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Kleinen Siege

It is very interesting to me how similar the language learning and cultural adaption process is to overcoming stuttering. The end goal – if there even is such a thing in either case; I would actually argue not – is so daunting that you can’t measure your progress against it. That way lies madness. So what you do is you set smaller goals for yourself and you work towards those, making new ones to replace ones you’ve achieved. Currently, I’m considering an interaction successful when I can A) never resort […]

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Das Abenteuer macht weiter

Just thought I’d take a break from my themed posts to write a general update. A lot has happened in the last two weeks, and it’s good to reflect and recap. First and foremost, we (the international students) have completed the three-week pre-session, and now have a three-week interim before the semester properly starts. My essay and presentation seemed to impress my Dozent, and I got an overall grade of 1 (as high as it gets, where 6 is the lowest grade). Naturally, this course is pass/fail for UMN students, […]

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Heidelberg: wie ein Märchen

On Sunday, a group of fellow international students and I decided to take a day trip to Heidelberg, a German city a ways north of Freiburg. We actually had the opportunity to go as part of a field trip through Uni Freiburg, but it was cheaper to buy our own bus tickets and go on our own (€20.50 round-trip; not bad at all!). We were very glad we did it that way, as it ended up being less restrictive.   Heidelberg is the city I visited the last time I […]

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Studium und Sprache

For our program, we actually arrived 6 weeks before the start of the German summer semester. The first 3 weeks are taken up by an intensive pre-session language course, then we have a 3-week break, then the semester begins. After an online placement test, we were sorted into small classes based on our proficiency level. It’s all very approximate, but higher-numbered classes are supposed to be higher-level. I’m in Deutsch 11, and have colleagues who are as low as 7 (though he really should be higher, from the sound of […]

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Olympic Park

I visited the Olympic Park slightly outside of Berlin on the first day. Unfortunately the guided tour I went on was all in German, so I didn’t really get much information about the place. The benefit, though, was that I got to check out some awesome places of the stadium and then wander around the other facilities. I got to check out the private boxes where Hitler wold view events, and see inside one of the changing rooms, the indoor warmup facilities, and a couple press areas. From what I […]

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Frankfurt: We Feasted as Kings

October 25, 2013: Where to begin this adventure…? Well, Isabelle, my host mother, was incredibly kind and drove me to the airport instead of having to take the tram and than catch the bus so I could eat with her before starting the Eastern European Tour! Incredibly lucky. Once Kate and I met at the airport we went through security and as such I handed the guard my ticket which had my nationality ( United States of America) and begin to speak English but quickly asked, “oh, parlez vous Français.” […]

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Max: Winterspaß

I’m going to try something different today. My previous posts focused on comparing the cultures of Germany and the United States. Since this is by no means a simple topic, the posts got pretty long and were extremely time-consuming to write. Also, I realize they say little about what I’m actually doing to get the most out of this experience as possible. So, for those of you who actually are interested in what I’m up to, I’ll answer that question right now in lieu of the usual compare/contrast essay: Besides […]

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Whitney: ein Fußballspiel (a soccer game)

Tonight I was lucky enough to go to ein Fußballspiel (a soccer game) here in Berlin. It was very intense! Hertha (the Berlin team) scored three times in the first half, and each time they scored the crowd yelled cheers in unison and made SOO much noise! It was a fantastic atmosphere and because the game was in the evening, we saw a beautiful sunset during the game. Es war die schönsten Nacht!

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Whitney: Home sweet home…finally!

After a 2.5 hour car ride to Chicago, an 8 hour flight to London, an 11.5 hour layover, and an hour and a half long flight to Berlin, I am finally in my new home! I slept for a solid 12 hours last night – slight embarrassing, I know, but I was EXHAUSTED and I got a little sick during the long journey.  Today I plan on exploring my new neighborhood and having a relatively low-key day. I really want to get over the little virus I’ve picked up as […]

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Adam: School Underway!

School is underway! The six of us in SUST started class bright and early on Monday with the typical orientation stuff. We got a tour of campus, bought our books and most importantly, found all the coffee shops on campus. Coffee, like everything else, is not cheap, so this is my time to get off the sauce. (I haven’t been extremely successful yet.) This week has been filled with welcome activities the University of Oslo has thrown for the 1,000+ international students. All the international students went to a welcome […]

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