Das Hexeneinmaleins

A little something for Halloween, courtesy of Konstantin Wecker. Das ist das Hexeneinmaleins.


Austrian apple cake

Apart from my absolute favourite, which is of course, Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, I am fond of baking lots of Austrian and German cakes and pastries from my trusty Gretel Beer recipe book.

Gretel Beer was a wartime refugee from Austria and became a highly successful writer of cookery books, best known for her Classic Austrian Cooking, first published in 1954 to show British families how to make the most of their ingredients during post-war austerity.

So whenever I fancy something sweet and stodgy with a real continental flavour, I reach for my precious copy of Austrian Cooking. These are my take on Gretel’s apple slices.




Numbers 0-100 in German

Now that you have mastered counting in German you can enjoy a journey back to the 1980s with the lovely Nena and her 99 Luftballons. And, below, the lyrics!

Hast Du etwas Zeit für mich
Dann singe ich ein Lied für Dich
Von 99 Luftballons
Auf ihrem Weg zum Horizont

Denkst Du vielleicht g’rad an mich
Dann singe ich einen Lied für Dich
Von 99 Luftballons
Und dass so was von so was kommt

99 Luftballons
Auf ihrem Weg zum Horizont
Hielt man für UFOs aus dem All
Darum schickte eine General

‘Ne Fliegerstaffel hinterher
Alarm zu geben, wenn es so wär
Dabei war’n da am Horizont
Nur 99 Luftballons

99 Düsenflieger
Jeder war ein großer Krieger
Hielten sich für Captain Kirk
Es gab ein großes Feuerwerk

Die Nachbarn haben nichts gerafft
Und fühlten sich gleich angemacht
Dabei schoss man am Horizont
Auf 99 Luftballons

99 Kriegsminister
Streichholz und Benzinkanister
Hielten sich für schlaue Leute
Witterten schon fette Beute

Riefen, Krieg und wollten Macht
Mann, wer hätte das gedacht
Dass es einmal soweit kommt
Wegen 99 Luftballons

Wegen 99 Luftballons
99 Luftballons

99 Jahre Krieg
Ließen keinen Platz für Sieger
Kriegsminister gibt’s nicht mehr
Und auch keine Düsenflieger

Heute zieh’ ich meine Runden
Seh die Welt in Trümmern liegen
Hab ‘n Luftballon gefunden
Denk’ an Dich und lass’ ihn fliegen

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Dear German students

You will be pleased to hear that I remembered to colect my DVD of Downfall when I visited my Dad yesterday, so I now have it available for you to borrow and enjoy. German language with English subtitles.

We’ve watched a clip in class already, but here’s the official trailer.


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STOP PRESS – Downfall was aired on free TV on BBC 2 on Sunday evening so is currently available on the i-player.

Half Term

Dear Students

Please remember that there will be no classes next week from Monday 24 to Friday 28 October inclusive as it s Half Term.

Classes begin again on Monday 31 October – Halloween!

Best wishes


German wine tasting and music in Harmston

Thank you Callum, for letting us know about this very German event.

German Wine Tasting and Oompah Music Evening
Friday 7th October
Created by the Feucht Fröliche Neustadter (FFN)to promote the twinning between Lincoln and Neustadt, the Harmston Memorial Hall committee invite you to join them at a German Wine and Music Extravaganza. Whilst referred to as a typicalGerman wine tasting, the atmosphere is more that of a Bier Keller. Plenty of wine and ”OOMPAH”music with active participation by all; including swaying, leg slapping etc.
A truly magnificent and fun evening is promised at only £15 per ticket (includes the wine!)
A bar will also be available and a bratwurst supper at a nominal cost
Strictly limited numbers and ticket only, so please book early with David on 01522 721420