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

Annual German Pub Quiz 2014

On the 10th of March, it was once again time for the Ánnual German Pub Quiz, the friendly competition between German students and staff from Aston University and the University of Birmingham who were both invited to participate in this test of knowledge about Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

This year, the quiz was hosted by the University of Birmingham. As in previous years, the questions were presented in English and German and provided excellent entertainment for everyone present.The questions ranged from history and music to politics and geography and much, much more. The friendly atmosphere, the nice location and the cheerful companions ensured a lovely evening, and we are already looking forward to next year’s quiz!

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Here’s one of the tasks that quizzers were asked to complete this year:

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Public reading by German author Heinrich Detering

Aston University is delighted to welcome renownded German scholar, author and translator Heinrich Detering as Writer in Residence.

At a public reading at Aston, the author will will present extracts from his works and discuss the joys and challenges of translating poetry with staff and students from our Translation Studies department.

The reading will take place on Tuesday, 25 February at 5.30pm in MB553. Free admission, no need to book.

For directions please go to .

The German section at Aston is grateful for support from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) in sponsoring this event.

Aston – Birmingham Annual Pub Quiz

Students and staff from the universities of Aston and Birmingham locked horns in the traditional annual pub quiz, this time hosted by Birmingham. The organisers did a terrific job in providing questions on “Allgemeinwissen”, “Landeskunde” and German pop music. The Beorma Bar in Birmingham’s student union was packed, and three Aston teams competed with four of UoB’s teams.

Aston’s first years did themselves proud in coming third, as well as our finalists who ranked fourth. Aston’s staff team came first in the staff category. Winners could take home packs full of German goodies, such as sweets, books, CDs and other treats, which the DAAD-team received from different German, Swiss and Austrian sponsors.

Special thanks to all organisers, and, of course, our brilliant hosts, Chris from UoB and Sandra from Aston.

A memorable event, and I am sure that all of us are looking forward to next year’s tournament.

For those of you who struggled with the question of what the Saxon word “Nu” means, here is a great explanation by a Saxon dialect speaker. Part one of “Saxon for Beginners”!



Big Upcoming Event: German Pub Quiz

Yes, it’s that time of the year again!

If you think you know a thing or two about the German-speaking countries, why not play in our annual German Pub Quiz?

The event will be held at the University of Birmingham on 7 March at 7pm (easy to remember!).

There are great prizes to be won – and in the past Aston has produced many a winning team, so don’t miss your chance!

You can download this poster from our facebook page (and while you’re on there: why not become one of the many nice people who like us?)

Click here to read about last year’s quiz and see pictures of the winning teams.

It’s that time of the year…

Last Thursday, the German Christmas Market opened its doors in Birmingham.

For a little more than a month, fans of Christmas and German (food) culture can eat, drink and enjoy the Christmassy atmosphere at Victoria Square and New Street in Birmingham.
And why not try a typical German dish while you’re at it? Maybe some sausages, or Kartoffelpuffer (Potatoe Cake) and a Glühwein and some buttered mushrooms? Of course you can always try a taste of the very German (well, Bavarian, really!) Sauerkraut and drink some beer.
The most important thing is that you have a good time.

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But before you go out to have a lovely evening on the Weihnachtsmarkt, remember: All that glitters is not gold.
Especially the biscuits can be bought much cheaper at supermarkets like Aldi and Lidl. That’s where most stands buy them from anyway.
With that in mind, enjoy your visit!

Sauerkraut-Cup 2011 at Aston!

Approximately one week from now, on Saturday, April 2nd, the legendary Sauerkraut-Cup will be held at Aston University. Football teams from German Departments from all over England will gather in Birmingham to see who has the most talented players. There will also be a competition for the best-dressed supporters and for the best whoop, or team chant. Off of the football pitch, there will also be the chance to gain fame as the organizators from Aston will hold a campus rally!

When: 02.04.2011, 10:30am

Where: Sports Pitch, Campus of Aston

Finish off the day with the awarding ceremony and post-tournament party at Gosta Green’s, starting at 6pm!

Another successful Pub Quiz completed!

On March 14th, teams from Aston University and University of Birmingham met to find out who possesses the largest knowledge of trivia facts about German-speaking countries. Both students and teachers battled fiercely for authentic Austrian and German prizes. 6 student and 2 staff teams gathered in the B4-Bar and greatly enjoyed answering the funny and sometimes very challenging questions. Would you have stood a chance?

a) Did you know how many lives have been saved by the famous St. Bernard dogs in the 250 years since they were first used as rescue dogs at the St. Bernard Pass in the Swiss Alps?

b) Which ingredient gives Rotwurst, a speciality from Thuringia, its typical colour?

c) Which of the following products comes from Austria? 1.) Rotkäppchen sparkling wine, 2.) Tannenzäpfle beer 3.) Red Bull Energy Drink 4.) Jägermeister digestif

(See bottom of the post for the correct answers!)

We’d like to thank everyone for a great evening: Thanks to our lovely hosts, thanks to the organising team committed to keep everyone happy and thanks to the teams for attending!

For those who couldn’t be there – take a look at what you missed:

answers: a) 2010 b) blood c) 3

4th Annual German Pub Quiz just around the corner!

NEW VENUE: B4-Bar (basement of Aston Student Guild)

It’s that time of the year again. On March 14th, students and staff from Aston University and University of Birmingham will once again come together to compete in the now-traditional German Pub Quiz. In previous years, they’ve had to answer tough questions such as:

1. What did Melitta Benz from Dresden invent?

A coffee filters

B Mercedes

C egg cups

D hot water tank

2. Motorways in Germany have numbers. Which ones have irregular numbers?

A the ones going from North to South

B the ones going from East to West

C the ones between the county capitals

D the diagonal ones

3. What is the difference between the GDR Ampelmännchen or traffic light man and the FRG Ampelmännchen?

A he has a walking stick

B he is wearing a hat

C he carries a flag

D he is a she – is female

4. What do Nicholas Cage, Sandra Bullock and Bruce Willis have in common?


Click here to find out about last year’s quiz! 

We look forward to seeing you and your team at the Pub Quiz!



answers: 1. A, 2. A, 3. B, 4. They have a German parent.


German literature at the Birmingham Book Festival!

On Tuesday, October 19, our own Uwe Schütte will introduce Birmingham to the exciting German writer Jörg Albrecht, who will talk about his work and trends in Germany’s young literary scene.

To quote the Birmingham Book Festival website:

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“Jörg Albrecht lives in Berlin and is one of the most exciting young writers to emerge from Germany. He writes novels and for the stage. His roots are in slam poetry, and he has produced radio plays, given multi-media performances with his band phonofix and has also written a libretto for Hanover State Opera. His latest novel Sternstaub, Goldfunk, Silberstreif was a considerable success.”

For a full festival programme, click here.

Aston orangeJörg will also spend a week at Aston as the German Writer in Residence, sponsored by the DAAD, where he will hold workshops with students and read from his published works.

To see an example of a former Writer in Residence’s work with our students, click here.