Language REFRESH 101: Week Two

by Corey · 5 comments

Herbert Grönemeyer

I spent an entire year at UC Santa Cruz listening to two Herbert Grönemeyer cassette tapes that I had brought back from my first year in Germany. Needless to say, many of my friends thought that I was a little crazy since I listened to them over and over again. I can definitely say that Herbert Grönemeyer strengthened my German language skills during those years! So it isn’t a surprise that we pulled out some Grönemeyer CDs this week!

Here is one of those songs that I must have listened to over a hundred times in Santa Cruz: Bochum

This song brings me to tears whenever I listen to it: Der Weg. Pay attention to the lyrics, they are absolutely amazing!

Peter Mafay

I am not the biggest fan of Peter Mafay but there are some songs that I really enjoy, such as this one: Ich sehe dich. The kids and I really enjoyed listening to it this week.

Marius Müller-Westernhagen

The list couldn’t be complete without Marius, would it? Many of his songs I don’t like but there are a few that I really enjoy, such as this one: Lass uns leben.

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1 Krista Grothoff March 11, 2011 at 12:27 am

Did you know that Nena, now a grandmother, now does German children’s music as well? I’m buying the mp3’s off of Amazon because she does a lot of typical children’s songs in a way I can enjoy listening to. (The previous recordings we’ve gotten have been either of terrible quality or sung by this woman who sounds like she’s had a 100-pack-a-day habit for 100 years 😉


2 cartside March 11, 2011 at 1:11 am

now that was a trip down memory lane! Thanks for sharing!


3 Kate March 11, 2011 at 7:19 am

That is too funny! We did the same thing this week! I decided to add a little dancing to our daily routine. And since it fell during our German part of the day, of course I had to play German music. My 15-month-old son was not impressed by all of my random German music and would turn off the stereo if he didn’t like a song! In particular, he was not a fan of Die fantastichen Vier … but then, German hip-hop is not exactly kid-friendly 🙂 He did like some of my newer discoveries (new to me, anyway), like Ina Müler (“Mark”), Montag (“Ich, du, er, sie, es”), and Ganz Schön Feist (“König von Deutschland”). So he clapped for those songs 🙂

My German music collection is quite random and somewhat limited, so I’ll definitely check out your recommendations, Corey. And I’m excited to hear what Nena is doing in children’s music! Keep the tips coming!


4 Thea March 11, 2011 at 11:16 am

We’ve outgrown much of the kids music we usually listen too (Nena, Rolf Z., Detlev Jöcker, Donikkl, Sternschnuppe, etc.). DH listens to Bayern 3 at work so he comes home with a few good ones:

Juli – die perfeckte Welle is a winner by us.


5 Amanda Kendle April 11, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Oh, I’m such a big fan of Über den Wolken!!!! I always put it on repeat in my car (it’s also on a mix-CD made by my husband when we first met!).
I must look up Nena’s children’s music too for my little boy.


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