Students - Cool stuff
Was ist cool? Was ist uncool?
A few years ago, a magazine (JUMA) printed an article about young people in Germany using the English words ‘cool’ and ‘uncool’ to express an opinion or make a comment about someone or something. A non-English speaking German would most likely hear the word ‘kühl’ and be left wondering what temperature had to do with it. Or their teachers might complain that it is not a proper word. Read about what the students think was cool and uncool. Download the article HERE.
As a follow up, JUMA ran a competition to see if students could describe what they thought was cool or uncool without using these terms. They had to use ‘richtiges und gutes Deutsch' to explain themselves. The results were printed in an article which you can download HERE. [Articles used with permission]
Are there any adjectives in article that appeal to you? Do you agree or disagree with the opinions?
Was findest du cool? Was findest du uncool?
Wir glauben, Deutsch ist cool!
- I like German - fun interactive challenges
- Deutschfans - word / idiom / quote of the week (German)
- Umweltspiele - games related to the environment
- Sprachspiele - Online games
- Practise German with the Goethe-Institut App - download for free
- Lexicon der Jugendsprache - A to Z of language used by young people
- Australian - British - German - vocabulary
- German Hollywood Connection - find out how deep the connection is with German-speakers
- Deutschradio24sieben - Radio produced by young and the young at heart learners of German throughout the world. You could be am Mikrofon too!
- YG - Young Germany - this site is in English for young people
- Hennings Haus - online activities for younger beginners
- Lerndeutsch - lots of activities for learners
- Voyage Kids - for 5 to 11 year olds
- The Voyage - for 12 to 18 year olds
- be.berlin - Berlin alive and kicking
- Ampelmann Berlin - an former East German icon now loved by all
- Jojo sucht das Glück - a web soap opera in German from Deutsche-Welle
- Cool Links for German - cool stuff from or in Germany, online games and more
- Duden - Sprachspiele - Online games for advanced learners or MuttersprachlerInnen
- BBC German Pages - learn some German slang
- Germanheit - Bite-size bits and pieces about German culture and language (English)
- Landeskunde - Collection of observations on the Hueber website (German)
- Denglisch - glossary for this combination of German and English
- Be cool - speak Deutsch - The band 'Die Prinzen' lament the use of English in Germany - Song with lyrics
- School Projects - information
- Billboard - the week's most popular songs in Germany
- Soundscape 100 - The latest music from Germany
- Bundesvision 2011 - Video clips of the entries from all states in Germany in September 2011
- German Pop Podcasts - DW presents the hottest bands
- Step into German - with music videos with lyrics, football (soccer) and more. (English - USA) - very cool!
- Flying Steps Intercultural fusion across the ages with urban dance
- popKultur - Learn German with songs
- Popcast - current music podcast from BR Bayern
- Musik aus Deutschland
- Liederbaum - 600 songs for all occasions, play the music and sing along
NB: Over the years Victorian students have been treated to various artists from Germany performing at the German Day Out. These include:
- Berliner Mauer 1961-1989 - in photos to Gary Jules' song Mad World
- Berlin Wall Online - facts, photos, wall art
- Before and after the wall - photo comparisons
See also Focus on Culture: Fascinating Facts for more on East and West Germany
Find out about:
- BMU: Umwelt für Kids- all about the environment
- Internment of German-speakers during the WWII - a personal story
- Inspektor Rex - Austrian German shepherd and TV star
- Strandkorb - Rent a place to sit on the beach
- United Buddy Bears in Berlin - the bear is a symbol of Berlin
- Neuschwanstein Castle - it inspired Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty's castle
- Wissens-Lexikon - search by topic
- Germany for Kids and Teenagers - German Embassy in the USA
Young People Connected with German
The Goethe-Institut was established post-WWII to promote global understanding and intercultural exchange. Young people around the world are learning German and enjoy international exchanges, such as these groups initiated by the Goethe-Institut:
- Li-lak deutsch-arabische Jugendwebseite
- Deutsch-Chinesisch Kulturnetz
- To4ka-Treff - deutsch-russische Jugendwebseite
- Vabene?! - Deutschland und Italien
- Deutsch-Tschechisches Jugendportal
German in Africa
Cool Links for Kids in German
- So geht Deutschland - Deutsche-Welle
- Seitenstark.de - lots to choose from here
- Kidsweb - Germany
- Kidsweb - Austria
- JUMI - Switzerland
- Tierpark Hagenbeck - Zoo in Hamburg
- Natur des Jahres - focus on nature
- ZDF TV: Do you recognise any of these TV shows
- Landeskunde - information on a range of topics
- Lilipuz Radio für Kinder - Lots of things to do here
Was ist dein Lieblingschloss?
Europe is the home of castles.
- Burgen und Schlösser in Deutschland
- Burgen und Schlösser in Österreich
- Burgen und Schlösser in der Schweiz
Cool oder uncool?
It's hard to say what you will find cool. Take a peek at Students: Tips for Learning