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Practicing German with Siri

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Practicing German with Apple’s Virtual Assistant, Siri

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Apple‘s  iPhone it turns out is not only an esthetic jewel but also a helpful source for practicing some daily German!

My husband recently upgraded his iPhone to the latest version, and gave his old phone to our 10-year old, who has eagerly been waiting for calling an iPhone his own. He happily grabbed his prey, and for the next hour or so he seemed to have completely disappeared.

Looking all over the house for him we finally stopped short in front of his room. Behind closed doors we heard his voice and someone else’s. Surprised my husband and I drew closer wondering who had come to visit him. We certainly didn’t hear the doorbell ring.

Listening in to the conversation we heard him speak German!! The conversation went something like that:

“Hallo”  – “Siri grüsst Dich ebenfalls.”

“Wie heisst Du?”  – “Siri. Es ist mir ein Vergnügen.”

“Wie geht’s?” – “Mir geht es prächtig.”

“Bist Du ein Mädchen?”  – “Ich verstehe nicht.”

“Bist Du ein Mann oder eine Frau?” – “Ist das relevant?”

“Was machst Du?” – “Ich mache die Hausaufgaben für meinen Weiterbildungskurs.” (eine eifrige Siri!)

“Was ist Deine Liebelingsfarbe” –    “Meine Lieblingsfarbe…, naja, wie soll ich das in Deiner Sprache ausdrücken? Eine Art grün , aber mit mehr Dimensionen”

“Was ist dein Lieblingsessen?” – “Ich rede nicht so gerne über mich”.                ODER  Siri antwortet vorwurfsvoll: –  “So was solltest du Deinen Assistenten eigentlich nicht fragen.”

“Wem gehörst du?” – “Entschuldigung ..das habe ich nicht verstanden.”

“Magst Du orange?” –  “Das möchte ich lieber nicht sagen.”

“Hast du auch mal Bauchweh?”  – “Das kann ich nicht beantworten.”

“Erzähl mir einen Witz” – “Zwei iPhones stehen an der Bar… Den Rest habe ich vergessen.”  

Manchmal hat Siri aber auch einen Witz auf Lager, dann klingt das so: “Auf der Wiese: Schaf zum Rasenmäher: “Mäh!” Sagt der Rasenmäher: “Du hast mir gar nichts zu befehlen!”

After having been somewhat reluctant to hand our child another digital device I had to revise my opinion. Apart from practicing his speaking skills, he also listens to Siri’s pretty well pronounced German, and he can improve his writing as well since one can also read the answers in German on the display.

Of course, should you like to go beyond the basic German Q/A s, you might still want to consider taking a real  German language course…  🙂

Granny Aupair – A Different Take on the Traditional Au Pair Concept

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Invite a German Speaking Granny to Look After Your Children

As expats we often miss that our children won’t be able to grow up with their grandparents. Not only does it make us feel at ease to have someone experienced to help raise our children but it’s absolutely precious to have someone look after them, who will also pass on some German traditions and values we ourselves most likely grew up with. Not to forget the nice benefit of having our kids be exposed to speaking German whilst they grow up far away from Germany.

Following the principles of an au pair service the German company Granny Aupair in Hamburg has been filling that ‘Granny void’ since 2010!

Have a German “Leih-Oma” Stay With You!

If you can’t have your own Oma stay with you, have a ‘Leih-Oma’ share in your family’s life overseas. That way your kids don’t have to miss out completely on the enriching grandparent experience. There is so much to learn from an older generation and Granny Aupairs come ready to share their generational wisdom while nurturing your children.

Granny Aupairs are active, adventure loving women aged 50 and above from all over the world but mainly from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. They offer a wealth of life experience and most often have raised families of their own. Child care, cooking and keeping a household in check is nothing new to them. They are experts in it!

An Enriching Cultural Experience For The Entire Family

“Since 2010 more than a thousand ‘Grannies’ have travelled to over 50 countries” with Granny Aupair, which was founded by Michaela Hansen (55) in Hamburg. Over the course of their stay many Grannies have become friends with the children and parents alike and have knit close bonds. Susanne, a mother in the USA mentions: “We had such a great experience that we had several Grannies over the last few years, and two of them have come back for a second stay. The children are really happy when a Granny comes again. We also had a “Granny Reunion” in Frankfurt in July this year with our family, my mother, and four grannies. It was wonderful to see all of them together!“

Many women, who choose to become a Granny Aupair are looking for a new challenge after they have retired or their own children have ‘left the nest’. They still feel adventurous, enjoy traveling and are in search for something granny-brigitte-in-kalifornien-2
meaningful to pursue. Granny Aupair Brigitte Köfler from Bregenz, who cared for a family of six in Los Altos felt very enriched by her Granny experience and puts it this way: “I got to know so many wonderful people during my stay…The family I stayed with was absolutely fantastic and they made me feel like a true part of them. The fun with the children and to feel so warmly appreciated was very fulfilling.“

According to an article in the British Telegraph and a 2014 annual survey by Nannytax there is in fact a trend that many families prefer hiring older, more life experienced women to look after their offspring. Granny Aupair offers just that on an international level.

I Am Ready For My Granny Aupair. How Does It Work?

Families and single parents all over the globe can now easily find their Granny Aupair. To get more detailed information and browse the database of Grannies, who are ready to be part of your family, you just simply have to register free of charge at www.granny- aupair.com . Once you have found a Granny you feel fits your family, you need to become a member to start a conversation…and you are on your way to an enriching adventure!

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Good-Bye Summer – Hello School

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While some schools and students are just getting ready for another school year many school districts in California have decided to let the school year start early and are in fact already in full swing…

Gone are the days when, almost as a rule, school would start right after Labor Day.  This is the case also with some German Schools in California whose first day of instruction is around the corner!

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GermanSchoolCampus in Newport Beach is ready for another excellent year

“A wonderful new German School year of 2016/2017 is ahead of us”, says GermanSchoolCampus founder Ursual Schoeneich excitedly as she shares her plans for the upcoming year. Her school which is located right at the beautiful Newport Sea Base, offers classes for beginners and advanced German learners.

And… you will not just learn German but you will walk away with a diploma for every level, since you are actually working towards an official German exam that is accepted by the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFRL).

Each level of German studies therefore will end with achieving the corresponding German Exam A1, A2, B1 through B2/C1 of the CEFRL and also AATG Level 1to 4.

All classes are open to native and non-native speakers from 7 years to 18 years old or as long as they are enrolled in High School. The school offers also preparation classes for AP German, an Advanced Placement course which is offered by some High Schools in the area.

Classes for Beginners and Advanced German learners start on Monday, August 29, 2016 closely followed by the Intermediate German class which starts Thursday September 1st in the afternoon hours.

All GermanSchoolCampus teachers are on task as they visit conferences during the year and keep going with their continuing education. All classes are taught primarily in German except for giving certain instructions or assistance.

Keeping Traditions Alive

Celebrate with GermanSchoolCampus the many traditional festivities throughout the year, and learn about German culture through its traditions. The school holds a St. Martin Lantern Parade in November and in December you can participate in the Gingerbread House Decoration contest followed by a Christmas Party. In February you can learn about German Fasching by attending the Carnival Party and in April be part of the Easter Egg Hunt at the Easter Party.

To find out more about GermanSchoolCampus please visit their website, http://GermanSchoolCampus.com or if you would like to enroll in some German classes you can go straight ahead at http://germanschoolcampus.com/enrollment/

 

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Image: Pixabay.com , GermanSchoolCampus


 

 

German Pacific School San Diego – Open House Saturday 29, 9am-10pm


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A new school year – Put learning German on your schedule

German Pacific School San Diego offers an Open House Event that coincides with its first Saturday school day: August 29th for 9am-10pm !

If you are new to the San Diego area or if you are just still undecided about enrolling your child or yourself in the new adventure of learning the German language, then this open house is for you. The event will give you a chance to acquaint yourself with all the dedicated GPSSD teachers as well as other German-speaking families. Find out about the various programs GPSSD has to offer while talking to the school’s director Wiebke Elbe. GPSSD has classes for children (preK-12) and also for adults.

Donate Your Used German Books to The School

The school has just recently started to build a little library for its students and is accepting donations. Should you have any German children books, boardgames or DVDs, that are collecting dust in your home, the school would love them as your donation!

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German Pacific School San Diego ( GPSSD) is located at 4271 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92117. Phone number : 858-461-9118

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Image: German Pacific School San Diego

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German Summer Camps in Southern California – 2014

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Summer Camps 2014 – Plan in some German Immersion

Have you planned out your summer yet? If you are looking for some entertaining camp, where children not only have fun but can also improve their German language skills, then please read on.

Two new German immersion schools, which opened doors just last year, are offering some fun and engaging summer camps for kids to stay cool in the sun this year.

Ute’s Kinderschule located on beautiful South Lake in Irvine, Orange County, serves children ages 3-6, and German Pacific School in San Diego is geared towards children from ages 2 1/2 all the way up to teenagers and beyond.

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Here parents can sign up for nine different week-long camps that start June 30th, 2014, and conclude with a camp that starts the last week of August. Every week has a different theme: from German Cooking to German Games to discovering Science through Art Experiments and much more. Camps are offered half day (8am-12:30pm) or full day (8am-4pm), and a fresh organic home cooked lunch will be provided daily.

For more information please contact the school directly at UtesKinderSchule@gmail.com or www.UtesKinderSchule.com or call (949)786-3877 .

German Pacific School San Diego

Located on the Clairmont Campus in San Diego the school offers four different half-day and full-day camps. Every week there are various camps to choose from which are geared to different age groups. Perfect for siblings, who all can attend camp at the same time, but learn among their own age group.

A variety of camps is planned out to engage children from ages 4 to 7, and ages 8 to 10 and up. The German immersion camps cover topics such as “Strategy, Logic and Board Game Design” as well as “Architecture and Construction” for the older kids, and “Camp Märchenland” and “Puppet Building” for the younger children.

The highlight of the four different camp sessions will be the last week of camp, called “Balboa Park Safari”, which will take place at the “German Cottage” in Balboa Park, made possible by House of Germany. The “German Cottage” will serve as the base for this week-long camp of museums’ excursions! After visiting a museum the campers will retreat to the cottage to discuss and write about their day, and this all in German !

Check out the different camps on the school’s website, or contact the school at germanpacificschool@gmail.com or call (858)461-9118 .

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 Photo: Ute’s Kinderschule

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