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  • Tuesday, April 20, 2021 10:39 AM | Anonymous

    Liebe Leute, we have no words on how to describe the last week and the racist, ignorant, and deadly actions of people. We stand with #BLM #NoToHate #NazisRaus!

    Sadly, we see the same hateful actions and words in Germany, too, also in the police force, and other military-like organizations. At least, the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) is trying investigating it in their own ranks, but quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Read more about the ongoing issue about racism and anti-semitism here (in German):

    Ermittlungen beim BKA

  • Monday, April 12, 2021 10:53 AM | Anonymous

    Alright, I will say it through the flower , but you look like you have a tomcat ‍⬛!

    Hä? What does this gibberish mean? Well,  the literal translation of idioms and phrases never makes any sense. But in German you can speak "through the flower" (durch die Blume) if you want to say something not-so-nice, and want to soften the blow. And having a tomcat (einen Kater haben) means that you had too  much to drink last night and are now hung over. Fun fact: Even you muscles can have a hangover, when you have a "Muskelkater"!

    There are so many fun and quirky idioms and phrases like these in the German language, that we decided to offer a class this summer all about this! So, come and join us, and take your German to the next level! Check it (and many more 4-week classes we will offer this summer) out here:

    Summer Classes

  • Wednesday, March 24, 2021 12:03 PM | Anonymous

    Do you h ave questions about our Kinderschule program? Do you want to raise your child bilingually? Then join us this Thursday at 7:30pm for our virtual Open House! Our language program director Danica Polanski will give you a tour through our weekly preschool and Kindergarten program and will answer any questions you might have! Please register to receive the Zoom Link!

    Let's Meet

  • Tuesday, March 16, 2021 1:15 PM | Anonymous

    This year, a lot will be decided in German politics. We will have several local elections and, toward the end of the year, the big one, the "Bundestagswahl"! It is already clear that Angela Merkel will be out, but who will be in? Die SPD? Die Grünen? Die CDU? Or some other, small party? Or all of them?

    If we take the first local election in Baden-Württemberg from last weekend as an indicator for the Bundestagswahl in September, when a new chancellor will be elected (well, not quite directly, but, you know what, if you want to understand the intricacies of the election process, join us for our upcoming "Current Event Schnupperkurs" which will stay on top of everything, and runs for a short, sweet 4 weeks), all bets are off. A lot of those who typically voted for the CDU (a conservative party) crossed lines to vote for the Grüne (a liberal party). So who knows? And also, how would you have voted? Try out the Wahl-O-Meter from the "Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung" here, to see which party aligns with your values, it's fun (some German is needed to use this tool):


    We'll be following the Superwahl, so check back occassionally to see how it is going, or follow us on social media!

  • Wednesday, March 10, 2021 9:34 AM | Anonymous

    Are you 'nervös'? I think a lot of German students on the northern hemisphere are today, as today is the day that the first part of the DSD (German Language Diplom designed by the German government) is taken. It will take four hours and students will be tested on their listening, reading, and - motherload - writing skills.

    Wir drücken die Daumen, and are absolutely confident in the abilities of our students to proof their B1 skills.

    Viel Erfolg!

    Das Kinderschule Team

  • Tuesday, March 02, 2021 11:19 AM | Anonymous
    Okay, fellow language lovers, aren't you drooling over the German compound words during the Corona Pandemic? They are soooo neat! I mean, I still have some Coronaangst (afraid of Corona), and am part of the Anderthalbmetergesellschaft (keeping 1.5m apart from others),  and only drink Abstandsbiere (drinking beer (or other alcoholic drinks) at a distance to others), to keep safe. In fact, I do not have a Kuschelkontakt (some specific person you feel is safe to cuddle) outside of my bubble, and I also refuse to greet others with a Todesküsschen (lit. death kiss = a peck on the cheek to say hi). Instead I live in a home office, although some days are really overzoomed (too many Zoom calls) and I have to admit that I am getting coronamüde (tired of Corona), especially with spring in the air. On the other hand, I am really happy that there is a light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccinations (sloooooowly) being adminstered all over the world, and I do not have Impfneid (jealous of people who get vaccinated before me/my family/friends), but really wish all those Maskentrottel

    (people who don't wear there masks properly, lit. mask idiots) out there would mask up properly!

    Aren't these words great?! They say it all, short and sweet! Hach, German!

    Oh, and one more, just because it is one of my favorite words to come out of the Pandemic: "Schnutenpulli" - a northern German colloquial word for mask, literally translated with "Schnute" = someone who pulls a face (think little kid being upset), and "Pulli" = Sweater/Pullover

  • Tuesday, February 23, 2021 10:20 AM | Anonymous

    We are so happy to have a großartige new Intern with Herrn Helfmann's Eulengruppe: Miss Winter. The kids love her, but because of the Pandemic our parents only get to hear of her, and can never really meet her. So, ask your kid about Math and English class today, and they will tell you about her. And if you're not quite sure you can believe everything the little ones tell you, here's Miss Winter in her own words:


    My name is Winter, and I’m the new intern at the Dank Haus. I go to school at DePaul University where I’m a senior majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Human Development and minors in Education and English. I’ve always loved working with kids, and I eventually hope to work as a children’s librarian. Although I don’t have experience with German, I have a background in second language education as I spent several years teaching Chinese at an immersion program similar to the Dank Haus. Through this internship, I hope to gain further experience working with children and a better understanding of how schools operate. I’m currently taking time off of school due to the pandemic, so I’m really excited to get to work with Mr. Helfmann’s class in the coming months!

    We are so happy to have you with us, Miss Winter! 

  • Friday, February 19, 2021 10:29 AM | Anonymous

    Whoa, have you seen that Fire Dragon playing with the Hammerhead Shark, just behind the jumping race car and the two twirling bunnies?

    Such are the scenes at the Kinderschule today, where we celebrate Fasching! Last year we had a big extravagant ball at the Haus, starting during the day with the kids' Fasching, and the big gala for the adults at night. We had such a blast! This year, we'll keep it small, and have the kids enjoy this day to say hello to spring, have one last hurray before it's time to fast before Easter, and enjoy the dancing and running a bit amok in our "Turnhalle" aka the "Grand Salon".

    Helau, Helau, Helau!!

  • Saturday, February 13, 2021 9:40 AM | Anonymous

    Where would you go, if there was no pandemic, and you had no money or time restraints? We asked our teachers, and they picked some really beautiful spots in the German speaking countries in Europe (also called DACH countries: Deutschland, Austriae - auf Hochdeutsch Österreich, and "CH" for the "Confederation Helvetica," or as it is commonly known, die Schweiz).

    The top destinations were Wien (Österreich) and Hamburg (Deutschland). But beyond that our instructors are dreaming about visiting Davos and Tessin (Schweiz), Innsbruck (Österreich), Berlin (Deutschland), München (Deutschland), Salzburg (Österreich), Leipzig (Deutschland), Gera (Deutschland), and Zürich (Schweiz). Some also didn't have a particular city in mind, but wanted to go "in die Berge" or "an die Nordsee". Ahh, Heimweh is calling!

    Are your feet itching to go, too, or are you day-dreaming perhaps, about your next trip? Ask you instructor about places to go!

    But, reality is calling, and since we cannot go just yet, perhaps a cooking class at the Haus (virtual or in-person) might be a thing for you to bring DACH closer. Next up is a Fruitcake class! Mmmmmhhhh, Obstkuchen!! Check it out:

    Kulturküche: Obstkuchen

  • Monday, February 08, 2021 7:52 PM | Anonymous

    ... or rather "Schluss mit dem Faxen!"

    Languageschool students: Can you spot the subtle difference between the use of the Dative and Accusative??? *nerdface*

    No? Let me explain then (*teacher mode*): "Schluss mit den Faxen!" is something your parents might yell at you, when they have enough of your shenenigans while "Schluss mit dem Faxen" is what might have been the headlines to the fact that the Bundestag (German Federal Parliament) has decided to end using fax machines in their house. 

    It was the so-called "Ältestenrat" (the council of the wise old sages) who decided that it wouldn't need this outdated form of communication anymore. Well, actually, the very agile and modern-sounding "Kommission für den Einsatz neuer Informations- und Kommunikationstechniken und -medien" recommended not to add this function, and an actual extra line, to the new set of phones that will be installed in the parliament these days. So, really, it is being out-phased rather than that it being an active decision, but still, you gotta start somewhere!

    So, remember: by 2024, no more faxes to the Bundestag! We don't take faxes either, but you can always contact us at languageschool@dankhaus.com and kinderschule@dankhaus.com. See you there!

    Read the whole article about the exciting modernization of the Bundestag here!

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