Dear Stammtisch Friends
Thanks again to everybody who has already registered for our Stammtisch next Monday, 23 April at The Broad Chare in Newcastle. Alongside the fabulous English menu, the chefs have added Gulaschsuppe, gebratene Schweinshaxe mit Kartoffelbrei und Sauerkraut und Apfelstrudel for our group. We will meet at 6.30pm in the bar and dinner starts at 7pm. If you haven’t booked yet, but want to join us, let me know by Friday. Also if you’ve booked and can’t come along, please let me know as otherwise we’re reserving too many tables and the Broad Chare does get busy.
We have also received a book recommendation, which has been warmly recommended for any German newcomer in the UK. It’s aptly called ‘Grossbritannien’ and was written by Thomas Kielinger (Verlag: C.H. Beck, ISBN: 978 3 406 57849 6). The ‚Welt’ correspondent apparently provides an overview of English history, in particular its relationship with Germany. It examines in detail the special character traits of the English and how that can create misunderstandings for those with a German background. According to our reviewer this has been explained very clearly, is written extremely fluently and entertaining, which makes reading of the 260 pages extremely easy and quick.
Another Stammtisch follower is German born Christiane Williams who lives in Teesside. She has recently written a children’s book in both German and English, which has just been published. It’s about a little girl that spends an afternoon baking with a fairy. The books are suitable to read to children from the age of 4 years. The book will soon be available on Amazon and in the iBook Store, but you can also check it out directly at the publishers: English Version, German Version.
In Leipzig, language school owner, three times dad and master story teller James Parsons is developing a new audio book both in English and German called ‘Gabriel und die frechen Affen’. This project will be financed through crowdfunding and if you want to find out more and/or support James in his activities, visit the website: http://www.startnext.de/gabriel
The Guardian recently had a survey entitled ‘Will language skills help you stand out in the job market?’ Visit the Guardian website for this article, but we would also be interested in your views.
See you on Monday!