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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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Learning Through Teaching

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Why German? For me, it was simple: my grandmother on my mom’s side is German and we’ve always gotten along really well. She told me story after story about her culture and what it was like growing up in Germany, and taught me snippets of the German language throughout my childhood. She sparked my interest in the subject.

When I started taking it in school, I realized that I was passionate about it for more reasons than I thought going in. At first, I figured I would just take it to make my Oma happy, but I found myself enjoying the class simply because I enjoyed the language. I took German through high school and ended up declaring it my major in college. I learned, and am still learning, tons about German history, film, and culture. I found enjoyment in learning other languages too, and a whole fascinating world opened up to me, all thanks to my grandma inspiring me to take that first step toward learning a new language.

Now I’m avidly interested in linguistics, and learning as many languages as I can. I want to do more than speak them; I want to understand them the way I understand English. I want to know the history and roots of words so that I really know what I’m talking about, because my ultimate goal is to teach.

So why teach? That’s the tougher question. There are a million reasons one could give for learning any language, all ranging from “it sounded interesting” to “it sounded easy”. I guess my personal reason for wanting to teach is that I think it’s really just one more way to learn, and I want to learn as much as I can. I would argue that it’s one of the best ways to learn, actually, which is why this just had to be the subject of my first blog post.

I would recommend to anyone that when they are learning a new language, they try to teach it to others. The reason for this is simple: if you’re going to teach something, you are forced to know exactly what you’re talking about. There are no excuses when someone asks you a question about grammar. You can’t shove it to the side and tell yourself you’ll study it later if you don’t get it now. When you make the effort to learn so that you can explain something to someone else, you’ll find that it sticks better in your brain.

Nobody wants to look like a fool when they try to teach someone else – so try! The motivation to come across like you know what you’re talking about will result in you actually knowing what you’re talking about, I promise.

Not to mention, it can be fun! If you enjoy German, I urge you to share it with someone else. I guarantee they’ll be impressed, and you both might just learn something!

Stephanie Farmer: the girl, the tutor, the legend.

Another perk of being a tutor: spontaneous workplace photography.

Congress Bundestag Scholarship – A former student shares his experience

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Herr Krueger speaks with his former student, Chris Calitri, who currently lives in New Orleans. In late 2004 Chris applied for the Congress-Bundestag Scholarship which provides students the opportunity to live for a year in Germany. He was awarded the scholarship in 2005 and went to live for a year with a German family in the small town of Niederfrohna in the German state of Saxony (Sachsen). He attended the Albert Schweitzer Gymnasium during that time.

The Congress-Bundestag scholarship is subsidized by the US and German governments. Click here for more information on how to apply!


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