Aston student makes the headlines in Germany!

LSS student Karina Burrowes is making quite an impact during her placement year in Germany.

The contribution she’s made during her time as a teaching assistant has made such a positive impression in the local community, that she was interviewed by the local newspaper. Karina, 21, from London has not only been working as a teaching assistant, she’s spent some of her spare time running a student club for young people – introducing them to the English culture and customs.

The reporter from the local newspaper commented on Karina’s excellent command of the German language and her drive to go the extra mile.


German Pub Quiz

Quizzers at work Quizzers at work 

For the third time since our first event in 2007, Aston University and University of Birmingham met in March 2010 to battle it out in that most British of traditions, a pub quiz. 13 student teams and 4 staff teams answered tough questions about all things German, Austrian and Swiss, and the winners took home fabulous authentic prizes.

The winning team: Universally Challenged The winning team: Universally Challenged 


Here are some of the tricky – or not so tricky for some – questions our quizzers had to answer:

1. Welches berühmte Symphonieorchester dirigiert Sir Simon Rattle? / What is the name of the famous symphonic orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle?

a. Symphonieorchester des Bayrischen Rundfunks – b. Münchner Philharmoniker – c. Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart – d. Berliner Philharmoniker

2.  Was ist ein Zwetschgendatschi? / What is a Zwetschgendatschi?

a. ein übles Schimpfwort / a nasty swear word – b. Pflaumenkuchen / plum cake – c. eine saftige Ohrfeige / a slap in the face  

3. Welcher österreichische Schauspieler bekam für seine Rolle in Inglorious Basterds den Golden Globe? / What´s the name of the Austrian actor who was awarded the Golden Globe for his role in Inglorious Basterds?

a. Walter Crismani – b. Christoph Waltzer – c. Christoph Waltz – d. Walter Christian

4. Was sind Salzburger Nockerl? / What are Salzburger Nockerl?

a. seltene, nur in den Salzburger Alpen vorkommende Wildrosen / rare wild roses found only in the Salzburg Alps – b. ein Salzburger Amateurfußballverein / an amateur football club in Salzburg – c. eine Seelandschaft im Salzkammergut / an area of lakes in the Salzkammergut – d. eine Süßspeise aus Eiern, Zucker und Mehl / a sweet dish made of eggs, sugar and flour