ist besser, falsch zu reden [=sprechen], als richtig zu schweigen
[=be silent]." [source unknown]
"With every mistake we must surely be learning." [George Harrison]
Grammatikinformationen für Vorsprung
kulturelle Informationen für Vorsprung
"Bücher für motivierte
These books have been ordered as recommended readings for German 102. If one of them interests you, they should be available at the 3 main campus textbook stores.
German Reader A systematic introduction to reading German. A wide
variety of texts arranged in increasing order of difficulty, ranging
from a text on the metric system intended for beginning 101 students
to some readable and amusing pieces of fiction and folklore.
Abenteuer Easy reader version of the stories of Baron Münchhausen,
the "lying baron" ["Lügenbaron"] who tells tales of such adventures
as his ride on a cannonball, or a visit to the moon. Terry Gilliam
made a movie loosely
based on these stories, and an older German
movie based on these tales is on reserve at the LRC for part of
this semester--see the list of movies
on reserve at the LRC.
- Neues ABC-Buch Extraordinary alphabet book written in 1790 by the multitalented author and philosopher Karl Philipp Moritz, with new illustrations by Wolfgang Erlbruch that are perhaps designed as much to undermine as to illustrate Moritz' ideas. For each letter, there is a picture with a caption containing a noun beginning with that letter. To the left of the picture is a series of sentences meditating on the more general theme behind the caption. Read by themselves, the 26 picture captions form a poem. With a dictionary, you should be able to follow the thought-provoking ideas Moritz builds out of these simple sentences.
- Asterix This
comic book series is actually translated from the French, but is very
popular in Germany (Hartmut read it as a kid...). It's about a single
village in Gaul that has continued to withstand and infuriate Julius
Caesar by virtue of its inhabitants' resourcefulness, stubbornness,
and a strength-giving magic potion whose secret is known only to the
village druid. Only Obelix, who fell into a vat of the potion as a baby,
permanently possesses the strength it gives. We've ordered the first
in the series. Worksheets are available to help you through it if you
want them--just ask Hartmut.