Learn German With Music

Music can help you learn a foreign language faster.  Photo copyright dpa / picture alliance

Music can help you learn a foreign language faster. Photo copyright dpa / picture alliance

Combine youtube with music videos and language learning.  Mix.  And *bam* you have Lyrics Training.  I’ve written about the theoretical side of musical language learning before, and it is well known that music can be a helpful tool in acquiring foreign languages skills.  Lyrics Training offers a free option for those interested in putting the theory to the test.

Geek Mädel, an Aussie expat blogger, drew my attention to the service in her own quest to master the German language.  And off I went to try it out.

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Leipzig, #180sec

With One Another – Against One Another: 180 Seconds Leipzig

Everyone wants to go to Leipzig. Leipzig – the new Berlin? Heaven forbid! says Roman Grabolle. The Leipziger has dedicated himself to ensuring affordable living and cultural space in his city and promotes cooperative and non-profit housing and cultural projects. In his favourite neighbourhood of Lindenau, he tells us of luxury renovations, rising rents and why, when he hears the word “Hypezig”, he gets goose bumps.

Click on the image to start the video

Click on the image to start the video

More about the #180sec project on goethe.de/180sec

 

 

 

 

 

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The Week in Germany: Berlin, Rabbits, Music

The dog days of summer. Photo copyright Karl-Josef Hildenbrand, dpa

The dog days of summer. Photo copyright Karl-Josef Hildenbrand, dpa

So is Berlin in or out this week?

“Berlin became the place to be. Old-school Berliners were bewildered and, I must admit, I didn’t join in the raging aggressiveness towards every single change, I was a bit worried. The city, at least to me, had been a stargate to a utopian dimension. You could feel that history had had taken another course here. Its environment and inhabitants hadn’t been infected by the fever of globalisation and consumeristic craving. The German capital was a small loophole in the West’s capitalist system. Things I had only heard about from my older friends, such as underground movements – which in Italy were long-time dead, or had been absorbed by a fashion industry which repackaged them and tossed them to the masses – here were still thiriving in their original forms. Berlin was cool because “she” was the anti-cool. Then, she became glamorous and lost some of her charm. Gradually, she became less unique, less radical. She was slowly letting herself be undermined by imported trends, swayed by a progress which didn’t always mean improvement.” Read more on überlin.

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Expat Life: Who Would I Have Been Without Travel?

by California Globetrotter

Photo: Death to Stock Photos

Photo: Death to Stock Photos

I found myself sitting here on my couch this morning sipping on my favorite English tea from Yorkshire Gold thinking back on my life and wondering how different my life would have been if my parents had not taken me with them on their travels when I was a young girl. For starters, I wouldn’t be sitting here enjoying a good cuppa tea in my fancy teacup perusing my newest issue of National Geographic’s Travel magazine with my Europe guide-book sitting next to me and my desktop open to a last-minute flight search engine.

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Wordless Wednesday: Let’s talk…GERMAN

Lass uns reden CD Lass uns reden CDWhy are these CDs so interesting? Because they were designed to help you learn German by listening to music, and we are giving away 12 copies on Young Germany right now. Enter to win here.

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Paris

With One Another – Against One Another: 180 Seconds Paris

In 1999 the artist Francesco entered for the first time the abandoned building in 59 rue Rivoli. Today the squat between the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe is a focal point for artists from all over the world. The long struggle with the city and enduring the fear of being evicted paid off. The then mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, bought the house for artists and set the tone: art needs space – and not money.

The after-squat “59 Rivoli” is open to visitors: http://www.59rivoli.org/main.html

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Click on the image to start the video

More about the #180sec project on goethe.de/180sec

 

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