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  • Tuesday, September 14, 2021 11:09 AM | Anonymous

    Kennen Sie den Sport Rhönrad? No? Well, it is known as "gym wheel" in the US, and it is really awesome! Take a peek here to see what athletes can do in that Rad, like this young athlete:

    Luca Christ - Rhönrad

    And even better, we have Wolfgang Bientzle, Rhönrad Champion, in the Haus every Saturday to teach how to handle a Rhönrad!

    Come on in for a trial session (Schnupperstunde) this Saturday, September 18, from 12:15-1:15p! Find our more here:

    Learn More

  • Monday, August 30, 2021 12:24 PM | Anonymous

    Whoa, so many Schul-things these days, from schultütenbasteln (YES, I just turned a compound noun into a verb, language rocks!), to finding the best way to school (Schulweg), the start of school for many, und und und.

    We at the DANK have been very busy to get ready to welcome our preschoolers/Kindergarteners/1stGraders übermorgen (the day after tomorrow)! Big shout out to Herr Danny, and Frau Ute, who are soooo excited to get this year started! Don't forget, meet 'n greet is tomorrow!

    And our Saturday school is gearing up, too, starting September 11th, with Krabbelgruppe, preschool, Kindergarten, and 1st-12th grade. Whoopwhoop! (Hint: If you haven't signed up yet, do so soon because space is filling up quickly.)

    Learn More about Kinderschule 2021/22

  • Wednesday, August 04, 2021 9:41 PM | Anonymous

    Liebe Leute,

    Sadly, we must inform you our Education Director, Danica Polanski, has tendered her resignation at the DANK Haus.  She will return to the German International School Chicago for the upcoming school year.   Please join us in thanking her for her hard work over the past two years and wish her success on her return to GISC.

    Danica's last day will be on August 20th.  As a result we are beginning our search for a new school director immediately!  We welcome any current and past staff to apply here:

    Learn More

    During our search for a new director, Melanie will be stepping in as interim director, with the continued support of Dr. Carina Staudte as the language school assistant director.  Please continue to direct any Kinderschule related issues to kinderschule@dankhaus.com and Adult Language school issues to languageschool@dankhaus.com.   And of course, feel free to reach out to myself (melanie@dankhaus.com) or Carina (carina@dankhaus.com) directly with additional questions or concerns you might have.


    We look forward to continuing the momentum we have built over the last few years and welcome your feedback and input in our search for our new director.

  • Monday, August 02, 2021 6:13 PM | Anonymous

    ...fleißige Kindergärtner sehen? Der muss zu dem DANK Haus gehen.

    Registration is open for our full day preschool and Kindergarten, starting September! Before and After Care available. Und das auf Deutsch :D

    Find out more here: Kinderschule Program

  • Wednesday, July 07, 2021 6:13 PM | Anonymous

    Y'all, it's time to put your feet up after a hard day, and "make Feierabend"! Literally, it means "Party-night" (Feier = Party, Abend = night), but really it is more of a acknowledgement that the work day is over!

    And even though we'll have Feierabend every night, we are having a special Feierabend every month, so come and join us on the 15th for drinks and talk, and Seele baumeln lassen. Well, actually, our theme will be "Love Parade", so maybe there will be some dancing, too!


    More Info and RSVP here


  • Tuesday, June 08, 2021 11:52 AM | Anonymous

    Liebe Leute,

    mein lieber Herr Gesangsverein, I am so excited! I have been craving the Grafschafter Zuckerrübensirup for a while (you know, it tastes great on Schwarzbrot, or Weißbrot, or Graubrot, or Mischbrot, and also on Sonnenblumenkernbrot, and Roggenbrot,  and even Toastbrot), but I couldn't find it anywhere. Mmmmh, looks so good!


    And then I found this: Iraqi Style Date Sirup, also known as Dibis (دبس )!It's consistency and taste are 99% the same to sugar beet syrup (maybe because it's all sugar, hmmm).

    I found it at the local Harvestime Grocery Store on Lawrence near the DANK, but you can also order it online. Soooooo goood! Lecker!


    Enjoy!

  • Wednesday, June 02, 2021 12:24 PM | Anonymous

    Do you want to know what's going on in Germany, but "Tagesschau" is a bit too much? Try the Kinder news show "Logo" - they break down the news in easier language for you. And it's daily, so if you keep it up, you will repeat the important vocab!

    Viel Spaß!

    Kindernachrichten

  • Tuesday, May 18, 2021 1:49 PM | Anonymous

    We want to wish everyone a happy start into the summer semester, starting tonight at 6:30pm, whoopwhoop!

    And because we are fully aware that summer means being outside and not in front of the screen, we have added our new "Next Level German" classes for the summer, in which you can pick and choose 4-week classes that cover books, conversation, grammar, and more. Check it out here:

    Next Level German - Summer 2021

    Happy Summer!

  • Wednesday, May 12, 2021 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    Whoopwhoop! With a final seminar over mother's day weekend, Ute, Danica, and Carina finished their certification as examiners for the Deutsche Sprachdiplom II (DSD II)! We will be using our new skills this winter with our DSD II students, who will prove that their German proficiency is on par with "Abiturienten" in Germany - no small feat!

    Moreover, this class has no only made us skilled in being examiners, but it has also prepared us well to teach our students better, and make them feel comfortable with speaking freely, writing long, academic essays, holding presentations, and listening to complicated audios - and all this in German.A big thank you to the ZfA and Leeni for making this course happen, and teaching as so well!

    So, if you have a child with good German skills, for whom a DSD II certification could be useful, contact us! This exam is recognized by ALL German universities as proof of language skills. Click below to find out more about our DSD program!

    Kinderschule Program

  • Tuesday, May 04, 2021 12:41 PM | Anonymous

    Today, we want to thank all our teachers for their hard work and the passion and creativity they bring to class every time!

    Vielen, vielen Dank!

    And here's a fun sketch about multi-lingualalism:

    Multi-lingual parenting

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