Catch up with current events in Europe via text, audio and video. Read the latest headlines, watch a live-stream news broadcast, or listen to the news via radio. What news categories are included? What are the current headlines? For continued updates on European news, subscribe to the German news service and have the headlines delivered to your Inbox daily. Radio hören
You found out in Kapitel 12 that Germans typically listen to the radio more than they use any other form of media. Find some German, Austrian, or Swiss stations that follow a format that interests you. How is the programming similar to or different from what you listen to? What themes do the DJs discuss between songs? Kinohits
Find out what the latest movie hits are in Germany, examine movie programs, read film critiques, view previews and movie trailers, and read about the films stars. What are currently the most popular films in Germany? To what film genre do they belong? Which are original German films and which are imported from other countries? Which American films have retained their original titles and which have been translated into German? Once you have explored the landscape of contemporary German cinema, learn about German contributions to cinema history. Hollywood would not be the same without them!
German-speakers are avid readers of periodicals. Choose one and look through its pages. What current topics of international interest are covered? What main categories of information are there? Compare a German-language newspaper with your own local newspaper or another newspaper with a national circulation such as the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/). Or compare a weekly German news magazine with one such as Newsweek (http://www.newsweek.com/). In what ways are these periodicals similar or different from American ones? Choose a category and browse through the article titles. How many address themes with which you are familiar?Deutsche Literatur
The site houses over 70.000 public domain works by mainly German-speaking authors (and some foreign works translated into German) and includes brief biographical outlines. Scan the list of authors in the alphabetized drop-down menu and see if you recognize any names. Explore the illustrated childrens stories of nineteenth-century author Wilhelm Busch or the world-famous Struwwelpeter of Heinrich Hofmann. Which works of the renowned classical authors Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Schiller are included here? Read some poems or fables of Enlightenment author Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, some poetry of Realist Theodor Strom, or some short stories of twentieth-century writer Franz Kafka.