Manche mögens glücklich (2012) Romantic comed…

Manche mögens glücklich (2012)

Romantic comedy, auf Deutsch, 1 hr 15 mins, set in Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg, Southwestern Germany

Lina has an unusual job: As an account manager for an agency in Freiburg, it’s her job to help make it as smooth and easy as possible for newcomers to start life in the new city. But the gruff heart surgeon and widower Prof. Dr. Markus Gärtner does not make it easy. With his rugged nature, the renowned physician makes her feel that her efforts are unwanted and rather annoying. But then he also depends on her: In order to win the wealthy Mr. Hofmeister‘s approval and donation for the new heart research center, Lina, through a previous misunderstanding, must spend a weekend away with the investor as Markus’ wife – a role-playing game with consequences.

Feiern zur Fussball-WM — Wann gibt es die rote…

Feiern zur Fussball-WM — Wann gibt es die rote Karte?

Marktcheck auf Deutsch, 12 mins, on parties and soccer fan behavior during the World Cup and big games in Germany.

Linguistic map of Old High German (Alemannic &…

Linguistic map of Old High German (Alemannic & Bavarian), Old Frankish, Old Saxon, and Old Frisian at the time of Otto I, 10th century

Die deutschen Stämme (German tribes)

The derivation of the German people from a number of German tribes (Deutsche Stämme; Volksstämme) developed in 18th to 19th century German historiography and ethnography. This concept of „stems" relates to the early and high medieval period and is to be distinguished from the more generic Germanic tribes of Late Antiquity. A distinction was sometimes made between the “ancient stems” (Altstämme) in existence in the 10th century, and “recent stems” (Neustämme), which emerged in the high medieval period due to eastward expansion. The delineation of the 2 concepts is necessarily vague and has a history of academic dispute. The terms Stamm, Nation or Volk variously used in modern German historiography reflect the Middle Latin gens, natio or populus of the medieval source material.

Traditional German historiography counts 6 Altstämme (ancient stems) – Bavarians, Swabians (Alamanni), Franks, Saxons, Frisians, and Thuringians. All of these were incorporated in the Carolingian Empire by the late 8th century. Only 4 of them are represented in the later stem duchies; the former Merovingian duchy of Thuringia was absorbed into Saxony in 908 while the former Frisian kingdom had been conquered into Francia in 734. The customary or tribal laws of these groups were recorded in the early medieval period. Franconian, Saxon, and Swabian law remained in force and competed with imperial law well into the 13th century.

The list of “recent stems” (Neustämme) is much less definite and subject to considerable variation; groups that have been listed under this heading include the Märker, Lausitzer, Mecklenburger, Upper Saxons, Pomeranians, Silesians, and East Prussians, roughly reflecting German settlement activity from the 12th-15th centuries.

The use of Stämme (tribes) rather than Völker (nations, peoples) emerged in the 1800s in the context of the project of German unification. This terminology is reflected in the preamble of the Weimar constitution of 1919, reading „Das deutsche Volk, einig in seinen Stämmen“ (The German nation (people), united in its tribes). The division remains in current use in the conventional classification of German dialects into Franconian, Alemannic, Thuringian, Bavarian, and Low Saxon (including Friso-Saxon, with Frisian proper being regarded as a separate language). In the Free State of Bavaria, the division into “Bavarian stems” (bayerische Stämme) remains current for the populations of Altbayern (Bavaria proper), Franconia, and Swabia. Read more:

Ein Starkes Team: Tödliche Verführung (Krimi, …

Ein Starkes Team: Tödliche Verführung (Krimi, 2015)

TV thriller for the students of German, 1 hour 27 mins, auf Deutsch.