Harry – gefangen in der Zeit is the newest course of network Deutsche Welle. And, of course, I tried the course to tell you all about it.
The story and characters
Harry is a grumpy man who is visiting the Black Forest in Germany while on holiday with his girlfriend Julia. He is from the fictional country Traponia and does not speak German; consequently, Julia always serves as an interpreter for him. One day, he wakes up alone in his hotel room and goes alone to the Black Forest, where he is struck by a lightning. After that day, all his days are always the same. Harry is stuck in a time warp and he wakes up every day on April 31st, at 7 am in his hotel room.
Now, he needs to learn German and get out of this time warp. But what caused this time distortion? In whom can he trust? Where’s Julia? Continue reading
I completed another course of the broadcaster Deutsche Welle, this time, the course was “Deutsch – Warum nicht?“. And, it is my favorite so far. Even the name of the course I adore.
Story and Characters
The story takes place at the Hotel Europa in Aachen. Andreas is a journalism student and works as a door attendant at the hotel. He is always accompanied by Ex, a female elf that came out of a book. Strange, I know, but Ex is a lovely character! Other secondary characters are Frau Berger, the hotel manager; Dr. Thürmann, a regular hotel guest and Hanna, the housekeeper. Continue reading
I believe that the Radio D course is the most basic and easier course between the various courses available in the Deutsche Welle website. Officially, the course is designed for students with little or no knowledge of German, that is, for students who are in the A1 and A2 levels. And, is focused more on basic listening.
In the course Radio D we follow the routine of Phillip, a young reporter who starts working at Radio D. He works with the reporters Paula and Ayhan. But these are not the only characters. In the course there are also others important characters: Compu, a talking computer that does researches; Eulalia, a curious and talkative owl; and, Josefine, the woman responsible for cleaning the office. In the second part of the course, Ayhan no longer participates and another character enters the scene, the new intern in the editorial room: Jan Becker.
One of the first courses I completed when I was studying French was the course “Mission Europe: Paris”. With German, it was no different. In just one day I finished “Mission Europe: Berlin“.
Mission Europe are courses developed with the support of the European Union to promote three languages: French, German and Polish. Currently, the courses can be found on the Deutsche Welle website.
The course is aimed at A1 level students, and has always as background a mystery story that works like a video game, where you earn points or lost lives. There are 26 lessons that last 5 minutes each.