GAI Podcast

GAI Podcast

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Since 1957 The Germanic American Institute has been building cultural bridges between the American Midwest and German-speaking European countries.
We cordially invite you on the inside, to join us as we share insights into German grammar, the German cultural experience, we’ll look at current topics, and we’ll let you know about all the events that we are involved in, and you can participate in.
If you'd like us to answer any questions you may have about our content, history, grammar, etc. please email us at: language@gai-mn.org and we'll include your request in the next episode.
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E12: Idioms & Vacation in Northern Germany
Katrin and Michael go over a few idioms, explain what they mean, how literal translations make very little sense, and under which circumstances certain idioms can be used. Here's the list of all the idioms: Ich glaub mein Schwein pfeift (I believe my pig whistles) Das Leben ist kein Zuckerschlecken (Life is no sugar-licking) Alles in Butter (Everything is in butter) Auf dem Holzweg sein (To be on the wooden path [trail]) Sturm ist erst wenn die Schafe keine Locken mehr haben (It’s not storming until the sheep have no curls) Es ist mir Wurst (This is really just sausage to me) Du hast Tomaten auf den Augen (You have tomatoes on your eyes) [Germany “Tomate” (singular) | Austria “Paradeiser” (singular & plural) Ich glaube ich spinne (I believe I’m a spider) Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof (I only understand railway station) Du gehst mir auf den Keks (You’re getting on my cookie) Den Löffel abgeben (to hand over the spoon) Baba (Austrian “Good bye”) Ungustl (Austrian “unkempt person”) Leiwand (Austrian “super” or “cool”) We also talk about Katrin's vacation in Northern Germany, some of the do's and dont's, and how not to spend $10k getting rescued. And, we keep you updated about all the events, and start times of the classes in the fall semester, too.  ### Since 1957 The Germanic American Institute has been building cultural bridges between the American Midwest and German-speaking European countries. We cordially invite you on the inside, to join us as we share insights into German grammar, the German cultural experience, we’ll look at current topics, and we’ll let you know about all the events that we are involved in, and you can participate in. If you'd like us to answer any questions you may have about our content, history, grammar, etc. please email us at: language@gai-mn.org and we'll include your request in the next episode.
25:11
July 18, 2019
E11 Visiting Deutsche Tage (in review)
In our 61st year! Deutsche Tage (German Days) is one of the Germanic-American Institute's (GAI) longest-standing traditions and the oldest heritage festival in St. Paul. For 60 years, the GAI has shared the arts, traditions, and cuisine of the German-speaking world, and inspired thousands of Minnesotans to discover new aspects of German culture. Headlining the main stage is the Joey Johnson Band, a local trio that can polka with the best. A full schedule of entertainers include Ron Machel on accordion, the lovely Swiss Alp Horns, and concertina virtuoso Josh Eidsor.  Food and drink are the cornerstone of Deutsche Tage: There will be plenty of bratwurst, German potato salad, and sauerkraut. Drinks include Paulaner beers, Germanic wines, Jägermeister, and Apfelschorle. Dampfwerk Distilling will create a special Deutsche Tage cocktail and will have their German-style spirits for sale. Das Moderne Deutschland Traditional and modern Germany will be represented at this year’s Deutsche Tage: Environmental Pavilion: Festival-goers can learn about alternative energy, energy efficiency, and passive house design. Featuring eco-friendly invasive plant eradicators—goats from Goat Dispatch.  Modern Apprenticeship Pavilion: Learn about the German Dual Education system and local apprenticeship options, part of a larger GAI initiative highlighting German-style apprenticeships.  Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange: NOD has different programs to meet the varying desires of international students who are interested in exploring the world. For students who want a full year of study in another culture, NOD offers academic programs in both public and private schools. For those students more inclined to participate in short-term programs, NOD offers tutorials, homestays, and touring programs. Learn more at: www.nacelopendoor.org ### As always, we welcome your feedback, ideas, suggestions, and question that you'd like us to answer in one of our upcoming shows.  Thanks for tuning in!
44:56
June 23, 2019
E10 Verbs & Vacations
In this episode, we'll talk about verbs, where they are positioned in a German sentence, whether there's a rule you can apply, and how to get comfortable with even the longer sentences! In part two, we'll take you on vacation. Where do we go when we go on vacation. Staycation or travel? We found interesting statistics about travel habits. Also, don't forget: June 8 & 9 (2019) are the Deutsche Tage at the GAI on Summit Ave. Stop by and enjoy a cold one, outstanding food, and visit with our event partners, teachers, GAI staff and members, or simply say "Guten Tag" to anyone you'll meet! Special thanks to our event sponsors: Aldi (find all MSP Aldi locations here) and Paulaner (learn all about Paulaner here) ### Since 1957 The Germanic American Institute has been building cultural bridges between the American Midwest and German-speaking European countries. We cordially invite you on the inside, to join us as we share insights into German grammar, the German cultural experience, we’ll look at current topics, and we’ll let you know about all the events that we are involved in, and you can participate in. If you'd like us to answer any questions you may have about our content, history, grammar, etc. please email us at: language@gai-mn.org and we'll include your request in the next episode.
32:37
June 4, 2019
E9: Deutsche Tage at the GAI - hear the inside scoop.
Mark the dates: The 2019 Deutsche Tage: Saturday, June 8, 11 AM–10 PM Sunday, June 9, 11 AM–5 PM At the Germanic-American Institute Haus and grounds We welcome Linda, the chief event planner of Deutsche Tage, to our studio. We're taking a deep-dive into the event, sharing some of the vendors, food, and entertainment you can look forward to! ### In our 61st year! Deutsche Tage (German Days) is one of the Germanic-American Institute's (GAI) longest-standing traditions and the oldest heritage festival in St. Paul. For 60 years, the GAI has shared the arts, traditions, and cuisine of the German-speaking world, and inspired thousands of Minnesotans to discover new aspects of German culture. Headlining the main stage is the Joey Johnson Band, a local trio that can polka with the best. A full schedule of entertainers include Ron Machel on accordion, the lovely Swiss Alp Horns, and concertina virtuoso Josh Eidsor.  Food and drink are the cornerstone of Deutsche Tage: There will be plenty of bratwurst, German potato salad, and sauerkraut. Drinks include Paulaner beers, Germanic wines, Jägermeister, and Apfelschorle. Dampfwerk Distilling will create a special Deutsche Tage cocktail and will have their German-style spirits for sale. The GAI Podcast will also make an appearance. We'll have our portable studio setup out in the open, ready for you to sit down with us, talk about your impressions of Deutsche Tage, or ask us any questions you have on your mind. 
27:52
May 23, 2019
E8: Wechselpräpositionen, Ostern & Pfingsten
In this episode, Dr. Katrin covers the grammar magic that are Wechselpräpositionen, and then we invite you on an audio-holiday to how we celebrate Easter and Pfingsten.  As always, if you have any questions or would like to suggest a topic or guest, please email us at language@gai-mn.org ### Since 1957 The Germanic American Institute has been building cultural bridges between the American Midwest and German-speaking European countries. We cordially invite you on the inside, to join us as we share insights into German grammar, the German cultural experience, we’ll look at current topics, and we’ll let you know about all the events that we are involved in, and you can participate in. If you'd like us to answer any questions you may have about our content, history, grammar, etc. please email us at: language@gai-mn.org and we'll include your request in the next episode.
45:19
May 12, 2019
E7 - The Rheinland; An Audio Tour with Bastian.
In this episode, we welcome the GAI's own Bastian, who is a native Rheinländer, and a GAI teacher.  Bastian takes us on an audio tour through the Rheinland, touching on the world famous Cathedral of Cologne and the city of Düsseldorf. We're talking about dialects, food, beer brewing, and why there's a "right and wrong" side of the city to live at! Bastian's audio tour also has an accompanying in-person presentation at the GAI, where we serve authentic dishes, wine, and beer. Get the tickets to the event: https://gai-mn.org/event-3336297 ### If you have any topics you'd like us to talk about, or guests you'd like to suggest, please email language@gai-mn.org
40:02
April 16, 2019
Special Episode: GAI Symposium: Modern Apprenticeship. The Other 4-Year Degree.
Jeana, Claudia, and Michael discuss the current state of education in the USA, contrasting it with the apprenticeship model in German, Austria, and Switzerland. The GAI Symposion, will take place on: Friday, April 12, 2019 | 6–9 PM | Free and open to the public Learn about the German Dual Education system, an alternative to the failing “college for all” model. These “earn and learn” apprenticeships benefit students and employers. This symposium is for business and industry, government, educational institutions, and anyone interested in career development for young people that aligns with workforce needs. Speakers include representatives from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry PIPELINE and Apprenticeship Minnesota programs, White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce and White Bear Lake Area School District, and the Industry Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (ICATT), Chicago.  SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM: 6:00 PM  Social hour with beer, organization and presenter info tables 6:30 PM  Presentations begin in the ballroom Welcome and Intro Jeana Anderson, Germanic-American Institute The Dual Education Model Claudia Aurand, Germanic-American Institute Local Example: City of White Bear Lake Dr. Michael Lovett, White Bear Lake Area Schools Shari Wilson, White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce Jenny Moore, White Bear Lake Career Pathways Program 7:30 PM   Break 7:45 PM  Presentations continue in the ballroom Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry Programs Annie Welch, Minnesota PIPELINE Program Leslie Philmon, Apprenticeship Minnesota Industry Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (ICATT) Joshua Seeberg, German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC Midwest) Apprenticeship Success Story 8:45 PM  Conclusion and Q & A Free and open to the public. No registration required. ### If you have any questions you'd like us to talk about in an upcoming episode, please email us at language@gai-mn.org
51:00
April 5, 2019
E6 | Particles, University of St. Thomas, Pork & Kraut
We'll take you on a grammar journey down the particle trail, explaining one of the more challenging German language concepts.  The students of the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, who connected and interviewed several of our long-time GAI members, learning about their stories - we have the summary. We'll also cordially invite you to the GAI Haus, where you can view the exhibits yourself, too! Then it's off into numerous events, including the annual Pork & Kraut extravaganza, which you definitely don't want to miss! ### As always, if you have any grammar or cultural questions that you'd like us to answer, or want to recommend guest to us, please email language@gmai-mn.org
21:33
March 13, 2019
Special Episode: Sandra Teitge & Albrecht Pischel - Goethe In the Skyways
Intro and quick updates: 0 - 2m Conversation: 2 - 45m In this special episode, we welcome Sandra Teitge, Director of Goethe In the Skyways (https://goetheintheskyways.org/) and artist Albrecht Pischel (https://goetheintheskyways.org/projects/albrecht-pischel/ & http://www.albrechtpischel.info/). We started with a chat about contemporary collaborative art,  but quickly turned to the considerations of cultural norms and metaphorical applications, coming full-circle, back to art. A fascinating conversation that challenges the status quo, social perspectives, and...roundabouts.  ### If you have any feedback or questions for us, or would like to suggest a guest, perhaps you'd like to come on the podcast yourself, please contact us at language@gai-mn.org 
46:32
March 4, 2019
E5: Guest: GAI Exec. Director Jeana Anderson, and Karnival & Fasching
GAI's Executive Director Jeana Anderson joins us for a stroll down GAI memory lane, who we've become over the past 50 years, and where we're headed in the future. Jeana also gives us a little glimpse into what it actually means to be at the helm of the GAI. We also discuss the traditions of Karnival - or Fasching, Ballroom dancing, and spotlight the GAI Karnival gathering at the GAI house.  If you have any questions, or want to suggest a guest, please email: language@gai-mn.org
53:07
February 7, 2019
Special Episode: Dr. Heino Beckmann
Dr. Heino Beckmann visited the GAI Studio for an in-depth conversation about comparative government, social standards and perspectives, education, economics, the American 2nd Amendment from a European view, and more. Dr. Beckmann, Professor Emeritus St. Thomas University, Hon. Consul of Germany (ret), and speaker, recently gave one of his talks at the GAI - "Yearning for Freedom" - also addressed in this podcast. If you have any questions for us, or would like to suggest a special guest, please email language@gai-mn.org
1:24:52
January 31, 2019
E4| Q1: The European Union. Q2:Heritage as cultural identifier?
We answered two student submitted questions: 1, What is the importance of the EU to the Germans? 2, As native Germans, Austrians, Swiss, what do we think when someone tells that they're from our country, while being a 3rd generation American? -- tough question to answer -- listen in!  If you'd like to comment or ask us a question, to be answered in a future episode, please email: language@gai-mn.org
38:35
January 11, 2019
Special Episode: Fred Amram
We had the privilege to talk with Fred Amram about surviving the Holocaust, what reconciliation and forgiveness mean, and what we should focus on as it relates to our past, but also going into our future. Please enjoy this special episode and if you have any questions or topics for us, send an email to language@gai-mn.org
46:13
December 14, 2018
E3 Christmas & New Year
In this episode: Christmas and New Year's traditions. We list the top 17 Christmas Markets in the world: https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/best-christmas-market/index.html, and briefly discuss how we welcome the New Year, and we also chat about Grammar, where it's all about "kennen oder wissen". Which do you use when? If you want to test your knowledge, click here: https://www.quia.com/quiz/1005997.html If you have any questions you'd like us to answer, please email us: language@gai-mn.org Frohe Weihnachten, Happy Holidays, and einen guten Rutsch 2019!
30:23
December 12, 2018
E2 Articles & Traditions
In this episode, we cover: •The German use case for LGBTQ articles and how language is "alive" and ever-changing with the needs of society. •The traditions of Krampus (Austria), St. Nikolaus, Christmas and more! • Upcoming events & the GAI Open House If you have any questions you'd want us to answer during one of the upcoming episodes, please email us at language@gai-mn.org Also, please review, rate and recommend our podcast to those who you think would benefit from it. The Germanic American Institute Podcast is published monthly - every month. The GAI is a non-profit organization in St. Paul, MN, inviting everyone to join us as we share, teach and educate about German-American traditions and language. Bis bald!
31:43
November 8, 2018
E0 GAI: Octoberfest & more
Our inaugural episode at the Germanic American Institute, and we're diving into a short reading, the significance of the Octoberfest, and current events. DYK?: During the early years of the Octoberfest, beer was not a staple item? And why is the Octoberfest in September anyways?! If you'd like us to answer your questions about the current episode, or if you'd like us to talk about something specific during an upcoming recording, please email us: languages@gai-mn.org
23:42
October 11, 2018
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