Thursday, April 21, 2016

Sausage Fight Breaks out at Daimler-Benz Meeting!

Daimler, the parent company for Mercedes, was set to make headlines when they announced the highest ever dividend in company history during their annual shareholders meeting, but little did they know that a fight over the sausage served at the event would be the story that grabbed all the attention.
A generous buffet, including 12,500 sausages for the 5,500 in attendance, turned into a small battleground when a woman felt a man was helping himself to what she believed was a more than reasonable amount of sausage.
When she confronted the man, who allegedly was making himself a little doggy bag of sausage to take home with him, the confrontation took a turn for the worse, leading to the police being called in to break up the raucous.
There is no questioning a German’s love for sausage, but when police have be called in to break up a fight over the tasty link of meat, that love affair has clearly gone too far.

Why do Germans speak English with a certain accent?

You can learn a lot as an English speaker learning Germany by watching this video and doing some "reserve engineering", linguistically speaking.  It's longish but informative.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Guide to Germany for Refugees, Visitors, Future Citizens

Guten Tag!
As most people know, Germany has accepted ca. 1 million aylum seekers and refugees, also referred to as migrants. This is an incredible challenge.  How does one integrate so many people from such disparate cultures and speaking various languages into an open and mature Western culture and society such as is found in Germany?  Click here to read a brochure developed to aid newcomers.  While much is familiar to those of us in the West, there are Germany-specific customs and habits that might be of interest to German language learners.  Click here to go to brochure.    

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Berlin & Beyond 2016: San Francisco Goethe Institute Presents the 20th Film Festival at the Castro Theater

The Berlin & Beyond 20th Anniversary Film Festival will commence on January 14th to the 17th at the Castro Theater and continue at the Goethe Institute from January 18th through the 20th.
Click here to go to the official site for complete information, including the schedule of films.