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This site is designed to help everyone learn German. We help you learn German by using the resources available on the Internet. Our main feature is dozens of pages of simple German texts for the beginning German student. These pages have been written or edited by German natives and are written in modern German word order and syntax. We will have pages on nature study, everyday words, cooking, occupations, German history and culture, and genealogy to make your study interesting and useful.

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Section 050 Beginner's Starting Page - If you do not know a word of German, start here.

Section 100 Pages for young kids  Picture pages, short stories by kids, an original German reader for preschool and lower grades are planned. All these will be in simple German and most will have English translations. What else do you suggest? Adult beginners will find these simple pages useful. A few pages are ready now.

Section 200 Developing your German Vocabulary - Learn 1000 common German words and how to combine them so you can read newspapers and websites. Includes chapters on Nouns, Adjectives, Verbs, and combining words to make compound words. Vocabulary is completed only thru F, but more coming soon.

Section 300 Intermediate German Readings - Lots of simple sentences, picture vocabulary pages, short stories, humor, fairy tales, cookbook and other simple professional texts for middle school students and adults. Learn German by reading simple German. We have dozens of original pages and links to hundreds of pages on the web. These simple texts are so easy to read that beginners do not have to give up.

Section 400 30 German Lessons from a WWII Public Domain Army Book - Grammar - German for everyday living - Pronunciation. Textbook lessons teach conjugation of verbs, declension of nouns and adjectives, sentence structure, etc. Each lesson begins with a story in German about incidents in the life of a German family in post-war Germany. Includes hundreds of everyday words useful to tourists and general reading. Only a few have been installed; work continues on others.

Section 500 Ich möchte deutsches besseres lesen - I want to read German better - I have been able to read and speak a little German for 50 years. I have never taken a formal German Course but I have learned a little more German every year and occassionally read scientific papers in German. Now I am making a real effort to learn German grammar.

Section 800 Food and Gardening - Menus from Restaurants, lists of vegetables, fruit, meats, measurements, pages on nutrition. We may include gardening here. Proposed; nothing ready. Send your questions and comments to aid planning this section.

Section 900 German Readings - simple to difficult German texts; some have translations. These will have general subjects as well as specific subjects such as cooking and occupational fields. Only one page at present.

Useful German Links - Our Main Page of Links

The Awful German Language - by Mark Twain. This famous essay by Mark Twain does a good job of pointing out some of the problems in learning to write German. Lots of good humor and useful grammar.

Click here for AltaVista Babelfish . Nadine and her fellow workers at Linz University in Austria have tested this computer translator and found it is good for simple sentences only. Type in your simple English or German sentences and see if you were correct.

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Words for a computure drill

Schutz m protection (gegen, vor against, from); (Geleit) escort; (Obdach, Zuflucht) shelter, refuge; (Obhut) custody; (Deckung) cover; (Erhaltung) preservation, conservation; (Wärmeschutz) insulation; (Sicherung) safeguard; rechtlicher Schutz legal protection; den Schutz des Gesetzes genießen be protected by law; Schutz suchen vor dem Regen etc.: look for (a) shelter, übertragen seek refuge (vor from; bei with); in Schutz nehmen protect, (eintreten für) come to someone's defen|ce (Amerikanisches Englisch -se), back someone up; da muß ich ihn in Schutz nehmen I have to take his side there; er nimmt seine Frau immer in Schutz he won't let anything be said against his wife; im Schutze der Nacht under cover of darkness; zum Schutz gegen Erkältungen etc. to ward off colds etc., to build up one's resistance against colds etc.; zum Schutz gegen Strahlung to protect against radiation; diese Medizin bietet Schutz vor ... protects against ..

ummary of Stephen Krashen's classic work will continue in the next issue of the Language Learning newsletter, which I will send out in one week after I get back from a short vacation. Here are the sections that remain:

Part III: Providing Input for Acquisition Part IV: The Role of Grammar, or Putting Grammar in its Place Part V: Approaches to Language Teaching


READER-RECOMMENDED RESOURCE: A Language Learning Tool for the Gadgetophile

By Eric N.

I like gadgets, I have to admit. Some of them are even useful, such as Diamond Multimedia's Rio PMP300, which I've been using for several months now. (Disclaimer: I have no connection with Diamond MM or the Rio other than being a satisfied customer.)

I am reasonably far along in learning a minority language in the Philippines. Unfortunately, I'm not able to live full-time in places where this language is spoken, but must content myself with shorter trips and using a language tutor. This is not the best language-learning situation.

Earlier this year, I purchased a Rio, and found it to be very helpful. The Rio is a solid-state digital audio player. It is lightweight, and runs almost forever on a single AA battery. Since there are no moving parts, it can't skip. You must have a computer to make use of a Rio, since there is no way to load something into the Rio's memory other than download it from your computer (via the printer port).

You can't be terrified of computers to make good use of the Rio, but you don't have to be a wizard, either.

Here is how I make use of the Rio: On my trips to the village, I use a tape recorder to collect stories, either contemporary narratives, oral traditions, instructions on how to make something, whatever. When I get back to my computer (in Manila) I transfer the stories from tape to my hard disk. You need a sound card -- which most computers today have -- to do this. You can use Microsoft's built-in Sound Recorder software, or pay for somewhat better software. (I use a registered copy of Syntrillium's CoolEdit96 which you can get at www.syntrillium.com, because it has tools to eliminate tape hiss.) Then you need to convert these audio files (in .wav format) to the format that the Rio uses (.mp3). If you are using CoolEdit96, they have a plug-in which can create mp3. I use Xing's AudioCatalyst software (www.xingtech.com). You only need to create the mp3 once. Once you have an mp3, you can delete the massive .wav files. The mp3 is a compressed audio format, and the software which creates mp3 files will let you decide whether you want high-quality, larger compressed files, or lesser-quality, smaller compressed files. The high-quality is good for CD-quality music. For language learning, you won't need the high-quality, and being able to fit more material into your Rio is a plus.

Once you have mp3 files, you download them into your Rio, using the software which came with it. Once downloaded, they are like tracks of a CD.

The first few times I listen to a new story, I do it at my desk, and listen very carefully, writing down any words I don't know, etc. Most of the time, I go ahead and make a complete transcription of the story. (The Rio's A-B button makes this really *easy* -- **much** easier than using a tape. The A-B lets you repeat any snippet of the recording indefinitely.)

I carry my Rio whenever I'm running errands, walking through a grocery store, or while I'm exercising. On my Rio, I have interspersed the stories with music I like (and *own* -- don't make illegal copies of copyrighted material), because I find it works best to have periods of listening to the stories interspersed with breaks. It reduces the intensity.

As I listen to the same story over and over again, I begin to learn the vocab, and then I start noticing ways of expressing something I hadn't known before. The familiarity aids this.

I have probably added 10 to 15 hours per week of listening practice using the Rio. Here's what I paid for my hardware and software: Rio, $110 after $50 rebate; Syntrillium CoolEdit96, $50 (don't get the cheaper $25 version); Xing AudioCatalyst 2.0, $30.

Auch wenn wir unsere Studie bloß auf eine kurze Zeitspanne beschränken, gibt es unzählige Individuen, deren Bemühungen, die Zustände in ihren jeweiligen Gemeinden, Ländern oder auf weltweiter Basis zu verbessern, besonderer Aufmerksamkeit bedürfen. In diesem Rundschreiben wollen wir besonders die Leistungen ein paar wichtiger Humanisten und Figuren aus dem zivilen Leben in Asien, dem Nahen Osten und Nordafrika würdigen, deren Einfluß im 20. Jahrhundert international anerkannt wurde.

Eisaku Sato diente von 1964 bis 1972 als Premierminister von Japan. Er wird weltweit für seine Diplomatie beim Aufbau friedvoller internationaler Beziehungen sowohl innerhalb Asiens als auch mit anderen Teilen der Welt anerkannt. Mit seiner Ablehnung von Nuklearwaffen, was zum Unterzeichnen des Atomsperrvertrages führte, verdiente er sich den Nobelfriedenspreis im Jahre 1974.

Sun Yat-Sen (Dr. Sun Yixian) aus China war ein revolutionärer Führer, dessen politisches Programm sich darauf konzentrierte, die Qingdynastie in China zu stürzen, um eine Republik zu etablieren. Eines seiner Ziele war die großräumige Industrialisierung von China. Im Jahre 1911 diente er vorübergehend als Präsident der chinesischen Republik und war später von 1923 bis 1925 der Führer von China. Viele halten ihn für den Gründer des modernen Chinas.

Bstan-‘dzin-rgya-mtsho wurde als vierzehnter Dalai Lama von Tibet im Alter von nur fünf Jahren im Jahre 1940 auf den Thron gesetzt. Nach dem erfolglosen Aufstand der tibetischen Bevölkerung gegen die chinesische Regierung floh er im Jahre 1959 nach Indien und etablierte eine Exilregierung in den Himalajas. Im Jahre 1989 wurde ihm der Nobelfriedenspreis in Anerkennung seiner gewaltlosen Protestmethoden gegen die in Tibet herrschende chinesische Regierung verliehen.

Im Jahre 1991 verlieh das Nobelfriedenspreiskomitee seinen Friedenspreis an Aung San Suu Kyi, eine friedliche Demonstrantin, die sich für Demokratie und Menschenrechte in Myanmar, dem vormaligen Burma, einsetzte. Wegen ihren Protestaktionen wurde sie sechs Jahre lang (von 1989 bis 1995) unter Hausarrest gesetzt. Sie war immer noch in Einzelhaft, als sie den Friedensnobelpreis erhielt.

Golda Meir war eine scharfsinnige politische Führerin, die sich Israel und seiner Unabhängigkeit widmete. Sie diente von 1969 bis 1974 als Premierministerin von Israel und wurde wegen ihren Bemühungen, in dieser Zeitspanne den Frieden im Nahen Osten zu bewahren, geehrt. Erst nach ihrem Tod im Jahre 1978 erfuhr die Öffentlichkeit, dass sie zwölf Jahre lang vor ihrem Tod gegen Leukämie angekämpft hatte.

Anwar el-Sadat, eine ägyptischer Militärsoffizier, diente von 1970 bis 1981 als Präsident von Ägypten. Zusammen mit dem israelischen Premierminister Menachem Begin arbeitete er daran, zwischen den beiden Ländern friedliche Beziehungen herzustellen. Beide Staatsmänner erhielten für ihre Friedensverhandlungen im Jahre 1978 den Friedensnobelpreis. 1979 kehrte zwischen beiden Ländern Frieden ein.

Mohandas Gandhi von Indien (allgemein als Mahatma Gandhi bekannt) ist wegen seiner Methoden des passiven Widerstandes und des friedlichen Protests gegen die britischen Herrscher in Indien international hoch angesehen. Seine Bürgerrechtskampagnen sorgten für Inspiration und fanden bei Menschen weltweit Anklang. Sie gaben vielen Hoffnung - ja sogar auch Albert Einstein, der darauf hoffte, dass Ghandis Appell für Gewaltlosigkeit der möglichen Zerstörung, die durch die Atombombe ermöglicht worden war, vorbeugen könnte.

Einige dieser Figuren der modernen Geschichte mögen Ihnen bereits bekannt sein. Auf alle Fälle hoffen wir, dass Sie an diesem Rückblick auf ein paar bedeutende Führer Gefallen gefunden haben und vielleicht sogar etwas Neues dazugelernt haben!

Even if we confine our study to a brief span of years, there are countless individuals whose efforts to improve conditions in their communities, countries, or on a global scale deserve attention. This Newsletter pays tribute to the accomplishments of a few important humanitarians and civil leaders from Asia, the Middle East and Northern Africa whose influence was internationally recognized in the twentieth century.

Eisaku Sato served as prime minister of Japan from 1964-1972. He is widely recognized for his diplomacy in building peaceful international relations both within Asia and with other parts of the world. His rejection of nuclear arms, which led to the signing of the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, earned him the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1974.

From China, Sun Yat-sen (Dr. Sun Yixian) was a revolutionary leader whose political agenda focused on overthrowing the Qing dynasty in China to establish a republic. His aims included large-scale industrialization in China. He served as provisional president of the Chinese republic in 1911 and later led China from 1923-25. Many consider him to be the father of modern China.

Bstan-'dzin-rgya-mtsho was enthroned as the fourteenth Dalai Lama in Tibet in 1940 when he was only five years old. He fled to India in 1959 after the Tibetan people's unsuccessful revolt against the Chinese government, and established a government in exile in the Himalayan Mountains. The Nobel Prize for Peace was awarded to him in 1989, in recognition of his nonviolent methods of protest against Chinese rule in Tibet.

In 1991, the Nobel Committee awarded its Prize for Peace to Aung San Suu Kyi, a peaceful protester for democracy and human rights in Myanmar, then called Burma. For those actions, she was kept under house arrest for six years (1989-1995). She was still in isolation when she received the Nobel Prize.

Golda Meir was an astute political leader devoted to Israel and its independence. She served as prime minister of Israel from 1969 to 1974 and was recognized for her efforts to maintain peace in the Middle East during those years. Only after her death in 1978 did the public discover that she had been fighting leukemia for twelve years before her death.

Anwar el-Sadat, an Egyptian army officer, served as the president of Egypt from 1970 to 1981. He worked with Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin to establish peaceful ties between their countries. Both leaders received the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1978 for their negotiations. In 1979, peace was reached between the two countries.

Mohandas Gandhi of India (commonly called Mahatma Gandhi) is internationally respected for his method of passive resistance and nonviolent protest against British rule in India. His civil rights campaigns inspired and touched the world, and lent hope to many--even Albert Einstein, who hoped that Ghandi's promotion of nonviolence could help prevent the violence made possible by the atomic bomb.

Some of these figures of modern history may already be familiar to you. In any case, we hope that you've enjoyed this look at a few great leaders and even discovered something new!

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