Deutsch 101 AMD 2

Deutsch 101 AMD 2

Instructions and MANY ideas are in the pinned posts at the top of the “Discussions” page:

  • Was ist ein AMD? provides a general description of this assignment. In brief: find something you enjoy that has to do with German, do it for 45-55 minutes, then post to the blog about what you did.
  • MANY ideas for what you can do are in the AMD-Ideen and Beispiele: Sample Posts posts. You can also scroll through the discussion to see what others have done.
  • You may also want to look at the Resources and Links post.
  • Before you write your post about what you did, take a quick look at the Content Guidelines post. Look for useful phrases and other ideas in the Beispiele: Sample Posts post.
  • Make sure you follow any additional guidelines mentioned in the AMD-Ideen, such as posting a trailer if you watch a movie, or a video if you listen to a song, and including some useful phrases you learned from your activity.
  • If you can’t find anything you’re enthusiastic about doing, please talk to your instructor so s/he can try to help you. This assignment will be much more effective if you enjoy it smiley

Additional idea for AMD 2 [please email Hartmut if you find broken links on this page!]:

There are lots of ideas on the blog pages mentioned above for things you could do. Here are two additional specific idea for this AMD:

  • [Highly recommended if you didn’t already do this for AMD 1. Definitely worth doing again if you did do it for AMD 1!] Watch the pronunciation videos in the first bullet point here. Repeat the sounds after the speaker; pause the video(s) as needed. Write about what you noticed.
  • [Don’t choose this option if you already did this for AMD 1!] In your Facebook account settings, find the “Language” tab and set the language to “Deutsch.” Now click around a bit, see what things are called; use Facebook like this for a while, and write about what you learn. What do you click on to say that you “like” something?
  • Read Mark Twain‘s essay(s) “The Awful German Language” and/or “The Horrors of the German Language,” and write about what it teaches/they teach you about contrasts between German and English. Of course Twain is having fun in these essays: when he writes, for example, that “Surely there is not another language that is so slipshod and system-less, and so slippery and elusive to the grasp,” he certainly wants us to think of English. What makes “The Horrors of the German Language” such a marvelous text is that Twain wrote (and delivered) the speech in excellent German, and also translated it literally word-for-word into English. Already now [=schon jetzt], and especially once you’ve learned a little more German, reading through the parallel columns of this text can be a great activity for expanding your vocabulary, and getting a feel for German grammar and syntax, and for some of the differences between German and English — though Twain is of course also using a somewhat older form of the language, and manipulating it to suit his purpose.
  • Read this article on Duden’s “Words of the Decade” volume for 2000-2010. Duden publishes the authoritative dictionaries of the German language: when a word is included in the Duden, it’s “officially” a word. A few samples to get you interested: Castingshow, Googeln, Gangsta-rap, El Kaida, Falafal, Manga, Sudoku, Hüftgold [=fat stored on the hips (Hüften)], Gammelfleisch [=rotting or unclean meat], Dudelfunk [=a radio station which only plays German folk music], Ampelmännchen [=the cute little walk/don’t walk men from traffic lights in former East Germany].