How did this week of German language learning go for us? Hmmm. Well, ahem, let’s just say that German was a part of our life this week but not really as I had hoped it would be. Best intentions count for something, right?
How about this, if we count music and German films, then this was a great week for German, since I definitely took advantage of those two forms of media! As for the rest of my language-learning goals, well, there is always next week.
As Susanna Zaraysky shares in her post Jukebox Language Learning: Music Can Make You Multilingual, we shouldn’t discount the role that music plays in our language learning. So, along those lines, here is some German music that the kids and I really enjoyed this week. As you will see, it is a bit of a walk down German-music-memory-lane!
An all-time favorite song of mine is Über den Wolken by Reinhard Mey, in part because of my past experiences: My husband-to-be gave me a mixed tape back in 1992 as I traveled to Greece from Galway, Ireland and this song was on that. I listened to this song over and over again. So, so lovely! Here is a video from 1974:
While living in Germany, much of my music tastes were influenced by what my husband and his three siblings had enjoyed over the years as they were growing up. Thus, it is no surprise that I ended up listening to a lot of Neue Deutsche Welle music while living there (and thus carried it with me to Seattle)!
What German music repertoire is complete without some Nena songs? I listened to a lot of her music while I lived in Germany. Here is one of the Nena songs that the kids and I have been listening to this past week: Willst du mit mir gehen:
And another one from Nena (from the same CD) that the kids and I danced to over and over again this week: Immer weiter