Language And Culture In The New Germany

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Language And Culture In The New Germany

Associate Professor Kirsten Christensen talks about a J-Term Study Away course in Germany.

The Course: This course will focus on intensive German language instruction, as well as art, architecture, religion, history, music and theater. Home-stays in Berlin will enhance the experience, as will excursions to Munich, Nuremberg and the former East Germany.

9 thoughts on “Language And Culture In The New Germany

    elizabelle134 said:
    February 11, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    @AENIMAno1 I’m sorry that you can’t appreciate that other people in the world would have the desire to learn about other countries and cultures. I took this class and she is an incredible woman who has inspired many people both American and German to become a global citizen and learn about other places. Americans have an image for being the most important people in the world, but she challenges us to think differently. I love Germany, and I studied German Studies because of her.

    elizabelle134 said:
    February 11, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    The other reason she is passionate about these topics is that she was able to work at the embassy the year the wall came down and she watched the new nation unfold and saw the difficulties and struggles the country faced during and after the wall. She lived on the East side. Open your eyes, and be thankful that people are caring about what your country has been through and how we can all learn from each other. She’s spent her life devoted to studying German topics and she loves Germany.

    elizabelle134 said:
    February 11, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Not to mention because of her taking us there many of us have returned to make great friends, learn from German professors, learn your language, embrace the differences and welcome learning new ideas. You are a great country, have no doubt about that. Realizing and experiencing the worst of times makes you appreciate the best of times. Maybe you had a crappy history but you bring many great things to the world. Engineering, pharmaceutical, innovative ideas and trends. So thank you.

    deThadeuz said:
    November 21, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    @elizabelle134 Though I do get your point, I refuse to say that German history is crappy. As you said, Germany has brought a great number of really good things to the world. So reducing a country’s history to a dozen years seems a little unfair… 😉

    elizabelle134 said:
    November 21, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    @deThadeuz Just to let you know, she also teaches medieval literature, German woman authors, German culture, texts taught in a variety of dialects including Plattdeutsch and Schwäbisch, Gothic texts, daily life, food, education system, pretty much anything that has to do with Germany she has studied. Like I said about my Bachelor’s of German Studies, no one gets a Ph.D. in German unless they respect, love, and are willing to dedicate to it. She just has a special place for DDR studies.

    jerryis88 said:
    November 30, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    @thetonphi she said “buntes Deutschland” not “Bundesland”, so i think the translation is okay and just means “multi-culture-Germany”.

    steven03048 said:
    September 27, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    the picture a east germany’s sercret police doest fit ^^ thats nazis not east german sercret policemen ^^

    Cynergy Ergonomics said:
    February 22, 2013 at 10:18 am

    This gives a lot of info with regards Germany, its people and history. Very well-made video.

    Sandy Davis said:
    June 4, 2013 at 7:03 am

    One thing is for sure German history is very interesting.

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