with lots of dialogue). It works because it doesn’t feel like work. And since it doesn’t feel like work, you’re more likely to stick with it and actually get something out of it.
Of course there are going to be things that need to be learned for unfun reasons (reading electricity bills) and using unfun methods (reading electricity bills). Luckily, in my experience, this doesn’t need to represent a significant portion of the actual learning process in order to make progress at the advanced levels. Those needs will be addressed when they arise.
Until then you can sit back, relax and binge watch “Futurama” in German with a monolingual dictionary at hand.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Cover für Adel Tawil's ,,Lieder"

 Unglaublich cool --

Hier, schon wieder, die Originale Musik

Wer will mitsingen??

Ich ging wie ein Ägypter
hab' mit Tauben geweint
war ein Voodoo-Kind
wie ein rollender Stein

Im Dornenwald sang Maria für mich
Ich starb in deinen Armen, Bochum '84

Ich ließ die Sonne nie untergehen
in meiner wundervollen Welt

Refrain:   Und ich singe diese Lieder
           Tanz' mit Tränen in den Augen
           Bowie war für'n Tag mein Held
           Und EMF kann es nicht glauben
           Und ich steh' im lila Regen
           Ich will ein Feuerstarter sein
          Whitney wird mich immer lieben
          Und Michael lässt mich nicht allein

Ich war willkommen im Dschungel
Und fremd im eigenen Land
Mein persönlicher Jesus
und im Gehirn total krank
Und ich frage mich, wann
Werd' ich, werd' ich berühmt sein
So wie Rio, mein König für die Ewigkeit

Ich war am Ende der Straße angelangt
war ein Verlierer, Baby, doch dann
Hielt ich ein Cover in der Hand
darauf ein Mensch, der in Flammen stand
Kurt Cobain sagte mir, ich soll kommen wie ich bin


Ich war einer von fünf Jungs
"One Minute" aus, dann war's vorbei
Ich sang nur noch für mich, für 'ne unendlich lange Zeit
Und dann traf ich auf sie
Und sie erinnerte mich
Wir waren Welten entfernt
Und doch vom selbem Stern

Ich ging wie ein Ägypter
hab' mit Tauben geweint
war ein Voodoo-Kind
wie ein rollender Stein

Ich ließ die Sonne nie untergehen
in meiner wundervollen Welt


Denn wir singen diese Lieder
Tanzen mit Tränen in den Augen
Bowie war für'n Tag ein Held
Und EMF kann es nich' glauben
Und wir stehen im lila Regen
Wir wollen Feuerstarter sein
Whitney wird uns immer lieben
Und Michael lässt uns nich' allein

Mehr zu unserem Musiker:

Friday, April 24, 2015

Donaldisten-Treffen in Schwerin

"Klatsch! Klatsch! Klatsch!"            [die Ente = the duck]

Alles Ente oder was? Donaldisten-Treffen in Schwerin

Der Präsident der Donaldisten: Rainer Bechtel. Foto: Jens Büttner
Schwerin - Der Vortrag zum Klima in Entenhausen hat ihnen gefallen. Und dennoch rühren die Kongressteilnehmer keine Hand zum Applaus. Stattdessen schallt aus über 100 Kehlen laut und vielstimmig "Klatsch! Klatsch! Klatsch!"

Wenn Donaldisten zusammenkommen, dann tauchen sie vollends ein in die Welt ihrer Comic-Helden Donald, Daisy und Dagobert Duck. Und was liege näher, als Beifall nach dem Vorbild der auf Tausenden Comic-Seiten verfassten Berichte aus Entenhausen zu bekunden - mit Worten, sagt Rainer Bechtel. 

Bechtel ist "PräsidEnte" der "Deutschen Organisation der nichtkommerziellen Anhänger des lauteren Donaldismus" (D.O.N.A.L.D.), die am Samstag in Schwerin ihre 38. Jahrestagung abhielt.

Die Stadt mit den 12 Seen, für eine Entenfamilie wie die der Ducks als Heimstatt wie geschaffen, ist dennoch eine Diaspora für die Donaldisten, wie Gastgeber Christian Zarnack zu Beginn der Tagung sagt. Gerade zwei Mitglieder zähle der Verein in ganz Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, von bundesweit knapp 1000. -- Micky-Maus-Hefte waren in der DDR nicht zu kaufen und so konnte sich der in den 70er und 80er Jahren im Westen entstandene Donaldismus im Osten Deutschlands nicht ausdehnen. "Eine Kindheit ohne Donald Duck, das ist die schrecklichste Vorstellung, die es gibt", sagt der aus Bayern zugereiste Psychotherapeut Zarnack.

So sei es nicht ganz gewesen, hält ihm die Grünen-Landespolitikerin Silke Gajek aus Schwerin entgegen. "Wir hatten schließlich Westfernsehen. Und da liefen Zeichentrickfilme mit Donald", erzählt sie in ihrer Begrüßungsrede und treibt kurz darauf den Kennern mit ihrer Bemerkung über "Donalds Nichten" tiefe Sorgenfalten auf die Stirn. Tick, Trick und Track sind Enten-Jungs - und damit Donalds Neffen.

Doch auch mit ihrem Hinweis auf die Disney-Trickfilme im Fernsehen liegt Silke Gajek unwissentlich daneben. "Wir befassen uns ausschließlich mit den Comics, die Carl Barks gezeichnet und deren Texte Erika Fuchs ins Deutsche übertragen hat", betont der Kölner Vermessungs-techniker Bechtel. Diese seit den 50er Jahren meist in den deutschen Micky-Maus-Heften erschienen Duck-Comics brächten es zusammengenommen immerhin auf rund 8500 Seiten.

Der amerikanische Zeichner Carl Barks (1901-2000) gilt als Erfinder von Entenhausen, deren Bewohner zum Teil seiner Feder entstammen. Der reiche Onkel Dagobert zum Beispiel und der erfindungsreiche Daniel Düsentrieb. 

Die in Rostock geborene Erika Fuchs (1906-2005) sorgte als langjährige Chefredakteurin des deutschen Micky-Maus-Magazins von Bayern aus für die Texte. Wie Bechtel hervorhebt, verhalf sie den Comics zu neuer Qualität, indem sie die eher schlichte Wortwahl der amerikanischen Urfassungen nicht übernommen und teilweise sogar Zitate der klassischen deutschen Literatur eingeflochten habe.

Bilder: Donaldisten-Tagung in Schwerin

Von diesen beiden Ikonen der Donaldisten leitet sich auch deren Philosophie ab: Barksismus-Donaldismus oder Barksismus-Fuchsismus. Alles hochwissenschaftlich, wie auch Forschungen zur Lokalisierung von Entenhausen, zum Sexualleben der Ducks oder zur außergewöhnlichen Synchronität der Donald-Neffen, bemerkt Bechtel mit rheinisch- frohnatürlichem Unterton. Mit ihrem Ansatz wollten sich Donaldisten auch etwas vom üblichen deutschen, "oft spießigen" Vereinsleben abheben. "Doch wir sind ein Verein, mit Satzung und Kassenwart", bekennt er schließlich. 

Und auch mit den gleichen Problemen.

"Ab 40 aufwärts", umschreibt Bechtel die Altersgruppe der Donaldisten. Fast alle seien mit den Geschichten um Donald groß geworden. Weil Kinder bei dem multimedialen Überangebot heute aber immer weniger zum klassischen Comic griffen, sei es schwer mit dem Nachwuchs. 

Hoffnung indes gibt ihm David aus Frankfurt/Main, der mit Frau und dem kleinen Sohn Felix zum Kongress anreiste. "Ich selbst habe erst mit gut 30 durch eine Literaturveranstaltung zum Donaldismus gefunden", sagt er und erzählt begeistert von den voranschreitenden Sprachübungen seines Sohnes - zum Wort Donald.


Internet LESSONS for make-up / assignment days ...

Mit besten Dank an Frau Combs
Select one 
of the following 

Listen to and learn about some popular German music on the  
Step into German website.

  1. Watch 3 music videos on this site. 

  1. Choose your favorite video/song of the three and read the article about the band.

  1. Click on the link (at the bottom of the article) to visit the band’s page (if the link doesn’t work, google the band name to find it.) Browse around the site.

  1. Answer the following questions (either print out and complete or write on notebook paper.)
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  1. Which three videos did you watch? 
    List them and give a brief summary of what was in the video or what the song was about (write 25 words for each video)
    1. Song Name:___________________________________________
      Singer/Band Name:_____________________________________
      Summary of video/song: ______________________________________________________

    2. Song Name:___________________________________________
      Singer/Band Name:_____________________________________
      Summary of video/song: _____________________________________________________

    3. Song Name:___________________________________________
      Singer/Band Name:_____________________________________ 
      Summary of video/song:

  2. Give some interesting details about the band: 
    (ie- where they’re from, how they started, how they got famous, etc.)  
    (minimum 25 words)
    1. _______________________________________________________

    2. ________________________________________________________

    3. ________________________________________________________

  3. After looking at the band’s site, what additional information did you find out? 
    Did you learn any new words? 
    What did you think of the site? (minimum 25 words) ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________


Watch episodes of a popular children’s television program

  1. Watch 3 videos of “Sachgeschichten” from “Die Sendung mit der Maus” on from these YouTube channels. You can choose any 3 that interest you. 
    There are hundreds to choose from! 

  1. Answer the following questions 
    (either print out and complete or write on notebook paper.)

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  1. Which three videos did you watch? 
    List them and give a brief summary (including steps of the process or production), 
    and a new word or phrase you learned. (write 50 words for each video)
    1. Video title/subject matter:_______________________________________
       New word/phrase: ___________________________________________

    1. Video title/subject matter:_______________________________________
      Summary ___________________________________________________
       New word/phrase: ___________________________________________

    1. Video title/subject matter:________________________________________
       New word/phrase: ___________________________________________

Watch mini-documentaries produced by the Goethe-Institut 
about different cultural aspects of German culture.

  1. Watch 2 videos from the Goethe Institut’s YouTube channel. 
    You can choose any 2 that interest you (make sure you are watching the full videos, approximately 10-15 minutes each, not just the trailers)

  1. Answer the following questions (either print out and complete or write on notebook paper.) You should provide thorough answers

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  1. Video Year __________

    1. Video Title_______________________________________________________

    2. Summary of documentary? (minimum 25 words) _______________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

    3. What did you think of the documentary? (minimum 25 words) _______________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

  1. Video Year __________
    1. Video Title_______________________________________________________

    2. Summary of documentary? (minimum 25 words) _______________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

    3. What did you think of the documentary? (minimum 25 words) _______________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________