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It´s not only a matter of using the right materials but also using the materials right: e.g. the song "Hier kommt Alex" from "Die Toten Hosen" (German punk band) are suitable to illustrate the subject young people and violence but please don´t torture the class/yourself by abusing the lyrics for an adjective endings exam.<grin>
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Smudo is one member of the 4 Fantas (Die Phantastischen Vier, German hip hop band). On his web site Smudo there are informations about the smash hit of the Fantas MfG - Mit freundlichen Grüßen. The song consists mainly of abbreviations.
ARD, ZDF, C&A
BRD, DDR und USA ...
The single MfG is ready to listen and for download as RealPlayer and MP3 version. On the same site there is also the list of abbreviations. (Copy and paste and you´ll have it)
"Eh, I don´t understand the abbreviations." No problem, there is an explanation of the abbreviations and also some illustrations (from the video clip). The pics are completely packed in a zip file for download. Thank you, Smudo!
Suggestions how to use it for exercices:
- Listen to "MfG" (several times) and write down the abbreviations
- fill in the missing abbreviations (teacher has to provide the list with spaces)
- look up the abbreviations (in Wahrig/Duden/other dictionnary)
- give interpretations of the abbreviations. As a game for groups: choose a couple of unknown abbreviations, let write down interpretations, let read them out. The members of the group are choosing their favourite interpretations and giving points. Who gets the most points ...
- give interpretations of the pics. Why did the Fantas choose that pics? What pics would you choose?
Tips Business German
The Deutsche Welle offers from monday to friday an email newsletter called Markt. It contains short articles concerning business and the stock prices of the Dax index (top 30 of German companies).
You can subsribe to that newsletter easily: Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Ignore the subject. As text body write simply subscribe markt followed by your email address.
Suggestions how to work with Markt:
- the short articles are suitable to approach a topic. Because of its shortness the articles are less frustrating than the business paper ones such as Handelsblatt, Wirtschaftswoche etc. The topics change from day to day and expand step by step the business relevant range.
- verbalizing the ups and downs of the Dax 30.
Typical phenomenon: one does understand the list of figures immediately. But how to say it in German?
Well, to indicate the rough directions you need steigen and sinken
Attention: the terms steigen and sinken are not showing good or bad in itself. What is rising/sinking? The rent or your salary?
It´s the same with the stock exchange: wanna buy or sell?
To name the precise figures as well you need the prepositions von, auf, um:
Von for the initial value, auf for the new and um for the difference.
Attention: in every day life auf indicates at the top/to the top, in our business context it means technically to the new value which could be higher or lower as well as the initial value.
You can neglect the preposition von while working with the Dax list. It shows only the new prices (and the difference to the day before in brackets).
Suggestions how to use the Dax list:
Choose your 5 favourite companies from the Dax 30. Report every day about the performance of your shares until you can do it fluently.
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