"It's a wonderful life"

Just in case you want to relive some memories of the movie, here's the link to the relevant page on the International Movie Database:


There are many memorable quotes, lots of pictures, and you can even watch a trailer there.
- Other people's comments at amazon.de
- Wikipedia entry (very detailed)

And if you really need a break, take 130 minutes and watch the whole film online at Google video (good quality!).

The Internet Movie Script Database offers the complete script.


All about...

... Los Angeles =)
On this page you can find a lot of tourist information.
For example you can look at important museums or monuments... or you can even inform you about the nightlife of L.A =D


And you can also watch at the live cam !


This is a link from Claudia, who forgot her password:-):

It`s a map that shows tourists where they can have fun:

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Here are two links to the Hollywood Walk of Fame:
Information and nice photos:

Universal Studios Hollywood (LA)

This is the link to an article about the Universal Studios Hollywood and to a very impressive picture of the Studios.


Los Angeles links

These are the two important museums in L.A.:

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Museum of Contemporary Art

Here's an interesting article on the
"L.A. Smart Growth Model" at the Sprawl City site.

Pictures you chose as important or representative of L.A., sites you would like to visit as tourists:

- Hollywood Walk of Fame (Melissa)

- "Theme Building" at L.A. International Airport (Steffi)

- L.A. Zoo (Miriam/Judith)

- The Rodeo Drive (Carolin)

- L.A. "Angels Walk" (Kerstin)

- The Kodak Theater (Anna Ke./Birgit)

- Universal Studios Amusement Park (Katrin)


The Italian Lesson

Just in case you haven't seen it yet (or want to see it again):
Monty Python's language class on YouTube. It's hilarious.

Italian lesson


3rd Schulaufgabe: model answers

Hi all,

As I promised, here are the model answers to "Religion in the U.S.". I've also included the text, in case somebody has lost hers (or can't find it).

You can download the PDF file from this link (right-click, save as...):


Have a pleasant weekend.


Mr Ringeisen,

I wanted to ask you about my grade.I had problems with my e-mail.So if you already sent it, could you please send me another e-mail?
Thanks very much,


Good books?

Hey everybody. Does anybody know good english books I could read besides the ones that were presented? I´d be very happy if you could tell me a little what the storie´s about.
Thank´s very much already!

Have a nice day




First of all: it's me, Elke. Somehow my blog doesn't work so I post my entry with the help of Biggi.

Since our English test is about religion, we talked about this topic last Monday.
At first we looked at a caricature, where you can see a sailor who saws into the wall of a ship in order to rebuild it with a new board, which represents theories, made in Germany. But while he is sawing, the ship starts to drown because water - which symbolizes unbelief - runs into the ship.
This caricature tries to show that you can't change a belief with some new theories.
Afterwards we read an excerpt of "Inherit the Wind". It's about the conflict between those who take the bible literally and those who interpret it in a modern way.
According to a real occurrence in a trial in Tennessee in 1925, the authors Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee wrote a dialog between a man called Drummond, who is an enemy of fundamentalism, and a man named Brady, who is a defender of the bible. Like the real occurrence this dialog happens in a court. At first Brady wins the audience and the laughter over to his side, because he is very quick-witted and able to response in a funny way.
However Brady doesn't go into Drummond's questions and soon he isn't anymore able to give answers at all. Since Brady can't really defend himself against Drummond's arguments, also the audience is after a while not any longer on Brady's side.
After reading this text we talked about a commercial, which shows a monkey with a bottle in its hand. This commercial plays with Darwin's theories of evolution and that was supposed to be funny - but not everybody (I would even say nobody) has got the same humour like the guy who made this commercial.
At last we talked about two more caricatures.
The first shows a professor who forces his student to exchange her faith for a science, which is falsely called 'science'. This act is compared to a robbery.
In the second caricature you can see a professor as a captain of a ship called 'popular education'. He tells a sailor to heave the ballast overboard, whereupon the sailor throws the bible into the water. Because of the god-denying theories of evolution the ship heads for the rock of infidelity, where it will smash.

We'll see us tomorrow! Bye, blog-less Elke


All this church is a stage !? (2007-04-17)

Hello everybody!
Now it` s my turn to write something about our lesson today.
In the beginning Miriam presented her myth:
“Persons” is an acceptable plural instead of people.
She told us that the normal plural of ‘person’ in conversation is ‘people’ and that ‘persons’ is normally found only on formal written notices.

Then we got a text of “The Christian Science Monitor”-website in order to practice translation. It’ s an article from April 9th named “All this church is a stage” written by Stacey Chase. This title alludes to the quote of Shakespeare’s Macbeth “All the world is a stage”.

First we looked at the photo on top of the first page and translated its caption. With Mr. Ringeisen explaining the unknown words we went on translating sentence by sentence. We also got the homework to translate the next few sentences.
What do you think about this article? Is it right to use church as a kind of stage?

I think this idea of making life more happen in church is good, but I don’ t know whether that goes over the top. Shouldn’t church be a space of reflection?

Would be nice to know your opinions about that! See you soon! (=

The EU from an American perspective

This time in TIME magazine: 20 reasons to love the EU.
Each of the twenty "reasons" is illustrated by a photograph, and the texts are mostly short and easy to read.

There is a syntax mistake in no. 2, "The French Countryside" (this particular text isn't terribly intelligent anyway). The first course member to e-mail me what the mistake is and what a correct version of the sentence could look like, gets a sweet of her choice (or a drink, if you prefer that).


How cute: Knut

If you are interested in the new superstar at the Berlin Zoo, Knut, the polar bear, you can click through a 12-photo slideshow at the site of Vanity Fair.
They also offer a little movie that was made during the photo shoot with Annie Leibowitz, the star photographer: exclusive video.
Apart from boosting the magazine sales, the reason for bringing together Annie Leibowitz, Leonardo DiCaprio and Knut was the need for an attractive cover for Vanity Fair's current "Green Issue", an edition that looks at environmental issues, which is not a bad idea for a lifestyle magazine.
This index page for the Vanity Fair Green Issue gives you links to the magazine's articles plus numerous other links of ecological relevance.


Religion in the News

Well, this may be something that you as an all-girl course are interested in. In an article by Jim Ellis, the Washington Post reports about "The Church For Men":
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- No hymnals. No pews. No steeple. No stained glass windows. And no women.
The Church For Men flips around the look and feel of worship and its leader says that's a good thing - guys are "bored stiff" in many churches today.
"We try to make it interesting for them. We meet in a gym and we talk about issues that mess men up," said 46-year-old Mike Ellis, the church's founder.
The Church For Men meets one Saturday evening a month, drawing about 70 guys dressed in everything but straight-laced shirts and neckties. The service features a rock band, a shot clock to time the preacher's message and a one-hour in-and-out guarantee.
Ellis' church is part of a national movement to reverse a long-standing problem. Studies show that men are less likely than women to show up on Sunday mornings, and now churches around the country are reaching out to men, teaching theology with a twist of testosterone in the presentation.

If you want to read the rest of the article, click here.

You may want to check out other articles on religious topics (considering that this is what we'll deal with in our next 'Schulaufgabe'):
Religion/Washington Post

If you're looking for something more advanced as far as syntax and vocabulary are concerned, look at this review of a drama production in the New York Times:
Bibles Thumping, Suspenders Snapping

Kurt Vonnegut, Counter-Culture's Novelist, Dies

In the New York Times obituary for Kurt Vonnegut, who died on 11 April 2007, aged 84, Dinitia Smith provides a kind of summary of his works. The main aspect and central point of his philosophy, she claims, was the necessity for kindness as the basis for peaceful life on this planet.
To Mr. Vonnegut, the only possible redemption for the madness and apparent meaninglessness of existence was human kindness. The title character in his 1965 novel, “God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, or Pearls Before Swine,” summed up his philosophy:

“Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies — ‘God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.’ ”

Another article on Vonnegut and his work:
God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut
Here the author recommends "A Man Without a Country" as "a fine place to start". This collection of biographical essays was Vonnegut's last publication.
Here is a number of short excerpts for a first impression of his style:
A Vonnegut Sampler

The Guardian Unlimited quotes comments of other writers about Kurt Vonnegut and his work.

Here's a link to an obituary in the Britannica Blog.


For Girls, It's Be Yourself, and Be Perfect"

If you want an inside look at an American high school, with special emphasis on how girls are doing, then have a look at this article in today's New York Times.
It's rather long, but I think you'll find it worth reading. Here's how it begins:
NEWTON, Mass., March 31 — To anyone who knows 17-year-old Esther Mobley, one of the best students at one of the best public high schools in the country, it is absurd to think she doesn’t measure up. But Esther herself is quick to set the record straight.
“First of all, I’m a terrible athlete,” she said over lunch one day.
“I run, I do, but not very quickly, and always exhaustedly,” she continued. “This is one of the things I’m most insecure about. You meet someone, especially on a college tour, adults ask you what you do. They say, ‘What sports do you play?’ I don’t play any sports. It’s awkward.”

And - in case you haven't found out yet: the NYT offers a very valuable service for its readers who don't have a vocabulary like the O.E.D. ... Just double-click on any word, and you'll be offered a dictionary definition of what it means. Try it, it's very handy indeed.

There is something else I can recommend. If you scroll down this article just a little bit, there is a sidebar at the left where the topmost item reads "Multimedia: "Amazing Girls". If you go there, you're treated to a slideshow with more than ten minutes of spoken commentary - the girls mentioned in the article speak about their school life (and their life goals in general). After listening to the introduction, click on "Begin", and then you'll hear what five girls are saying about their experience.


Young boy trapped in chimney!

Last week a young boy was trapped in a doctors chimney! This evil man installed a grid at the bottom of his chimney, because his house had been broken in for several times. But why on the bottom? Nobody knows the exact reason! Mr Chapman, the doctor, said in court that he didn´t want the birds to sit on it and that´s why. What was this person thinking? Couldn´t he know that if somebody gets into the chimney he wouldn´t be able to get back out? Court tried to answer all of these questions for the worried mom. The judge decided after hearing the whitnesses that Mr Chapman was guilty. The young boy was trapped in the chimney for 2 weeks and after he was found he was in a very critical state.
I would like to invite you to talk to me about this case here.
This was a report from Judith!Thanks for reading this newspaper!


50 reasons to love the European Union

If anything, the British are famous (or notorious) for their Euroscepticism. What a pleasant surprise this is then: "50 reasons to love the European Union", presented by the editors of The Independent (a serious and sensible newspaper all along). This link takes you to the bare list, but there is also one where these fifty reasons are explained in a short paragraph of text each.

Additionally, I'd strongly recommend the leading article of today's edition: "A potent symbol of peace and unity."
To top off these hymns of praise, the Independent publishes an article by Denis MacShane, the Labour MP for Rotherham and Minister for Europe until 2005: "Why I am an unashamed enthusiast for Europe".

While you're at it, you might as well find out (maybe it will come to you as soon as you look at it) what the headline of this text is an allusion to. To help you a little, I'll give away this much: It's an allusion to a famous passage in a funny film. The first member of this course who sends me an e-mail with the correct solution wins a prize (a voucher for one of Amberg's bookshops).


Visit the Amish! (2007-03-19)

Unfortunatly, I came about 20 minutes after lesson started into the class, because we wrote a religion test.
First, we talked about the text "An Entirely Different Way of Life: The Amish" which is in the Viewfinder Special on page 256. The lifestyle of the Amish is really different to our modern life. I couldn't live the way they do, because there are so many things I would miss like television, cars, ... These people must have a strong will to adhere strictly to the bible. We answered the questions on the text and came across the question if we could live without a television set. Julia said that her familiy often travels to Sweden, where they havn't got television- she thinks it's relaxing. What do you think, can you live for about two weeks without television? Would you like to be an Amish?
At the end of the lesson, we finished the role play which we had started on Thursday. Unfortunatly the Queen's Cancel was ill (Steffi), but luckily Mr. Ringeisen took this part of the play. We heard various witnesses who were for and against Mr. Chapman. The whole play was really funny, particularly Mr. Chapman's (Biggi) justification, why he installed the grip at the bottom of the chimney: "the birds could verstopfen his chimney". :-)
At the end, the adjudgement for Mr. Chapman were two weeks of charities work.
Mr. Ringeisen told us that we would repeat this play after our "Schulaufgabe" and that we then would get marks on it.
Before the lesson endet, we got a quiz about the US history.
On Thursday we need our Viewfinder Special. Homework until next monday is the text "The Joys and Oys of Judaism" on page 262. We also have to answer questions on this text.
So, have a nice evening!
Bye, yours Kerstin


myths: too much waste of time?

Hello everbody.
Because the 13.03.2007 was a Tuesday, it was time for our myth presentation. Well not for ours but for Anna`s instead. She told about the expressions "at first", "firstly", "at last" and "lastly".
"Lastly" and "firstly" are used when you want to list something for example ideas, arguments,etc. .
You have to use "at first" for demonstrating your first idea or impression which is canged or found to be wrong later.
"At last" indicates that something finally happens after waiting.

Then our course discussed about the weather what wasn`t so efficient, because the sun was shining.
So Mr Ringeisen advert to the blog and that we should make comments or entries more often.
The course didn`t seem to be enthusiastic, but we can write our complaints in the feedback, which we are able to download.
And so the Tuesday lesson ends with an advice of Mr Ringeisen to look into the blog!

Feedback form ... waiting for you ...

Good afternoon,

The document for your feedback has now been prepared for you (.doc and .rtf format).

Please take a couple of minutes and go to this page:
Feedback on your ELK.

Thanks a lot.


"Blogging is good for ..."

"... your career" - this is what Penelope Trunk says in her article

Blogging essential for a good career

Penelope Trunk is a columnist at the Boston Globe and Yahoo! Finance.
She presents eight reasons why blogging is useful:
1. Blogging creates a network.
2. Blogging can get you a job.
3. Blogging is great training.
4. Blogging helps you move up quickly.
5. Blogging makes self-employment easier.
6. Blogging provides more opportunities.
7. Blogging could be your big break.
8. Blogging makes the world a better place.

If you click to Trunk's blog, you can see a whole paragraph of explanation to go with each of these eight points.
Certainly, taking part in this course blog is not the same thing as having a blog of your own - but at least it gives you an idea how it works and it provides you with some practice.
So get going. Please.


"Take a Pew" by Alan Benett

My sensible headline: "Take a Pew" by Alan Benett - we still need to get used to British humour....it needs getting used to

At the beginning we had the great pleasure to be entertained by the acting of some students, they presented humorous parodies of advertisement. By the way, Mr. Ringeisen also pointed out, that there will be a theatre play "(D)oloroso" on 22th and 24th of march at half past seven in the evening.
I hope you also remember that we took a look at the "sermon" "Take a Pew" by Alan Benett, who`s a quite famouse and popular british actor and director.
The text starts with a quotation of the bible, which, as we noticed, made absolutly no sense, the same quote is also used at the ending of this " sermon".
But also the use of slang expressions next to rather standard expressions is mentionable, such as "hurly burly of modern life" next to " stuff this for a lark" . Additionally, it`s striking, that the author often uses quotations and gives them in his sermon an absolutly new sense, like e.g. " Where do you think you`re going?" the sermoniser was asked that question by an employee of the railway company. In his sermon he uses the same question in a more philosophic way, he asks his audience the same, but he wants to allude to what they want to reach in their lifes.
Not only that he`s giving his quotations and absolutly new sense, he`s also quoting wrong, he states to adduce W.E. Hinley an English poet, but in truth he`s citing "Alumnus Football".
That`s what we did last thursday. We also got some homework for next thursday, in fact to prepare an advertisement or weather forecast play. By the way, the lesson ended already at 13:30 o`clock.

P.S.: If you are interested in Alan Benett you can look at http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/B/htmlB/bennettalan/bennettalan.htm

here you can find some information about his life and career


Headline Hysteria ...?

Hello everybody,
I actually meant to mention this in class today, but I forgot again. So ... maybe my headline has already given you an idea what this post is about?

What I wanted to hint at is that quite a lot of recent lesson summary titles were a bit - hmmm, shall we say: uninspired? Of course it's a good principle to have the date of the lesson in question somewhere in your post, but as a headline it's neither very informative nor does it really arouse anybody's curiosity, I'm afraid.

Let me give you a few examples. It doesn't always have to be an alliteration, but just try to make it witty and in some way connected with what we did:

  • Janina, you could have called your contribution "No more overcoat weather, please".

  • Steffi, how about "Christians in Colorado" - or even just the title of Winthrop's sermon, which is memorable enough ("A City Upon a Hill").

  • Alex: "The Old Man and His Pupils" ;-)) or maybe "Soft refreshing humour" or ...?

  • Miriam, maybe: "Not an expression for lawyers"

  • Anna: "Blessed by the Bell" (this is not terribly logical, of course, but it does make sense, in a way)

And so on and on and on.

So could the next summary (and those after it) have a clever, funny, intelligent, philosophically challenging headline, please? Thanks :-)

And another thing: After a tentative start, the good practice of writing comments about your colleagues' posts has dropped to ... zero. Could we have some comments, please? And don't leave it all to Melissa and Angelika ;-)

English lesson 2007-03-06

Summary of the English lesson 2007/03/06

Hallo everybody,

after our daily prayer, I myself presented a new myth to the class. It is only a half-truth that “no more”/”not....any more” and “no longer”/”not.....any longer” are interchangeable. I stressed the most important points one has to remember: "no more" is mostly used with expressions of quantity, "no longer" with expressions of time; "not......any longer" both with quantity and time.

Afterwards, Mr. Ringeisen distributed a worksheet on which we could read several weather forecasts of different registers.

We learned that, i.e. very popular daily newspapers only write little about the weather as the readers haven't got time to read long passages on their way to work or they aren't interested in detailed descriptions of the weather but in news of stars or terrible accidents.

Furthermore, we read the written version of a radio forecast.

In addition, we worked out what is remarkable of the weather forecast presented as a dialogue between an announcer and a weatherman: the announcer uses a a familiar language (i. e. “umbrella” or “overcoat weather” instead of “precipitations”) so that the viewers can remember the forecast better; by reason that the announcer knows all the weatherman's answers before asking the questions, the viewer feels clever as he is on the announcer's side.

In the end , we read some other expressions about the weather that are used in an informal conversation or in private letters. “ We had a scorcher today” is supposed to say that it was a very hot day.

Mr. Ringeisen told us to learn the terms for the next English lesson so that we can use them in our own conversation.

See you tomorrow, Janina


English lesson 2007-03-05 or "A city upon a hill"

Hello everybody.
At first, we talked about a few expressions that some of use have used in their test. Mr Ringeisen has looked up the various possibilities to translate the word "poorness". Its main use is "poor quality", but in some cases it can also mean "poverty". We also know now that "to profit" can be followed either by the preposition "from" or by "by". Then, the students who haven't had discussed their test in one of the last lessons, talked about them with Mr Ringeisen. Like Alex, I think that it's really a good thing to have the possibility to talk about the mistakes in greater detail. After the break, we tried to answer the questions of the text "A City upon a Hill". I won't write down the answers in this entry because we got a sheet with possible solutions.

We also had a look at the diagrams and statistics on page 255 of our Viewfinder Speacial. We thought that it's surprising that Nevada and Colorado have less than 40% religious Adherents. On the other hand, Utah, North Dakota, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama have more than 70%. So, you can see that there are great varieties concerning religious aspects in America. We also didn't expect the Jewish to be only 1.8%. The analysis of the number of radio and TV stations carrying Christian broadcasting full or part-time has increased enormously. Compared to 1983, it was twice the number in 1993.

As homework for monday, we have to read the text "An Entirely Different Way of Life: The Amish" on page 256 and 257. After having read the text, we have to choose three questions of the comprehension or analysis part and we have to write about them.

CYA tomorrow.

Thursday's lesson ( 2007- 03 - 01 )

Hello everybody!

I want to give you the chance to have a look back at our English lesson on March 1st.

First Mr. Ringeisen helped us to correct our "Schulaufgabe" correctly =). He talked to each
one of us and point our mistakes out to us. I think this was a good idea and it helped us to understand better what we do wrong, and so it'll stay longer in our mind.
In the second part of our English lesson we read an excerpt from a novel called 'The Old Man an Mr. Smith' by Peter Ustinov, which is in our 'British Humour' book.
The story's about an old man representing God and Mr. Smith representing the devil. It starts with the description of the church, where they are sitting in a church service, and its visitors. The description, for example when Ustinov give us infos about a woman with a keyboard of large teeth, is very funny. Also the speech of the reverend and the comments in brackets make me smile. The story ends, when the old man is recognized as God.
I liked the story very much, because it's not such a serious one.
At the end of the lesson we looked at a cartoon in which you can see a reverend, who preach infront of a lot of visitors. The sentence under this cartoon says: "On account of the widespread floods we wil omit the verse about soft refreshing rain."
I liked this cartoon, too. There you can see that you don't have to live on the severe rules of the church, like over one hundred years ago, and that you sometimes can take life easy!

And now I wish you a great remaining day



Tuesday`s lesson (2007-02-27)

Hello everybody, this is Miriam, not Birgit. I didn`t manage making an account for myself and now don`t think "Women and technique"
In the first part of the lesson Steffi presented a new myth to us. She explained that the terms "Not a techer" and "no teacher" express different things. When you say "Mr. Smith is not a teacher" everyone concludes Mr. Smith has got another job. He`s for example a doctor. When you say "Mr. Smith is no teacher" you express either that Mr. Smith has the wrong job or that usually does another job.
I have never recognized if I wrote "not a" or just "no", but I think I´ll try to remember what Steffi told us about these two terms when I use them the next time.
In the second part of the lesson Mr. Ringeisen hand us a paper sheet and we talked about it. It was quite funny to see how different one action can be expressed by 13 people in different situations.
When a friend tells you something he or she uses short sentences and ellipsis which you also use for diary entrys. In a popular newspaper report you get a additional information. A layer and a psychiatrist would use special terms. If you read about the action in a statistic or novel you can see varible stilistics.
It depends on who you`re talking to or if the author writes for a newspaper or writes a novel.
This is my report about the lesson on Tuesday and I just want you to remember to bring your British Humour Book and your paper sheet with your corrected version of your Schulaufgabe, and, of course, your Schulaufgabe to our next English lesson.


Monday's lesson (2007-02-26) or "Blessed by the Bell"

Hello everybody!
In our first of today's two english lessons some of us discussed with Mr.Ringeisen the test we had to correct during the holidays. While one student was talking to him the others could talk about their weekend. In the second lesson Mr.Ringeisen wanted to start with the topic "Religion in the U.S.A" but of course, although it was Monday, our "Viewfinder special lesson" almost everybody has forgotten the book. So we were shown a picture which is a poster with a big bell on it.After that we talked about the lines which stand over the bell and under it. "God Blest America" on the top of the poster and the other statement was "How blessed are the people whose God is Lord". Especially the second one is supposed to show the relation between God and the American people and that there's a connection.
At the end we read the beginning of the text "A City upon a Hill" in our Viewfinder. The title of this sermon refers to the Bible in which God had chosen Israel. After a short discussion how one would feel if one would life in a city upon a hill(one would feel very special and proud but also a little bit isolated) the lesson was over. So, don't forget your homework to read the whole text on page 252!
Have a nice afternoon, Anna:)


W. H. Auden - another famous poem

Maybe you'll remember the poem about the "Fall of Icarus". If you want to read another famous poem by the same author and read a (German) article about it, check out Jochen Lüders' blog.


Fahrenheit 451- movie

Wow, I've finally managed to get an account!
So, here's my summary of Thursday's English lesson , which was a special one: We watched the movie version of Fahrenheit 451. I don't really know what to write about know, so I'll just tell you about my impressions of the film.
All in all I'd say the film is quite good and I liked most of the actors.
Clarisse and Linda are played by the same actress (or was I just imagining that?), which is a really interesting idea, although, in my opinion, Clarisse is too old and I didn't have the impression that she behaves strangely or much different to the other people.
(By the way, what I wanted to ask: isn't Linda called “Mildred“ in the novel? Or is that another one of my imaginations?).
Who I didn't like that much was Montag, because I think the actor doesn't express Montag's feelings that well. But we had to skip a passage and perhaps his desperation would have been shown there more clearly.
There are many clever details to be seen in the movie, like the newspaper Montag reads (with only pictures in it), the silly TV-programm Linda takes part in or when one hears the pupils reciting maths together. In my opinion this draws a very good picture of what the world in the movie must be like.
However, I was disappointed that many parts of the book don't occure at all, the mechanical hound for example, and one doesn't see much of Faber either.That's a pity, because I was curious to see what these would look like on TV and I also think that they play an important role in the book. What I think is really funny (although it isn't meant to be, of course) is that so many devices, like the telephones or the TV-walls look rather old-fashioned, but are meant to be futuristic. The strings on the policemen (or whatever they were) that are supposed to make them fly are not bad, either.
Ok, I can't think of anything else to say know, so enjoy your holidays!


Tuesday`s lesson (2007-02-13)

Hello everybody
Well, it`s my turn to write something about Tuesdays lesson. We started by presenting a myth, Anna told us that the `d in I´d stands for had, and not for should or would, like many people think. You also should know that not comes after better, for example You`d better not behave like that again!
We continued with presenting two more books, Carolin and Katrin told us something about "Garden of beasts" (I think it was called like this), which is about a explorer who comes to Nazi Germany.... The other book, presented by Anna and Alex, was called negotiator. After overcoming the obstacle of pronounceing "negotiator" they also presented it very good. (I´m sorry I can`t remember what it was about, but on it`s cover was a spider)
Then Mr. Ringeisen told us something about inversion, we use an inversion for example in questions (Where was it made) or exclamations (Aren`t we clever girls!)... It`s all on your handout.
We finished by learning something about an except from british homour from Peter Ustinov "The old man and Mr. Smith" (p.86), which is about Satan and God meeting on earth. They want to find out if they`re still relevant in this world. On their journey they also land in the middle of an television evangelist`s (which are also called televanglist) show... And that`s where we`ll continue next week. So don`t forget your British Humour Book.

Monday's lesson

Hi everybody,
now I've already matched it to write into the 'blogger'. But I have to say it was very difficult to install the google account. Well and I have to say it's not always easy to be a woman =)) either (a little joke).
In Monday's lesson we got our essays back, what was very pleasant for me =)). After that we made a little exercise for our novel presentation. For that we had to choose a book, which cover looked good for us. Then we had some time to think about the author, the title, the plot and the cover. Then we presented our results and at the end Mr. Ringeisen asked the groups, if we would read the book. I think this was a good training for us =))).

How to fascinate your listeners

Since there are going to be novel presentations this term, I thought you might want one or two hints as to what you could do to improve your performance. I've found something for you: Mark McGuinness has a very useful article on his blog (called "Wishful Thinking") - go and have a look, please. His main claim is: Show enthusiasm about your topic, and you'll make your presentation so much more memorable (and enjoyable).

5 Reasons Why Enthusiasm is Better than Confidence


Fahrenheit 451

I´m sorry I couldn´t write any earlier, but I was sick. I´m supposed to write about the english theatre we watched on thursday. I think it was good that we read the book before we watched the play. This way I think we understood a lot more and also were familiar with the characters. The people from the other courses sometimes had problems with some things. They didn´t know what the dog was for, what exactly happened when the handy-man helped Mildred or what the parlour walls and the music were for. Some things just were hard to understand for them. Don´t you also think the actors were great? My favorite character was Millie. You couldn´t tell if they were American or German, because their english was very good.

Well, I think all of you should tell me about your oppinion, so maybe we can have a discussion about the play. Thanks for commenting in advance!


fishy stories, "ozymandias" and "the fall of Icarus"

Hi guys!

I’m so sorry I haven't managed to write into the blog earlier. But, hey, better late than never, right ;-)?

So let's see...what can I say about the English lessons on Monday (2007/02/05)?
Well, first we had some very fishy stories beginning with a very heart touching hitchhiker adventure which ended in a friendship for life (July)...very nice...erm...then a story about taking a bath with your sister after getting "down and dirty" in the mud ;-)...("hello?! It's my sister!!!" – Claudia ). Not to forget Birgit’s sportive bet, which she fortunately won and Elke's very exciting and impressing braveness in catching a thief in the middle of the night and of course Melissa's very fast car, her lack of technical knowledge and Judith letting her wait for hours in the cold in order to talk with a very handsome boy in front of the supermarket (What kind of friend are you?!? Shame on you Judith ;-) !!!).

But I think we did a pretty good job on these fishy stories considering we haven’t done that too often yet, in fact never. It sounds pretty easy but if you're not used to describing pictures and inventing “silly” stories in a short period of time it IS hard. Additionally, one is under pressure, which makes it double difficult to make a story up and keep talking about it for two and a half minutes.

After that we continued talking about "Ozymandias" by P.B. Shelley, which is a nice poem but hard to understand if you don't take your time to analyse it. Especially the syntax made it quite hard to understand. So it really would better to translate the poem…which we actually did ;-).

Last but not least we looked at the painting “landscape with the fall of Icarus” by Brueghel, which …erm…well…shows the fall of Icarus after flying too close to the sun. To be more precise, it shows Icarus drowning in the sea and nobody on the painting seems to care or even to notice, which is kind of weird in my opinion, don’t you think so? Why the hell does no one realize or do something against it? And isn’t it also quite strange of the artist to draw that kind of situation? Well, as usually I didn’t get the meaning. What is it supposed to say? Never fly to close to the sun if you’re wearing wax-wings??? What do you think?

I’m very curious about your thoughts. So don’t you dare leave this blog-entry “comment-less” ;-) !




About February 6th or the little man with the compass

Hello everybody!
Today I have to write my blog entry about our english lesson. So what did we do today?
I'm of the opinion that the funniest thing of this lesson was the drawing of Anna (she drew a little man or woman? on a mountain with a little compass in his or her hand)on the transparency of Angelika's myth presentation. Of course all of us now know that East/West/North/South and Eastern/Western/Northern/Southern are normally NOT interchangeable. This has to be the most remarkable thing of this lesson, I think.
What did we also do today? We had again 4 fishy stories, for example one was about a marriage and a bunch of flowers, or another was about parachuting as a birthday present.
Another thing we did at school, was discussing about the poem "Landscape with the fall of Icarus" which we had to read for homework. The poem describes the painting of Pieter Brueghel the Elder which we also looked at. It was also said that you can imagine commas and fullstops in this poem when we analysed the structur of it.
I hope this was an adequacy summary of our today's English lesson and I hope I didn't forgot something important.

Have a nice day and see you on Thursday,


Ozymandias ...

Here's something for you to download and enjoy: The text of “Ozymandias” plus some ideas for interpretation plus a short biography of P. B. Shelley.

Ozymandias Material


Ending of 'The Lover'

Here the promised real ending of our short story:
Enjoy reading!
Carrie and Kati

That poem again! That same poem! What was it? Why did it fit the scene so perfectly? And why couldn't she remember it?
'What an awful wind,' she said as casually as possibly. 'Perhaps I ought to make sure that --- 'She had been working her way towards the door when he turned and slowly shook his head. She stopped. Hypnotised. Unable to take another step away from him.
Destiny, her mind told her. This is your destiny; what you were created for. London, Paris, New York - no matter where you went you had to return here. To this cottage. To this man. Quietly he walked towards her, past her, and on towards the heavy oak door. The key twisted in the lock, the shutters closed silently over the windows.
Gently, very gently, he took her arm and led her back to the hearth and the blazing fire. They were alone and she wanted to scream, but she couldn't.
' And last she sat down by my side And called me . . . . . ' That poem! That damned poem! How did it go? Please God, how did it go? Please, please let her remember!
' . . . when no voice replied She put my arm about her waist And made her smooth white shoulder bare . . . '
His left arm held her tightly, the slender fingers biting into her skin, while his right hand caressed the softness of her fair hair.
'But passion sometimes would prevail Nor could tonight's gay feast restrain A sudden thought of one so pale For love of her . . . . . . .'
Love? This wasn't love! This was madness. Insanity. He was crazy. He'd taken something of beauty and twisted it into macabre reality.
'Be sure I looked up at her eyes . . . ' His own eyes shone with a maniacal fervour. 'Happy and proud at last I knew Porphyria worshipped me . . . '
Porphyria! Browning's poem! She knew it! Oh my god, no! No! No!
'That moment she was mine, mine fair Perfectly pure and good . . . '
She wanted to scream. She tried to scream. But she couldn't. His fingers were about her throat and no sound emerged. She fought for air but she could feel her body falling, falling. Her mind struggled to escape from the darkness but all she could hear was a voice, a distant voice, fading, ecstatic . . . .
'. . . and all her hair In one long yellow string I wound Three times her little throat around And strangled her . . . '


USA erklärt

Hi everybody,
Just in case you're fed up with all these English articles, essays, stories ... - and in case you want to read some German text, and still do something to improve your general knowledge to help you get ahead in your Leistungskurs - have a look at this blog which I recommend warmly:

USA erklärt

See for yourselves. I can't explain it ;-)


On New Year Resolutions

Dear ELKs,

Happy New Year to everyone!

If you'd like to read an intelligent article on new year resolutions, have a look here:
Another last chance to change your life
To give you an idea what it's like, here's the last paragraph:
Knowing that you can change your behavior, even by an iota, is essential for holding yourself in esteem. We’re often cynical about how resolutions are never kept, but we shouldn’t be. Resolutions are perhaps lies, but they’re lies of good faith, necessary illusions. As long as we can make them, we are saved, we can control the chaos of destiny; it doesn’t matter that we break them and that others view us with skepticism. Every resolution is good simply because it is declared. It is a comedy, perhaps, but it keeps us sane.