The German group attended another course on “intercultural awareness”. Our Cultural Coach Markus Merz gave his presentation on Italy and Italian customs. VIVA ITALIA!
21st May 2017. Returning back home from a wonderful week in Germany. But it really was like that for everyone? We made an interview to our Italian team at the airport, just before flying back to Sardinia! Just three simple questions:
1.”A couple words to describe your experience in Germany?”
2.”What did you enjoy the most?”
3.”What didn’t you like at all, instead?”
Go ahead to read the answers!
Eros: It was a really cool experience!
Antonio: It was fantastic and I would do it again!
Eros: I enjoyed the mountain bike competition very much!
Antonio: I liked the mountain bike riding and the football match!
Eros: Actually there’s nothing that I didn’t like, because I enjoyed everything!
Antonio: It’s the same for me.
Matteo: The mountain bike riding, the competitions.. everything!
Chiara: The respect and the love that everyone has shown and the company they gave us.
Matteo: The fact that.. our car broke down!
Chiara: The fact that, at the beginning, I dind’t feel well.. but later everything fixed up!
Giovanni: It was a really beautiful experience and I would do it again!
Gabriele: Awesome, involving, funny!
Giovanni: My hosting family, the place.. and the culture they have!
Gabriele: The place, the city of Dinkelsbühl, the house where I stayed… everything.
Giovanni: The food and.. the strange driving manner that German people have.
Gabriele: The food for me too.
Nicole: Beautiful and interesting.
Nicole: The climbing and the mountain bike riding.
Rossella: The climbing.
Nicole: The food.
Rossella: Nothing, I liked everything!
Rachele: Maybe the best travel of my life!
Arianna: The climbing.
Rachele: The climbing and the typical bavarian dance!
Arianna: I don’t know…I enjoyed everything!
Rachele: The food.
So, in summation: the most hated thing was the food and the most loved one was the mountain bike. But we assure you that all of them had a lot of fun and made many other good experiences in Germany! We’d like to thank again all the families, the teachers and the guys that, willingly and kindly, made us possible to enjoy this unforgettable week! Thank you.
Hope you all appreciate this post!
Today the students spent the most of their time at school. In the morning, they take a guided tour in the “Kinderzeche” centre, the museum of the history and culture of Dinkelsbühl summer festival, where also original costumes and weapons are guarded.
Then, the students went back to school and they were split in groups to working on computers and making some brochures.
After a little break, the students enjoyed a traditional Bavarian dance lesson!
In the afternoon, the students played football in the school court. They made many matches and, eventually, every team won!
In the evening, there was a barbecue where students, teachers and parents ate all together in the school.
After dinner, all the students danced and had a good time at the disco party in the school! There were live music, balloons, a little buffet and drinks. It was very nice!
This morning, the students went to the Documentation Centre of Nazi period. They did a tour listening a guide on their earphone.
After the museum tour, the students went to the Nuremberg Stadium and a guide talked about the history of the football in this city and of the stadium architecture. They also took a guided tour inside of the building, walking through football players’ dressing rooms and the stadium prison.
In the afternoon, the students were free to go to the city centre to do shopping and see the beautiful gothic churches all around Nuremberg!
During their third day in the city of Dinkelsbühl the athletes experienced the mountain bike race, exactly what they have been prepared for.
In the morning all the students met at the the Mutschach forest to get ready for the Mountain bike race.
Later they have been divided into four mixed team and competed on a relay race.
Once it finished, they went back to school for lunch and then they played some games and quizzes.
The day finished with splashes of water between the guys.
This morning Italians and Swedes students met the headmaster and the vice principal.
Then they went to the town hall and met the mayor. They all wished them a good stay in Dinkelsbühl.
Later they took part in a treasure hunt around the town and spent time all together.
They had lunch at school and then they went to pine forest that faces on the lake Igelsbach. They climbed and generally played.
At the end they came back to Dinkelsbühl and ate pizza together.
The student from the high school of Nacka and from the high school of Porto Torres are now in Germany to do the second stage of “Sport Events Make Friends” project.
Yesterday the athletes visited the Wirtschaft Schule.
Then they met the deputy head Andreas Wedler the representative Konstantin Chytirisand. They talked about the school and what they are going to do this week.
The athletes visited the town and the “History Museum of Dinkelsbhül”.
At lunch they returned at school to have lunch in the cantine with all of the student of the school.
In the afternoon they went all together to the cheese factory where they made cheese.
After that the students climbed the “Hesselberg” hill and then they could enjoy the beautiful landscape and all the city.
In the evening the returned at school to spend some time with their host family.
In preparation for the upcoming trip to Dinkelsbühl, the Swedish students have done some research into the German – Swedish history, famous Germans, and the two countries’ current relationship.
The Hanseatic league
The Hanseatic league was a trading agreement between Sweden and Germany in 1100 – 1600. The Hanseatic league was founded because they didn’t want benefit from trading with each other. At its peak, almost a hundred cities were a part of it. There were three groups in the beginning of the Hanseatic league. Its importance faded in the middle of 1600 when the world trade took other ways. The old German word ‘’Hansa’’ means group, therefore the name.
German loanwords in the Swedish language
The Swedish language has a long history of borrowing words from other languages. The source languages have usually been a large economic or cultural importance for Sweden.
The German language has always had a huge impact on the Swedish language. But the biggest period when Germany had an impact on Sweden was during the Middle ages (approximately 500 years). This was Germany’s strongest period in Sweden. Words were to be borrowed from German until the early 1900’s.
German words are now a part of the Swedish language and are used daily. Example: German word – Swedish word – English translation
arbeit – arbete – work
bliva – bli – to become
möglich – möjlig – possible
The Swedish word order changed because of German as well. Many suffixes and prefixes were also borrowed.
Astrid Lindgren was a Swedish author. She made a lot of books for children. She was born in 1907 in Småland, in Southern Sweden. We all know that she is famous in Sweden, but did you know that she is just as famous in Germany?
In Germany, there are 200 schools named after her. And especially the book “Barnen i Bullerbyn” has made a big impact on Germany and has given them a picture of what Sweden looks like. They have a romantic, child village look to Sweden just like they got in “Barnen i Bullerby” according to svensktyska.se
Swedish Football Players in Germany
Emil Forsberg s a pro football player that plays in FC Leipzig. Born in Sweden in 1991 and plays for the Swedish national team.
Alexander Isak is 18 years old. He plays in Dortmund. He is a young Swedish pro football player. He was born September 21 in 1999.
Albin Ekdal is a professional football player from Sweden. Ekdal has played for teams like Juventus, Bologna, Cagliari and Hamburg. Ekdal is a central midfielder and has in total scored 11 career goals.
Famous German People
Albert Einstein was born on March 14, 1879, in Ulm, the Kingdom of Württemberg, the German Empire. Famous as Father of Modern Physics and the theory of relativity. He died at the age of 76, on the of 18 April 1955.
Michael Schumacher is an F1 racer who was born in 1969 on the 3rd of February. He has been interested in racing since he was very young.
J. Cole, is a rapper and record producer. He was born on January 28 at the year of 1985 in Germany, Frankfurt. But he is up brought in the USA.
Mercedes Benz is known for luxury vehicles, buses, coaches, and trucks. The headquarters is in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg.
Opel is a German automobile manufacturer. Opel’s headquarters are based in Rüsselsheim, Hesse, Germany. Opel traces its roots to a sewing machine manufacturer founded by Adam Opel in 1862. The company began manufacturing bicycles in 1886 and produced its first automobile in 1899.
BMW- Bayerische Motoren Werke AG usually known as BMW, is a German luxury vehicle, motorcycle, and engine manufacturing company founded in 1916. It is one of the best-selling luxury automakers in the world.
Volkswagen shortened to VW, is a German automaker founded on May 28, 1937. Volkswagen is German for “people’s car”, and the company’s current international advertising slogan is just “Volkswagen”. American English pronunciation is approximate “volks wagon”.
Audi is a German automobile manufacturer that designs luxury vehicles. Audi is a member of the Volkswagen Group and has its roots in Ingolstadt, Bavaria, Germany.
Porsche is a German automobile manufacturer specializing in high-performance sports cars, SUVs and sedans.
Two days left to take off to Germany, we are ready to show you the new italian team!