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German language ﬁnds English voice
Materials prepared by Janet Hardy-Gould
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reading and discussion copies of the article 50 minutes Which word is now “Anglicism of the Year”? Answers: a liken b chillen c entfreunden d surfen e Afterparty. “Leaken” is Anglicism of the Year. 4 Write up the sentences below. Students read the rest of the article and choose the correct alternative. Feedback. 8 mins a Some groups want to increase/cut the number of foreign words. b Holger Klatte is/isn’t worried about the German language. c Some people think that English/German sounds less modern. d Klatte/Stefanowitsch wants German alternatives to new English words. e Stefanowitsch thinks/doesn’t think that German has a serious problem. Answers: a cut b is c German d Klatte e doesn’t think 5 Write up these sentences. Elicit possible words to ﬁll gaps. Students complete the sentences with their own opinions and discuss their ideas in groups. 15 mins a Borrowed words are often in the area of _____. (technology etc) b People under the age of _____ often use these foreign words. c Most people feel _____ about the new words. d I think trying to stop foreign words is a _____ idea.
1 Ask students for a word in their main language that is borrowed from English – these are often described as anglicisms. In pairs students think of words in three categories: a more anglicisms in their language. b words borrowed from other languages (eg Arabic, French). c an example of a word from their language that has entered another language. Feedback. Write examples on the board. Ask: Which foreign language has the biggest inﬂuence in your country? Why? 10 mins 2 Students look at the article headline, photo and caption. Write up these sentences. Elicit words to ﬁll the gaps. The article is about words from the _____ language that are entering _____. (English/German). Where is one of the new words from? (WikiLeaks – website that publishes secret information). 5 mins 3 Write up the task below. Students read the ﬁrst ﬁve paragraphs and write one word for each question. Feedback. 12 mins What word might Germans use when they … a think something is good on Facebook? _____ b want to relax? _____ c stop being friends with someone on Facebook? _____ d go online? _____ e go to a late-night celebration? _____
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Article: German language finds English voice
1 Germans are already “chillen” in their free time, “surfen” the internet and, when they leave a nightclub, they may go on to “eine Afterparty”. But the latest English word to enter the language is the verb “leaken”, which recently became Anglicism of the Year in Germany.
Source of the latest borrowed words
1 Read the first five paragraphs and write one word for each question. a think something is good on Facebook? b want to relax? c stop being friends with someone on Facebook? d go online? e go to a late-night celebration? Which word is now “Anglicism of the Year”? 2 Read the rest of the article and choose the correct alternative: a Some groups want to increase/cut the number of foreign words. b Holger Klatte is/isn’t worried about the German language. c Some people think that English/German sounds less modern. d Klatte/Stefanowitsch wants German alternatives to new English words. e Stefanowitsch thinks/doesn’t think that German has a serious problem. 3 Think of words to fill the gaps that are based on your own opinions: a Borrowed words are often in the area of . (technology etc) b People under the age of often use these foreign words. about c Most people feel the new words. d I think trying to stop foreign words is a idea.
2 Under the international influence of WikiLeaks, the website that publishes secret documents, Germans have adapted the English verb “to leak” and journalists now write about a “geleakte Dokumente”. 3 The jury awarding the prize for Anglicism of the Year was chaired by professor of linguistics Anatol Stefanowitsch. He said: “The word has really established itself in the German language over the past year.” 4 Other contenders for the prize came from the world of social networking. In second place was “entfreunden”, a translation of the verb “to unfriend”, which has become a common word on social networking sites. 5 The influence of Facebook also appears in the introduction of the verb “liken” to the German language, rather than plain old “mögen”. 6 But not all Germans are happy about English words and phrases entering their language. There are several groups that aim to protect German from the increasing number of foreign words. These include the German Language Association. 7 Holger Klatte, a spokesman for the association, said: “The problem is not so much that English is an influence on the German language but that it is such a powerful influence. 8 “There seems to be this attitude that English is somehow ‘better’ than German, that German somehow sounds oldfashioned. 9 “Linguists should make more effort to develop German alternatives to new English words.” 10 But Stefanowitsch insisted that German was not in danger, saying: “The borrowing of words is a natural process which takes place in every language.” Original article by Helen Pidd, rewritten by Janet Hardy-Gould