Course vocab - final list

Thank you very much everybody for contributing to this list. There have been a few double entries, so I had to choose a couple of words myself, but most of them are the vocabulary of your choice. - So, enjoy revising them. And that's *not* ironical. It really is a pleasure to realize how one's vocabulary is steadily growing, and how much better you are prepared to express what you really mean.
That's the whole point of this list plus test: Help you remember. Make you aware of choices.
Well - here you are:

Course Vocab: Words Worth Learning (Sept. - Dec. 2008)

Have a happy new year! :-)



Katha's words

I'm sorry that I wasn't able to give you my words earlier, but our computer doesn't work and today I have the possibility to use my dad's computer in his office at work.

These are my words:

beak: Schnabel

queer: seltsam, sonderbar

pail: Eimer

contribution: Beitrag

brand: Marke

cautious: vorsichtig

cornerstone: Meilenstein

exceed: übersteigen, überschreiten

proponent: Befürworter

assertion: Behauptung


Course Vocab: Deadline & More Pleasant Things

Thank you, Katharina "Uschi", for your list. Now there's only one more list missing, ahem.
As far as I remember, we hadn't agreed on a deadline for these lists. But it makes sense, of course, to have one, because without a complete list it's more difficult to properly prepare for the vocab test. So here it is: The official deadline for submitting your vocab list (you know who) is 29th Dec. 2008. If it hasn't arrived by then, I'll add ten words to the list myself and publish the official vocab list, which is going to be the basis for your vocab test, on 30th Dec. 2008.

And now for something completely different:

I wish you all a Merry Christmas!

YouTube offers you some of the most popular English christmas carols, e.g. "The First Noel" (sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir).
Another, quite different, but equally enjoyable example is "The Twelve Days of Christmas", presented in a highly artistic and at the same time really funny version by "Straight no chaser" - and, no, this is not the original version, they mix other christmas (and non-christmas) songs into it and generally enjoy their singing:

(My wishes for the new year will come along with the final vocab list.)


Kathi´s words

assumption = Annahme

to cope with = mit etw. zurecht kommen

to communicate sth. = etw. vermitteln

to elict sth. = etw hervorrufen

boredom = langeweile

to negate = etw. ablehnen

neglecent = nachlässig

to assess = einschätzen

to desist sth. = etw. unterlassen

let alone = geschweige denn


To kill two birds with one stone

Good evening! ...thankfully the title is just a proverb! I think it's much more violent than in german!

So to answer your question Mr Ringeisen, I looked it up in Google...
I think most of the time it's important to know something ,but in this case it's good to know where you have to look it up (: ...

So now I KNOW now that "and now for something completely different.." is the name of a film spin-off from Monty Pythons Flying Circus!

And now to kill the second bird (so violent!), I try to include my first link : Wikipedia on "And now ..."

so, in the end I want to wish all of you merry Christmas and I hope to see you happy and healthy somewhere in the city during holiday or 2009



Hi girls,

here are my words:

kate fox; watching the Englisch; translation
given: angesichts
distinctive: ausgeprägt

"the audacity of hope"; suggested solution
to enumerate: aufzählen

"reshaping the american dream"; suggested solution
uncaring: gefühlslos

"Dollywood values"
occasional: gelegentlich
indigenous: einheimisch
tacky: geschmacklos

"predidental debate;Mccain vs.Obama"
distress: Not, Sorge

short stories; carnations
feeble: schwach
scent: Duft

The meaning of "tea"

Hey, I'm sorry but it's me again^^
I just had time and I thought
well I could add my tea-story to our blog
so here it is:

After taking his last breath, his heart stopped beating and he closed his eyes. I sat there and in slow motion, I watched the nurses trying to bring my dad back, but I knew he wasn't coming back. I took the key he gave to me before he said goodbye and left the hospital. While walking to my car, I heard my dad's last words over and over again. "This key is for you. It belongs to a locker at the airport. That's the last time we will play this game, so have fun. You'll make your way with or without me, I know." I wasn't sure if I really understood what he meant with his first words or maybe I was just too surprised and I couldn't believe, what he wanted me to do. When I was a little boy, I always played this game with my dad. He gave me a mystery to unravel and some clues. And he left the clues everywhere. Sometimes he would mark a word in his newspaper or he would leave pictureson our desk, which led me in the right direction. "Was that really what he wanted me to do?"I arrived at the airport and my thoughts were still circling in my mind. I searched for locker number 345 and tried to unlock it with my key. I shouldn't have been surprised, when it opened, but I actually was. But what I found left me puzzled. There was a little note inside with just one word written on it. "ti: ". What did that mean? The following days, I was busy searching for the answer. I thought about "tea" as an anagram and searched the Internet for it. I even asked the shop assistant of the tea store, where my dad used to buy his peppermint tea, whether she knew what he could have meant, but she didn't have any idea. The good thing about it was that the search distracted me, so I didn't have to deal with my dad's death. A week later, I lay awake in my bed. It was almost dark outside, but I couldn't sleep. It was then, when it made "click" . I jumped up and ran to my dad's library. As a little kid, I was never allowed to enter it when my father wasn't inside. So it was a very magical moment, when I opened the door. Everything had been left untouched. I stepped in and looked for the row of books starting with "t". He didn't mean any sort of tea, he meant the letter "t". When I found the t-books my heart was beating hard against my chest and my whole body was tense. "What is the last thing he wants me to find?", I thought. I was curious like a little child. And then I found what I was searching for. There was a book with the name "Thomas" written on it. That was my name! I opened it and noticed that it was a photo album documenting my life. And what made it so invaluable for me were the little notes my dad had left under each picture. That was when my eyes filled with tears and all my sadness made my body shake. Somehow, my wife was suddenly by my side and hugged me. "He'll always hold a special place in your heart", she said, and I knew she was right.

I hope you enjoyed reading it and you liked the story :)
I'm looking forward to your stories!
CU tomorrow

Kate's words

Hey guys,

here are my words... hope they aren't too difficult to learn

unprogressive (adj): rückständig
sound (adj): solide, tadellos, vernünftig
evasive (adj): ausweichend, voller Ausflüchte
riddle (n): Rätsel, Sieb
chilly (adv): kalt
gusty (adv): böhig, stürmisch
gist (n): Kernaussage, das Wesentliche
occur (v): sich ereignen (to occur to sb: jdm. einfallen)
blatant (adj): schreiend, offensichtlich
elaborate (adj): gut ausgearbeitet, kompliziert


Vocabulary update

Jessica B., unfortunately some of your words had already been on the list:

- immaculate
- lush

Please find two new ones.

We'll keep your "pursuit of happiness", although somebody had already contributed "pursuit", because it is such a famous phrase from the United States Declaration of Independence (1776).

The latest update of the list is here: Words worth learning

Validation: Don't feel so great today? - Watch this.

Thanks a lot, mrs. h., for putting this on your blog :)


hey LK-ladies and sir ringeisen (:

Between all of those vocabulary-lists I just wanted to comment about having a native speaker in our lessons currently!
In my opinion it is great to have her here... even if we don't know her name yet she seems to be very nice (:
Hearing something about the other side of the world and getting to know her is cool! Maybe you can also agree with me that it is always interesting to see what foreigners think about germans and the way we live and behave!

..if I might forget: we should ask her about advent and christmas traditions in New Zealand!!

Good evening,
Conni (:

sandra's words


to tickle kitzeln

fanciful phantasievoll

shark Hai

dusky dämmrig, dunkel

to giggle kichern

imploring flehend

fit Anfall

as it were so zu sagen

to gape gähnen

to prop up aufbocken, (ab)stützen

Christmas movies

Since a very unfortunate constellation of circumstances won't allow us to watch a Christmas movie together (our last lessons together will be filled by your 'Schulaufgabe'), I'd like to give you two recommendations for some really good old shmaltzy Christmas movie feeling:
1. "Holiday Inn" with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire (contains that most famous of American Christmas songs, "White Christmas").
2. "It's a Wonderful Life" (by Frank Capra, starring James Stewart and Donna Reed).

I'll give you a clip from nr. 1 - and the whole movie for nr. 2. Take your time, and get those paper tissues ready.


Jessica's vocab

Good evening,1
so here are my words (I'm glad it worked), I also hope of course that you all don't have too much trouble studying them. But I'm positive!

to coin = prägen
(Audacity of Hope)
observation = Beobachtung
pursuit of happiness = Streben nach Glück
parsimonious = sparsam
(Reshaping the American Dream)
amber = bernsteinfarben
(America the Beautiful)
lush = üppig
to shiver = frösteln
immaculate = unbefleckt, tadellos
smudge = Rauchwolke
(A man who had no eyes)
distraught = verwirrt, bestürzt
(The Invisible Japanese Gentlemen)

oh and I just realized, Sabrina already put the word parsimonious, so I just add an alternate one =). I hope my other words are fine...
to rehearse = etwas (z.B ein Theaterstück) einstudieren, einüben

1I don't know what you did with your original post, Jessica, because suddenly there was only your P.S. about "parsimonious". But luckily the blog software sent me the first part of your entry, so I've inserted it here. -rip-

Sabrina's words

Then I'll add a little flavour:

1) fretful (adj) quengelig, unruhig
2) (to) conceal sth (from somebody)(v) verheimlichen, verbergen
3) prodigal (adj) verschwenderisch
4) parsimonious geizig
5) sound (adj) verlässlich, solide, vernünftig
6) (to) forge sth (v) etw. fälschen
-> (to) forge ahead (v) (schnell)Fortschritte machen,
7) (to) deminish sth (v) etw. vermindern
8) whim (n) Laune
-> whimsy (adj) launisch
9) wail (n) Gejammer, Geheul
-> (to) wail that... jammern, dass...
10) breakdown truck (n) Abschleppwagen

I think they should be easy to learn ^___^

PS: In the PDF-file there's an 's' missing in "Ausdauer" (perseverance)


Conni's voc

good evening!

here are my fabulous words! I hope they are useful and you can learn them easily or find useful memory hooks ( yes, this was ´word number eleven ;) ...

1) courteous = höflich, zuvorkommend invisible jap. gentlemen

2) to rake = intensiv betrachten; unter Beschluss nehmen invisible jap. gentlemen

3) to bear = tragen; ausüben; vertragen

4) ally = Verbündeter, Bündnispartner, Alliierte/Alliierter, Helfer Dollywood

5) to tend sb./sth. = jmd. pflegen, sich um etw./jmd kümmern Dollywood

6) to sneer = spotten, höhnen, grinsen Dollywood

7) capable = fähig book p. 179/the American dream

8) to devote = hingeben, weihen,widmen book p.179/The American dream

9) merely = bloß, kaum

10) mundane = langweilig Reshaping the American dream

Good night,


Nina's Voc.

"The Head"

1. unintelligible - unverständlich
2. to dislodge - entfernen, abschütteln
3. immersed - eingetaucht, versunken

"My Financial Career"

4. to be too far gone to do sth. - nicht mehr in der Lage sein, etwas zu tun


5. impermeability - Undurchlässigkeit
6. wrath - Zorn

"Reclaiming the American Dream"

7. accomplishment - Ausführung, Fähigkeit
8. profound - tief, hintergründig
9. retirement - Rücktritt
10. to reaffirm - nochmals bestätigen, beteuern

Jessy's voc.

The Audacity of Hope:
1) audacity: Kühnheit, Dreistigkeit
2) shack: Hütte, Baracke
3) perseverance: Audauer, Beharrlichkeit
4) scholarship: Stipendium
5) abiding: bleibend, dauerhaft
6) barrier (to): Hindernis (für)
7) generous: großzügig, reichlich, üppig
8) pursuit (of): Verfolgung, Streben (nach)

Dollywood Values:
9) bold: kühn, mutig, gewagt, dreist
10) (to) lure: anlocken, ködern

Claudia's Voc.

1. approximately (adv.) = ungefähr (syn.: about)
2. intricate (adj.) = kompliziert (syn.: complicated)
3. handy (adj.)= nützlich, praktisch (syn.: convenient, useful); He's handy= Er ist geschickt!
4. to humiliate sb. (v.) =jem. demütigen, erniedrigen (noun: humiliation) (Japanese)
5. to dwell on sth. = sich mit etwas aufhalten (American Dream, Answer Key)
6. ignorance (n.)= Ahnungslosikeit, Beschränktheit (to be ignorant)
7. prospect (of sth.) (n.) = Aussicht (auf etwas), Erwartung
8. frequent/ly= oft
9. discontent (n.) = Unzufriedenheit (to be contented/ discontented with sth.)
10. suspicious (adj.) = verdächtig (Guess what happened)


Complete list of vocabulary

Here is the alphabetized list of all the words you've chosen to include in your personal picks. I called it

Words worth learning

[The first person to tell me why that is an allusion will get a reward ;)]

As soon as another couple of students have put up their list, I'll post an updated version of the complete list. The link will remain the same. Watch the top line where it says "last updated: ...".

Tricks for Trouble Spots Worksheet -> ten words

My "to-learn"-vocabulary-list:

--> worksheet "Tricks for Trouble Spots" (translation exercises; 6.10.08)
  1. to reconcil(-iation) versöhnen, Versöhnung
  2. to gain erreichen, gewinnen
  3. superiority Überlegenheit
  4. precaution Vorsichts-, Schutzmaßnahme
  5. dull langweilig, stumpf, dumm
  6. to acquisitive erwerben, anschaffen
  7. inquisitive neugierig, wissbegierig
  8. to permit erlauben, es gestatten
  9. to prosper gedeihen, blühen
  10. sensible vernünftig
See you tomorrow =)

Anna's words

Here are the next ten words!
"Dollywood values"
to get stuffed - verschwinden, Leine ziehen
spark - Interesse wecken
adulation - Schmeichelei
"A Man Who Had No Eyes"
lush - üppig
wheedle - betteln, winseln
damp - feucht
fiendishly - besessen, von Sinnen
"Reshaping the American Dream"
indistingishable - nicht zu unterscheiden
deplore - bedauern
"The Audacity of Hope"
retribution - Vergeltung

see you tomorrow!

Larissa's words


There are the next 10 words for our vocabulary test:

From "Dollywood values":

- ballot (l. 16): Wahlzettel

- tier (l. 22): Schicht; Ebene

- vast (l. 5): gewaltig, riesig

From "America the Beautiful“:

- stern (l. 8): streng

- spacious (l. 1): weit, ausgedehnt

- strife (l. 14): Kampf

From "A man who had no eyes“:

- to emerge (l. 1): auftauchen

- immaculate (l. 22): makellos

- boorish (l. 29): grob, plump

- vat (l. 53): Fass

See you tomorrow.

Iris's words

Ok, here we go!

The first ten "candidates" on our vocabulary list:

rehearsal - Probe
proverb - Sprichwort

proverbial(adj.) - sprichwörtlich "Walls"
to adorn - schmücken, verschönern
-> "wall-adorning" "Walls"
encounter - Begegnung
to enhance - syn. (to) strengthen, (to) improve
to get rattled - nervös werden "My financial Career"
to rattle sb - jdn. durcheinanderbringen
"My financial Career"
to transact - (Geschäfte) erledigen, tätigen
"My financial Career"
to draw out - (Geld von einem Konto) abheben "My financial Career"
promotion - Beförderung, Aufstieg
"The Invisible Japanese Gentlemen"
abrasive(adj.) - scharf, aggressiv "The Invisible Japanese Gentlemen"

I hope you already know these words*g*...I've picked the easy ones=)

CU in school,


Planning a presentation?

If you are planning a presentation, you should have a look at this:

Death by PowerPoint
View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: tips powerpoint)


Pins, mugs, stickers and T-shirts

There are some pretty funny things you can get to express your views, e.g.
- pin "Don't worry people, it can stay white on the outside"
- mug "Lincoln - Kennedy - Obama. Yes, we did!"
- Latin yard sign "Baracus Obama: Vir Virtutis"
- sticker "Hockey Mama For Obama"
- T-shirt "Bark Obama (dog's best friend)"

Have you ever put on a pin or a T-shirt with a message you care about? Why - why not?

American Stories, American Solutions

That's the title of the most expensive TV ad ever made: almost half an hour about Obama and what he promised to do if elected.
It is not only an interesting detail of American politics (and how money is important in election campaigns), but it is also a fascinating little movie about America's problems.
While you're watching it, turn your attention to how music is used for atmosphere, what the director did to underline Obama's authority, what topics are treated.


Black Butler in the White House

I liked this report in the Washington Post, which traces the biography of Eugene Allen, who served as a butler in the White House for 34 years:

A Butler Well Served by This Election

Here's a short excerpt:
He saw eight presidential administrations come and go, often working six days a week. "I never missed a day of work," Allen says.

His is a story from the back pages of history. A figure in the tiniest of print. The man in the kitchen.

He was there while America's racial history was being remade: Brown v. Board of Education, the Little Rock school crisis, the 1963 March on Washington, the cities burning, the civil rights bills, the assassinations.

When he started at the White House in 1952, he couldn't even use the public restrooms when he ventured back to his native Virginia. "We had never had anything," Allen, 89, recalls of black America at the time. "I was always hoping things would get better."

In its long history, the White House -- just note the name -- has had a complex and vexing relationship with black Americans.

Don't forget to click on "Next" at the bottom ... the article has five pages.


Obama's Victory Speech

If you haven't seen it yet, this New York Times page offers a particularly easy way to follow Barack Obama's victory speech: Next to the video window, there is the text of the speech, and it automatically scrolls along as the speech proceeds. Above these two windows there is a timeline which shows where in the speech you are and what the topic of each passage is. Have a look:

Barack Obama's victory speech

The whole speech is somewhat over a quarter of an hour. I think it's worth listening to.

P.S.: And if you've got another ten minutes, listen to John McCain's concession speech (i.e., the speech where he admits defeat).


Lighten up :)

Hi girls (no offense, Mr Ringeisen ;) ,
Finally I get to post an entry (why did the blog autosave my entry when I just decided not to post it?!)! I just wanted to lighten up your mood (or my mood) after the SA - which was interesting by the way, don't you think so?
Mr Ringeisen, I hope you won't find my version too interesting (because I think I used some very interesting translations =)

So...take a look at these cartoons and you won't think about the SA anymore - you just have to laugh!

Actually I felt like the student in cartoon #3 ;)

In case I won't see you tomorrow:
Have a nice break!


On Being a Muslim in the USA

I'm sure you remember how extremist Republicans' accusations that Barack Obama is a Muslim have been used in the ongoing campaign to suggest that this fact (if it was that) would make him unfit for the presidency.
Of course, this is nonsense. On this background, would you please have a look at the following web pages:

Elsheba Khan at the grave of her son

Colin Powell's statement on 'Meet the Press' programme, 19 Oct. 2008

Maureen Dowd's op-ed piece in today's New York Times, "Moved by a Crescent"

Thank you for your attention, your involvement, your energy.

Rachel Maddow has a story for you

Find out about the "Bradley Effect" and "Godwin's Law" in this excerpt from "The Rachel Maddow Show".
Rachel Maddow is a 35-year-old journalist who has achieved a media sensation; as new anchorwoman at MSNBC she "has doubled the audience for a cable news channel’s 9 p.m. hour in a matter of days". What's also remarkable is that she doesn't own a television set herself. However, she is now planning to buy one, "primarily so that her companion can watch her program" (source).


Al Smith Dinner speeches

Here are the videos I mentioned today. The web site of the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation tells you about what it does for the poor and needy in the archdiocese of New York. The annual memorial dinner (this year on 16th Oct.) serves the purpose of raising funds (i.e., collecting money) for the good cause, and one of the reasons why people pay a handsome sum to go there is the fact that famous people are invited to come and hold a speech. In the words of the Foundation web site:
"luminous guest speakers [step] from the world stage to honor and entertain Annual Dinner audiences with their light humor and political savvy".

YouTube - McCain at the Al Smith Dinner

YouTube - Obama at the Al Smith Dinner

Two useful articles on this in the New York Times:
- Dick Cavett: "Anger Mismanagement"
- Brian Stelter: "Finding the Humor in the Election, Each Other and Themselves"


Obama-McCain: 2nd debate

Here is the link to the CNN coverage of the second presidential debate, the only one in a "townhall" format.

2nd debate/Obama - McCain

(offers videos of the full debate plus highlights and analysis)


RSS - what is it and why you should use it

Remember when I told you getting a feedreader would be a good thing?
Well, just to get the main points again, here it is explained in "plain English":


US Election 2008 - The debates: videos and transcripts

You can find the full transcript of the Palin, Biden debate at the CNN site:
The running mates' debate on 2 Oct. 2008

And here are the videos:
Palin-Biden vice presidential debate: videos

If you want to have another look at the first McCain-Obama debate, look here:
First presidential debate, 26 Sept. 2008
(transcript plus links to videos)

There is a very readable comment on the Palin-Biden debate and on the state of the campaign at the site of The Guardian:
"Palin's populist tone may not be able to lift McCain's campaign"

For those of you who'd like to see a nicely illustrated explanation of the US election system again - here you are:


Why it's important

Here is the link to the review of "The Importance of Being Earnest" that I mentioned last time. Please note that the article has been divided into four pages, so don't forget to click on the links at the bottom to continue.

Why it's important


Super Tuesday

Here you can find some up-to-date information on the primaries and caucuses on Super Tuesday:

- CNN: "Is there life after Super Tuesday?"

- New York Times: "Candidates Scrambling in States About to Vote"

- BBC/Instant Guide Audio (turn on your speakers): Super Tuesday 2 Feb 2008

- Washington Post: "The Presidential Field"

And something else - maybe especially interesting for your age group:
- TIME: The Year of the Youth Vote

- New York Times: "Obama Issues Call for Public Service" (if you scroll down a bit, you'll find an interesting video on immigrant voters in the right-hand column)


Our drama for 13/2 - your pick

Have a look at the prices (and maybe another look at the contents), and then decide what you would like to read. Please go to the site linked at the bottom of this entry after browsing through what's on offer:

- Terry Pratchett's "Wyrd Sisters" (play by Stephen Briggs) - 11.99 EUR

- O. Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest - 2.95 EUR or 7.50 EUR

- Alan Ayckbourn, Comic Potential - 9.95 EUR

- Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - 10.25 EUR or 7.50 EUR

- Harold Pinter, A Slight Ache (and two other one-act plays) - 8.40 EUR

P.S.: Unfortunately I forgot to look up the Reclam catalogue. There are editions in the red series (including sensible annotations and a short essay) for 5.40 EUR each:
The Importance of Being Earnest,
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,
Five English Short Plays (incl. one by Harold Pinter).
These editions are not in the survey. You can, however, indicate in the "comments" box that you would prefer the Reclam edition if the respective title gets a majority.

Please take this short survey: Decision at surveymethods.com