"german" blog posts

Winning the German Language Prize

Posted on: 20 October 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Image of language grammar books.

During my three years at the University of Liverpool, I was awarded three prizes for the best overall performance in German, which were great achievements for me.


Get your Language and Culture Fix this Summer

Posted on: 7 July 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

someone reading and drinking coffee at the park

If you’re planning to start a degree with us this year, there are plenty of ways you can get your language and film fix over the summer whilst doing a bit of preparation for your course. The Department of Languages, Cultures and Film has put together an extensive list of recommended resources in the list below. Some of these tie in directly with the modules you’ll be studying with us, as stated where applicable in the descriptions, but most are simply suggestions for broadening your appreciation and enjoyment of languages, cultures and film. Please don’t feel you have to purchase any resources as many will be available in the library or online when you arrive in Liverpool.


Welcome to the Department of Languages, Cultures and Film!

Posted on: 28 June 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Languages Students sitting and chatting in the Language Lounge

We are delighted to announce that from 1 July 2021 the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures will change its name to the Department of Languages, Cultures and Film.


Learning German - from beginner to prize winner

Posted on: 19 April 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Student in graduation gown and cap

Isobel graduated in 2019 and here she tells us about her journey learning German at Liverpool - from starting as a beginner to becoming a prize winner!


A Talk with Eric Cohen: Son and Grandson of Holocaust Victims

Posted on: 7 April 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

a zoom call between son of holocaust victim Eric Cohen and final year German students. The image is split into nine sections with each individual in their own Zoom screen

On 8th of March 2021, German final-year students were fortunate enough to talk to Zeitzeuge Eric Cohen, a son and grandson of victims of the Holocaust.


Why your business should hire a Modern Languages student from the University of Liverpool

Posted on: 11 January 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Map of Europe

Dr Liam Lewis (Lecturer in French) and three students from the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures explain why businesses should consider hiring a Modern Languages student as part of the University of Liverpool Year Abroad programme.


Our Language Graduates and their Dissertations

Posted on: 3 August 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Image of language grammar books.

MLC finalists on the undergraduate dissertation module (MODL307) excelled themselves this year, producing a truly excellent set of projects on a wide range of research topics, from medieval representations of Joan of Arc to the social impact of neoliberal economic policies in contemporary Latin America. Each of the students involved carried out an independent research project of 10,000 words under the expert guidance of a staff member. The following is a selection of some of the projects produced by our talented dissertation students this year:


Get your Language and Culture Fix this Summer

Posted on: 17 July 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Student with headphones looking at language resources on a laptop

In the summer of 2020, many students’ travel plans have unfortunately had to be put on hold for the time being. However, if you are planning to start a degree in modern languages with us this year, there are still plenty of ways that you can get your language fix over the summer whilst doing a bit of preparation for your course. The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures have put together an extensive list of recommended resources for students looking for ways that they can prepare for starting their language studies with us this autumn. All recommended resources are purely suggestions for enjoyment over the summer, therefore do not feel you have to purchase any resources as many will be available in the library when you arrive in Liverpool.


The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures thanks the Class of 2020

Posted on: 13 July 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Collage of lecturers from the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures

Ahead of the Class of 2020 online celebration later this week, teaching staff from the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures have recorded a thank you message to our outgoing students for their efforts throughout their time with the University of Liverpool.


Alice reflects on her time as a student in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures

Posted on: 3 July 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Schönbrunn Palace in the Summer

Alice, upcoming BA (Hons) English and German graduate (2020), talks about why she chose the University of Liverpool for her degree, how much she enjoyed the community by spending time in the Language Lounge, how she was prepared for her Year Abroad and what she did there in Vienna, and how she coped with the lockdown while finishing her degree.


We've got an Instagram!

Posted on: 22 May 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

What’s that? We have an Instagram page dedicated to all things MLC?! Why didn’t we say so before? Well we honestly don’t know but we’re telling you now!


Stop What You’re Doing and Listen to These MLC Podcasts Now

Posted on: 8 April 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Need to take a break from staring at your screen but still want to be productive at the same time? Look no further than the simple podcast. Choose from thousands of episodes covering large or small topics. You won’t feel guilty for giving your eyes a break. Take a look at a few we’ve found that could help you along with your language study.


Learning in the time of the Coronavirus

Posted on: 1 April 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Kerstin Carlstedt

Following the virtual guest seminar from German author and journalist Kerstin Carlstedt last month, we asked students for their feedback on the session and to find out what they think of the move to online teaching.


Teaching in the time of the Coronavirus

Posted on: 19 March 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

It is always a highlight when we can welcome an external speaker to the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures. This semester, we invited the German author Kerstin Carlstedt who had an Amazon Bestseller before Christmas with her publication of 'Let’s play: Fortnite' (Carlsen: 2019), a selection of interviews with Germany’s favourite Fortnite YouTubers. Meanwhile, Kerstin Carlstedt’s first teenage novel 'Die Trolle von Shabby Sands' (forthcoming Fischer: 2020) is keenly awaited at the end of April.


GALLERY: Marking thirty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall

Posted on: 11 November 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Berlin has just concluded a ‘festival week’ of art installations, performances, exhibitions, talks, tours, workshops and concerts to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago: over 200 events in total. One of the main attractions was the installation ‘Visions in Motion’: a fluttering overhead carpet of 30,000 coloured ribbons, on which Berliners and visitors, young and old, had written their wishes, hopes and visions for the future. It was a mesmerising sight, providing spectacular scenery for the main evening extravaganza at the Brandenburg Gate on 9 November. But what does this tell us about 1989? Is this not too gimmicky – too light on history? Professor Anna Saunders, Head of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, examines the history of this anniversary.


Der Drache und der Meermann

Posted on: 24 September 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Student illustration of a German fairytale

Students produce interesting and original work throughout their degree programmes at the University of Liverpool, but sometimes you come across an extra creative spark! Sarah Bresnahan is studying English, and in her first year at University chose to take a German language module at beginner's level as an additional subject.


Der Hammer – Student Newspaper in German by our Final Years!

Posted on: 2 July 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

A busy and eventful academic year is coming to an end – and what better way to celebrate the successful completion than a little throwback to one of this year’s most exciting student projects?


Sylwia's Erasmus adventure in Liverpool

Posted on: 14 May 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

My name is Sylwia, and I’m a French student in \"Langues Etrangères Appliquées\" (Applied Languages English and German with a focus on Law, Economy and Literature) from Sorbonne-Université. My taste for adventure led me to do my Erasmus year abroad at the University of Liverpool where I study International Business and German with a specialisation in marketing to prepare me for my future Master’s.


Austrian translator Michaela Pschierer-Barnfather visits to host translation workshop

Posted on: 21 March 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Michaela Pschierer-Barnfather

On 6th March 2019, Year 2 students of German were treated to a glimpse of a translator's life and work in a session hosted by Austrian translator Michaela Pschierer-Barnfather.


Alice's Adventures in Austria

Posted on: 5 November 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Study Abroad Austria

Alice, a third-year German and English student at the University of Liverpool, provides an update on her year abroad adventure in Vienna, where she'll complete a work placement with 3D printing company Lithoz.


Germany and the language of football

Posted on: 14 June 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Frank Beckenbauer (AP)

Veronika Koeper-Saul discusses the linguistic idiosyncrasies that have arisen from perspectives of the beautiful game in Germany: from 1954 World Cup winning manager Sepp Herberger's blunt motivational words, to former Bayern Munich manager Giovanni Trappatoni's infamous press conference rant.


Austrian Artist Petra Sterry Visits us for the Second Time!

Posted on: 23 February 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Petra Sterry comes to visit second-year students, creating postcards that will feature in her exhibition later this year.


Year abroad vlog - Erin's experience in Germany

Posted on: 18 December 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Female student

Meet Erin Kearns in Bonn, Germany! It sounds like Erin has had a great time on the first part of her year abroad - it's given her a lot of confidence and a feeling of independence too.


Metropolis - 'the mother of sci-fi cinema' 90 years on

Posted on: 9 November 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Robot poster

As human beings, we are always fascinated by the future - and Metropolis is the original and perhaps greatest film about a city of the future.


Black German - researching the moving story of Theodor Michael

Posted on: 27 April 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

A couple

“There were Black Germans?” My students are always surprised to learn that there were and are a community of African immigrants and Afro-Germans that dates back to the nineteenth century - and sometimes earlier.


A ghostly and shadowy world - why we love Nosferatu

Posted on: 24 October 2016 | Category: 2016 posts

Vampire next to a bed.

There's no doubt that vampires continue to be a fascination in the world of film. (Remember that tiny movie called 'Twilight'?) But this Halloween we are thinking back to where it all started: F. W. Murnau’s 'Nosferatu' from 1922.