english lesson (28.11.06)

hey everybody:

well now I will tell you what we did in our last english lesson on Tuesday:
At the beginning Katrin told us something about "sometime" and "sometimes". Although it wasn`t so much to talk about, she made a quite good job. :)
Then we worked at our pronunciation with a nice little poem. I find that very useful because there are so many differnt pronuncations for one letter in english. So we could see how to speak some of these words correctly.
And oh yes Freyja was with us too. (:

So I hope I made not soooo much mistakes ans see you tomorrow in the Englisch Leistungskurs!


English lesson (27.11.06)

Hallo everybody!
Here's my summary about what we did in our english lessons today:
At the beginning we listened to two presentations. First, it was Carolin's turn. She told us something about the wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, how they got to know each other and their honeymoon. After that, Birgit and Elke started their presentation about the short story "History lesson" from Arthur C.Clarke. It is a quite surprising story I think.
In our second lesson Mr.Ringeisen gave us a piece of paper with information about the American history, how it started and what is important to know. After that, we began to read a text in our viewfinder with the title "The American Dream" and which was written by James Truslow Adams. Because the lesson was over before we finished the text we have to read it until next monday as homework.

Have a nice day!


English lessons 20-23.11.06

Hello everybody.

I just want so sum up what we did in our English lessons this week.
On Monday we had a special guest: Freyja, a native speaker from Australia.
She told us about her expectations of Germany and Bavaria: sausages and "Lederhosen"
Then she added that it's rather cold.
Forthermore we listened to two very different songs: to the national anthem of America and to "Born in the USA".
We noticed that the national anthem charakterizes the Brithish as "brave" and that the flag is very important for this nation, as a flag normally is for every nation, I think.
Bruce Springsteen sings about a man who doesn't like living in America: he hasn't got a job and that's why he's just killing time. Addionally he cannot integrate into the American society anymore.
I really liked this lesson. It was different to the other lessons because of the songs and because of our guest.

On Tuesday we listened to Snow White, a fairy tale in rhyme. I'm sorry but I cannot imagine the exact title anymore.
In addition to that we talked about "The pet shop" by Monty Python.

Finally, today, today is Thursday by the way, we had a rather long, but nice presentation about the short story "My financial career". Angelika started her presentation by telling us something about the author Stephen Leacock. After that, she had prepared several tranparencies with other texts or books which are also by Leacock.
In the end she summed up the content of the story and analysed one stylistic device: it was an epiphora.
Because of our music-exam, we had only one lesson. That's why Carolin will do her presentation on Monday.

Have a nice day tomorrow and enjoy your weekend.


Liaising with ubiquitous colleagues?

The Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary is not very well-known at Bavarian schools - but (of course) it's a very good dictionary all the same.
The publishers offer a list of the Top 50 words that were looked up in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
Would you have had to look them up, too? - Take my advice, and take a discreet look ;-)

Top 50 in 2004/looked up at the online version of CAL


US mid-term elections

As you are aware perhaps, U.S. voters are about to decide who is to represent them in the House of Representatives over the next four years. These elections are called "mid-term", because they come in the middle of the president's term in office. So, it's another two years to go for President George W. Bush, and it doesn't look too good for his party in these elections.
If you want to get some background information, it would be useful to look at one of the articles in the New York Times, e.g.
Republicans Resigned to Idea of Big Losses
2006 Election Guide

British media also have very useful coverage of what awaits us on 7 Nov., e.g. the Economist magazine:
America's mid-term elections: Good-bye to the permanent majority?

All this content is available free of charge - BUT: You must register first. That means, you must choose a username and password (choose something you can remember easily - or write it down!). I'm convinced this is a small price for such excellent information (and immaculate English) as offered by these media.

Once you're registered, you'll be able to read most of the New York Times articles. The Economist is more restrictive with its content; they only offer a small percentage of the current magazine - but it's worth the trouble anyway.

Oh, by the way: Why are the two big political parties in the U.S.A. symbolized by a donkey and an elephant? And which stands for which? Maybe you can find out for our next meeting ;-)

Have a pleasant rest of the weekend,


"klein 'd', wie 'deutsch'" - Club Habana

Hello my dears,

How are you? I hope you're enjoying ( is this written right?) your vacations. Though they're pretty short...actually too short to get relaxed, but I really don't want to complain(wouldn't change anything anyway)! Better than none...

I'd just like to say "hello" to everybody who came to "Club Habana" at sunday and watched "SPOTT 3", including our, esp. my very embarassing performance( I usually don't listen to "Mariah Carey" or "Britney Spears" nor sing any songs of them...! Just wanted to mention that...) . It just was so cool to have you guys there ( janina, steffi, biggi, kerstin, anna...etc.) and being supported by you. And you really seem to be good luck, I mean we are third, aren't we? All in all it really was fun. I hope you enjoyed the evening and you still want to be seen with me and don't blush, turn around and run away, everytime you meet me...I won't sing in class, I promise!!!

So I guess I'll see y'all on monday!