Dear all,

The Drop/Add (and Pass/Fail) deadline is Monday 9/23. If you’re considering changing modifiers from pass/fail to graded or vice versa, you must do so by this date. If you’re considering dropping a class, you can still do so via Wolverine Access until this date. After the deadline, you’ll need the instructor’s signature to drop a course, and there will be a “W” for that course on your transcript. If you need advice, please consult your instructors and/or an academic advisor! Note: This is an LS&A deadline; it may be different for other schools ==> if you’re not in LS&A, please consult with an advisor in order to be sure what deadlines apply to you!

The German Club will host its first “Stammtisch” this Wednesday, 7 p.m., Michigan League Underground.

Remember that you can participate in the weekly “Schokoladenstunde” on Tuesdays and Thursdays; attend Max Kade Kaffeestunde and Deutschtisch and go to the German Lab Monday-Thursday 1-4. See the “Conversation Hours, German Lab” section for more details on all these events!

A German professor is looking for in-house assistance in Ann Arbor. This is an opportunity to help someone, make some money, and learn some German!
Registration is now open for the Language Resource Center’s 2019 Translate-A-Thon. Students at all levels are welcome for a weekend of translation. A link to register is on the webpage!
If you are interested in studying abroad in Freiburg (application deadline: December 1) please contact our advisors, Mary or Kalli. You will find their office hours for this week/semester in the “German Courses & Majoring/Minoring in German” section.
In case you are still looking for a course, here is the list of German Department courses for Fall 2019.  If you have any questions, please contact one of the German Undergraduate Peer Mentors, or contact our advisors Mary ( or Kalli (

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

  • German Lab, Schokoladenstunde, Kaffeestunde, and Deutschtisch – Conversation Hours, German Lab
  • Study Abroad (Freiburg!), Internships, Scholarship Deadlines – Study Abroad/Internships/Scholarship Info
  • Advising Hours – German Courses & Majoring/Minoring in German
  • Conversation Partner Options – Miscellaneous
  • International Center Global Engagement and Education Abroad email list – Miscellaneous
  • BaBaDum vocab learning game – Miscellaneous
  • Deutsche Star Wars Parodie – Miscellaneous

Schokoladenstunde (with games!): Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 and Thursdays 11-12, in the Language Resource Center in North Quad.

  • Schokoladenstunde will take place in the comfy seating area between the two computer classrooms in the Language Resource Center. There will be some German chocolate there 🙂  All students at all levels are welcome to come and chat and play games in German (e.g. Tabu etc.). Schokoladenstunde will be facilitated on Tuesdays by Silvia Grzeskowiak, and on Thursdays by Mary Gell or sometimes Veronica Williamson.
  • If you ask Silvia/Mary/Veronica to email your instructor that you were there, you can use this to make up 2 “A&P points” in 101-232.

Max Kade Kaffeestunde (Thursdays 9-10 pm) & Deutschtisch (Sundays 6-7 pm)

  • Kaffeestunde at the Max Kade Haus takes place Thursdays 9-10 pm in the Said Lounge on the Residential Side of North Quad – but please check this page for occasional updates!
    • The Said Lounge is in the residential portion of North Quad, which is only open to residents ==> when you go, please email Reid (, so that someone can come to the front door and let you in. You can also just knock on the door of the residential portion and tell a residence staff member that you are there for the Max Kade House event, and you will be let in.
  • Deutschtisch in the North Quad dining hall: Sundays 6-7 pm.
    • You will need a meal plan or Entrée Plus to enter, or you can purchase a meal at the door (note that this is not cheap) – but you may also be allowed to come in just to talk and not eat, if you say at the door that you are there for the Max Kade event.
    • The group has yellow signs with “Max Kade Deutschtisch” to identify where they are sitting.
    • For questions, contact Reid (
  • German students at all levels (101 and up) are welcome at all Max Kade events. You can make up “A&P Tally” points in 101-232 by attending Max Kade Deutschtisch or Kaffeestunde. Just ask Reid to email your instructor that you were there!

German Lab in Alcove B in the Language Resource Center in North Quad is open Mon-Thu 1-4 pm.

  • The German Lab is open Monday-Thursday 1-4 every week. It’s in Alcove B in the LRC (ground level of North Quad, Room 1500).
  • Go to the German Lab for any kind of help (except we can’t proofread your essays for you): if you need help with homework or a test review sheet (we can proofread your test essays for German 101-231), if you need grammar topics explained or reviewed or need more practice, if you just want to speak some German for fun and/or for your AMD etc. If you have time in the afternoons from 1-4, do your homework in the LRC! Then if you get stuck on something, you can just stop by the German Lab alcove so we can get you unstuck.
  • Click here for more info!

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!

RC Coffee Hour: Mondays 4-5, Greene Lounge, East Quad

  • All are welcome to come to this German conversation hour!
  • 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.

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: “Stammtisch (Wednesday, September 18; 7 p.m., Michigan League Underground)

Questions/Comments: email Paul ( or Drue (

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, as follows:
  • Mary Rodena-Krasan (MLB 3128;
    • Her office hours this week are:
      Tuesday, September 17: 1-4 p.m.,
      Wednesday, September 18: 1-4 p.m.,
      Thursday, September 19: 1-4 p.m.,
  • Karl-Georg Federhofer (MLB 3422;
    • His office hours this week are:
      Monday, September 16: 10-11:30, 1:30-3 p.m.,
      Tuesday, September 17: 10-12:30 p.m.,
      Wednesday, September 18: 10-11:30, 1:30-4:30 p.m.,
      Thursday, September 19: 9-11 a.m.,
      Friday, September 20: 10-11:30, 1:30-4:30 p.m.,
      and by appointment
  • To reach either advisor:
  • You can also schedule appointments with Mary & Kalli by clicking here
  • …and you can contact Kalli via text message (734-277-7341) or via Facebook (Kalli Federhofer)

German Peer Advisors/Mentors

If you would like to get in touch with a peer mentor in our Department, please write to: Their 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.

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!

BaBaDum vocab learning game

Visit to play a cute vocab learning game. The site is set up to teach you 1500 words in 22 languages; more languages are planned if they can find funding. Click on “Play,” click on the bottom right to switch the language to German, and switch between game options at the top. There are occasional pronunciation errors (long vowels pronounced as if they were short), and a few of the vocab items seem a bit odd (e.g. “Petersilienwurzel” (parsley root)), but almost everything is well done and correct, and the games are a fun way to practice lots of useful words.

Deutsche Star Wars Parodie

Deutsche Star Wars Parodie: Darth Vader ist in der Küche. Wieder einmal [=once again] bringt die Polizei Luke nach Hause…


Luke: benutze die Macht. Prüfe Deine Gefühle = Luke: use the Force. Examine your feelings.

Es ist wahr = It is true

Du hast Stubenarrest, junger Mann = You’re grounded, young man

der Todesstern = the Death Star

Was hat er denn diesmal ausgefressen? = What did he do this time?

Sagen wir mal so: ich hoffe, Sie haben eine gute Haftpflicht = Let’s put it this way: I hope you’re well insured.