|Learning Aids, Global Reading Assignments and Events of Interest in the Washington area|
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|Gertrud von le Fort Baroness Gertrude von Lefort (1876–1971) is the author of over 20 books (poems, novels and short stories), honorary Doctor of Theology and «the greatest contemporary transcendent poet». Her works are appreciated for their breath-taking profoundness and virtuosity, beauty and actuality of her ideas, and for the sophisticated refinement of the form. Hermann Hesse, who evaluated her talent, proposed her as a candidate for the Nobel Prize. Von le Fort was born in Westphalia, Germany, and studied at the Universities of Heidelberg and Berlin. A Protestant of Huguenot descent, von le Fort converted early to Catholicism. Her novel Die Letze am Schafott (The Last or Song at the Scaffold), by far her most famous work, was the basis for Dialogues of the Carmelites. Set during the time [continuation] / Ernst Wiechert [born in 1887 in East Prussia] was the son of a forest warden and grew up in a rural atmosphere. After completing studies as a pedagogue he volunteered for military service in World War 1 and his war experiences influenced his subject matter in his works written in the 1920s, for example the novel „Der Totenwolf" (1922). In 1930 he experienced what he described as an epiphany of grace. He settled in Upper Bavaria and gained a large readership among those who regarded him as a moral beacon. His novels „Die Majorin" (1933) and „Hirtennovelle" (1935) were among the most popular works of the period. Since Wiechert's works were connected to hearth and home, the Nazis regarded him favorably. until Wiechert displayed his opposition to the Nazi policies. After his public address „Der Dichter und die Zeit", in which he criticized the role of the state in setting cultural standards, [continuation]|
|Eight Minute Global Reading for November 8:|
|Click the link above; The article contains grammar and vocabulary far beyond what you know now. Read the article for who-what-where-when , looking up no vocabulary; devote no more than 8 minutes to this. Print the article out and bring to class.|
|Eight Minute Global Reading for October 11:|
|Click the link above; The article contains grammar and vocabulary far beyond what you know now. Read the article for who-what-where-when [and maybe why], looking up no vocabulary; devote no more than 8 minutes to this. Print the article out and bring to class.|
|Eight Minute Global Reading for October 4:|
|Eight Minute Global Reading for September 27:|
Heinrich der Löwe
Am 1.2.1168 heiratete Heinrich im Dom zu Minden seine zweite Frau Mathilde, die erst 12 Jahre alte Tochter des Königs von England Heinrich II.. Mathilde war eine Schwester von Richard Löwenherz. Diese Heirat begründete die enge Verbindung der Welfen mit dem englischen Könighaus, so daß im 19. Jahrhundert sogar die Könige (bzw. der Kurfürst) von Hannover gleichzeitig auch Könige von Großbritannien waren.
Read the article for who-what-where-when [and maybe why], looking up no vocabulary; devote no more than 8 minutes to this. Print the article out and bring to class. Why does the first sentence end with 2 periods?
|Computer Generated Translation for September 20|
|Click on the link above. An example of a computer generated translation of material from your textbook.|
|Eight Minute Global Reading for September 20- click here:|
|Schinkel Neue Wache||Bertolt Brecht / Elisabeth Hauptmann from Atlantic Monthly, Volume 292, No. 1|
|Germanic Language Tree Schematic showing the historical relationships of English with High German and with the other Germanic languages. For detailed background information on the individual Germanic Languages click HERE.||A very short and simple list of Definitions of Parts of Speech gives a quick overview of grammatical concepts that apply both to English and German|
|This list of Strong verbs in German -- starke Verben in Deutsch lists the forms of approximately 100 strong German verbs. [NB link!]||A succinct on-line Grammar of German from William and Mary offers a quick survey of grammar elements.|
|Deutsche Phonetik offers practice in pronunciation of some common German sounds using everyday vocabulary and using RealAudio.||Keyboarding German text with the US-International Keyboard in Windows 95/98 and XP This keyboard allows easy typing of those symbols peculiar to German as well as those for standard English.|
|Subjunctive Outline Forms of the subjunctive used in indirect discourse and in contrary to fact conditional sentences.||Passive Voice Outline A comparison of the forms and meanings of werden  when used as a main verb with an adjective or with a noun or  the forms of werden when used to form the passive voice.|
Fraktur: a link
for practice in Fraktur, the printed
version of German text used before WW1 and also 1933-1935.
Several practice readings are also presented.
|Sütterlin handwriting, the German equivalent to the Palmer Method. For use in reading handwritten materials from about 1900 to 1950. Especially helpful for genealogical purposes.|
|Click HERE to go Home||Kalenderblatt für Heute||[Today in History - from a German perspective; also includes name days and saints' days.]||Weather Forecast in German or English|
|Berlin Wetter auf Deutsch, HIER klicken|
|Vienna weather in English CLICK HERE|
German Language Church Services in Washington
|United Church (Concordia Kirche) 1920 G Street, NW, Washington, DC. (202) 331-1495 . (Location for Washington Saengerbund's annual Christmas concert.) German service at 9:30 on first and third Sundays in the month.||Our Lady of Bethesda (Deutsche Katholische Mission), 7007 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20817. Sonntagsgottesdienste 10.00 Uhr||Deutsche Evangelische
Kirchengemeinde sonntags 9.30 Uhr
Pilgrim Lutheran Church 5500 Massachussetts Avenue Bethesda, MD 20816
|German Language Television in the DC Area||Mondays thru Fridays 3 - 4PM WNVC over the air Channel 56;
Virginia PBS in German news [at times with English subtitles]
Mondays thru Fridays 7:30 PM WNVC over the air Channel 56; Virginia PBS News from Germany but in English
|Sundays 9pm erratically: German television detective shows on International Mystery WNVC over the air Channel 56 with repeats on Channelm 53; Virginia PBS|
Swiss / Austrian / German Restaurants in the DC
Gourmet Delicatessen 7185 Lee Highway Falls Church, Virginia
22036 (703) 534-1908
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4001 N. Fairfax Dr
Arlington, VA 22203
Stafford, VA 22554-4825
2434 Wisconsin Ave NW
322 Massachusetts Ave., NE
7236 Muncaster Mill Rd.
Heidelberg Pastry Bakery 2150 N. Culpeper Street,
Arlington, VA 22207 Phone: 703/527-8394 Fax: 703/528-5061
of Interest to German Language Learners
Language Movies Scheduled for Washington
Scholarships for Study and Research in
Austria and specifically for Scholars from the United States
Scholarships for Study and
Research in Germany
tickets to Germany, Austria and Switzerland can be obtained through the
old-line and reliable Atlantic
Fellowship, located in Washington, which also
handles rail passes, car rentals and travel insurance.
and internships in Germany are available through the DAAD Deutscher
Austauschdienst includes scholarship information
as well as a link to a brochure on studying in Austria.
German Language Study
Programs in Austria mostly but
not only in the summer
months. Often special courses for musicians and singers.
in Baltimore is the clearing house for
German-American clubs, festivals, organizations in Baltimore and all
the rest of Maryland.
"Schuhplattler" dance club based in D.C. is continuously seeking
opportunities to share its Bavarian heritage with others. In addition
to performing traditional Schuhplattler dances, "Washingtonia"
entertains with such folk art as alpine bell ringing, alpine horn and
popular German beer drinking songs.
Studying at an Austrian University although
the site is not aimed specifically at US students, it contains helpful
general information and contacts to the individual universities in
Club of Washington D.C. aspires to foster a sense
of community among Swiss people and friends of Switzerland in the
Washington metropolitan area including Northern Virginia and Maryland.
The Wagner Society of
Washington DC has among its goals to organize, plan, and promote
Wagner-related events, such as lectures, workships, symposia, a
newsletter, a web page, and live operatic performances; to relate the
Society's efforts to area opera activities as appropriate; to encourage
and facilitate group attendance at live performances of Wagner's works
in the Washington - Baltimore area, as well as other cities in the US
Klub of Northern Virginia Community College ...
the Deutscher Klub website for Northern Virginia Community College.
with the latest information on Klub happenings, as well as other
German-related events in the Washington, DC area.
Cultural Events in the Washington area
Austrian Cultural Forum The
re-vamped and very trendy Austrian cultural information center. Be
patient with the pop-up introductory page which guides you to many
interesting exhibits and events.
the Society sponsors or supports several cultural events that take
place at the Embassy of Austria and at other locations in the
Washington metropolitan area. Most of these events are open to the
general public. The Society's stimulating cultural and educational
programs are centered around the artistic, humanistic, and scientific
achievements of Austrians and Americans with ties to Austria
Deutscher Trachten von Baltimore Tanzkreis for the
"preservation and presentation to the public of the many coloful
Trachten (Regional Costumes) of the Germanic Lands, as well as the
dances, songs, history and traditions of the various regions of
Arion Gesangverein To promote the cultivation of German music, song
and culture in the United States through concerts, song festivals and Liederabende.
German Society of Maryland , founded in the 18th Century,
continues today providing grants for use
by institutions teaching German; sponsoring an essay contest on
German-American issues for junior high school students; promoting German heritage; publication of leaflets
dealing with Marylanders of German ancestry who have contributed to our
state and nation; social activities such as the Society's summer picnic
and annual Kirchgang, sponsoring Thanksgiving Eve ecumenical services
and the Defender's Day celebration at Fort McHenry and bus trips to
various points of interest for German Americans.
Blob's Park, near
Ft. Meade on
Route 175 just off the Baltimore Washington Parkway [Click for
directions], has many Special Celebrations during
the year. May Day is
celebrated every Mother's Day in May, and the Sonnenwendfeier (the
longest day of the year) is celebrated on Father's Day in June. The
first Octoberfest in the United States was held at Blob's Park in 1947
and continues to be celebrated the first weekend of every October!
Other special days are Bavarian Day in September, a children's
Christmas Party when Santa Claus and St. Nicholas visit and present
every child with a gift, and a gala New Year's Eve Party.
in Wien Practical tips, sources
of information both academic and administrative and social
for people presently studying in Vienna: addresses, lists of lectures,
student news, bars, etc.
Exhibit closed while being moved from Arlington to
DC Berlin Wall at Freedom Park
Original pieces of the Berlin Wall, measuring a
total of 32 feet in length and 12 feet in height, have been permanently
re-erected in front of an original 32-foot-high guard tower as the
centerpiece of a new exhibit on Berlin and the era of the Iron Curtain.
The tower (which originally stood near "Checkpoint Charlie," the
crossing point made famous in countless real and fictional Iron Curtain
espionage incidents) and the wall section will be augmented by several
photomurals and text panels that document the 1961 construction of the
wall, its impact on Germany and history since the wall fell.
Sources for German Language Books and Media
Sounds and Music
Language Search Engines
German 201 2005
Austria and Styria
Tips for Germany and Austria
German Speaking Countries and Cities
Suggestions German 115 Fall 2005
and Byways of German Literature
Sources for the German Speaking Countries
German Language Learning
history and a sightseeing tour of the Hudson Tubes
(PATH), one of the earliest subways of the world, along with an image
gallery of the Tubes, past and present. English and German
versions. There is also a section updated daily on the changes to the
Tubes as a result of the Islamic terrorist attack on the World Trade
Swiss / Austrian / German Restaurants in the DC area
German Gourmet Delicatessen 7185 Lee Highway Falls Church, Virginia 22036 (703) 534-1908
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