Deutsch 101 Kultur-Texte & Videos

Instructions for Kultur Assignments:

0. You will post your responses to the Kultur texts in Canvas Discussions. Test

1. For each chapter, there will be a list of roughly 4-6 short articles, videos, or links on topics related to the culture of the German-speaking countries. In addition, you will see the list of “Brennpunkt Kultur” boxes included in the chapter. Spend about 40-45 minutes watching the videos, and reading the articles and the Brennpunkt Kultur boxes. (Note: the Brennpunkt Kultur info will be tested on the chapter tests. The articles will not.)

2. Then spend about 15-20 minutes writing a post (in English, but include as much German as you like!) with your reactions to what you read, and maybe some favorite quotes. It’s great if you can include images, or links to other relevant articles, videos, or websites (some, or even most, of your post can be about these related materials, if they’re relevant).

3. There is no length requirement, but your post should give your instructor the impression that you spent the suggested length of time reading the articles and writing your post.


Kapitel 1

Weinermobile photo

Kapitel 2

Sign encouraging optimism over pessimism

Kapitel 3

Currywurst photo

Kapitel 4

Fahrrad mit der deutschen Fahne gemalt

  • Audre Lorde’s BerlinIf you are blocked from reading this by the NYT paywall, here is the UM Library link to “Audre Lorde’s Berlin” [you will be prompted to log in]. The NYT version of the article includes some great photos of Lorde and of Berlin.
    • OPTIONAL: If you are interested, click around the websites of ISD and ADEFRA, two organizations the article mentions which Lorde helped to found.
    • OPTIONAL: For a look at contemporary activism in Germany, check out Utopia Europa. The site seeks to encourage new perspectives on the ongoing “refugee crisis” by the poster campaigns “What crisis? What fears? What borders?” Scroll to the “purplish” section of the page to check out short German and English texts exploring questions such as “What constitutes the crisis? Who alleged the crisis? Is crisis just another word for change? Fears: Which fears are we talking about? What do we fear? Borders: The shutting of borders will change the concept of Europe radically. Will the fortress Europe, which was liberated in summer 2015, be boarded up again? What other visions do we have?”
  • German Streets that Honour Murderers and Racists
  • Two-Wheeled Teutons: Stay Off the Bike Path!
  • The Red Dictator: Crossing the Strasse
  • Fare-Dodgers Beware: There’s No Such Thing as a Free Ride
    • This is Manni’s problem at the beginning of Lola rennt: he’s boarded the subway without a ticket, and when he sees the “Kontis,” it’s his reflex to get off the train – aber er vergisst die Tasche.
  • Lesen Sie “Brennpunkt Kultur” in V: Seite 123 (“Studienmöglichkeiten für Deutschlernende”), Seite 145 (“Rad fahren”), Seite 150 (“Mit der Bahn fahren”), Seite 157 (“Mit dem Auto fahren”) und Seite 159 (“Frankfurt am Main”)
    • Note some inaccuracies in the Frankfurt text: Frankfurt’s airport is only the third busiest airport in Europe, and neither Deutsche Bahn nor Lufthansa has its headquarters in Frankfurt. It is, however, absolutely true that Frankfurt is the hub of Germany’s banking and business community, and the location of Germany’s stock market.
    • Note that Germany has in recent years introduced “Begleitetes Fahren ab 17”, allowing 17-year olds to drive in the company of an adult over 30 who has had a driver’s license for at least 5 years. This has been a success in terms of reducing the number of accidents by beginning drivers, and so there have been discussions of lowering the age limit for “Begleitetes Fahren” to 16.

Kapitel 5

Beate Uhse shop picture

Kapitel 6

vierartiges Mülltrennen
In Deutschland gibt es viele verschiedene Tonnen, in denen man den Müll und das Recycling genau sortieren und trennen muss, damit Materialien gespart und die Umwelt geschützt werden.