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Saturday, 15 December, 11 am – 12.30 am: Bring your own song. Please share your favourite German song with us! You can send me the title before the workshop and I will make sure that we have enough printed copies of the text. All musical styles and genres are welcome – whether you love pop, rock, folk, rap or classical music. Only those songs are excluded that support hatred, intolerance or anything illegal. Apart from this I would only suggest one rule for our workshop: it would be great if we could agree never to put down the musical taste of another participant. During our time together, we can listen to your music and speak about it. Why do you like this? What does it mean to you? Do you have any questions about the text? This  workshop is suitable for people with at least intermediate level German.

date t.b.c.: German music and German pronunciation. In this workshop, we will focus on German pronunciation. On the way, we will work with rhythm, music and a poem. This workshop is suitable for people with A1/A2 level German or higher.

date t.b.c.:  Basic German. We will cover some everyday German as well as some basic grammar. Along the way, we will use music in various ways while we work on the German language.

date t.b.c.: Songs about spring and summer. In this workshop, we will look at some German songs of different styles and from different centuries, all about spring and summer.

date t.b.c.: German Music and Grammar: Accusative and Dative. In this workshop, we will look at some German songs of different styles and genres. During the workshop, we will work on the accusative and dative forms found in the music. The workshop is suitable for people with intermediate level German who have heard about the accusative and dative before but would like some practice with using these cases and who would like to approach the topic in a different way.

date t.b.c.: German Love songs. During this workshop, we will look at several well-known German love songs, covering different musical styles, times and aspects. The songs will include a traditional German folk song, some more current rock and pop music as well as a piece of classical music. Along the way, we will look at some German vocab and at any language questions that may arise from these songs. This workshop is suitable for people who have A2 level German or higher.

date t.b.c.: German Music and Grammar: Sentence Structure. In this workshop, we will look at some German songs of different styles and genres. During the workshop, we will look at the structure of sentences with words such as weil, dass, wenn, dann, etc.

date t.b.c.: German language and songs: A1/2 level workshop. In this workshop, we will look at three well-known German songs (traditional, classical and pop music). We will look at the vocab and pronunciation and perhaps also at some basic grammar.

date t.b.c.: German Music and Grammar: Präteritum and Perfekt. In this workshop, we will look at some German songs of different styles and genres, with a particular focus on tenses. We will work out how, and when, to use Perfekt or Präteritum. We will also go over a few irregular verbs, and finally we will actively use them in conversation. This workshop is suitable for people with at least intermediate level German.

date t.b.c.: Classical German songs: The Moon and the Stars. This workshop will focus on some classical and traditional German songs, all about the moon and the stars. We will listen to music by W.A. Mozart and Franz Schubert, as well as some traditional folk music. We can speak about the text and the music and look at any unknown words. This workshop is suitable for people with intermediate or advanced level German.

date t.b.c.: : German Christmas songs. In this workshop, we will look at some traditional German Christmas music. We will listen to the music and speak about it, and you can ask questions about the vocab. This workshop is suitable for anybody with at least A2 level German.

date t.b.c.: German Music and Grammar: KonjunktivDuring this workshop, we will look at some German songs with verbs in the subjunctive, such as wäre, hätte and würde. We will compare them to other tenses and we will work out the differences between similar looking verb forms, such as hätte/hatte, würde/wurde and so on.

Date t.b.c.: Songs from Schubert’s “Winterreise”. In this workshop, we will look at two songs from Franz Schubert’s “Winterreise”. We will look at the vocab and we can speak about this music. This workshop is suitable for people with at least intermediate level German.

Date t.b.c.: German Music and Grammar: Prepositions. In this workshop, we will look at some German songs of different styles and genres. During the workshop, we will examine the prepositions found in the music and will then talk about some German prepositions in general. This workshop is suitable for people with intermediate level German.

Date t.b.c.: Songs about Freedom. During this workshop, we will look at different songs, all of which deal with the topic of freedom. The songs will include a traditional German folk song as well as some more current rock and pop music. We will use the songs to build up some German vocabulary as well as discuss our own ideas about the topic.

 The workshops will take place at Lingowheel, Pettenkoferstraße 18, 10247 Berlin. They will be run by Britta Robyn, who is a qualified teacher for German as a Foreign Language as well as a qualified musicologist and music therapist. The course fee is 20 euros per participant per workshop for a two-hour workshop, or 15 euros for a 90 minute workshop.