"german" blog posts

To Paris and back: how studying languages got me a graduate HR jobAn image of the skyline of Paris

To Paris and back: how studying languages got me a graduate HR job

French and German graduate Amy Chowns was kept on by her work placement abroad, read on to find out about her experience.

Posted on: 10 June 2024

Stammtisch: creating connections and confidenceGroup of students sat around a table in a pub for Stammtisch

Stammtisch: creating connections and confidence

German Stammtisch, or: “A different language is a different vision of life” - Federico Fellini. For language learners, we typically have one weekly oral seminar, yet for many of us, this is not enough to improve listening and speaking skills - thus Stammtisch was born!

Posted on: 21 May 2024

Third year running! Scausländer Zeitung Launch 20244 students smiling at the camera holding pretzels in front of a screen showing a website displaying Scauslander student newspaper

Third year running! Scausländer Zeitung Launch 2024

The student-led German language newspaper, Scausländer Zeitung, has been taken over by a new cohort of German students at the Department of Languages, Cultures and Film.

Posted on: 19 March 2024

German Ambassador visits the Department of Languages, Cultures, and Film Group picture of the German Ambassador and Langauges Students at the University of Liverpool

German Ambassador visits the Department of Languages, Cultures, and Film

The Department of Languages, Cultures, and Film was visited the German Ambassador, His Excellency Miguel Berger, on 22 February 2024. Ambassador Berger met with staff and students from across German Studies to learn about the programme and range of activities on offer at Liverpool. He was also interested to hear about the experiences of students, given the declining numbers studying languages across the UK. Natalie Woodhead tells us about the visit.

Posted on: 4 March 2024

Two friends abroad in AustriaTeresa and Jakub at the Christmas Market

Two friends abroad in Austria

This blog features part two of Jakub’s and Teresa’s Year Abroad in Austria. It’s about tickets or no tickets, unexpected homesickness, job placements and Jakub and Teresa's tradition of Schnitzel-dates.

Posted on: 26 February 2024

Fun and challenges during my year abroad in Vienna, AustriaA picture of Politics with German student, Jakub outside the plane terminal

Fun and challenges during my year abroad in Vienna, Austria

Late September Sun to Schnitzel dates. Politics with German student, Jakub Rzucidlo, spent the first five months of his Year Abroad in Vienna doing an Independent Work Placement. Find out more about his experience in this blog post.

Posted on: 9 February 2024

From Liverpool to Westminster – How My University Experience Helped Me Find My Career.student careers post

From Liverpool to Westminster – How My University Experience Helped Me Find My Career.

In September 2018, I began my first year at the University of Liverpool. I had no idea then that after five years, including a global pandemic, a year studying abroad, and a semester-long internship, I would end up starting my career as a Parliamentary Assistant.

Posted on: 22 June 2023

Inspiring Writing – The German author Kerstin Carlstedt visits students of GermanStudents studying German

Inspiring Writing – The German author Kerstin Carlstedt visits students of German

On Friday, 21st April 2023 we welcomed the Liverpool-based German author Kerstin Carlstedt to the Department of Languages, Cultures and Film. Kerstin spoke to first- and second-year students of German about her books, her inspiration for writing and her career.

Posted on: 27 April 2023

Scausländer – The legend lives on Students at Liverpool University

Scausländer – The legend lives on

In March 2023 in the Language Lounge on Abercromby Square, the editorial team of Rebecca, Michael and Luke, presented the work that they completed on “Scausländer”, the University’s German-language online student newspaper.

Posted on: 13 April 2023

Movember - Tackling Big Issues with Small Gestures Languages students growing moustaches for Movember

Movember - Tackling Big Issues with Small Gestures

A group of LCF students have been growing moustaches throughout November to raise awareness for men's health.

Posted on: 22 December 2022

My year abroad in Frankfurt: unpredictability and Currywurst Sculpture in Frankfurt, Germany

My year abroad in Frankfurt: unpredictability and Currywurst

In August I made the move to Frankfurt, Germany, for my year abroad.

Posted on: 21 December 2022

Tales of the Holocaust Photo of Eric Cohen at the University.

Tales of the Holocaust

On the morning of the 8th of March 2022, guest speaker Eric Cohen delivered two talks about the Shoah and the personal ramifications it has had for him. Since retiring from his job as a head teacher, Eric has dedicated his life to educating the next generation about the Holocaust and spreading peace and tolerance.

Posted on: 15 March 2022

Scausländer Zeitung: Creating a German Language Student Newspaper in Liverpool!Photo of newspaper contributors.

Scausländer Zeitung: Creating a German Language Student Newspaper in Liverpool!

As students of Modern Foreign Languages, much of our time at university is spent writing: essays, articles, reviews, and the like. But very little of this writing is ever seen by anyone other than our lecturers, rather it remains buried on our computer hard drives never to be seen again. However, this semester we, a group of final year German students, decided that we wanted to change this. Plus, the focus on writing articles for a theoretical student newspaper in our German language module was the perfect opportunity to do this. What if we were to turn this theoretical student newspaper into a real one?

Posted on: 2 March 2022

Graduation – Five Years OnPhotograph of Eloise & Jessica

Graduation – Five Years On

Two friends from Liverpool talk about their different professional journeys from beginner's level German at our University as part of the Triple Subject T900 (BA Hons). Jessica tells us all about her experience this week.

Posted on: 6 February 2022

Graduation – Five Years OnPhotograph of Eloise & Jessica

Graduation – Five Years On

Two friends from Liverpool talk about their different professional journeys from beginner's level German at our University as part of the Triple Subject T900 (BA Hons). Eloise tells us all about her experience this week.

Posted on: 2 February 2022

Christmas markets in HamburgHamburg city skyline at night during Christmas, with a lit up christmas tree in the foreground

Christmas markets in Hamburg

Year Abroad student Lewis shares his experience of the Christmas markets in Hamburg

Posted on: 22 December 2021

Winning the German Language PrizeImage of language grammar books.

Winning the German Language Prize

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.

Posted on: 20 October 2021

Get your Language and Culture Fix this Summersomeone reading and drinking coffee at the park

Get your Language and Culture Fix this Summer

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.

Posted on: 7 July 2021

Welcome to the Department of Languages, Cultures and Film!Languages Students sitting and chatting in the Language Lounge

Welcome to the Department of Languages, Cultures and Film!

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.

Posted on: 28 June 2021

Learning German - from beginner to prize winnerStudent in graduation gown and cap

Learning German - from beginner to prize winner

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!

Posted on: 19 April 2021

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

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

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.

Posted on: 7 April 2021

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

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

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.

Posted on: 11 January 2021

Our Language Graduates and their Dissertations Image of language grammar books.

Our Language Graduates and their Dissertations

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:

Posted on: 3 August 2020

Get your Language and Culture Fix this SummerStudent with headphones looking at language resources on a laptop

Get your Language and Culture Fix this Summer

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.

Posted on: 17 July 2020

The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures thanks the Class of 2020Collage of lecturers from the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures

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

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.

Posted on: 13 July 2020

Alice reflects on her time as a student in the Department of Modern Languages and CulturesSchönbrunn Palace in the Summer

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

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.

Posted on: 3 July 2020

We've got an Instagram!

We've got an Instagram!

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!

Posted on: 22 May 2020

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

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

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.

Posted on: 8 April 2020

Learning in the time of the CoronavirusKerstin Carlstedt

Learning in the time of the Coronavirus

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.

Posted on: 1 April 2020

Teaching in the time of the Coronavirus

Teaching in the time of the Coronavirus

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.

Posted on: 19 March 2020

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

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

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.

Posted on: 11 November 2019

Der Drache und der MeermannStudent illustration of a German fairytale

Der Drache und der Meermann

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.

Posted on: 24 September 2019

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

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

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?

Posted on: 2 July 2019

Sylwia's Erasmus adventure in Liverpool

Sylwia's Erasmus adventure in Liverpool

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.

Posted on: 14 May 2019

Austrian translator Michaela Pschierer-Barnfather visits to host translation workshopMichaela Pschierer-Barnfather

Austrian translator Michaela Pschierer-Barnfather visits to host translation workshop

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.

Posted on: 21 March 2019

Alice's Adventures in AustriaStudy Abroad Austria

Alice's Adventures in 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.

Posted on: 5 November 2018

Germany and the language of footballFrank Beckenbauer (AP)

Germany and the language of football

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.

Posted on: 14 June 2018

Austrian Artist Petra Sterry Visits us for the Second Time!

Austrian Artist Petra Sterry Visits us for the Second Time!

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

Posted on: 23 February 2018

Year abroad vlog - Erin's experience in GermanyFemale student

Year abroad vlog - Erin's experience in Germany

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.

Posted on: 18 December 2017

Metropolis - 'the mother of sci-fi cinema' 90 years onRobot poster

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

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.

Posted on: 9 November 2017

Black German - researching the moving story of Theodor Michael A couple

Black German - researching the moving story of Theodor Michael

“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.

Posted on: 27 April 2017

A ghostly and shadowy world - why we love NosferatuVampire next to a bed.

A ghostly and shadowy world - why we love Nosferatu

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.

Posted on: 24 October 2016