Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Madsen - Germany's No. 1 Indie Band at CCSF

If you don't already know Madsen, your chance is coming on Thursday, November 10.  Yes, Germany's top indie band will be right here on the CCSF campus.  The concert tour “Mad About German – Mad About Madsen” is part of a five-week concert tour through the USA. Madsen will travel from Boston via Dallas to San Francisco to promote German language through their music.  This campaign is part of the Deutschlandwochen “Do Deutsch”. Students of German and people interested in music will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience up close one of Germany’s top music groups.

For detailed information about Madsen USA tour and their performances in San Francisco go to:

You will find MADSEN online at: 

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Sounds of German!

Are you having difficulty with those umlauts?  And is the "ch" sound a challenge?  Then "The Sounds of Spoken Language/German" website is for you.  Here you'll find video clips to accompany an array of various sounds.  Since these are categorized under phonetic linguistic terms that might be unfamiliar, look under "Vokale", then "Monophthonge", then "Vorne" and then click on /y/ for examples of the ü (as in müde), /ǿ/ for examples of ö (as in böse), and /e/ for examples of ä (as in spät).  And practice, practice, practice! Űbung macht den Meister!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Raise a Glass (or Stein) for Oktoberfest!

Yes, it's that time again.  Even though it's September, it's Oktoberfest, a time for beer and more beer.  Oktoberfest: A Quiz to find out more about this important German festival. If you can't get to Deutschland, you can still get a taste of Oktoberfest at the Oktoberfest by the Bay celebration at Pier 48.  There will be food, a sizzling oompah band, and, of course, beer.   Of course, it will cost you, but the experience will be worth it! 

Berlin and Beyond - The Greatest Festival in S.F. for German Films

Whether you're a student of German interested in seeing films in the German language or a German film fan, be sure to check out some of the offerings coming up at the 16th annual Berlin & Beyond film festival running from October 20-26.   More details and a schedule will be posted in the coming weeks.   You can also follow the festival on Facebook

Win a Language Trip to Germany!

Here's an exciting contest from the Goethe Institute, and all you have to do is enter with a tongue-twister video, and not even that!  Just cast a vote for your favorite video and you'll be entered to win.  So, start practicing:  Fischer Fritz fischt frische Fische ...

Friday, September 9, 2011

English Grammar for Students of German

Here's the PowerPoint presentation that was given in the Language Center classroom, covering English grammar for Students of German, which has examples in both English and German of important grammar points such as nouns, verbs, subjects, objects, pronouns, articles (both definite and indefnite!), and a few surprises. If you missed this presentation, you can review it in the comfort of your own home. Please don't hesitate to post a question if there is something you do not quite comprehend. Some of the material was taken from "English Grammar for Students of German", 3d edition, by Cecile Zorach and Charlotte Melin. It is available very inexpensively from

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Berlin, Berlin --- The Photography of Antonio Tovar

If you're interested in Berlin, the great metropolis, (and who isn't?), then do stop in at the Goethe Institute to view the photography of Antonio Tovar and his eye's view of Berlin.

Here's the when and where, and it's free!

August 25 - October 28, 2011
Goethe-Institut Auditorium
530 Bush Street
San Francisco
Hours: Monday - Friday, 10am - 6pm
Free admission