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

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Eight Minute Global Readings and Exercises

 Global Reading for February 16
Read through the selection looking nothing up; there is vocabulary and grammar you do not yet know. Using context and intelligent guessing find the who / where / what / when - and for this reading why - of the article. Spend no more than 8 minutes on the reading. Print out and bring to class.
 Global Reading for February 2
Read through the selection looking nothing up; there is vocabulary and grammar you do not yet know. Using context and intelligent guessing find the who / where / what / when - and for this reading why - of the article. Spend no more than 8 minutes on the reading. Print out and bring to class.
Global Reading for January 26
Read through the selection looking nothing up; there is vocabulary and grammar you do not yet know. Using context and intelligent guessing find the who / where / what / when of the article. Spend no more than 8 minutes on the reading. Print out and bring to class.
 Global Reading for March 10
Read through the selection looking nothing up; there is vocabulary and grammar you do not yet know. Using context and intelligent guessing find the who / where / what / when - and for this reading why - of the article. Spend no more than 8 minutes on the reading. Print out and bring to class.
 Global Reading for March 17
Read through the selection looking nothing up; there is vocabulary and grammar you do not yet know. Using context and intelligent guessing find the who / where / what / when - and why - of the article. Spend no more than 8 minutes on the reading. Print out and bring to class.

Derjenige, der, denjenigen, der, das Schild, das auf der Brücke, die nach Worms führt, steht, umstößt, anzeigt, bekommt eine Belohnung.
1 2 3 4 5   5 4 3 2 1  
Derjenige, der denjenigen, der das Schild, das auf der Brücke, die nach Worms führt, steht, umstößt, anzeigt, bekommt eine Belohnung.

 

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Bertolt Brecht / Elisabeth Hauptmann  from Atlantic Monthly, Volume 292, No. 1

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.

Extended Adjective Constructions ["Encapsulation"] Worksheet

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

Events

Events

  • Scene of the Crime: The Last Visitor Sunday February 14, 9:00 pm and Monday February 15, 12:00 over the air Channel 30 When brown coal is the lifeblood of a region, entire towns have to make way for the mighty excavators. Schaffrath, for instance, is becoming a ghost town, where even the corpses from the cemetery are being moved to a new settlement. It's from this new town that Inspectors Ballauf and Schenk get a package one day: a severed thumb from a deep-frozen body. The thumb belongs to a notorious criminal who recently attacked an armored car, killed the driver and fled with the cash. Looking for answers, Ballauf and Schenk make their way to the old and the new Schaffrath, each desolate in its own way. The local cop, the barkeeper, the butcher, the young farmer Hansi -everybody seems to be hiding something. Sought for questioning, Hansi flees and falls to his death in a pit. Yet the inspectors can't imagine a link between the simple farmhand and the murderous thug. Until they realize that the robber most likely drove through the old, abandoned Schaffrath - which isn't as abandoned as it seems... Directed by Niki Stein, 2005, color. In German with English subtitles. In German with English subtitles. International Mystery Schedule

  • Concertconcert Monday March 16 | 7:30 pm Die Strottern | accompanied by Mike Maher and Aron Rider Viennese Songs Monday March 16 | 7:30 pm | Embassy of Austria Admission free. RSVP required: 202-895-6776 or http://www.austrianculturalforum.com/events-registration

  • Scene of the Crime: Cologne Broadcast in: German

    Washington over the air Channel 30.1 Cox Cable Channel 470 Comcast Channel 271

    Death On Ice Next Airdate: Sunday March 14, 9:01 pm Episode Description: When a local celebrity, former pro skater and now competition judge, is found dead of hypothermia on the local rink, Ballauf and Schenk enter the world of junior competitive skating—cutthroat competition, bitter personal rivalries, crushing disappointments, stage mothers, performance enhancing drugs—all against a background of broken family relationships. Directed by Zuli Aladag, 2005, color. In German with English subtitles.

    Death On Ice Next Airdate: Monday March 15, 12:00 am Episode Description: When a local celebrity, former pro skater and now competition judge, is found dead of hypothermia on the local rink, Ballauf and Schenk enter the world of junior competitive skating—cutthroat competition, bitter personal rivalries, crushing disappointments, stage mothers, performance enhancing drugs—all against a background of broken family relationships. Directed by Zuli Aladag, 2005, color. In German with English subtitles.

    Blood Diamonds (Blutdiamanten) Next Airdate: Sunday April 11, 9:00 pm Episode Description: A human rights group stages a fake terrorist attack on a luxury jeweler’s ritzy reception, claiming he’s smuggling in “blood diamonds” from African warlords; but then one protestor winds up dead—was he shot by the cops? Ballauf and Schenk end up teaming with a Belgian colleague in Antwerp, Europe’s diamond capital. Directed by Martin Eigler, 2006, color. In German with English subtitles.

    Blood Diamonds (Blutdiamanten) Next Airdate: Monday April 12, 12:00 am Episode Description: A human rights group stages a fake terrorist attack on a luxury jeweler’s ritzy reception, claiming he’s smuggling in “blood diamonds” from African warlords; but then one protestor winds up dead—was he shot by the cops? Ballauf and Schenk end up teaming with a Belgian colleague in Antwerp, Europe’s diamond capital. Directed by Martin Eigler, 2006, color. In German with English subtitles.

  • Walking TourGuided Walk: Time Shadows Opening Saturday, February 2, 2 – 4 pm
    A joint project of the Chinatown Community Cultural Center and the Goethe-Institut Washington Goethe-Institut 812 Seventh St. NW Washington, DC 20001 tel. 202-289-1200, ext. 106 www.goethe.de/washington Sign up for our weekly e-newsletter: email mailserv@goethe.de with the message subscribe wasdc-lis More information: www.timeshadows.org
    Beginning at the Goethe-Institut 812 Seventh St. NW

  • 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 [or on cable] 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 (703) 534-1908 and 5838 Columbia Pike, Falls Church, 703.379.8080


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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.  .
    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.
    Berlin Wall at Newseum, 3rd and Constitution NW  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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