New cases for the reporters: episodes 27 to 52 take Paula and Philipp all around Germany. Their investigations include laser attacks in Jena and changes on the trail of the Berlin Wall [English version]
Episode 52 – Quiz Time
To finish with, German students can test their listening comprehension once again with a little quiz. Eulalia and Compu present four listening exercises that need to be solved. Which words are missing?
For the last episode, the team at Radio D have thought up something special. Eulalia presents a quiz where listeners have to guess certain words. Compu can give a few clues, but whoever has been paying close attention in the last 25 episodes will be able to work it out without any help. Correct answers can be sent in by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
And after so much hard work the professor lets listeners off from further grammar exercises.
Episode 51 – A Reference Letter For Jan
Now it’s time once again to say goodbye: unfortunately Jan’s internship is coming to an end and Philipp and Paula are thinking about a letter of reference. Today Jan expresses his generosity.
There is to be a small farewell party to mark Jan’s last day as an intern at Radio D. He surprises his colleagues with some drinks and snacks. But Paula and Philipp are still busy writing him a letter of reference. For this they need to find the right phrasing, because if Jan gets a good reference then he can maybe attend a journalism school.
The professor is taking a look at the conjunctions “falls” and “wenn”, and explains conditional sentences to the listeners.
Episode 50 – German as a Foreign Language
This time Jan is visiting a school that offers an unusual idea for a German project. He asks the pupils why they are learning German on top of their mother tongue, and what they want to do later in life.
Jan comes up with a report from a school that consists 80 percent of immigrants and presents them with an unusual German project. There he meets Vladimir, Yen-Lin and Gülseren who report about their experiences with two different languages and their difficulties in learning German.
The professor goes easy on listeners this time and limits himself to a short grammar lesson. He explains temporal phrases with the conjunction “bevor”, which mark an event in the past.
Episode 49 – Berlin Center
The excursion through Berlin ends for Paula, Philipp, Jan and Josefine with a relaxing and informative meal in the garden of the Tacheles Art House. There Josefine makes an interesting acquaintance.
Marching around makes you hungry and the journalists from Radio D would like to eat something. Only after conferring can they eventually decide on a place. In Tacheles Josefine meets an artist who makes sculptures out of rubbish and from him she learns more about the history of Tacheles.
The listeners, on the other hand, learn more about relative clauses and syntax from the helpful professor.
Episode 48 – East and West
This time in the Radio D studio Paula is looking at German reunification. She has invited several guests to discuss this matter together with her.
Paula is hosting a discussion on the theme “East and West Germans”. She speaks to an east German car mechanic, a psychologist and an economy expert. Her questions to the guests today: are there still prejudices? And what would be a more positive perspective for East and West Germans?
The professor also has some complex questions to tackle: he is shedding light on the subjunctive of “haben” and “sein” and the subjunctive construction with the verb form “würde”.
Episode 47 – Construction of the Wall
In Berlin Paula, Philipp, Jan and Josefine visit the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate and the wall path, which shows where the Berlin Wall stood. Radio D presents a radio play about the construction of the wall.
On the evening of 13th August, 1961, the GDR national police begins erecting a wall along the border with West Berlin. A married couple whose house lies directly on the border spontaneously decides to flee. In the West the fire brigade is waiting and they catch all the people who jump out of the windows.
In today’s grammar lesson we have the indefinite article “ein” and the indefinite pronoun “eins”. The professor draws your attention to several hazards that one must watch out for in these situations.