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  • 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

  • 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):

    Wahl-O-Meter

    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

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