Sag's Mir #1: „Deutsch und Kultur"
Students sit down with University lecturer Dr Seán Williams and actress Lynne Brackley to discuss their cultural experiences and Germany’s influence in their own lives. Seán, a lecturer of German studies at Sheffield University, discusses the cultural differences between Germany, Switzerland and England. Lynne travelled with several German theatre groups, and here she explores the world of opportunities which learning German opens.
Seán learned German at a comprehensive school in rural Norfolk, just as Guildo Horn was competing in the Eurovision Song Contest. His love of terrible pop music took him to Trier for his year abroad: Horn’s hometown, where his beloved “Nussecken” can be found.
Seán graduated from the University of Oxford, receiving his doctorate in 2014 which he wrote on German Literature and Philosophy from the 1800s. His excellent dissertation was published as a book. Alongside High German, Seán also understands the Swiss dialect. He also speaks a little French and is currently learning Italian – the latter, because he has recently fallen in love.
When he needs a little time out from students and colleagues, Séan likes to sail. His little yacht is called “Lucy”. One day he would like sail with “Lucy” from Norfolk to the Wadden Sea.
Then, I realised: as an actress, I could play all of these roles. For roughly ten years, I toured with different theatre groups, often in Germany. Almost as good as flying! With two children, however, it was often difficult to be on the move all the time. And so, I worked in London as a director, producer, project manager and artist.
I am particularly proud to say that I have worked closely with the Goethe-Institut for over 30 years. Now 62, I am also an activist, dubbing actor and artisan. You name it, I can knit it!
Sag's Mir #2: „Deutsch und Politik"
Today we’ll be exploring German politics further by talking to Catherina Kaiser and Keely Brown. Keely Brown is a university student at Durham who studies Politics and German, and a former participant of the Goethe-Institut work-shadowing week to Schwäbisch Hall. She’ll be talking about Brexit, artwork and feminism. Catherina Kaiser is a journalist who writes about the rights of women, and speaks about her own experiences of podcasting. We hope you enjoy taking your German language into a new context!
My time in Schwäbisch Hall was probably one of the best weeks of my life – I spent the week in the ecotown of Michelfeld at the town hall, and got to practise and speak so much German. I was part of a great group of people. Many of the other students have now become good friends of mine.
In 2019, together with Zohreh Ahmadian and Marie Eisendick, she founded the locally-known, intercultural feminist podcast in Stuttgart, HerzaufZunge, which they have continued to produce and present together since then. She is currently in the process of changing career path, and will begin to train next year as a midwife. Using her knew knowledge, she will continue to speak and write about the topics which are close to her heart.
Sag's mir #3: „Deutsch und MINT"
What is MINT? What does it have to do with German? In this episode, we will be asking the experts our most burning questions about the STEM field in Germany. Listen as we Interview Silke Nodwell, a fourth year mathematics student at Imperial College London who spent time studying in Berlin, and Mike Joyce, from Siemens AG one of the largest industrial manufacturing companies in Europe who help us explore the intersection of STEM and German.
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