[German] 1st class review

William Budington bill.budington at gmail.com
Fri Oct 21 16:03:10 PDT 2011


Ich glaube dass es besser ist, wenn wir auch eine englische Uebersetzung
einschliessen.  Deswegen koennen auch Deutsch-anfaenger(innen) an die
Auseinandersetzung teilnehmen.  Sogar fuer nicht-anfaenger(innen) ist das
vorteilhaft.

I think it's better if we also include English translations.  That way
beginners can also take part in the discussion.  It's even advantageous for
non-beginners.

(Here I include the (innen) in parenthesis as a political nod.  The proper,
traditional German is for the plural to be masculinized, unless all
participants are female.)

On Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 3:48 PM, Sean Fridman <fridman at mail.sfsu.edu> wrote:

> Ach, sorry. Ich glaub, ich soll womöglich auf dieser Mailliste nur in
> Deutsch schreiben. Ab sofort mache ich das ;)
>
> - Sean
>
> On Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 3:43 PM, Sean Fridman <fridman at mail.sfsu.edu>wrote:
>
>> Hey Lucy,
>>
>> Sorry, I didn't get around to checking my mail again until late last
>> night, actually, after I went! The movie was pretty good. I wasn't blown
>> away or anything. My tandem partner didn't end up going, either.
>>
>> -Sean
>>
>>
>> On Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 1:12 PM, Lucy (diN0bot) Mendel <
>> a.downy.hint at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>> Sean, gehst du noch? Hast du ein Handy oder trägst du etwas bestimmt?
>>> 540-346-0268
>>>
>>> 2011/10/19 Sean Fridman <fridman at mail.sfsu.edu>:
>>> > Hey,
>>> > I might try to catch Almanya tomorrow at that festival. I have a
>>> language
>>> > tandem partner at SF State and I'll see if I can drag him along as
>>> well. No
>>> > idea, though, whether either of us will go. Ich bin mir auch nicht ganz
>>> > sicher, ob ich Zeit vor oder nach dem Film haben würde, um spazieren zu
>>> > gehen oder zu diskutieren oder was auch immer... aber vielleicht doch.
>>> > Anyone else interested in Almanya?
>>> > - Sean
>>> >
>>> > On Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 9:37 PM, Lucy (diN0bot) Mendel
>>> > <a.downy.hint at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> >>
>>> >> 2011/10/19 Christian Wolff <sub-nbgerman at scara.com>:
>>> >> > Hi,
>>> >> >
>>> >> > I did not make it yesterday due to my first cold of the season...
>>> >> >
>>> >> > As for german movies, the "berlin and beyond" festival starts
>>> >> > tomorrow at the castro:
>>> >> >
>>> >> > http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/prj/bby/enindex.htm
>>> >>
>>> >> Gibt's einen bestimmten Film, den jemand ansehen will? Es freut mich
>>> >> nicht so viel als wenn wir wandern oder reden.....wir können also
>>> >> vorhin zusammen essen, oder nachher den FIlm diskutieren. Was denkt
>>> >> ihr? Dann bin ich dabei!
>>> >>
>>> >> Ich habe auch viele Bücher (Eine Tiefe am Himmel, lustige
>>> >> Taschenbücher, Siddhartha, Faust, Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts...
>>> >> vielleicht die Bibliotek hat sie auch, oder jemand liest ein bisschen
>>> >> vor, um uns ins Laufen zu bringen.) Also, wie haltet ihr dann für eine
>>> >> Buchgemeinschaft?
>>> >>
>>> >> >
>>> >> > I also have a number of german children's shows (and other shows and
>>> >> > movies) on DVD. We can maybe organize a viewing party, if there is
>>> >> > interest? These are mostly german audio with german subtitles, which
>>> >> > appears to be very helpful.
>>> >> >
>>> >> >   Alles Gute, bis zum nächsten mal,
>>> >> >     Christian.
>>> >> >
>>> >> > On 2011-10-19 15:38, Jacob Ervin wrote:
>>> >> >> Hey everyone,
>>> >> >>
>>> >> >> Thanks to everybody who made it to our first class/meetup. I think
>>> we
>>> >> >> came up with a good game plan for the group.
>>> >> >>
>>> >> >> For those who weren't able to make it here's a quick rundown.
>>> >> >>
>>> >> >> We agreed that one hour a week isn't enough to really help
>>> beginners,
>>> >> >> though it is handy for intermediate/experts to stay sharp. So in
>>> order to
>>> >> >> help beginners each week we will have an optional study theme to
>>> keep people
>>> >> >> busy in-between classes IE "At the restaurant", "Common words and
>>> phrases"
>>> >> >> or maybe topics such as gender or plurals in German.
>>> >> >>
>>> >> >> It would also be nice for people to share any helpful links they
>>> find
>>> >> >> while studying on their own. We can add them to the Wiki as they
>>> get passed
>>> >> >> around the mailing list too. Here are some that where recommended
>>> last night
>>> >> >> that seem interesting.
>>> >> >>
>>> >> >> 1) - 100 most common words in written German. Seems like it would
>>> be a
>>> >> >> good foundation to know most of these.
>>> >> >> http://german.about.com/library/blwfreq_t50.htm
>>> >> >>
>>> >> >> 2) - Very good English/German dictionaries / grammar help
>>> >> >> http://dict.leo.org/?lp=ende&search=hello
>>> >> >> <http://dict.leo.org/?lp=ende&search=hello>
>>> >> >> http://www.canoo.net/
>>> >> >>
>>> >> >> 3) - Word quiz game
>>> >> >> http://quizlet.com/subject/german/
>>> >> >>
>>> >> >>
>>> >> >> Lucy had a very good recommendation for beginners; try reading
>>> German
>>> >> >> childrens books or watching childrens shows in German (If I find
>>> any good
>>> >> >> links Ill send them out).
>>> >>
>>> >> heh. My recommendation for beginners is still "extreme learning of
>>> >> limited structure", particularly grammer. Whether this is a class or
>>> >> self-study, a good textbook is fundamental.
>>> >>
>>> >> I recommend "Kontakte: A communicative Approach"; the "Schritte
>>> >> International" books used by the Goethe Institut are less compact and
>>> >> less instructive, in my opinion. Both come with audio components.
>>> >>
>>> >> Everything else, in my mind, serves as inspiration for the immense and
>>> >> varied practice that builds upon this limited structural foundation.
>>> >> They are guides not starting points.
>>> >>
>>> >> Songs, poems, short texts---these might be less daunting than books,
>>> >> or at least provide variety.
>>> >>
>>> >> If you switch your computer and browser to German you'll have a new
>>> >> world at your fingertips.
>>> >> There are handy browser extensions for spot word translations.
>>> >>
>>> >> >>
>>> >> >> Once the group gets rolling we talked about getting out of
>>> noisebridge
>>> >> >> once a month or so. Often it is possible to find German movies
>>> playing
>>> >> >> around town, or we could all go out to a german pub like Schroeders
>>> and
>>> >> >> practice there.
>>> >> >>
>>> >> >> Again, this group is for students of all levels and we should have
>>> >> >> something for everyone. Personally I am beginning at a very low
>>> level and so
>>> >> >> most of the links I contribute will be focused at the simple end of
>>> the
>>> >> >> spectrum, however if you are more advanced feel free to post more
>>> >> >> interesting links. That Pirate movie that got passed around a few
>>> days ago
>>> >> >> was perfect.
>>> >> >>
>>> >> >> My next email will be full Deutsch, promise :)
>>> >> >> Jacob
>>> >> >>
>>> >> >>
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