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  1. 3 hours ago, First of My Name said:

    None of us got the virus too, fortunately. 
    I'm a bartender at a theater, and I'm dabbling into helping to organize events there now as well. It's just a side job but loads of fun.

    Sounds fun. Covid is probably bad for all of these industries, though.

    3 hours ago, First of My Name said:

    Does hybrid mean half online, half in real life? I hope it gets less stressful soon.

    Yup, this is exactly what it means. It is not like teaching at all. You cannot do anything right either for the ones present in school or the ones virtually present. It is terrible.

  2. My students have started humming Christmas songs back in September and were absolutely thrilled to pick names for a class Secret Santa a few days ago, so that must be a sign that the holidays are, indeed, approaching. Oh, and also today is the first Sunday of Advent, so I just decided to go ahead and start this topic which, I am sure, is going to bring us all a lot of joy.

    So, welcome to our sixth, I suppose I can say traditional by now, holiday-of-your-choice decorating game!


    Here are the rules, again:

    1. This is the template for our tree.

    2. The first player to play downloads the template from the imgur link I posted under 1. Every next player downloads the picture the player before them posted.

    3. Open the picture in Paint, Photoshop or any other picture editing program. Draw decorations on it: You can add colour, an ornament, background, presents ... whatever you like and whatever you think suits our tree.

    4. Save the new picture (in the jpg-format) and upload it to imgur.com. Post a direct link to the picture into this thread.

    5. The next person repeats the process adding decorations to your picture etc. You can play as many times as you want.


    Some reasonable guidelines about picture standards:

    a) Do not change the size of the picture.

    b ) Do not add explicitly sexual or violent material. I want this game to stay completely safe for children and work and common decency and stuff.

    c) Try not to cover the whole tree with decorations in the first few steps, some space must be left for the next players too.

    č) Do not cover/erase other people's contributions.

    d) Pasting parts of other pictures/photos into this picture is allowed.

    e) Using imagination is welcome.


    Still unsure about how it works? You can take a look at the previous games:

    • The original one: 2016
    • 2017: Rocking around the Christmas tree
    • 2018 - third time's the charm
    • 2019 and its lovely angels
    • The apocalyptic 2020

    I welcome all the old and the new players who want to join and am looking forward to all the contributions! Have a happy holiday season. :) 

  3. On 11/24/2021 at 6:11 PM, First of My Name said:

    Hi :) Overall I'm really good, just coming out of a few days of quarantine because a roommate tested positive. But I'm having a lot of fun with my friends and roommates, work has been great, and I'm getting ready to start writing my thesis. I'm even dating someone and while it's still in an early stage I'm starting to feel some butterflies. So overall, pretty awesome.
    One anoying thing is that I found out I'm severely allergic to gluten, which I've been eating and drinking every day for forever. But I'm on the diet now and it's supposed to make me feel less tired all the time, though I'm not noticing any changes yet.

    How have the two of you been? I haven't been keeping up on the thread.

    Uhhhh a quarantine with a covid-positive roommate sounds like no fun. Did anybody else in the same household get infected?

    What do you do for work now? And congratulations on dating! :)

    I have had an extremely busy week, hopefully the next few weeks are slightly less stressful, but we will see - there is still a lot to do. And hybrid teaching sucks so bad.

    Now I am on here to start the annual holiday thread! :commie: 

  4. 12 hours ago, RhaenysBee said:

    Is it that long? Only 3 weeks not counting the current one. At least that’s my comfort :lol: 

    This is crazy talk. It looks like 5 weeks to me. Yes, I am definitely including the current one, because it is one of the busiest in my year. I have only just turned off my work laptop 10 minutes ago, and it is past 10 PM here. Yesterday was about the same. I expect the situation won't calm down until the weekend. Sometimes things just pile up all at the same time.

    On the bright side, a friend called me earlier and we had a short talk on the phone. We haven't seen each other in ages and it was a really lovely surprise to hear from her.

    12 hours ago, RhaenysBee said:

    Little over a year. I can either stay long enough to resocialize to it to leave before it changes me and I do prefer that latter route. Still, for the next year at least, I’ll stick around for the stability. 

    Stability is good. I see it in my work too. I don't see myself staying in education on this level my whole life, but I think it would make sense to stay here for at least a few years.

    6 hours ago, First of My Name said:

    Ooh, I'm not liking the new forum update, I miss the old red. But hey everyone!

    Hello FOMN! Welcome backm :)Tell us about how you are doing.

  5. 14 hours ago, felice said:

    Nope. It's more like teaspoons of liquor drizzled over the cake, not bottles poured over, and I think the fruit absorbs any excess? But I'm not an expert on the science of baking!

    I see. This makes a lot more sense, I suppose.

    14 hours ago, felice said:

    Hopefully you'll get a decent break over the New Year period?

    Ehhhh ... still a long way to go till there. There are a few classes that write their tests/essays the week before Christmas, so there will be stuff to grade then too.

    4 hours ago, RhaenysBee said:

    Puff pastry! But I love that you call it leaf(y) dough as well. That’s got to be some Eastern Europe thing :lol: I suppose the point is they turned out delicious, and it’s always nice to put one’s own spin on things.

    The German word Blätterteig is also basically leafy dough. And yup, they were good!

    4 hours ago, RhaenysBee said:

    Goodness I hate this job. I’m counting the days till I go on holiday like a child. Four weeks never felt so long. Dear me I appreciate my previous job so much in hindsight. Life’s ironic that way. 

    :(:grouphug: How long have you been at this job? Is there a chance it is going to get better once you get used to it more?

  6. 31 minutes ago, felice said:

    Fruit cake - the alcohol acts as a preservative, and gives the flavour time to mature, apparently. It's more moistened than soaked. Closer to eating, it gets covered in two layers of icing.



    Who knew! And what happens to the dough? Does't it fall apart or something?

    Too much grading to do. To much work overall. :ack:

  7. 10 hours ago, RhaenysBee said:

    Huge congrats! Pizza dough isn’t easy. What toppings did you add?

    Well, that's the twist, we didn't use actual pizza dough, but ... uhhh leaf dough? The one that turns out all fluffy and crumbles a lot. It was a special kind of pizza-like treat.

    33 minutes ago, felice said:

    I baked a Christmas cake this weekend. Smells good, but I have to pour alcohol over it for a few weeks before we can start eating it.

    What kind of cake is still going to be good after a few weeks, especially after being soaked all the time?

  8. 8 hours ago, Tywin et al. said:

    The University of Minnesota has a huge campus and student population, currently ranked 9th largest in the U.S., and University Ave. is where they recorded all of listening activities as far as I can tell. The entire language department is right off of the street, and the place is a mix of crazy traffic and giant parties all at once. You can't hear your friends talking to you at times when they're standing right next to you.

    Weird. But as I said, the more puzzling is why they wouldn't just use the recordings of native speakers in the first place.

    8 hours ago, Tywin et al. said:

    I meant in the context of learning a language while studying abroad. I ended up taking Spanish 1001-3 in Argentina (while also learning some German down there, just saying...) through a joint program with Universidad de Buenos Aires. The German universities didn't offer beginner language programs. I had hoped to take German 1 and 2 here and then spend the summer there completing 3 and 4, but that was not to be.

    Interesting. I know some universities in Austria have beginners classes too more in the way of a language course, not a university linguistic course way. I would have thought Germans would have something like that too.

    I had to prove that I knew enough German to enrol in an Austrian university when I did Erasmus, but just an email from my department coordinator was enough. Because I was studying the language itself in the first place.

    6 hours ago, RhaenysBee said:

    Ah my mum would cry tears of blood reading that… 

    ... why?

    6 hours ago, RhaenysBee said:

    My first high school German teacher had taught us a similarly long and ridiculous word but I can’t remember it for the life of me. You had to use it in a sentence if you failed to hand in an assignment, or something like that. That used to result in a lot of cheer and the most ridiculous things ever said :lol: 

    That sounds like a funny strategy, I am sure it was a popular teacher. :D 

  9. 7 hours ago, RhaenysBee said:

    Well that’s just silly. Can’t they just say the person is a Dampfschiffkapitän at Donauschiffahrtgesellschaft? 

    Obviously they could, but then there wouldn't be such a ridiculously long word to make fun of. :D

    6 hours ago, Tywin et al. said:

    And my German would have been a lot better if the grad students who recorded the conversations for my intro to German course hadn't done so next to one of the busiest streets in Minneapolis. Every third or fourth word was garbled. Also didn't help that snobby German universities won't accept exchange students who hadn't completed all four intro levels. :tantrum:

    I think some recordings deliberately have background noise to teach you to listen to language being spoken in a more realistic setting. But obviously that should be reserved for higher levels of language teaching, not for beginners. Similarly with stuff like speakers using dialect or slang. It is odd that your uni had (I assume American?) students record that, instead of just using a recording that goes with a coursebook, there are plenty to choose  from.

    Universities demand you to show a level of their language to prove that you can even follow the classes.

  10. 18 minutes ago, A Horse Named Stranger said:

    That was the compromise they eventually settled on. The original reform wanted to do away with the ß entirely. You know why they kept it in, and settled for that compromise?

    Names. There are families with an ß in their name, and they were thinking of the poor children.

    Interesting, I didn't know that. I do like ß as a part of German language, it makes it special.

    I can totally get people not wanting to change their names like that. My surname has a Č in it. I hate to fill out forms that don't allow me to enter that and want me to enter C instead (grrrr, especially paired with the "enter your name as written on your ID" instruction - well, this is my name as written on my ID!). It is my name and I want to have it spelled like I have grown up with it.

  11. 8 hours ago, Tywin et al. said:

    I'm sorry @A Horse Named Stranger, but Knuck if you Buck

    Hey, thank you for teaching me a new phrase. :D My German is better than my English.

    8 hours ago, RhaenysBee said:

    But isn’t it just as easily understandable that triple anything is always shortened back to double anything because it’s just less tedious on the eye? :leaving:  I am now that kid in the class you want to drown in a spoon of water :lol: 

    *stern glare*

    Nah, German has too many rules already. Two words combine, you write them together.

    And "less tedious on the eye"  doesn't come into question with things like ... Donaudampfschiffskapitän... wasauchimmer. So why would it here. :P

  12. 9 hours ago, RhaenysBee said:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who mixes up the edit and quote options :D 

    Damn. Stupid me. I will leave it up as the sign of my shame.

    8 hours ago, A Horse Named Stranger said:

    I am old school. Rechtschreibreform has produced some totally bonkers spellings.

    I mean Seeelefant. Which idiot came up with the idea of tripple e. 

    Nah, Neue Rechtschreibung is where it's at. "ss" after short vowel, "ß" after long vowel.

    Not the example Seeelefant, bit very similar: Fitnessstudio. If my students in their 1st year of learning German can easily figure out and explain why this has a triple s and spell it that way, then I am sure it is easy enough. :D

    6 hours ago, A Horse Named Stranger said:


    Soul-boy? :D

  13. On 11/13/2021 at 3:03 PM, Tywin et al. said:

    A couple of days ago a middle aged woman farted on me in a grocery store. I still have not been able to shake this traumatic experience. 

    In read a corona-joke related to such a situation.

    "A woman standing in front of me in thw checkout line farted. Then she turned around and said: 'If you heard this, you haven't been observing the social distance. If you smelled it, you aren't wearing your mask properly.'"

    23 hours ago, RhaenysBee said:

    I just dreamt I had a positive pregnancy test. What the hell, brain? 

    Congratulations! Is it going to be a boy or a girl? :p 

    I have recently been having weird and worrisome dreams too, but mostly about "my" school kids, that is, the students.

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