If you have always wanted to know more about nested sentences, complex metaphors, hidden meaning or just why the hell these Germans need to write everything in Bandwurmsätzen, this workshop will be exactly what you need. We will read short texts related to archaeology, articles from journals such as Antike Welt, short book reviews or excerpts from books with a more theoretical focus. In order to make the best out of our time, you should prepare those texts in advance. We will focus on vocabulary specifically related to our discipline, recurring grammatical issues and strategies to cope with an awful long German text. Exercises, short videos and interactive games will hopefully make it a little bit more fun!
Schedule fall semester 2015 (Fridays 1-3pm, Common Room)
Vocabulary related to archaeology: compound nouns
Clause and sentence structure: subject, verb, objects, qualifiers, prepositions, subordinate clauses
Verbs: modal verbs, verbs with preposition, compound verbs
Syntax: Word order
Special topic: kurgans
Schedule spring semester 2016 (Fridays 3-5pm, Common Room)
Technical vocabulary: Rohstoffe und ihre Verarbeitung
Technical vocabulary: Ausgrabung und Restaurierung (verb+suffix > noun)
Technical vocabulary: Zerstörung von Kulturgut
These themes will be explored based on a specific reading that will be prepared in advance and through online exercises during our workshop. Videos explaining a specific topic or cultural peculiarity will provide more background.
Grammar (in German)