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The Pursuit of Equality »

By Anne Schwobe When it comes to equality, I think nearly everyone agrees that it is something we all have to work for. And if we look back at some of the more recent changes in laws, or even the establishment of new laws, it is obvious that there have been some substantive efforts over […]

Faces of Feminism »

By Gesa Musiol What is equality? As an international student from Germany studying at Willamette for a little over eight months now, I now know that this question has to be considered not in only one cultural context, but rather two – and both of them consist of a million different fragments, experiences, and statements […]

It’s All About That Kale… »

By Anne Schwobe I have to admit that this issue’s topic was a little harder than others. When I first read, “pop culture”, I did not really know what to write about, nothing really came to my mind right away. But after thinking about the term for some time and “making up” my own definition, […]

Taking a Step Back While Moving Forward »

By Gesa Musiol History is never objective. The act of recording events, in writing, audio, visual form, or film always presents a certain version thereof by choosing what to focus on, what to leave out, and which words to use. The knowledge of the fact that history is mostly written by the survivors, the winners, […]

“Wie, du hast noch kein Hauptfach…???” »

By Anne Schwobe Before coming to Willamette, I was really excited to go back to the States since I had already lived abroad for a year and a half. Therefore, I thought I would be sort of prepared for most cultural differences. I was excited to come back, enjoy free refills, yummy brownies, and meet […]

Können wir das schaffen?? Jo, wir schaffen das! »

By Anne Schwobe Dear WWN readers, My name is Anne Schwobe and I am working as the German Language Assistant at Willamette this year. I am happy to share some important news from my home country with you and I hope you enjoy reading it. For the first entry I chose a very current and important […]

The German Education System and the “Children’s Garden” »

What is there to know about the education system in Germany? A lot and it’s also quite complicated. The public school system in Germany is more extensive than in other countries and there are many fewer private and parochial schools. Some alternative educational models, such as Waldorf and Montessori, are also integrated and a valid […]

„An ambigious relationship- the Germans and their weather“ »

If you’re out on the street anywhere in Germany, you’ll often overhear conversations like: „Heute schon wieder. Grau in grau. Nimmt das denn kein Ende?“ (Again today. Grey in grey. Does that never end?). If you’re still not sure what is meant by that, I’ll give it away. Yes- they are talking about the weather […]

Die Polizei – Dein Freund und Helfer?! (The police – your friend and aid?!) »

The words “Die Polizei – Dein Freund und Helfer” (The police – your friend and aid) is the slogan of the police. These words were first used by Albert Grzesinki, the Prussion secretary of the interior, in 1926 as a preface for a police exhibition. This slogan is still used today and seen by the […]

Modern Family in Germany »

The modern family in Germany has kept some traditional values, but some changes have taken place over the last 50 years. First, here is a short historical view to get a better understanding of the changes within German families and the law system.

Laternen, Nikolaus-Stiefel und Schützenfeste »

Dear readers, When I first heard about this topic, I thought that there are way to many celebrations in Germany to talk about every one in any depth. Therefore, I’m going to write about celebrations coming up soon and also typical for where I’m from. I chose three which I will elaborate upon more in […]

From Renewable Energy to Birkenstock »

Dear Readers, this entry focuses on Germany’s renewable energy, bicycle-friendly cities, exporting and German brands. I’ll try to give you some interesting and fun facts about German efficiency 😉 If this sounds reasonably intriguing, please continue…

Hallo, Grüß Gott, und Guten Tag! :) »

My name is Julia, and the above are three ways of saying “Hello” in German (there are way more, especially when you take into account all the regional dialects). When looking at a map of Germany, you would find my hometown, Würzburg, more or less in the very center of the map.

I say GRÜß GOTT, SERVUS – CZESZ, WITAM to the United States! »

Guten Tag and dzień dobry! My name is Tina and I am currently an exchange student from Germany with polish heritage.

Grüße aus dem Norden »

Hallo, my name is Karoline Gotchel and I am very glad to be your German language assistant for this year. I’m from Hanover which is located in the middle, northern part of Germany. Although mainly people only know it either through its fairs or passing by with the train, it has much more to offer. […]

Hallo alle zusammen! »

My name is Maximilian Nohr and I’m from Germany. I grew up in a small town called Flensburg, which is located in the most northern state of Germany, Schleswig-Holstein. Flensburg is known for its beer “Flens” and for being the city in which the “Kraftfahrtbundesamt” is located (they are the people who will fine you […]

Ich bitte zu Tisch! – German deliciousness »

Whenever somebody asks me what I miss most about home (except my family and friends) I tell them it is food. I LOVE German food and there is no way I could go without it for a longer period of time! Before you start reading, you should keep in mind that – like in every […]

Immigration in Germany »

My article will talk about different points of view on immigrants in Germany and is again rather subjective based on what I have experienced, what my friends, teachers and fellow students have expressed to me and therefore cannot be generalized. In Germany there has been an ongoing discussion

The Role of Art and Art History »

Before I can elaborate on how dominant the role of Art and its history is in Germany, I should point out that theeducational system varies from state to state. Even between different schools or teachers within one state or school there can be a big difference in teaching Art History. Therefore, I can only give you […]

Guten Tag! »

Mein Name ist Denise und ich werde für das kommende Jahr eure Sprachassistentin sein! Ich komme aus der wunderschönen Stadt Würzburg, die im Bundesland Bayern liegt, und knapp 3 Stunden von München entfernt ist. Dort habe ich meinen Bachelor in Englisch und Geschichte abgeschlossen und muss nun noch meine Bachelor-Arbeit schreiben. Es ist wirklich sehr […]

Freundschaft ist eine Tür zwischen zwei Menschen. Sie kann manchmal knarren, sie kann klemmen, aber sie ist nie verschlossen. »

I think this quotation summarizes the meaning of friendship in a really good way and provides a wonderful metaphor. Friendship is something exceptional and incredibly precious. I think when you have found a real friend, then you won’t lose him/her anymore, no matter what has happened.

Das Beste in der Musik steht nicht in den Noten. »

German music…I don’t really know where I should start. I think everybody knows that some really famous composers are Germans. Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Georg Friedrich Händel and Wilhelm Richard Wagner are probably the most famous and also today, we have great musicians who remind us about the rich German heritage of classic […]

Education in Germany »

Education is so essential and still so different in every country.  In Germany even the Bundesländer (states) differ in their concepts of education. Decisions about education like the school system or fees for studying are up to the states. In the state where I come from, the education starts with Kindergarten. You can enter Kindergarten […]