Take part in the Oxford German Olympiad 2016

The Oxford German Olympiad 2016 – organised by the Oxford German Network – is now open for entries! This year’s theme is ‘Deutscher Humor – nichts zum Lachen?’ and the competition is open to learners of German between ages 9 and 18 years old and resident in the UK. Deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, 4 March 2016.

Full information on the tasks, guidelines for entering and more can be found on the OGN website: http://www.ogn.ox.ac.uk/olympiad

Please do share this with any UK teachers of German you know!

Oxford German Network

DAAD – IMLR Translation Competition

The DAAD and the Institute of Modern Languages Research are inviting submissions to their translation competition. Competitors translate a short passage from Annett Gröschner’s recent novel Walpurgisnacht (Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, 2011).

Complementing the series organised by the IMLR in partnership with the University of Nottingham, Annett Gröschner and her translator, Katy Derbyshire, will feature at the next Encounters: Writers and Translators in Conversation at the IMLR on 10 December, which will be followed by the prize-giving.

The competition is open to secondary school pupils, undergraduates and postgraduates, and anyone else who feels equal to the challenge of translating Gröschner’s prose into English, and entries will be judged by a panel of academics and professional translators. Among the prizes are a DAAD scholarship for a summer language course at a German university, participation in a translation master class at the University of Cambridge and/or London; an invitation to a workshop/panel discussion on translation at the University of Cambridge followed by dinner at Magdalene College, and a number of book prizes. Prize-winners will also be invited to meet Annett Gröschner and Katy Derbyshire before their Encounter on 10 December. The closing date for entries is Friday, 6 November 2015.

The competition is organised under the auspices of the DAAD (London), the Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London, the University of Nottingham, the Cambridge German Network, and the Goethe-Institut London, and is sponsored by the Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, German Embassy (London), and the Greater London German Network.

Competition website (further details, entry forms, and upload). Passages for translation. Queries should be addressed to Cecile Reese at the DAAD.

More about Encounters: Writers and Translators in Conversation

Annual German Quiz at Aston University

Like every year, Aston University and the University of Birmingham are once again hosting a German Quiz night where students – and staff! – from both institutions can test their knowledge of all things German-speaking. This year, the event is hosted at Aston campus and the winners will be awarded fantastic prizes from our sponsors.

PDF - German Pub Quiz Poster 2015

Poetry-Writing Competition in conjunction with ‘Germany – Memories of a Nation’ Exhibition

placardEach of the iconic objects in the exhibition “Germany – Memories of a Nation” opening at the British Museum this autumn tells a story. The competition organised by the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR) in conjunction with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) invites secondary school students, undergraduates and members of the public to bring these stories to life by writing a ‘Dinggedicht’, or poem based on one of the exhibits.

Poems of not more than 250 words may be written in English or German, and will be judged on originality, insight and presentation. Prizes range from scholarships for a summer language course in Germany to a guided tour through the exhibition on the German artist Kurt Schwitters (Merzbarn Wall) at the Hatton Gallery in Newcastle.

The closing date for receipt of entries is 14 November 2014. The winning entries in each category will be celebrated in a reading at the British Museum on 12 December 2014.

More about the ‘Dinggedicht’

Competition Website (terms and conditions, enter the competition)

For further information, contact Cecile Reese at the DAAD.

And the Sauerkraut Cup 2011 goes to…

… Sheffield!

The Sauerkraut Cup 2011 took place last Saturday, April 2nd, at Aston University. 20 teams from universities throughout the country came and fought for the Sauerkraut Cup!

The day started off with the group round, singling out the best eight teams. What happened then was Sheffield taking the lead with two of their teams  fighting for the cup. In the end, the older and maybe more experienced football team managed to beat the younger one 1:0 and secured its place at the top.

At Gosta Green, everybody celebrated the winning teams, and the ones who didn’t, with a barbeque. All in all, we hope that people had a great day – we certainly enjoyed it a lot, as you can see in the pictures here.

If you want to see more pictures from the day , visit our Sauerkraut Cup Facebook page! We hope that the great tradition of the Sauerkraut Cup will successfully continue in 2012…!

A huge “thank you” goes to all the teams and their supporters who travelled to Aston campus; to the organisers (Elke, Mirja, Imke und Alex) who did a superb job at making the event such a big success; and thanks to the many helpers who were always at hand to give directions, take down match results or to provide food and drinks to players and supporters.

“Advent, Advent, ein Lichtlein brennt…”

Today is the 1st of December, which means that we can finally open the first window of our Advent calendars!

ThinkGerman have an online version – every day there’s a question to answer and a prize to be won! Plus, save your answers each day for your chance to win a great prize.

Click on the picture below to go to the ThinkGerman Advent calendar and win christmassy prizes!

Here’s another online Advent calendar where you learn interesting facts about Germany as you open the windows each day.

Achtung: Think German photo competition

Think German LogoThink German are looking for German words in the UK – on walls, T-Shirts, bags, posters, in a market or shop …

All you have to do is take a picture of the word and upload it here by 30 November, and you can win a fantastic ‘Wunderkind’ T-shirt!

Go here to see some of the pics already posted and to upload your own!