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  1. Once upon a time, my Sohn was in the 8th grade. He was in a General Music class, which meant that the kids were the "leftovers" of the student body who were not in band, chorus, etc. but who still had to fulfill their music requirements. The teacher had a former student who played for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, who still kept in touch. One day the teacher received an invitation from the Symphony Director for the class to learn how to ring hand bells, and perform at the Christmas Children's Concert, then called "Fiddlesticks". Those students, those leftovers, practiced their little hearts out. The "leftovers", who numbered only 14, played their Christmas songs to audiences of children and adults alike, four performances, accompanied by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, then directed by Mariss Jansons, who had originated the Fiddlesticks Concert Series for children. They played Heinz Hall. Today Mariss Jansons succumbed to a damaged heart.    Another light has gone out on my Lichterkette.
  2. What are you cooking today?

    @anzu: yes, it is Go Asia. Thanks for the heads up!   and today,   Remember, remember! The fifth of November, The Gunpowder treason and plot; I know of no reason Why the Gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot!   It's Guy Fawkes Day! Parkin cake and ... gunpowder tea! Yes, it is black, it's an oxidized green (which all black tea is, anyway...). Smoother than the green stuff.  
  3. What are you cooking today?

    In line with all the other Asian markets. 15% off until the end of November (opening special). Let's see if they remain so, or if they're the typical new-market-opening-draw prices. Judging from the prices downstairs (Rewe Fillial), they won't climb too high though. Then again, the Asians don't put up with most western marketing tactics when it comes to food, so I expect prices to be fairly stable. The sheer availability of frozen foodstuffs is impressive. They're in for the long haul, as the electrical outfitting for these cold cases did not come cheap, I'm sure. BE CAREFUL:  do not shop when hungry.
  4. What are you cooking today?

    NEW FOOD PLAYGROUND IN MUNICH:  Karstadt/Stachus has just opened the city's largest Asian market. 3rd floor, near housewares. PG Tips 300 ct. €12.99. Soy powder. Fresh herbs. WIDE AISLES. Over 12 frozen food cases. And it's clean. Happy, happy me ??  
  5. 1. ex-essex (Paul) 2. p.p 3. Emma 4. Farfox Ache 5/6 coolerking plus 1 7. LisaJK 8. Traveler   I too must beg off. Like Metall, results of Zahnarzt's playtime in mouth still not up to speed. So sorry.
  6. What made you smile today?

    Halloween is almost here. Christmas things are already in stores.   This made me smile. When TV was worth watching.    
  7. 1. ex-essex (Paul) 2. fraufruit (interesting menu) 3. p.p 4. Emma 5. Farfox Ache 6.7 coolerking plus 1 8. -betsy (interesting spelling as well.... )
  8. Only in America...

    Port Authority bus falls into massive sinkhole:  
  9. Advice about intercultural relationships

    @slammer:    When my son was young he overnighted with a Bavarian family. When he came home, he was concerned, because the boy was taught to sit, just as you described. Sohn thought it odd. I explained that mothers often teach their sons to do so to avoid a mess on the floor. Sohn just looked at me and said, "Haven't they ever heard of decals?"
  10. Advice about intercultural relationships

    Many, many Germans that I know (BRD and DDR) do add dishwashing liquid to the wash water. They just don't rinse the dishes afterwards. 
  11. What are you cooking today?

    and don't forget these:   on second thought....
  12. What made you laugh today?

    Here's how to order every item in the Le Creuset Star Wars collection:   I found the Han Solo roaster a bit disturbing, but the Porg Pie BIrd made me realize that I've lost touch with this reality (what is a Porg anyway? Had to look it up.)   Did find some Death Star ice molds on Amazon for less money, though...
  13. The English Teacher's Corner

    For example:  for you British passport holders living in Germany, when offered a German passport, you have to reach a fluency level of B1. This is the entity that invented the A-B-C levels.
  14. The English Teacher's Corner

    CEFR is the Common European Framework of Reference for languages.      
  15. The English Teacher's Corner

    @katheliz;  I agree. I have my own opinion on this gender-id subject, but that's not what I originally asked. I am looking for input on how to handle the grammar teaching. We all strive for our learners to be more comfortable speaking, and while the subject may/may not be appropriate for each class, it is up to the teacher to decide how to steer the discussions.   @john g.:  that was cute.  Last Thursday I was asked if I can understand "English English".  I was amused, and said yes, but I have to tune my ears a bit.  When I'm working in the kitchen I often have my computer on for background noise. I like old British sitcoms. What's currently playing is a 90s show called "Moving Story" (Warren Clarke), which has me enhtralled, linguistically. Once before, I was in love with the series "Inspector George Gently" (Martin Shaw), about a London man who moves to the north of England. His partner, a local, often accompanied him on cases even farther north, where the partner had to translate "local" dialect for him.   Yes, there are many ways of speaking, but right now, only one CEFR. And that's what we teach. Officially.   and as a p.s:. a pet peeve is how today's technology is wrongly infleuencing grammar, as for example how my word "enthralled" was just incorrectly separated.
  16. The English Teacher's Corner

    @tor: very true, but it is not mainstream. It is not part of regular english grammar teaching (nor are thee and thou, the formal forms of you).   @john g.:  here's the broadcast that kicked off the discussion in my class:   Morning Edtion He, She, They: Workplaces Adjust As Gender Identity Norms Change
  17. The English Teacher's Corner

    "The child", the noun, is neuter. The trouble starts with the pronouns.  
  18. The English Teacher's Corner

    @john g.:  yes that's still used ("significant other"), though oddly enough it's slipping into vocabulary for the "older" people. yes, Lisa, I did hear "+1" often when I was in the States Aug/Sept. American "English" is changing at lightspeed, and the effects are being felt around the globe, especially in business. And definitely in child-rearing.      
  19. The English Teacher's Corner

    @lisa13: in the US your ex would generally be referred to as your "+1". 
  20. The English Teacher's Corner

    A question was asked in class the other night, which boils down to:  with all the changes going on in the world, including gender change, how is the English language dealing with teaching pronouns? And how from an ESL viewpoint?   Example:  a person does not identify with a binary gender (male/female). The person does not care for "it" (being a person), up until now the only other choice). The person prefers "they". But "they" is a plural. And this is only one singular person. "They do"? Hmmmmm....   Any thoughts? Because this is the future (no pun intended).  
  21. What are you cooking today?

    Well, I know what I'm not cooking tomorrow: "Pork "noodles", piggy tea, mustards, kombu and shony", a dish by Alyn Williams.    "This beguiling dish from Alyn Williams features noodles, but not as you might know them - using strips of compressed pork skin. An aromatic broth of seaweed and herbs adds even more interest to this pork skin noodles recipe."    Why not, you may ask? Well, because it's a starter (appetizer) which takes 4 hrs plus 36 hrs for the pig skin noodles alone, and begins:     "Begin by preparing the pig skin. Use a sharp knife to remove as much fat from the inside of the belly skin as possible. Turn over and use a blowtorch to burn off any hairs."   Oh. my.          
  22. The English Teacher's Corner

    He's an American.   What else could it be?   "Awesome!!"
  23. What made you laugh today?

    Well, either here or on the "What are you listening to?" thread:   He eats a whiskey pod,He eats a vodka pod,He eats a lager pod,He eats a cider pod,He eats the pods that remind him of the good TideHe eats the pods that remind him of the better Tide  
  24. The English Teacher's Corner

    Ah, the changing language that is English.   I was reading a description of a lasagne dish:    " ... I made it for a Sunday dinner, with friends coming over. And then I had leftovers. Then I chopped it up and soupified it."    
  25. My two cents' worth:  happy evening. Food good, company very good. Service - meh. Restaurant mostly empty but for one large (15+) table getting all the attention. That, and with the delivery orders going out the back door, ostensibly caused our food to be served late. Say, 45 minutes from time ordered to time served .... A note - the menu on the internet and the menu in-house do not match. The prices on the internet are less expensive than the prices in the restaurant. The Achari Chicken Tikka price on the internet menu is €12,90, the Tafelwasser is €2,90. I was charged €14,90 and €3,50 respectively. This did not make me happy