Arbeitsblatt: Popmusik & Verbformen
- To give you a chance to orient yourself to the German 231 webpages with your instructor present, so you can ask him/her questions as they come up.
- To give you
a sense of what kinds of songs are at the top of the charts in Germany.
- To give you
a chance to listen to sound clips from some German songs, and to look at some
of the lyrics. We want you to talk to your partner a bit about what you think
of the songs you listen to. This worksheet and the associated links will remain
online, so you can come back to it/them anytime you want to look for some
German music for fun. You could do this for an LLJ if you like
- To give you a chance to review verb forms.
Read through ALL
of the following suggested activities. Work with a partner and talk auf Deutsch about what to do and what you find.
Your instructor will interrupt you two or three times for a class discussion of what you've
found ==> take some notes (auf Deutsch!) as you go! The rest of the time,
please ask your instructor for help understanding the lyrics etc.!
I. German 231 webpage [12 minutes]
- The purpose of this activity is just to make sure you can find what you need on this site
- Click here to open the German 221/231 webpage in another window, so you can see the page and these directions at the same time.
- (1 minute) Find the homework link and figure out what tonight's homework is. Note: Homework assigned on any given day is due on the next class day, unless otherwise indicated.
- (5 minutes) Go back to the German 221/231 webpage and click on "Home" in the navigation bar on the left, and then on "Videos on Reserve at the LRC." Discuss with your partner which movies look interesting to you. You could watch one of these for your first LLJ!
- (3 minutes) Go back to the German 221/231 webpage and find the German on the Web link list in the navigation bar on the left.
- Browse the headings to see the categories of available links
- Find one fun site in the "Humor und andere Seiten zum Spaß" category
- (1 minute) Find the link to the BEOLINGUS and LEO online dictionaries in the navigation bar on the left, and look up "fett" and/or "geil."
- (1 minute) Click on "schreiben" in the navigation bar on the left, and then on "Umlaute und ß auf amerikanischen Computern." Know that this page is available when you type your essays for this course!
- (2 minutes) Go back to the German 221/231 webpage and briefly try the "Gateway Vocabulary Test"
II. Chartsteam [5 minutes]
- The purpose
of this activity is just to give you an idea of what kinds of songs are in
the charts in Germany. You can NOT listen to songs on this site
- [You'll see an icon next to each song that looks like you would be able to hear the song, but it's for downloading ringer tones ["Klingeltöne"]
for your cell phone ["Handy"], which is how kids in Germany go broke these days ==> you won't be able to listen to the songs this way].
- Gehen Sie
zur 101-326 homepage, klicken
Sie auf "German on the
Web" und von da auf "Musik
(modern und klassisch)" [OK, Sie können hier direkt auf den Musik-Link
klicken, aber wir wollten, dass Sie sehen, wie man dahin kommt...].
- Klicken Sie
in der Kategorie "Online Music Magazines/Sites" auf Chartsteam.
Klicken Sie links auf "Charts" und darunter auf "Deutschland" und dann
Sie die Lieder mit Ihrem Partner.
[The idea is for you to discuss your overall impression of the German charts based on the titles of the songs, and based on any songs you might recognize, e.g. from the US charts, since you can't listen to the songs on this site.] Ideen:
- Wie viele Lieder sind englisch/amerikanisch? Wie viele sind Deutsch? Wie viele klingen [=sound] international? Was denken Sie darüber?
Lieder finden Sie beide gut?
Lieder finden Sie beide schlecht?
welche Lieder können Sie sich nicht einigen [=can't agree about]?
Lied würden Sie gern kaufen oder downloaden?
want you to listen to some songs, and, if possible, to read the song lyrics
as you listen. Make a note of any lyrics you like or find funny. Since
we need to use headphones in the LRC, you and your partner will need to use
adjacent computers. You and your partner should listen to the same songs,
so you can compare your reactions (auf Deutsch!). The suggestions below
are divided into three categories: [20-23 minutes]
for some specific German bands/songs you might want to look for, e.g. on Youtube [Your instructor
should be able to get a hold of recordings of many or most of these, so if
you find something you really want him/her to play in class tomorrow, let
- 2raumwohnung Currently popular band. Very mellow music. Click on "Videos" to see a few of their videos, and on "Songtexte" to see the "minimalist" lyrics.
- Silbermond Currently popular pop band. Click on the links under "Musik" to see videos, listen to songs and see song lyrics ("texte").
- Wir sind Helden Currently popular pop band. Click on "Helden Musik" and then on "Helden hören" to hear their music, and on "Helden auswendig lernen" to see the lyrics.
- Eko Fresh German rapper. Enter the site and then click on "Media Shit" for access to a couple of audio tracks.
- Mundstuhl: "Germans" Wildly popular on the internet, this song to the tune of Bob Marley's "Jammin'" was released for the World Cup 2006 which took place in Germany. The lyrics are in intentionally "Germanic" English. Some excerpts: "We're Germans/football play we better than you [verb in position 2 ]/We're Germans/Germans/Hope you like Germans too ... Welcome here in Germany/from the Alpen to the sea/in unsre Kneipen you can smoke/Lederhos, Oktoberfest/unsre Biere are the best/gebraut nach Germans Reinheitsgebououout ... Have the Autobahn gebaut/And we love the Sauerkraut ..." you get the idea. Just Google "Mundstuhl Germans" to find the video online, or try this youtube link, or their homepage.
- Tokio Hotel If you have a high tolerance for crap, try a Google search for this currently insanely popular kiddie band.
- Juli: "Perfekte Welle" or "Geile Zeit": Currently popular pop band; very pierced lead singer. Click here to enter their site, then click on "weiter," then on "foto & video" for links to some of their more popular videos. Click here or here to see the lyrics to "Perfekte Welle"; click here or here to see the lyrics to "Geile Zeit."
A-n-n-a: Click here
or here to see the lyrics of this slow hip hop song reminiscing about a brief encounter
[sich begegnen = to meet; kann mich nicht ablenken = can't take my mind
off it; nass = wet (denn es regnete, als sie sich trafen: "Vom Himmel
goss [=poured] ein Bach [=stream, brook]").
- Die fantastischen
Vier: Mfg: A fun hip hop song about acronyms. Click here
to see the lyrics. [ARD & ZDF are the two main public TV networks, C&A
is analogous to Target or TJ Maxx, BSE is the acronym for mad cow disease,
GmbH is like "Ltd." in English (limited liability company); "ihr
könnt mich mal" is an obscenity because it's short for "ihr
könnt mich mal am ... lecken," a phrase introduced into German
by Goethe (very, very roughly the German equivalent of Shakespeare). "MfG"
= "Mit freundlichen Grüßen" is the German counterpart
to "Yours sincerely"].
- Die fantastischen
Vier: Die da: Click here
for a great site where the lyrics are actually written out in dialogue form,
with annotations. Or click here
to see the lyrics. Thomas and Smudo each fell in love with over the weekend
with a woman who has no time for either of them on Fridays. She shows up
at the end of the song ("es ist die da" = "that's her over
there"), and they discover they've both fallen for the same woman.
Can you figure out why she's never free on Fridays?
Grönemeyer: Mensch: Big hit in late 2002/early 2003 by the star
of "Das Boot," who has had a successful career as a singer of
comparatively sophisticated songs since the mid-80s. Click here
for the lyrics. Click here for an exercise where you have to fill in the blanks in partial lyrics to this song.
interesting songs by him that you may want to look up are "Männer"
to see the lyrics, which ask "Wann ist ein Mann ein Mann?")
and the sad break-up song "Flugzeuge in meinem Bauch" (click
to see the lyrics) ["Bauch" = belly; "Gib mir mein Herz
zurück, du brauchst meine Liebe nicht" is the theme of the
Sterne Deluxe: Deine Mudder: "Mudder" is a regional pronunciation
of "Mutter." Click here
for the lyrics. See below for info on the folk song "Meine Oma fährt
im Hühnerstall Motorrad," to which this song refers.
Brot: Jein: Jein = Ja + Nein. Click here
for the lyrics.
- Die Toten
Hosen: Bayern: Perhaps Germany's most successful punk band, die Toten
Hosen, in their 40s/50s by now, are also diehard soccer fans (of a rather
unsuccessful team) and soccer players. In this song, they humorously (but
also somewhat controversially, since soccer inspires so much violence) vent
their anger against Bayern München, the German equivalent of the Dallas
Cowboys in the sense that they essentially have enough money to "buy"
championships, and are generally hated for their arrogance by everyone but
their fans. Click here
for the lyrics. [versauen = to defile; Verein = club; Vertrag = contract]
- Die Ärzte:
Männer sind Schweine: Die Ärzte, known to their fans as "die
beste Band der Welt," are/were [they retired, but are back] a very
successful punk band, very few of whose songs could be played on the air
due to their "daring" lyrics (one of their records was titled
"Ab 18"). Click here
[with annotations!] or here
for the lyrics.
- Nena: 99
Luftballons: Click here
[great site with a parallel translation] or here
[this page includes a few annotations] to see the lyrics. To hear Homer Simpson singing "99 Luftballons" surprisingly accurately auf Deutsch, click here (and avoid the links to the ads and popups on this page), or try a Google search for "Homer Simpson 99 Luftballons" if this link breaks. To hear clips from this or
other songs by Nena, visit http://www.amazon.de/
and type (or paste) "Nena Alles Gute" in the search box; then click on the sample tracks for that CD.
Nur geträumt: This simple song started Nena's career. Click
or here to see the original lyrics.
Leuchtturm: Another of her big hits. Leuchtturm = lighthouse. Click
to see the original lyrics.
Ich will Spaß: Goofy song about a guy who just wants to speed
around in his Maserati. Considered to be a quintessential song of the "Neue
deutsche Welle" of the early 80s. Click here for the lyrics.
- Trio: Da,
da, da: This childishly simplistic but surprisingly mean-spirited song
["Da, da, da, ich lieb dich nicht, du liebst mich nicht"] is another
quintessential song of the "Neue deutsche Welle" of the early
80s. You may know it from a 1997 VW ad campaign. Click here
for the lyrics.
Drews: Ein Bett im Kornfeld: One of the classics of the "Schlager"
genre: squeaky clean songs you would imagine only parents would listen to
[literally, "Schlager" means "hits"]. This one is actually
a German version of the Bellamy Brothers' 70s hit "Let your love flow,"
but with entirely different lyrics about sleeping out in the open. A popular
parody goes "Ein Korn [a type of liquor] im Feldbett...." Click
for the lyrics.
- Udo Jürgens:
Aber bitte mit Sahne: Another song in the "Schlager" genre.
for the lyrics.[Sahne = whipped cream; the song is about a group of overweight
ladies who want to have everything with whipped cream, and concludes with
the priest's sermon at the funeral of the last of them, in which he expresses
the hope "Dass der Herrgott den Weg in den Himmel ihr bahne [=that
the Lord may open the way to heaven to her]/Aber bitte mit Sahne."].
Myrrhe: Er hat ein knallrotes Gummiboot: Very silly song in the "Schlager"
genre. The title means "He has a bright red rubber dinghy." Click
for the lyrics.
Carpendale: Deine Spuren im Sand: Tear-jerking "Schlager,"
by a South African singer who knows little German, but had a big career
in the "Schlager" scene: "Deine Spuren [=traces] im Sand,
die ich gestern noch fand, hat die Flut mitgenommen..." Click here
for the lyrics.
Rosenberg: Er gehört zu mir: Tacky "Schlager" that experienced
a huge camp revival. Marianne Rosenberg has become a gay icon in Germany,
somewhat analogous to Bette Midler or Cher, but much campier, in the sense
that her songs are painfully, inescapably shrill and awful, and a young
person would have to be very damaged to seriously like them. Click here
for the lyrics.
- Meine Oma
fährt im Hühnerstall [=chicken coop] Motorrad: This is a silly
folk song you might find funny (it's never been in the charts). Click here
or here for the lyrics [which, incidentally, are referred to in the Fünf Sterne
Deluxe song "Deine Mudder" included on this list].
IV. Perfect Tense Practice [10 minutes]
- Click here for an activity about the bad behavior of some German musicians while they were in school.