Andere Länder — Anderes Deutsch
Summary: This podcast uses unique situations and dialogue to introduce advanced students of German to the Swiss and Austrian national varieties of the German language. Drop in and listen as Birgit from Hannover and Gregor from Graz encounter the distinct standard German varieties of Austria and Switzerland!
Not even a year into their relationship, Max and Birgit decide to take the BIG PLUNGE—into cohabitation. They have found a nice apartment in the inner city of Vienna, and look forward to making a comfy home together. Little do they know that, already, the actual process of moving in will test their relationship… Will they surmount this new challenge? Or will their relationship buckle under the stress? Listen in and find out!
PDF transcript for Episode 5
With her final exams behind her, Birgit’s boyfriend Max decides to celebrate with dinner out at a nice restaurant. Little does he know, however, that Birgit has a payback surprise waiting for him—one that will test his own knowledge of Austrian and German Standard German. Payback: this time, it’s pluricentric…
PDF transcript for Episode 4
It’s the end of Birgit’s first semester at the U. of Vienna. She has three very difficult exams looming and is stressed out. In the manner befitting a good boyfriend, her Viennese beau, Max, does his best to calm her down. He decides to try to take her mind off the tests. But will his noble efforts pay off? Or will his benevolent wiles only serve to afflict Birgit even more? Tune in and find out!
PDF transcript for Episode 3
Birgit has been living in Vienna for two months. Just last week a fellow law student invited her over for a home-cooked dinner…her first date with an Austrian! How will the dinner date go? Will Max crash and burn? Will Birgit fall head over heels? Listen in and find out!
PDF transcript for Episode 2
Birgit is about to begin her university studies in Vienna, Austria. But when she receives a letter from her Viennese grandmother and has problems understanding a number of words, she starts to worry... Will she be able to understand the people in Vienna? Will they understand her? Can her father help alleviate her worry? Tune in and hear how this riveting quandary pans out!
PDF transcript for Episode 1
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