Modern Language Assistants

Hutchesons' Grammar School

Auf Wiedersehen!

So this is it, nine months of Hutchie and Scotland and I can only say, I have enjoyed the time very much! I’m very grateful for the opportunity I have had to live and work in such a welcoming workplace and country. In German to say “Goodbye” we say “Auf Wiedersehen” which kind of means “to seeing (you) again”. I surely hope to do so. For all of you who still have to sit exams: “Viel Erfolg” (good luck) and “Schöne Ferien” (have a great holiday)! All the best for the future! Also das wa... [More]

Der Strandkorb

Just before the summer holidays, we’re introducing a quite German object: the “Strandkorb” (beach basket). A strandkorb is a special chair designed to provide comfort and protection from sun, wind, rain, and sand on beaches frequented by tourists. Strandkorbs are predominantly used on the coasts of North Sea and Baltic Sea. During the summer months, they can be rented from strandkorb keepers. The strandkorb is said to have been invented in 1882 by German basketmaker Wilhelm Ba... [More]

Comicfestival München

Robert Crumb, R.M. Guéra, Milo Manara, stars of the comic book world are all gathering in Munich for a Comic festival. The event showcases the diversity and creativity of the genre. From the 29th May to the 2nd June the bienially held festival will take place in Bavaria’s capital Munich. There will be exhibitions, discussions, autogarphing sessions and drawing courses in more than twelve venues. The festival is even financially supported by the city’s department for culture and a workshop for te... [More]

Ich bin dein Gummibär

Most every child knows them as sweets, the gummy bears or “die Gummibären” (or Gummibärchen) in German. But there is also a song sung by a Gummibär. The chorus is very easy to learn and to sing along to, here it is: Ich bin dein Gummibär, Ich bin dein Gummibär, Ich bin dein Gummi, Gummi, Gummi, Gummi, Gummibär. Ich bin dein Gummibär, Ich bin dein Gummibär, Ich bin dein kleiner, süßer, bunter, dicker Gummibär, oh yeah. The chorus is basica... [More]

Elbjazz Festival in Hamburg (24.-25. Mai)

For the forth time now, the city of Hamburg will be hosting the Elbjazz festival by the river Elbe. This is an international festival, which has been taking place around the harbour of Hamburg and its HarbourCity at the end of May since 2010. It features not only pure Jazz artists but also Pop and Folk musicians. This year for example Hamburg-born rapper Samy Deluxe will appear on stage with Jazz pianist Florian Weber. Other artists include Jamie Cullum and German Folk-/Jazz band “Alin Coen Band... [More]

Deutsch- deutsches Champions League Finale

It turns out: The final of the UEFA Champions League will be decided between two German teams: Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern München. With Borussia Dortmund having reached the final despite losing against Real Madrid and Bayern München having dominated the semi-finals with a 3:0 victory over Barcelona, it is the two Bundesliga rivals, who will meet at Wembley for the final on 25 May. This means that for the first time since 2001 (Bayern) a German team will win the Champions League. For Borussi... [More]

Kinderlied: Die Affenrasen durch den Wald

In this popular German children’s song a gang of monkeys is looking for a coconut that disappeared. On their search for the coconut they sing out: ”Wo ist die Kokosnuss, wo ist die Kokosnuss, wer hat die Kokosnuss geklaut” which translates as “where is the coconut, where is the coconut, who stole the coconut”. In the end, the coconut is found with the “Affenbaby”, the baby monkey. Have a listen and see if you understand more of what is going on: [youtube... [More]


Loriot was the pseudonym of German comedian, humorist, cartoonist, film director, actor and writer, Vicco von Bülow (Bernhard Victor Christoph Carl von Bülow, 1923-2011). He is best known for his cartoons, the sketches from his 1976 television series Loriot and his two movies, Ödipussi (1988) and Pappa Ante Portas (1991). After the war he studied graphic design and painting at the Landeskunstschule in Hamburg. From 1950 onwards he published cartoons under the pseudonym "Loriot", d... [More]

Brauchtum zu Ostern

Easter will only be celebrated in two weeks but preparations may start even now. In Germany, many people will have started colouring eggs already. Apart from the custom of colouring eggs, the Easter celebrations give rise to many different traditions and customs in countries influenced by Christianity all over the world. Some of the traditions in Germany are for example: for the children: - colouring eggs - building little baskets (out of moss) for the Easter bunny to p... [More]

Knigge- or how to behave in Germany

In 1788 a book called „Über den Umgang mit Menschen“ (On Human Relations) by Freiherr (baron) Adolph Franz Friedrich Ludwig Knigge (16 October 1752 – 6 May 1796) was published. It is a sociological and philosophical treatise concerned with the basis of human relations and influenced by the ideals of the Enlightenment and contains aphorisms like: “Without enthusiasm, which fills the soul with a healthy warmth, nothing great will ever be achieved.” or “Be interested in others if y... [More]