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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

Eight Minute Global Reading for November 10:
  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. In this case go to the URL: where there are illustrations which will help you.
Eight Minute Global Reading for October 27:
  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. In this case go to the URL: where there are illustrations which will help you.
 
Eight Minute Global Reading for October 20:
  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 13:
 

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?

October 6 reading  Bertolt Brecht / Elisabeth Hauptmann from  Atlantic Monthly, Volume 292, No. 1
Click on the link above. Does this revelation square with your virew of Brecht up to now?.
Computer Generated Translation for September 29
Click on the link above. An example of a computer generated translation of material from your textbook.
 
Eight Minute Global Reading for October 27:
Schinkel Neue Wache   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 20:
Eight Minute Global Reading for October 13:
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Computer Generated Translation for September 29
Click on the link above. An example of a computer generated translation of material from your textbook.
 
 
  Bertolt Brecht / Elisabeth Hauptmann  from Atlantic Monthly, Volume 292, No. 1
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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

     

  • walking tourWalking Tour: German Immigrant Entrepreneurs in Old Downtown Washington Saturday September 10:30 am – 12 noon Meet at the Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St., NW. 
Events
  • exhibition Nina Muys A Natural Connection A Retrospective of Floral Prints by Nina Muys  Nina Muys (http://nmuys.wordpress.com) is an Austrian printmaker, who grew up in Austria, Germany and Brazil. In 1961, she immigrated to the United States, where she developed an interest in art, and attended the Corcoran School of Art, the University of Maryland and the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. She has a deep and spiritual connection to nature - flowers have become a central subject in her works of art. Her paintings are reminiscent of Albrecht Dürer’s works, and her fascination with the power and the complexities of nature shines through all of them. Nina Muys is a founding member of The Washington Printmakers’ Gallery, and her work is part of the collections of the Library of Congress, the White House and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.   Thursday September 24 | 6:30 pm | Embassy of Austria | 3524 International Court NW | Washington DC 20008  Admission free. RSVP required: 202-895-6776 or http://www.acfdc.org/events-registration   The exhibition will run through October 23, 2009
  • Oktoberfest! Saturday, September 26 The Alpine Dancers and the Alte Kameraden Band perform 12:30-5:00 at the Lovettsville Oktoberfest, Lovettsville, VA. Many vendors and activities for families. The Washington Saengerbund serves authentic German food.  See the full schedule and list of activities at the web site  http://www.lovettsv illeva.gov/ default.asp? contentID= 26      "In celebration of Lovettsville' s German heritage, the 16th Annual Oktoberfest will take place during the last weekend of September. Friday night the act ivies begin with a live band in the main tent.  The main event is Saturday when the Town comes alive with food, crafts, and entertainment along the Town's historic streets. There will be a community church service on Sunday with music in the tent in the afternoon. As with past years, the festival is FREE to the public and FREE parking is provide..  Food, Beer and Crafts are available for purchase." 
  • Wednesday September 30 | 7:30 pm  book presentation and movie “The Devil´s Workshop” A Memoir of the Nazi Counterfeiting Operation from Adolf Burger Presentation of the memoir of Adolf Burger The Devil’s Workshop by publisher Michael Leventhal of Frontline Books UK. In this extraordinary memoir, Adolf Burger describes his wartime experiences; there is a.  screening of The Counterfeiters The Austrian film was based on his memoir and was the winner of the Best Foreign Film Oscar. The movie tells the true story of the printer Adolf Burger and his friend Salomon Sorowitsch, a swindler known as Berlin's "King of the Counterfeiters.” Wednesday September 30 | 7:30 pm | Embassy of Austria | 3524 International Court NW | Washington DC 20008
    Admission free. RSVP required: 202-895-6776 or http://www.acfdc.org/events-registration 
  • October 6 Klaus Paier (accordion) and Asja Valcic (cello) Austrian accordion player Klaus Paier and Croatian cellist Asja Valcic will present pieces from their latest CD “À Deux”, which was released in January 2009. Influenced by French musettes, Argentinian tangos, Balkan dance, and jazz, Klaus Paier’s compositions will take the audience on a unique musical journey. Program: Pieces from À Deux  Tuesday October 06 | 7:30 pm | Embassy of Austria | 3524 International Court NW | Washington DC 20008 Admission free. RSVP required: 202-895-6776 or http://www.acfdc.org/events-registration 

  • Tatort / Scene of the Crime [German detective series with English subtitles]: Landmines Sunday, October 23 and Tuesday, October 25 at 8:00 PMon MHz (WNVC) Virginia PBS Channel 56. When a landmine explodes

  • Lecture LECTURE Discipline: Schools, the Military, and the Shaping of Future Citizens in Germany and the United States, 1890 – 2000 Dirk Schumann (German Historical Institute, Washington, DC), Judith Sealander (Bowling Green State University) at the German Historical Institute 1607 New Hampshire Ave, NW Washington, DC 20009 Refreshments will be served at 6 pm. Lectures begin at 6:30 pm. Metro: Red Line to Dupont Circle Use Q Street/North Exit RSVP (acceptances only): Phone 202.387.3355 - Fax 202.387.6437 - E-mail c.brown@ghi-dc.org . Metro: Red Line to Dupont Circle Use Q Street/North Exit RSVP (acceptances only): Phone 202.387.3355 - Fax 202.387.6437 - E-mail c.brown@ghi-dc.org
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  •  Monday, January 9, 6:30 pm young and german Film Series Beethoven Society of America For details and tickets: 703-960-9876 or www.thebeethovensociety.org German Embassy Auditorium 4645 Reservoir Road, N.W.

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 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.

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On Line Sources for German Language Books and Media German Web Radio German News Sources German Sounds and Music
German Language Search Engines NVCC German 201 2005 German Language Periodicals Austria and Styria
Specialized German Dictionaries Tourist Tips for Germany and Austria Image Gallery German Language Learning Maps of German Speaking Countries and Cities
 Dictionary Suggestions German 115 Fall 2005 Highways and Byways of German Literature Reference Sources for the German Speaking Countries German Language Learning
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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