Dear all,

Deutschtisch hiatus: The Spring Term ends today (Monday 6/24) ==> today’s Deutschtisch will be open only to the students in German 100. Deutschtische will resume in the Summer Term, and will be associated with German 230. The first Summer term Deutschtisch (Wed 7/3) will be just for the German 230 students. As of Mon 7/8, all will be welcome again to attend the Summer Deutschtische!

The German Park will be open this Sat 6/29 – see the “Upcoming Deadlines and Events” section for more details!

Other highlights from this week’s email, and what section to check for more details:

  • German Park will be open this Sat 6/29 – Upcoming Deadlines and Events
  • Study Abroad, Internships, Scholarship Deadlines – Study Abroad/Internships/Scholarship Info
  • Conversation Partner Options – Miscellaneous
  • Bizarre 70s video: Bundesliga Fashion Show – Miscellaneous
  • “This is Why You’re German” – Miscellaneous

Ongoing reminders:

The CGIS application portal for studying during Winter 2020 in Tübingen is open.  The application deadline will be on Sunday, September 15.

Please click here to see the list of German classes for Spring, Summer and Fall 2019.

German Park will be open this Sat 6/29

The German Park on Pontiac Trail is open to the public on the last Saturday of June, July and August each year ==> it will be open this Saturday, June 29.  It is located at 5549 Pontiac Trail (about 6 miles northeast of Ann Arbor – see the German Park Website for a map and more info), and admission is $5.  For details about this popular event, please call (734) 769-0048.  IF YOU ARE UNDER 21, YOU _MUST_ BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT. Admission is $5; children 12 and under are free.  There will be food (Bratwurst, Spätzle etc.) and drinks (beer, wine, pop, bottled water) for sale.  Doors open at 4 and close at 9, and the park remains open until 11.  The park often fills before 9, so come earlier if you can.


See the note at the beginning of this email regarding the upcoming “Deutschtisch hiatus”!

LRC Conversation Partner Site

Go to this page to sign up or find a conversation partner. Please notify the LRC if you notice problems (e.g. outdated records etc.). Don’t be shy: the more people sign up, the better the site will work!

Ann Arbor Stammtisch

  • A German Stammtisch meets once a week, usually on Thursdays at 8:00 pm at Grizzly Peak or another bar near Main Street. Join the email list to stay up-to-date on where and when the group will meet.
  • There’s also a facebook page: look for “German Table / Stammtisch”
  • Alternatively, contact Andy Kasten at for the current location and for more information. Wherever the Stammtisch meets, he’ll be wearing a VfB Stuttgart soccer jersey — Debitel on the front, Bordon #5 on the back. It’s white with a red collar and stripes.
  • This is NOT something you can do to make up an absence, but you can still go for fun and/or write about it for an AMD.

German Club events will resume in the Fall!

Questions/Comments: email Parker Hill (

Email to get put on the email list, or “like” the club on Facebook at for updates!

Please note that by attending German Club meetings, you can make up “A&P” points in German 101-232. Just ask one of the German Club officers to email your instructor (or write a note) saying you were there!

Faculty Advisors Mary Rodena-Krasan & Kalli Federhofer

Contact our two faculty advisors, Mary or Kalli, for advice on study abroad, internships abroad, a German major/minor, upper-level German courses, career opportunities in German, study-abroad and work-abroad opportunities, etc. They have frequent office hours in Fall/Winter, but more limited availability in Spring/Summer. Please use the email info or the link below to contact them!

  • Mary Rodena-Krasan (MLB 3128;
  • Karl-Georg Federhofer (MLB 3422;
  • To reach either advisor:
  • You may also be able to schedule appointments with Mary & Kalli by clicking here

German Peer Advisors/Mentors

If you would like to get in touch with a peer mentor in our Department, please write to: Their availability may be limited in the summer! The peer mentors’ expertise includes:

  • Current classes and potential courses
  • Study abroad, internship, and traveling in Germany
  • Academic requirements (major/minor, LSA language requirement) and combination (engineering, pre-health, etc.)
  • Max Kade House
  • Departmental scholarships/fellowships
  • On- and off-campus German opportunities (German Club, German Day, etc.)
  • Career/job search
  • Getting involved – enhancing your undergraduate experience with the German Department

[This page will only include entries in this category when there is a job/internship etc. aimed at German students at all levels. To see more internship and job opportunities, scroll through Kalli’s blog, addressed to all upper-level German students]

There are two German Department facebook groups:

  • “German Advising at University of Michigan” [Read news here!]
    • Join this group to see much of the information you see in this email, as well as other relevant info, in the form of individual announcement posts.
  • “German Program at University of Michigan – Vorwärts Blau!” [Post things here!]
    • You are encouraged to join this group to in order to read and post interesting/fun items related to German language and culture. If you have trouble joining the group or posting something, please email Hartmut!

AND there is a German Department facebook page. Check it out:

You can find weekly updates similar to this email but with lots more content on this blog.

We also encourage you to join us on our LinkedIn site: ‘University of Michigan German Department’

You can also follow us on Twitter: @umichGerman

Conversation Partner Options: Various options for finding conversation partners are listed on this page.

Bizarre 70s video: Bundesliga Fashion Show

This is a clip from the end of an episode of a popular sports talk show in the 70s. The Bundesliga soccer season was coming to an end, and they had apparently invited a fashion designer to present his take on how the next season’s uniforms should look. They begin reasonably enough by showing a few of the current outfits. Then the music starts and the weirdness begins. Enjoy.

Lots of viewers still had black and white TVs back then, so the moderator describes the colors of all the new designs ==> this is also a great review of the words for the colors 🙂

For fun: This is why you’re German

This site provides a random list of somewhat tongue-in-cheek reasons why you’re German, like “You clap when your plane lands” or “It’s your birthday and YOU are paying for the drinks.” Click on the little yellow feedback button (with messages like “Right on!” “Prost,” or “Das stimmt”) to see the next item. Note that “Rischtiisch” is a humorous spelling for the Rhineland pronunciation of “Richtig.”