20 06, 2016

German Winter competition!

It is the coldest season of the year but the good news is we are nearly there: tomorrow will see the shortest day and the longest night in the Southern Hemisphere and then we’re heading towards warmer months again. In the meantime, keep warm with our winter competition! Different cultures define different dates as the start of winter but in general winter is associated with snow and freezing temperatures. We would like you, our Language Hub students, to have a closer look whether this image is true for all cultures/languages, therefore our competition. Your teacher has picked a poem or description of a winter scene in your target language. What we would like you to do: have a look at the poem/description and get creative! Paint, draw or create an image of this scene and be in to win a free conversation class at Language Hub! Just submit your work of art to one of the lovely people in the office and you’re in. The best image in each language wins. We will start today with two different German poems provided by Svenja and Ariane, so you can choose which one you would like to pick for your art work. Keep warm with a cuppa, keep busy and have fun! German language poem ‚Wintersonne‘ von Engelbert Schinkel Wintersonne, wenn der Nebel bricht, trüb und flach stehst du vor mir, wie ein müdes Greisengesicht. Dämm'rig der Tag, als wärst du nicht hier. Trotzdem ist die Landschaft schön. Ich schau dem Fließen der Donau zu, schwarze Vögel am Himmel ziehn, erste Boten der Winterruh. Letzte Trauben warten auf den Frost, süßer Eiswein wird daraus. Das ist mir ja doch ein Trost, da schaut der Winter ganz erträglich [...]

26 09, 2015

O’zapft is! The German Oktoberfest

O’zapft is! is a Bavarian phrase you will hear on Friday, 2nd October, when we start opening our bottles for beer tasting as part of our Oktoberfest at Language Hub. In standard German you would say ‘es ist angezapft’ (it is tapped); ‘es’ being a beer barrel. It is a phrase reserved for the mayor of Munich every September to mark the opening of the first beer barrel and the commencement of the drinking at the Oktoberfest. Come and join the fun consisting of mixing sodas, listening (and maybe dancing) to Bavarian music, snacking and having German conversation. You live and learn. As a German you grow up knowing that there is this festival in Munich in autumn called ‘Oktoberfest’, which is all about beer. You also know that the Bavarians and the German media make a big fuss of it, showing off the indigenous culture through colourful parades of Bavarians in a variety of Lederhosen and Dirndls, dancing to traditional brass music, eating dubious sounding dishes and drinking beer from humongous glass containers in vibrantly decorated tents with long wooden tables and benches. The origins of the world’s largest folk festival, however, have long faded into the background, so let’s shed some light on the matter. Once upon a time there lived a princess called Therese Charlotte Luise of Saxony-Hildburghausen. In 1809, she was on the list of possible brides for Napoleon, but a year later on October 12, 1810, she got married to crown prince Ludwig of Bavaria. In honour of the wedding, the citizens of Munich were invited to ‘eat, drink and be merry, and enjoy parades involving kettle drums and music, shooting displays and a horse race around a meadow on the [...]

12 09, 2015

Spring is here! German Quiz time

It is the season of rebirth, renewal, blossoms, bees, birds, butterflies, sunshine. The symbols used to describe spring are universal. And despite the fact that we need to ignore the northern hemisphere’s actual axial tilt - and that the weather here seems non-compliant - we would like to challenge you, our students, to end your hibernation, roll up your sleeves and do some extra-homework in your chosen language. Learn more about the culture, extend your vocabulary and get a well-deserved reward. (Don’t get too excited, some chocolate will do). Prizes must be claimed by Friday, 2nd October 2015, by coming to class and presenting your answers to your teacher. We will start with German today, but watch this space: our other languages will follow!   The following is the first verse of a Kinderlied (nursery rhyme). In the song, little Fritzchen expresses his desire to play outside. What is the girl’s name he is really fond of? Find it in the 4th verse! Text Christian Adolph Overbeck (1755-1821) Musik Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91) Komm, lieber Mai, und mache Die Bäume wieder grün, Und lass uns an dem Bache Die kleinen Veilchen blüh'n! Wie möchten wir so gerne Ein Blümchen wieder seh'n, Ach, lieber Mai, wie gerne Einmal spazieren geh'n.   Our second song is about a birdsong. Which bird is missing here? Von Hoffmann von Fallersleben (1798–1874) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  ruft's aus dem Wald. Lasset uns singen, tanzen und springen! Frühling, Frühling wird es schon bald. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  lässt nicht sein Schrei'n: "Komm in die Felder, Wiesen und Wälder! Frühling, Frühling, stelle dich ein!" _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  , trefflicher [...]

11 09, 2013

Geh wählen – German elections 22 September

The German elections are coming up. Exciting times for Germany, and also a nice way to brush up on your German language skills. This video is a great lesson in the German language and in life. Useful vocabulary: Deutschland                         Germany Sich entspannen                 to relax Wichtig                             important entscheiden                         to decide Wirklich                            really schon                               already werden gemischt              will be mixed Neu                                 new die Karten                          the cards Bundestagswahl                 German parliment elections genug                               enough kein Bock                           can't be bothered/not interested in miese                               crappy wenig                               few Betreuungsplatze             childcare (kindergartens, playcentres...) fruer                               earlier Rente       [...]