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Learning Aids, Global Reading Assignments and Events of Interest in the Washington area

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Ricarda Huch / Adolph Kolping
Ricarda Huch  (1864–1947) historian, writer and poet. She was born in Braunschweig of an upper middle class family. Ricarda Huch was the first female member of the "Preußische Akademie der Künste", but left this institution in 1933 when the national-socialists came to power. [continuation] / Adolph Kolping  (1813-1865) from a working class family in Cologne, had intended to lead an academic life, not a social reformer, but his work with the journeymen made him realize that he should devote his life and efforts to the working people and their organization. Through his example and efforts the journeymen's organization grew. By 1865, over 400 local groups of the journeymen's organization had been established and were functioning throughout Europe and in America., [continuation] 

Eight Minute Global Readings and Exercises

Global Reading for October 28 Click the link above. The article contains grammar and vocabulary beyond what you know. Read the article for who-what-where-when [and maybe why], looking up no vocabulary; devote no more than 8 minutes to this. Print out and bring to class.
Global Reading for October 21 Click the link above. The article contains grammar and vocabulary beyond what you know. Read the article for who-what-where-when [and maybe why], looking up no vocabulary; devote no more than 8 minutes to this. Print out and bring to class. 
Global Reading for October 14 Click the link above. The article contains grammar and vocabulary beyond what you know. Read the article for who-what-where-when [and maybe why], looking up no vocabulary; devote no more than 8 minutes to this. Print out and bring to class. 
Computer Generated Translation for September 30 Click on the link above. An example of a computer generated translation of material from your textbook.
Cognates: Eight Minute Global Reading for September 30 - click here:
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Learning Aids

 
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 [1] when used as a main verb with an adjective or with a noun or [2] 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. practice in reading fraktur

Several practice readings are also presented.

Suetterlin Handwriting Example and linkSütterlin handwriting, the German equivalent to the Palmer Method. For use in reading handwritten materials from about 1900 to 1950. Especially helpful for primary research and 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 Cultural Events in Washington

  •  SAUERBRATEN / SOUR BEEF EVENT Wednesday and Thursday, October 22 and 23, 2008 DINING HALL HOURS: Wednesday Dinner 4 – 7 P.M. Thursday Lunch 11A.M. - 2 P.M. Carryout Also Available PLUS Homemade Cake Table Gift Table Zionskirche Baltimore 
Events
  • Monday November 03 | 7:30 pm | Embassy of Austria concert Elisabeth Harnik piano improvisations  The Austrian pianist and composer Elisabeth Harnik is famous for her piano improvisations. Her compositions have been performed at many national and international festivals. Not only does she perform as a solo artist, her CD is called “irrt, irrt das ohr” by Extraplatte 2005, but she is also member of many ensembles for improvised music. Elisabeth Harnik composes chamber-music, ensemble-music and music for theatre among which is the opera project “Kugelstein” with a libretto from Olga Flor. She gained the appreciation award from the University for Music and the Performing Arts in Graz in 2007. free of charge but but requires reservation:
    rsvp@austria.org or 202-895-6776
  • Lecture Thursday November 6 LECTURE New Perspectives on the Economic History of National Socialism Commercial Advertising in Nazi Germany All lectures begin at 6:30pm (refreshments will be served from 6:00 to 6:30 pm) and will be held at the German Historical Institute, 1607 New Hampshire Avenue NW (Directions)
  • Lecturelecture Prof. Anton Pelinka  „Europe and the US: A New Honeymoon After the Presidential Elections?” Friday November 14 | 7:30 pm | Embassy of Austria Anton Pelinka is professor of political science at the University of Innsbruck and director of the Institute of Conflict Research in Vienna. He was formerly the Austrian representative to the European Union's Commission on Racism and Xenophobia. Prof. Anton Pelinka has been a leading figure among Austrian political scientists for the last three decades and his research has focused primarily on comparative politics and democratic theory. In recent years he has published on issues of democracy and transnational politics. In his lecture he will focus on what the transatlantic relations will be between the United States and Europe, after the new president has taken office. free of charge but but requires reservation:
    rsvp@austria.org or 202-895-6776
  • Lecture Thursday November 20 LECTURE New Perspectives on the Economic History of National Socialism The Economic Development of Germany in the 'Third Reich' A Comparison with the post-World War II Period All lectures begin at 6:30pm (refreshments will be served from 6:00 to 6:30 pm) and will be held at the German Historical Institute, 1607 New Hampshire Avenue NW (Directions)
  • theatre Christoph Dostal performing “The Way Dogs Do” by Wolf Haas “The Way Dogs Do” Friday November 21 | 7:30 pm | Embassy of Austria is the new solo project by Christoph Dostal, based on a novel by Austrian author Wolf Haas. The murder mystery takes place in the Vienna Augarten where private detective Simon Brenner has to struggle with killer canines, sabotaged doggie biscuits and a snow-white Argentine, with a bite two and a half times stronger than a Rottweiler’s. Christoph Dostal brings the 10-character mystery to the stage featuring video, dance, live music and sound effects. Dostal studied acting at the Vienna Conservatory before winning the leading role in Wolfgang Murnberger´s feature film “For God and Country” at the age of 22. The film won the Viennese Film Prize and was the Austrian nominee for “Best Foreign Film” at the Acedemy Awards. His first one-man show “The Boneman” was a surprising success and enjoyed a 3-year run.  free of charge but but requires reservation: rsvp@austria.org or 202-895-6776
  • Christmas Market11th annual CHRISTKINDLMARKT SAT., Nov. 29, 2008  10 a.m. - 4p.m.   SUN., Nov. 30, 2008   12 noon - 4 p.m. For the 10th time this year, shoppers can feast on authentic German foods and stock their pantries with imported holiday goodies including Stollen, Lebkuchen, Marzipan, and Advent calendars. Local craftspeople display their handmade snowflakes, Santas and floral arrangements along with commercial importers of smokers and steins. A model train garden is also part of the event. The holiday spirit is initiated with a Christmas tree and live German brass music by the Alte Kameraden (City of Fairfax Band). People can begin their holiday shopping, relax with a glass of Glühwein, and converse with a friend in a festive setting.  Door prizes are awarded and guided tours of Zion Church are available. Zionskirche Baltimore

  • Lecture Thursday December 4  LECTURE New Perspectives on the Economic History of National Socialism Between Science and Politics: Economics and National Socialism All lectures begin at 6:30pm (refreshments will be served from 6:00 to 6:30 pm) and will be held at the GHI
  •  concert Till Fellner, piano Beethoven Sonata Cycle  Sunday December 07 | 6:30 pm | National Gallery of Art The Viennese pianist Till Fellner will play all Beethoven piano sonatas in a cycle that will span 7 concerts during two seasons. The complete cycle will be presented in Washington D.C., New York, Tokyo, London, Paris, Vienna and other cities.

    No. 16 in G major, op. 31/1
    No. 17 in D minor, op. 31/2 (“Tempest”)
    No. 18 in E flat major, op. 31/3
    No. 28 in A major, op. 101
                 
    4th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565 West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court Admission free of charge (first come, first serve)

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    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 5 - 6PM 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

     
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    Swiss / Austrian / German Restaurants in the DC area

    Cafe Tirolo
    4001 N. Fairfax Dr
    Arlington, VA 22203
    703.528.7809
    Zum Rheingarten
    Rte 1

    Stafford, VA 22554-4825
    703-221-4635
    Old Europe
    2434 Wisconsin Ave NW
    Washington, DC
    202-333-7600
    Cafe Berlin
    322 Massachusetts Ave., NE
    Washington, DC
    202-543-7656
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    Heidelberg Pastry Bakery   2150 N. Culpeper Street, Arlington, VA 22207  Phone: 703/527-8394 Fax: 703/528-5061

    German Gourmet Delicatessen 7185 Lee Highway Falls Church, Virginia 22036 (703) 534-1908 


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    Links of Interest to German Language Learners

       Washington German Historical Institute Events

    Calendar of Events

     

    German 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 Atlantic Fellowship airline tickets Air 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.
    Scholarships and internships in Germany are available through the  DAAD Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Österreichischer 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.
    German-American Organizations in Baltimore is the clearing house for German-American clubs, festivals, organizations in Baltimore and all the rest of Maryland. S.u.G.T.V. "Washingtonia" - a "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 Austria.
    The Swiss 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 and abroad.  Deutscher 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.
    Austrian Cultural Events in the Washington area Austrian Cultural Forum The very trendy Austrian cultural information center. Be patient with the pop-up introductory page which guides you to many interesting exhibits and events.  American-Austrian Society  Each year 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
    Verein 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 Germany".   Arion Gesangverein To promote the cultivation of German music, song and culture in the United States through concerts, song festivals and Liederabende.
        Delaware-Saengerbund
    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. 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.
    Exhibit closed while being moved from Arlington to Capitol Hill 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.

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    A short 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 Center.

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