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#9 – How about German movies and films???

Soooo, I got another request from my students which was German movies or German films! 😀 Since watching a whole movie might be too much for them and trailers only are not very useful, I decided to go back to the children level again and picked out a short clip by a German television show for children after I failed downloading some German dubbed animation series for children XD

You can watch the video here:

>>> http://mediathek.daserste.de/Die-Sendung-mit-der-Maus/Sachgeschichte-Touchscreen/Das-Erste/Video?documentId=25133630&topRessort=tv&bcastId=1458

Make sure to turn on the subtitles for better understanding! 🙂 And that was exactly the reason why I picked this show/video out: they provide subtitles for their videos (even online!) and from my own experience with learning languages, it’s the best for movies when you have subtitles so you can be sure to at least undertand the context and then listen to what has been said.

I think that deciding on a short clip was a good idea because it seemed that a clip with much talking like in my example demands a lot of concentration already. I was told by Kaisa and Maija that the subtitles were very helpful, so a tip to all EOTO teachers out there:

>>> LOOK FOR VIDEOS/MOVIES WITH SUBTITLES – IT HELPS!

I am glad my students liked it and found the film excercise helpful – next time will already be our last EOTO meeting, which saddens me a bit :’) EOTO is really a nice way of studying and studying how to teach language, culture and having fun with new people, I like this a lot! I am looking forward to our little Christmas party next time 😉

#6 – Easy book reading at Metso

When we were at Metso last time, we suddenly had the idea that reading a children’s book could be a good excercise. I know from my own very first books that they are written in a very easy way with a small amount of vocabulary, short sentences and have a common everday setting for their stories.

Luckily, there’s a children’s books section with books in various languages at Metso. I decided on the book “Der gelbe Pulli” by Paul Maar because of it’s common content. Also, his name rang a bell in my mind, I think I’ve read books from him when I was younger as well 😀 That book is available in Metso but you can also find it for example here on Amazon.

I pulled out my notebook to write down some words in case they were unknown. Maija and Kaisa were taking turns in reading after every page or paragraph. I think it went pretty well and both told me that it was easy to understand (much better than in our newspaper excercise) except for some new phrases or words 😀

Characteristic for those children’s books is that the font size is… well… reaaaally big. So we read through the whole book in roughly one hour only 🙂

I teached them a little bit about the reflexive pronoun “sich“, which basically means “oneself“, that is used in combination with certain verbs. Like in English language, there is no exact rule when it has to be used, you just have to learn that the verbs that need the pronoun with them.

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Some other useful words:

bunt = colourful

sauber = clean

dreckig = dirty

malen = to paint; colloquial meaning also: to draw, to doodle, to sketch, …

And pay attention to this!

Der Krieg (noun) = war

kriegen (verb) = to get, to receive sth.

>>> They might sound similar but the meaning is TOTALLY different!

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As you can see, our reading session went over without any big problems, I can really recommend learning with children’s books when you are beginners 😀 Children also have to start somewhere right? 😉 Metso is in my opinion, a good location to meet since they have books to read for free and space to sit down together and even a café upstairs 😀 Talking is possible if you’re not too loud, so hold your EOTO meetings there?! 🙂

~ Theresa ♥