Archive for the ‘German II’ Category

Meine Reise nach Deutschland!

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Ich bin in den Sommerferien nach Deutschland geflogen! Es war mein erstes Mal in Deutschland, deshalb war ich besonders begeistert. Ich bin in Berlin für eine Woche geblieben und danach habe ich meinen Onkel besucht. Ich bin bei ihm und meiner Tante für noch eine Woche geblieben. Natürlich habe ich viele Sehenswürdigkeiten besichtigt, zum Beispiel den Reichstag und das Brandenburger Tor. Ich bin auch durch die Stadt Lübeck gelaufen. Es war sehr schön! Ich habe so viel gesehen, und es hat so viel Spaß gemacht!!!

Hopefully you guys can understand most of the above! Anyway, I was in Berlin this past Summer (and also near Hamburg and Lübeck for about a week), and it was the most fun I’ve ever had! I really hope that some of you are able to take the trip to Bernau with KET this Summer. It was a great learning opportunity while being beautiful and exciting at the same time, and I know that anyone who is able to go will have the experience of a lifetime. Plus, I’m going to try and come too. Can you imagine a better trip than one that I’ll be chaperoning? I didn’t think so.

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I have some pictures of my trip below. Hope you guys enjoy them!

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Distance Learning in England

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

That first day that Anna and I met we were 4,000 miles away from each other.  Skype is  our information pipeline and how we have both learned a lot. Anna, a high school student from Bowling Green, KY, is living just north of London with her family while her father teaches at a local University.

This is Anna’s first time abroad but it is made easier by being with her family. Although I’ve just had lunch at the office, Anna has just finished her school day, choir practice and dance lessons. Sometimes during our tutor lesson in her Victorian bedroom I get to see her hanging blazer and school uniform. Neither Anna nor I are located at the KET Headquarters in Lexington, KY so we figure out the best times and places to Skype for both of us. I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying her stories of doing homework on the train from London and adjusting our meeting time one week because Daylight Savings Time happens earlier in the UK. Her Halloween and Thanksgiving were not too far from how she celebrates in the US. At her school there was Trick-or-Treating and all of the Americans, including Anna’s family, contributed towards Thanksgiving resulting in more food than anyone could finish. While Anna is exploring her surroundings, I’m very fortunate to have the opportunity to Skype with her twice a week. She has just finished the semester and is traveling in Germany this week. I left her with some recommendations and well wishes before we paused our tutor lessons. The next time we Skype will be Christmas Eve and in the same time zone for the first time.

Congratulations to this brave young girl for all she’s seen and done in the past 6 months and thanks for letting myself and everyone at KET Distance Learning share the experience!  We are both already looking forward to next semester.

-Jordan Sangmeister (KET German Tutor)

Anki – User Friendly Flashcards

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Anki (taken from the Japanese word for memorizing) is a free flash card program downloadable from the internet. Unlike paper flashcards you could make yourself, Anki employs a spaced-repetition algorithm. This basically means it focuses on the cards you have the most trouble with, and brings back the ones you know well at increasing intervals relating to when you’re likely to have forgotten them. It might sound a little complicated, but luckily, Anki does all of the work for you. You just type in the facts, German vocab and English translations in this case, and Anki takes over.

After a while, German vocab decks could have hundreds of words in them. This is no cause for concern though, because as long as you keep up with your reviewing, you’ll probably not have more than 20 or 30 words to review on any given day. And usually you’ll already know them pretty well, so even that won’t be much work. The benefit is enormous though, because you’re constantly reminding yourself of older vocab words that may have slipped into the dark recesses of your memory. Now the words which have gotten farthest away from you are being brought back systematically. In just ten minutes or so a day you can be reviewing your entire German vocabulary!

There are a lot of fancy features of Anki, which you may or may not feel the need to explore. This includes, but is not limited to, total control over the length of your review sessions, access to copious statistics and graphs of all sorts, and the ability to store your decks online for free and sync them between multiple computers (i.e. use the same deck and home and school without having to review the same words twice!).

To make it even easier, and to encourage your German studies, I went ahead and entered in almost all of the Vokab for German I and II. If you’d like any of these vocab sets just send me a message in the message center on the Distance Learning website with your email address and I’ll send you the goods. Than all you have to do is import what I send you into Anki and you’re ready to study. So do yourself a favor and go download Anki here.

Their web site has pretty good instructions on how to get it set up and going, if you have any questions just message me in the message center.

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