The Lernen to Talk Show: Episode 39 – A Visit to a Gymnasium!
Back in April I went to visit a high school outside of Cologne as a part of the American Consulate’s MeetUS program. It gives Americans living in Germany a chance to visit schools and to give students a chance to meet real live Amerikaner. I had a lot of fun doing it, and as a special bonus, the class agreed to all be guests on the Lernen to Talk Show! One small disclaimer though, before you watch this episode. You’ll notice on the blackboard behind me there are some less than flattering words on display. LET ME EXPLAIN! As a start to my talk, I asked the students to share some of the stereotypes they think of when they think of the United States. They had no qualms being critical, making their (mis)conceptions ganz klar. (I guess it’s easier when your face isn’t being shown on video!) Once they were finished, I wrote down some of the stereotypes that Americans tend to have about German culture. We all had a good laugh and left the the classroom a little more open minded and iconoclastic. And now, without further ado, Episode 39!
0:17 – I’m bad at counting.
0:27 – I’m not sure if the term Schüler is accurate for describing these kids. They are students at a high school, which is called a Gymnasium, not to be confused with a Grundschule. I know for sure that kids in grade school are called Schüler, and students at a university are called Studenten… but what’s the best noun to describe high school students?
0:50 – It’s real hard to hear what these kids are saying on the video, so I’m kind of ballparking it here with the translation.
1:11 – Spiegelisch = “mirrory”. I don’t know what English word I was trying to approximate here… I meant that he would be spending a year in the USA, much like I spent a year in Germany.
1:36 – He shoots, he misses.
1:45 – Throw me a bone.
3:12 – Sorry, I couldn’t hear what he was saying here! “Alle Sportartigen”?
4:00 – If anyone can offer good translations for the subtitles I missed, please put them in the comments! I can add them later.
4:06 – Maybe it is an action movie?
4:18 – I started this sentence before I realized that I didn’t have a way to finish it… Please! Recommend some German movies for me to see!
4:26 – I also like adding superfluous syllables to people’s names.