“Happy Longest Day of The Year” Day

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June 21st 2013 celebrates the Summer Solstice or the longest day of the year. It also marks the beginning of summer for those in the northern hemisphere. Here’s some information on the event and a few fun things that you can do to honour the occasion!

Firstly, it is important to note that there are two solstices per year- the Summer Solstice and the Winter Solstice. A solstice is an astronomical phenomenon, whereby the sun reaches either its highest or lowest point in the sky relative to the celestial equator. The term comes from the Latin words sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still).

The Summer Solstice takes place during a hemisphere’s summer, which means that Europe, North America, Asia and parts of Africa celebrate the occasion between the 20th and 22nd of June, while those in Australia, South America and Antarctica mark their Summer Solstice between the 20th and 23rd of December each year.

It is also referred to as the longest day of the year (for those in the northern hemisphere), as the event occurs on the day which has the longest period of daylight. For those south of the equator it is simultaneously the shortest day of the year with the least sunlight.

For those of us who thought that winter would never end, June 21st marks a special day: the start of summer! So, as a way to celebrate the date, we’ve compiled a short list of some fun things to do this Summer Solstice. See how many you will do and remember to enjoy the extra daylight (and sunshine!)

1. Cook outside / BBQ

2. Plant a tree

3. Go camping

4. Make a birdfeeder

5. Go swimming

6. Sit outside and read a book

7. Fly a kite

8. Eat some ice-cream

9. Take a trek up a hill / mountain

10. Watch the sun set

The Voice of Seuss

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Raise your hand if you think language is fun? …Seriously guys, I’m the only one with my hand in the air here… This is awkward.

Although he’s no longer with us, I believe that if Theodor Seuss Geisel was here today he would be the first to agree with me. You’re probably wondering who this Mr. Geisel is. Well I’ll give you a clue:

He’s a man who loves Green Eggs and Ham, is friends with the Grinch and Horton, and has a Cat who wears a Hat.

Yes, you’ve guessed it- Theodor Geisel was best known under his pen name, Dr. Seuss.

I’m pretty sure most people have heard of Dr. Seuss and, if you’re anything like me, the first thing you’ll think of when you hear his name is colourful droopy drawings and fun characters. However many of his books also contain much deeper messages and morals on social and political issues (Click on the above picture for some examples).

Here’re just a few of his great sayings and links to some of his poems:

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind”

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple”

“Being crazy ins’t enough”

“Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them”

“A person’s a person, no matter how small” (I particularly like this one, as I myself am not exactly the tallest!)

http://cat-the-hat.blogspot.de/2009/02/cat-in-hat-poem-on-aging.html

http://papahere.com/about-blog/poetry-of-dr-seuss/

http://bloggingmis.blogspot.de/2009/04/dr-seuss-poems.html

Accents / Akzente

English

Naturally I have an accent. I myself cannot hear this accent, but I have nevertheless been told it exists.

When people imitate me, they usually put on a high-pitched voice and talk very fast. I do not sound like this unless I am very excited or angry.

Ok so maybe I sound like this, but that’s not my accent, rather my voice.

Anyway, I’m getting off track!

What I wanted to talk about was whether or not accents are picked up when learning a foreign language.

I have a German friend who is going out with an Irish guy for over a year now. She now speaks English with a Cork accent (priceless to hear!).

I’m just wondering if I’ll speak German with a Bavarian accent when I return home. And if so, what does a Bavarian accent sound like? Hopefully less high-pitched!

Tell me about accents you’ve acquire over the years, and how long it took you to acquire them : )

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Deutsch

Natürlich habe ich einen Akzent. Ich meinerseits kann dieser Akzent  nicht hören, aber trotzdem bin ich erzählt worden, dass es existiert.

Wenn Leute nach mich ahmen, normalerweise nehmen sie an eine schrille Stimme und sehr schnell reden. Ich klinge nicht so, außer wenn ich sehr aufgeregt oder verärgert bin.

Also vielleicht klinge ich so, jedoch ist das nicht mein Akzent sondern meine Stimme.

Jedenfalls, abschweife ich jetzt vom Thema!

Was ich wollte darüber zu sprechen war ob man sich an einem Akzent eignet oder nicht, wenn er eine Fremdsprache lernt.

Ich habe eine deutsche Freundin, die mit einem irischen Kerl mehr als ein Jahr geht. Jetzt spricht sie Englisch mit einem Cork Akzent (unschätzbar zu hören!).

Ich frage mich ob ich Deutsch mit einem bayerischen Akzent wenn ich nach Hause kehre spreche. Und wenn ja, wie klingt einen bayerischen Akzent? Hoffentlich weniger schrill!

Erzählt mir über Akzente, die ihr im Lauf der Jahre erworben habt und wie lange dauert es euch diese Akzente zu erwerben : )