Monday, June 26, 2017

Projekt: Von A bis Z (I)

I am moving along in the "Von A bis Z" series ... Today's letter is "I".
In German, the letter I sounds like what we consider to sound like "ee" in English (sounds like ee in feel):

Foods:  der Imbiss (the snack)

Animals:  der Igel (the hedgehog)

Common Names:  Inge, Ingrid, Irme, Irmtraut, Ingetraut, Ignatcius, Irmgard, Ilse, Ines, Iris

Cities:  Ingolstadt, Idar-Oberstein
Felsenkirche - church in the crag - the symbol of Idar-Oberstein

Words you may recognize:  der Indianer (the Indian), die Industrie (industry), intelligent, die Insel (the island)

verbs:  interessieren (to interest)

An "I" tidbit:
Liebe ist niemals ohne Schmerz, sagte der Hase, als er den Igel umarmte.
Love is never without pain, said the Rabbit, as he embraced the Hedgehog.  

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Projekt: Von A bis Z (H)

And today I am at "H" in my attempt to blog through the alphabet auf Deutsch.  A through G are in the previous posts.
The object of this project is to write all the words you can think of in a short period of time for each subject.

Foods:  das Hähnchen (the chicken)

Animals:  der Hase (the rabbit), der Hahn (the rooster), das Huhn (the hen), der Hummer (the lobster), der Hund (the dog)

Common Names:  Heidi, Hans, Heinz, Helmut, Hedwig, Hildegard, Hilde/Hilda, Heike, Harald, Herbert

Cities:  Hannover, Hammeln, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Hanau

beautiful Heidelberg castle

Words you may recognize:  das Haus, das Hotel, die Hand, der Hammer, Hallo!, Halt!

verbs:  haben (to have), hören (to hear), helfen (to help)

companies/brands:  Haribo (candy), Henkel (cutlery)

tongue twister:
Hottentot potentate's aunt assassination. (Note: This long, humorous German word uses only seven letters of the alphabet. The correct term for "Hottentot" is actually "Khoi-Khoi," a now virtually extinct African tribe in what is now Namibia, formerly German South-West Africa.)

Can One HodgePodge in GERMAN!?

I blogged somewhere else for a few years ... and I participated in this fun weekly HodgePodge there occasionally ... but now that I am focusing more on my GERMAN blog, I am going to try to HodgePodge here ... because one can HodgePodge anywhere, right?!??

By the way, a FUN German word that means about the same as HodgePodge is Mischmasch!  

1. The first day of summer rolls in later this week. What are ten things you'd put on your list of  quintessential summer activities? Will you try to manage all ten this summer?

Will I manage, I don't know ... but here's what I love about summer:  hamburgers on the grill (should be able to accomplish!!), any food on the grill just about, a pool, a lazy river, fireflies (the German word for firefly is Glühwürmchen, which literally means (little) glow worm), porch sitting on warm evenings, sunsets, walks in the park, flip flops, and getting out of town - or out of state - or out of the country - with the family.

2. Do you collect seashells when you're at the beach? What do you do with them once you get them home? What's your favorite place to comb for seashells? How many of these 'best beaches for hunting seashells' have you visited? Which one would you most like to visit?

Calvert Cliffs State Park (Maryland), Jeffrey's Bay (South Africa), Sanibel Island (Florida), Shipwreck Beach (Lanai Hawaii), Ocracoke Island (North Carolina), Galveston Island (Texas) and The Bahamas

Our family vacationed near Galveston and visited the Island in the summer of 2014... it wasn't pretty.  The year we went, the seaweed had taken over the beaches.  There were warnings everywhere about the seaweed ... and big tractors were trying to shovel the seaweed off the shore.  See all that brown stuff all the way to the water??  Yeh, seaweed.

We managed to make the best of it ... but let me tell you, it was NOT the best beach experience I've ever had:

I think I'd much rather see the pristine beaches of Lanai Hawaii!!  or any other beach that does NOT have the potential for seaweed overload.

3. At a snail's pace, shell out money, come out of your shell, go back into your shell, drop a bombshell, happy as a clam, clam up...which 'shell' phrase could most recently be applied to some event or circumstance in your life? Explain.

Snail pace is a fun word in German as well:   Schneckentempo 
I am looking forward to my upcoming vacation where life will hopefully go along at a Schneckentempo.

4. What summer activity do you dislike? Why?

Yard work.  Heat.  Humidity.  Sweating.

5. What's something you see as quickly becoming obsolete? Does that bother you?

With so many brands of eReaders these days from Kindle to Nook and beyond, I fear books are becoming obsolete.  It doesn't bother me though because you will still find me at the library, the bookstore, and holding real books with pages that turn!

6. Insert your own random thought here.

To add to the SUMMER MISCHMASCH, here are a few German Summer words:

Summer = Sommer
Sun = Sonne
Sun screen = Sonnencreme
HOT = heiss
Swimming pool = Schwimmbad
Bathing Suit = Badeanzug
Vacation = Urlaub
Ice Cream = Eis 
Ice Cream Parlor = Eis Cafe'

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Projekt: Von A bis Z (G)

I am blogging my way through the alphabet AUF DEUTSCH (in German).  This is a fun exercise (for me) to think of as many words for the categories as possible - with minimal editing.  Can you think of any words to add?!

Today I am blogging all things "G" --- see previous posts for A-F.

Foods:   die Gurke (the cucumber); die Gurken (the pickles); die Garnelle (the shrimp)
das Gemüse (the vegetables)

Animals:  die *Gans (the goose); der Gepard (the cheetah)

***********VOCAB TIDBIT*************
The plural of *Gans is die Gänse.  2 words come to mind using this plural form:
Gänsehaut & Gänseblümchen

Gänsehaut is literally "geese skin".  In English, we call this GOOSE BUMPS!  :)
Gänseblümchen is literally "(little) geese flower".  It is the term used for the common daisy.

Common Names:  Gisela, Gerhard, Gabriele, Gabi, Gudrun, Günter / Günther, Georg, Gerda

Cities:  Giessen, Gelnhausen, Gross Gerau, Garmisch-Patenkirchen

Words you might recognize:  das Gras (the grass), Gold

**BEWARE:  The German word (das) Gift does NOT mean "a present; a gift" ... it means POISON!

verbs:  geben (to give), gehen (to go)

companies/brands:  Grundig (electronics)

Guten Tag!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Projekt: Von A bis Z (F)

I am blogging my way through the alphabet auf Deutsch von A bis Z.  The exercise is to think of as many words as possible in just a few minutes for the letter of the day.  With the exception of the letter "C", this has been easy so far!  "F" should prove to be Fun as well.

If you've missed out on the other letters, you can catch up by clicking here:  (A), (B), (C), (D), (E)

Foods:  das Fleisch (the meat), Frikadelle (meatloaf-style pattie)

Animals:  der Fuchs (the fox); das Flusstier (literally "river animal", hippopotamus); der Frosch (the frog); die Fledermaus (the bat); die Fliege (the fly)

Common Names:  Frank, Friedrich, Frieda, Franz

Cities:  Frankfurt, Friedberg

Burg Friedberg

Words you might recognize:  der Fisch, der Finger, die Farm, der Frost, der Film

verbs:  finden (to find), fangen (to catch), fragen (to ask), fliegen (to fly)

famous brands/companies:  Faber-Kastell (writing instruments), Fraport (Frankfurt airport)

Tongue Twister (Zungenbrecher):
Fischers *Fritze fischt frische Fische; frische Fische fischt Fischers Fritze.
Fred Fisher fishes fresh fish. It is fresh fish that Fred Fisher fishes.
* "Fritze" is a northern German colloquial form of "Fritz" = "Friedrich".