Sunday, September 21, 2014

Cold War Still Hot in Berlin

In case you missed the SF Chronicle's report on Berlin and the "Ostalgie" that lingers still, click here for a quick tour through post-DDR Berlin and travel tips.
















And here is a sobering film from 1960, made by the CIA, as propaganda in the Cold War.


Friday, September 5, 2014

Words, Words, Words, German Words... from the Fall of the Wall

Here are some words you can try out in your German class and amaze your classmates:  Ossi, Wessi, Mauerspecht, Ostalgie and more.  Click here for some fun words facts and phrases relating to the fall of the Berlin Wall.  

And here is an interesting video from Deutsche Welle about the Berlin Wall and its role in history: 



  

It was 25 Years ago! Commemorating the Fall of the Berlin Wall

The year 2014 is a year of remembrance, marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall - a monumental day in history that led to Germany's reunification. This year is filled with events and ceremonies commemorating the fall of the wall, as well as reflections on a formerly divided Germany. 
Our year-long campaign will take a close look at the events of November 9, 1989, providing historical context that gives greater meaning to that fateful day.  Click here for interesting links to this very important part of German history. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Get Germanized. Vorsicht! Mild Laughter and More May Ensue!

Here is a fun way to get your cultural component for your German language learning.  This is the first in a series of videos, and actually, there is a lot of information here.  Check it out!