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Learn about a German tradition

  • Nov 4, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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At the next meeting of the German conversation group (Nov. 4) we will learn about the German tradition of celebrating Saint Martin’s day.  Music and refreshments will be provided.  If you play a portable instrument and can sight-read simple music, bring your instrument with you.  Attendees will be asked to make a nominal contribution (under $5) toward the room rental fee.  RSVP

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  • Maggie H.

    Last time, a question about online German learning came up. There are a few sites that I've used that might be helpful: -- a podcast for beginners that talks about German culture and/or current events
    The same woman does an intermediate podcast, too (Schlaflos in München)

    Another podcast that can be interesting is "Langsam gesprochen nachrichten" (, which is just what is says: slow, clearly-read German news articles. - tutorials with feedback and help people connect with language partners. The idea is to find a native German speaker who wants to practice English, while you practice German.You don't have to be at similar levels in your second language. For the more advanced learners, you might want to check out Just like, they have audio books (think young adult or books you already know).

    Eine schöne Wochenende,

    2 · November 16, 2013

  • Bill K.

    Great meeting at a great location. The meeting room was adjacent to the Children's Library. Lori, there would have been no problem keeping your kids occupied, so feel free to bring them to the Holiday Party Dec. 16, which is at the same location.

    2 · November 7, 2013

  • Sheila T.

    Thanks to all who attended and helped make it such an enjoyable meeting. It was especially nice to see so many new people. Save the following dates for future meetings (same time-6 to 8 p.m.):
    December 2, December 16 (holiday party), January 6, and February 3. I welcome everyone's ideas for things we might do at future meetings to have fun while improving our German.

    2 · November 7, 2013

  • Andrea

    Deb, I´m glad you enjoyed it. I was nervous, if adults would like celebrating a tradition that is aimed at kids. You guys did such a great job with the music - wonderful. And without you, I could not have gone in the first place - thanks for the rides again!

    2 · November 6, 2013

  • Debra

    It was a fantastic night with a group of great people!!

    1 · November 6, 2013

  • Andrea

    Hi guys!

    A very important component of the Saint Martin´s day in Germany is LANTERNS. Children in Germany make them with the help of their teacher or parents and then have a lantern parade throughout the city when it is getting dark. We are NOT going to make lanterns or have a parade ;) but please bring little table lanterns (if available) - it´ll create a nice and more authentic Saint Martin´s ambiance. Looking forward to seeing you!

    1 · October 23, 2013

    • Bill K.

      I will bring the very latest in St. Martin's Day technology: an LED lantern ...

      November 4, 2013

  • Debra

    Hi Lori, I agree with Sheila, that the kids might get bored. I would rather not have kids at the conversation group. Nothing against the little people, I direct a children's choir on Thursday nights and hang with my grand kids a lot. How old are they?

    November 3, 2013

  • Andrea

    Hi guys! Another thing for Monday: the pastries I´m gonna bring, are basically sweet bread. Maybe some of you want to bring butter, jelly etc. I´ll try to bring some of that, too.
    Looking forward to seeing you all!

    2 · November 1, 2013

    • Sheila T.

      I can bring some as well.

      November 2, 2013

  • sonia g.

    How about an oil lamp? Jk, I'll see what I can find for table lantern. Look forward to meeting you all, and speaking some german.

    1 · October 31, 2013

    • Sheila T.

      I'm delighted that you have joined the group and are planning to attend the meeting on November 4th. I do have some reservations about bringing any lanterns with candles or oil, however, as I suspect the library would not be happy about it. I believe there are electric table lanterns that could be used instead.

      October 31, 2013

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