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FYI: Holland Center and Morse are right next to each other on Van Buren St.


Advanced Arabic             3:00- 3:50 pm      Holland Center

Conversational Arabic       4:00- 4:50 pm      Holland Center

Beginning Spanish          5:00-5:50 pm        Morse B207

Intermediate Japanese        5:00- 5:50pm     Morse B107

Intermediate Chinese          6:00- 6:50 pm    Morse A201



All Levels Farsi            12:00- 12:50 pm      Morse A200

Beginning German           4:00- 4:50 pm      Morse B108

Beginning Japanese          6:00- 6:50 pm      Morse A201



Beginning Arabic        4:00- 4:50 pm       Morse A2o2

Advanced Chinese       4:00- 4:50 pm      Morse A200

Intermediate Spanish        5:00- 5:50 pm  Morse B107

Intermediate Korean        5:00- 5:50 pm     Morse A202

All Levels Hebrew        6:00- 6:50 pm      Morse B107

All Levels Tagalog        6:00- 6:50 pm      Morse A201

Beginning Kazakh        6:30- 7:20 pm     Morse A202

Beginning Korean        7:00-  7:50 pm    Morse A201

Intermediate Arabic        7:00- 7:50 pm   Morse A101



Intermediate French      4:00- 4:50    Morse A200

Conversational  French  4:00-4:50    TBA



Beginning Chinese      9:00- 9:50 am      Morse A200

American Sign Language    2:00-2:50 pm      Morse A200

Intermediate Russian     4:00- 4:50 pm    Morse A200

All Levels Cantonese       5:00- 5:50 pm    Morse B107



Beginning French    11:00- 11:50 am   Morse B107

German Build!

Grüß Euch!

Gina Hamman und ich (Jennie McCulloch) sind die Lehrerinnen für deutsches BUILD dieses Semester. Willkommen!

Gina Hamman and I (Jennie McCulloch) are the German BUILD this semester. We meet in Morse 200 Fridays at 11:00am. All are welcome!

We will post information on what we have done in class as well as useful links. For starters, check out:

dict.leo.org  (an online dictionary)


During week one we covered basic introductions including age, languages spoken and previous travel experience. In our small group we had people who had lived in various countries.

Die Studenten haben in den folgenden Länder gewohnt:

  Volksrepublik China                   Brussel, Belgien

 Berlin, Deutschland                   Frankreich

Die Studenten sprechen  Chinesisch, Russisch, Italienisch, Franzoesisch, und Deutsch!

In Week Two we continued with introductions, and talked about the age, the place of birth, the profession and current location of various well-known German personages!

Here is a list of some phrases and vocabulary we used in class:

-Wie heisst du/ Wie heissen Sie?

Ich bin Jennie/ Ich heisse Jennie.

– Woher kommst du/ woraus kommst du/ wo kommst du her? (Woher kommen Sie…)

Ich komme aus Seattle. (Er/ sie kommst aus…)

-Wo wohnst du?

Ich wohne jetzt in Monterey. (Er/ sie wohnt in…)

-Wo hast du (früher) gewohnt?

Ich habe in Portland gewohnt.

Welche Sprache sprichst du?

Ich spreche Deutsch.

-Wie alt bist du/ Wie alt sind Sie?

Ich bin neunundzwanzig Jahre alt. (Sie/ er ist …)


1 eins         2 zwei              3drei        4 vier           5 fuenf              6 sechs

7 sieben     8 acht              9 neun                         10 zehn           11 elf               12 zwölf

13 dreizehn                       14 fierzehn      15   fuenfzehn…   17 siebzehn

20 zwanzig                        21 einundzwanzig

30 dreißig                          32 zweiunddreißig

40 vierzig                          43 dreiundvierzig

50 fuenfzig                          54 vierundfuenfzig

60 sechzig                         65 fuenfundsechzig

70 siebzig                          76 sechsundsiebzig

80 achtzig                          87 siebenundachtzig

90 neunzig                         98 achtundneunzig

100 (ein)hundert               101 einhunderteins

200 zweihundert               205 zweihunderfunf

1000 (ein) tausend                        1,000,000 eine million

* I apologize for the lack of appropriate umlaut on fuenf

-Hast du Geschwister/ Haben Sie Geschwister?

Ich habe einen Bruder.

Ich habe eine Schwester.

-Wie alt ist er/ Wie alt ist sie?

Er ist…. Sie ist…

Die Eltern

Meine Mutter, mein Vater

Here are some links to videos of introductions, learning materials, and some music:

http://youtu.be/JoMqyJCc1yU (from the series Alles Gute)

http://youtu.be/9nPLZUMZ4OQ (a song about not knowing a girl’s name)

http://youtu.be/i2GaHyDSfmg (another song: Sag, wie heisst du)


Also, check out the movie Pina, playing now at Osio <<http://osiocinemas.com/>>.


Wim Wenders directed this film about the late German dancer/ choreographer Pina Bausch.

http://www.pina-film.de/de/  (you can also click on English in the upper-right corner).

There isn’t a lot of German in the movie, but listen for the Jahreszeiten, the seasons, in the beginning, and enjoy the amazing dancing and cinematography!

Bis nächstes Mal!


German: Week I

Hallo alle zusammen!

Thank you all so much for coming and making our class so well-attended and successful. Email me (Jesse) with any questions, comments, or suggestions: clearyjd@gmail.com

For HOMEFUN as they’re calling it these days, I’ve recorded myself reading through die Zahlen (the numbers), the dialogue between George and Mia, and vocabulary on parts of the face (I begin at the top left, work to the bottom, and begin again at the top right). Please download the mp3 files and repeat after me to practice each word. Read along with the handouts (also linked to in this post) so you can hear and visualize the words at once. Also study the advanced questions at the bottom of the das Gesicht handout and see what words you can recognize! Have FUN!

Here’s what we covered today:

  • The “ß” in German makes the sound “ss”
  • We went over and acted out a dialogue between George and Mia using phrases to introduce yourself and request information from others including what someone’s name is, where they’re from, and where they live:
    • Wie heißt du? (Ich heiße Jesse!)
    • Woher kommst du? (Ich komme aus Kentucky!)
    • Wo wohnst du? (Ich wohne in Monterey!)
  • We discussed the verb heißen (to be called) in all its different present tense conjugations, along with personal pronouns (I, you, he, she, etc.):
    • ich heiße (I am called)
    • du heißt (you are called) informal, singular
    • er/sie/es heißt (he/she/it is called)
    • wir heißen (we are called)
    • ihr heißt (you are called) informal, plural
    • sie heißen (they are called)
    • Sie heißen (you are called) formal, singular and plural
  • We discussed the three singular articles in German and the one plural article, noting that all nouns in German carry an article and that all nouns in plural form carry the same article:
    • der (masculine)
    • die (feminine)
    • das (neuter)
    • die (plural)
  • We went over die Zahlen, the numbers, emphasizing eins through zehn and touching on elf through zwanzig:
    • 1 eins, 2 zwei, 3 drei, 4 vier, 5 fünf, 6 sechs, 7 sieben, 8 acht, 9 neun, 10 zehn
    • 11 elf, 12 zwölf, 13 dreizehn, 14 vierzehn, 15 fünfzehn, 16 sechzehn, 17 siebzehn, 18 achtzehn, 19 neunzehn, 20 zwanzig
  • We also used the phrase ich habe _______ in groups to express having a certain number of an object, be it drei Kerzen or zehn Zehen. Look at your handout to practice these vocabulary words. =]
  • Finally, I handed out a vocabulary sheet with das Gesicht, the face.
Next week we’ll be talking about the face, discussing pronunciation and the alphabet, looking at die Farben (colors), and conjugating the wonderfully useful verbs haben (to have) and sein (to be). See everyone next week, Friday, October 7 at 10am in Morse B207!

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