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Deutsch 221/231 

"Es ist besser, falsch zu reden [=sprechen], als richtig zu schweigen [=be silent]." [source unknown]
"With every mistake we must surely be learning." [George Harrison]



Vokabellisten und Übungen

Visit the CTools Site for this course for Access to Recordings of the 221/231 Vocabulary Lists

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Final Video Project Mehr Info über die "AMD-Bücher"
Texte Relevante Links

Vokabellisten und Übungen

GERMAN FLASH CARD PROGRAM Use this program to practice vocabulary relevant to this course, and to (p)review the vocabulary from other courses. Just go to Options > Add Cards > Load Pre-Made Cards and load the cards you want. Note that if you take a minute to read the Help menu, you may discover lots of additional useful features!
Gateway Test You can take the test for practice anytime (no need to click on "submit"). You can officially submit your score only at one of the 6 proctored tests. You must sign in with a proctor before you begin the test! Each time the test loads, you will see a different set of 40 questions. Viel Spaß! Gateway Vocabulary List Downloadable Word Document


Test 1 Vokabeln: see Gateway List above
Test 2 Vokabeln
Test 3 Vokabeln

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Informationen über die Filme

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  1. You are required to watch these movies.  Check the homework schedule for info.
  2. All of these movies deal with adult themes and contain some nudity, which is more customary in Germany than in the US: one sees it on TV, and even on mainstream newspaper and magazine covers.  If this is a problem for you, please let your instructor know, so that we can find a solution that will work for you!
Nach fünf im Urwald
[It's a Jungle Out There]
Good Bye Lenin Kebab Connection

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Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen
  • If you've read this in English, you'll find it easy and fun to read in German; if you haven't, the exciting plot and comparatively simple language will help you move along quickly and provide motivation for reading efficiently.  Either way, you'll learn a lot from reading this in German, and you'll have fun while you do it.  And when your friends mention the book, you can tell them you read it in German
  • English Chapter Summaries for all the Harry Potter books As you read each chapter, you could first take a quick look at the chapter summary for that chapter; that way, it will be easier for you to guess unknown vocabulary words and thus to read more quickly without having to use your dictionary a lot. As you get further into the book, you may find you no longer need the chapter summaries.
  • Vocab List and Comprehension Questions for the entire book, chapter by chapter! (Compiled by Steve Hunter, a student at Maranacook Community School, Readfield, Maine)
Damals war es Friedrich
  • In this course, we will read the "Zeittafel" given at the end of this book, which chronicles the succession of anti-Jewish laws passed by the Nazis, and some of the main events in the history of the Holocaust.
  • The book was written for young adults in 1961, and has won several prizes and been translated into many languages.
  • It tells the story of two young boys who grow up in the same house. Friedrich is Jewish and the narrator is not. The story is built around the "Zeittafel" in the back, showing concretely how each of the events listed affects Friedrich and his family, and the narrator and his family.
Peter Schlemihls wundersame Geschichte
  • This is a marvelous story by the Romantic author Adalbert von Chamisso (1781-1838) about Peter Schlemihl, who accidentally sells his shadow to the devil.
  • The edition we have ordered has been simplified and edited to make it readable for intermediate stories. The editors did a great job--I couldn't put this book down until I finished it!
Cultural Graded Reader: Heine
  • This book is unfortunately out of print, but we hope you will be able to find a used copy if you're interested in it.
  • The book, written for intermediate students, outlines the eventful life of the poet and journalist Heinrich Heine (1797-1856). This also gives you an insight into the history of Germany after the Napoleonic Wars.
  • You may know Heine's poem "Die Loreley" ("Ich weiß nicht was soll es bedeuten/Daß ich so traurig bin..."), famously put to music by Friedrich Silcher.
  • In this course, we will read Heine's short poem "Der Brief."
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Relevante Links

Schwarzfahrer Schwarzfahren Offiziell heißt der Artikel "Beförderungserschleichung" [literally: obtaining transportation by devious means]!

Schwarzfahrer Blog Ein Blog zum Thema Schwarzfahren!

imdb: Schwarzfahrer Information über den Film im Internet Movie Database

Der Holocaust

Fragen zur Zeittafel zur Geschichte des 2. Weltkriegs

Sites to visit if you are not very familiar with the facts about the Holocaust

Victims of the Holocaust An estimated 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazis.  This page, intended as a resource for teachers, provides information about the Nazi persecution of the Jews and about the estimated 5 million other victims of the Holocaust: Poles, Ukrainians, Russians and other Slavs, gypsies, homosexuals, people with disabilities, Jehovah's Witnesses, homosexuals, the dissenting clergy, Communists, Socialists, children of African-German descent, and others. 

Sites to visit if you have already learned a lot about the Holocaust

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

USC Shoah Foundation Institute Click on "Testimony Clips" to access video testimonials from Holocaust survivors, or on "Education" and then "Online Exhibits."

Cybrary of the Holocaust This site is a tremendous resource, but confusing to navigate ==> you may want to visit their FAQ page first.

Deutsche Seiten Encyclopaedic German site on the Holocaust. In case this site is down, the German wikipedia entry on the Holocaust is very informative, and includes links to a variety of related sites.

Holocaust-Referenz This German site aims to collect documents that can be used to refute "Holocaust revisionists," i.e. people who claim that the Holocaust never happened (incidentally, it is a crime in Germany to make this claim publicly).

Interview mit Esther Bejarano: "Ich habe Auschwitz überlebt [=survived]." Some images of Auschwitz are included at the beginning of the video of the interview.

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