Weekly Email for German 101-231 – 8. Juli 2019

Dear all,

The Deutschtisch for Summer 2019 is associated with German 230, but all are welcome! The group will meet MW 12:00-12:45.  See the “Conversation Hours” section below for more details.

If you are spending or have spent time in Germany this Spring or Summer you are invited to submit a photo for our annual photo contest.  The submission deadline is Sunday, September 15.

Sign up here for the International Center’s Global Engagement and Education Abroad email list. Weekly emails include info on workshops regarding travel and work abroad, conversation groups, cultural info sessions etc. SEHR interessant!

A selection of 48 great German movies is available until Nov. 30, 2019, to watch for free online via Kanopy. Click here for details about watching these German movies for free.

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

  • Summer Sings: Haydn’s “Paukenmesse”: July 15 – Upcoming Deadlines and Events
  • “Meeting Gorbachev” – Director: Werner Herzog, 2019 (Thursday, July 18; Michigan Theater, TBA) – Upcoming Deadlines and Events
  • Fall internship with Daimler – Upcoming Deadlines and Events
  • Study Abroad, Internships, Scholarship Deadlines – Study Abroad/Internships/Scholarship Info
  • Conversation Partner Options – Miscellaneous
  • Germanic Dept Photo Contest – Miscellaneous
  • freerice.com: Learn vocabulary and generate food donations – Miscellaneous
  • Website on contemporary German usage and dialect differences – 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.

Deutschtisch

The Deutschtisch for Summer 2019 is associated with German 230, but all are welcome! The group will meet MW 12:00-12:45. You can find the group with your ears (i.e. listen for a group of people speaking German). Look for the group:
  • EITHER: At Maizie’s Kitchen in the Michigan League.
  • OR in good weather: in the “Courtyard Garden” of the League, across from UHS (one way to get to it would be to go directly through the League from the front doors (facing the Bell Tower) to the back doors).
  • To be sure of the location, come to the end of class at 11:50 in 2106 MLB to walk to lunch with the group, or email the instructors to confirm the location: Shubhangi Dabak in the first half of the semester, Mary Gell in the second half of the semester.

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 apkindland@yahoo.de 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 (pbhill@umich.edu)

Email germaneboard@umich.edu to get put on the email list, or “like” the club on Facebook at facebook.com/germanclubumich 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; mkrasan@umich.edu)
  • Karl-Georg Federhofer (MLB 3422; kallimz@umich.edu)
  • To reach either advisor: germanadvising@umich.edu
  • Kalli is currently out of town, but you can email him at kallimz@umich.edu to arrange a Skype or phone conversation
  • 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: germanmentors@umich.edu. 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: https://www.facebook.com/umichGerman/

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.

Germanic Department Photo Contest (Sunday, September 15; Application Deadline)

Website on contemporary German usage and dialect differences

  • This link to the “Atlas Alltagssprache” takes you to just one of the many interesting results from an ongoing survey on regional differences in colloquial language use. It shows the different responses to the question “How would you greet people you know in a neighborhood store in the afternoon?” For each item on the site, you see a map with the results, and then a short text describing the question that was asked, and the results. There are questions about word choice, figures of speech, pronunciation, etc.
  • To see many more examples, just click on “Erste Runde,” “Zweite Runde” etc. in the left hand margin, and then click on the headings that interest you. To look up variants alphabetically, click on “Register der Varianten,” also on the left.

freerice.com

  • freerice.com site: Go to “Subjects” and click on “German,” and you’ll see a series of multiple choice questions on German vocabulary. Each correct answer you choose generates a donation of 10 grains of rice for people who need it. As you earn more points, the questions get harder. The game is also available for a large number of other subjects – e.g. you can learn to identify the countries of the world on a map, or learn the world capitals, or practice advanced English vocabulary. The “FAQ” [under “About”] and “Totals” [under “Rice!”] links at the top provide some interesting information about the site, which is owned by the United Nations’ World Food Program.