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This I Believe Podcasts 10: Friendship

For the final This I Believe podcasts post, we hear about a topic very important to me: friendship. A normally happy, carefree topic, Hannah, Andreas, and Carolin share times in their lives when they encountered difficulties and friends came through for them or they realized the power of friendship, the power of a smile.

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The Podcasts

“The Power of Friendship” by Hannah Vollmer — Click here to listen.

When she had to move from her hometown to go to college, Hannah felt utterly and completely alone. But hardly a day passed before her friends reminded her that they would always be there for her, and now she believes in the huge impact friends can have on your life.

“No More Truth and Ritalin” by Andreas Günzing — Click here to listen.

When his best friend was in a desperate situation, Andreas realized that the value he had placed on Truth did not matter in the end. Only a smile does.

“A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed” by Carolin 1 — Click here to listen.

When her mother was away, Carolin had to admit her father to the hospital and watch his condition deteriorate. It was more than she could handle, but one phone call and Anna was there, being the best friend anyone could ask for at such a time.

Want to Hear More?

I’ll be publishing all 31 recordings on my blog over the next month (three to four podcasts every three days), so be sure to check back, sign-up to receive posts via email, or subscribe to my RSS feed. You can also check the This I Believe directory to search by student name, topic, or publication date.

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Each This I Believe podcast recording is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States license (read more about this license by clicking here). To post, publish, or use any recording (other than for private use), please contact me by email at l@lindenamueller.com and I will put you in contact with the student, who has retained all original copyrights.



This I Believe Podcasts 9: Balance, Hope, Death

Today, three students share beliefs that influence they way they deal with life’s most difficult times—including failure and success, rape, drugs, and death—and find hopeful and reassuring answers during their searching.

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The Podcasts

“The Pendulum of Life” by Natalie Müller — Click here to listen.

Natalie believes that balance is a powerful, passive force that is a part of each of us, and that gives her hope in even the darkest times.

“Unbreakable Strength” by Anna Scheer — Click here to listen.

Having observed three close friends and family members endure the unthinkable and overcoming it, Anna developed an unbreakable faith in the strength of each of us.

“The Very Basic Rule of Energy” by Masja Raab — Click here to listen.

When her mother died, Masja realized that she did not know what she believed about life after death, much less how to Be without her mother. That’s when she found peace in an odd place: a lesson from her physics class.

Want to Hear More?

I’ll be publishing all 31 recordings on my blog over the next month (three to four podcasts every three days), so be sure to check back, sign-up to receive posts via email, or subscribe to my RSS feed. You can also check the This I Believe directory to search by student name, topic, or publication date.

Creative Commons license

Each This I Believe podcast recording is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States license (read more about this license by clicking here). To post, publish, or use any recording (other than for private use), please contact me by email at l@lindenamueller.com and I will put you in contact with the student, who has retained all original copyrights.

Notes

* I gave my students the option to publish their podcasts anonymously, and several students chose to do so. I will refer to these students as “Student #”, where # is a randomly assigned number.

This I Believe Podcasts 8: Optimism, Souls, Sports

Today, three students share three different sources of strength: Karolina  finds direction in her positive thinking, student 4 find peace and new friends because of her belief in our souls, and Katharina finds strength for everyday life in the lessons of the heptathlon.

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The Podcasts

“How Thinking Positively Shapes My Life” by Karolina — Click here to listen.

Before she was aware of it, Karolina’s parents encouraged her to think optimistically. She started to notice the power of positive thinking when she moved away for college and became independent, and optimism gives her peace about the future.

“My Companion, The Soul” by Student 4* — Click here to listen.

A near-death experience as a teenager shaped this student’s beliefs about what happens to our souls once our bodies have ceased to function and how our souls interact with others’ souls.

“Heptathlon – A School For Life” by Katharina Eberling — Click here to listen.

This athlete shares a belief in the heptathlon because it has taught her that life’s challenges take hard work, joy, and an ounce of luck.

Want to Hear More?

I’ll be publishing all 31 recordings on my blog over the next month (three to four podcasts every three days), so be sure to check back, sign-up to receive posts via email, or subscribe to my RSS feed. You can also check the This I Believe directory to search by student name, topic, or publication date.

Creative Commons license

Each This I Believe podcast recording is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States license (read more about this license by clicking here). To post, publish, or use any recording (other than for private use), please contact me by email at l@lindenamueller.com and I will put you in contact with the student, who has retained all original copyrights.

Notes

* I gave my students the option to publish their podcasts anonymously, and several students chose to do so. I will refer to these students as “Student #”, where # is a randomly assigned number.

This I Believe Podcasts 7: Hope, Music, Friendship

Today, Charlotte tells us how she–a  perfectionist–finally learned that life will go on even when the . Student 2 shares her love for music and making music, and student 3 relates a strong belief in the power of friendship.

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The Podcasts

“Life Goes On” by Charlotte Feyh — Click here to listen.

For this perfectionist, coming to the realization that life goes on even when the To Do list is not completed was calming and reassuring.

“Music Was My First Love — And It Will Be My Last” by Student 2* — Click here to listen.

When she was little, this student only practiced piano to keep her mom and teacher happy. Later in life, though, she found that making music helped her to cope with life’s everyday stresses.

“More Than Social Contacts” by Student 3* — Click here to listen.

For this student, true friendship manifested early, in kindergarten, and it has continued to be a integral part of her life, through thick and thin, ever since.

Want to Hear More?

I’ll be publishing all 31 recordings on my blog over the next month (three to four podcasts every three days), so be sure to check back, sign-up to receive posts via email, or subscribe to my RSS feed. You can also check the This I Believe directory to search by student name, topic, or publication date.

Creative Commons license

Each This I Believe podcast recording is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States license (read more about this license by clicking here). To post, publish, or use any recording (other than for private use), please contact me by email at l@lindenamueller.com and I will put you in contact with the student, who has retained all original copyrights.

Notes

* I gave my students the option to publish their podcasts anonymously, and several students chose to do so. I will refer to these students as “Student #”, where # is a randomly assigned number.


This I Believe Podcasts 6: Decisions, Family, Pride/Religion

Today we hear from students who express beliefs that developed as they became adults and looked back on their lives. The beliefs they speak about better equip them to deal with their lives as adults, for Carolin 2 as she learns to make decisions, for Julia as she realizes the value of family, and for Christoph as he finds the right balance of pride in his life.

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The Podcasts

“Decisions At Any Time” by Carolin 2 — Click here to listen.

As Carolin matured, her understanding of and difficulties with decisions developed, and came to realize the importance of decisions and helping others with their decisions.

“True Values Often Lie in Secrecy” by Julia — Click here to listen.

Her mother worked extra hours so that she would take keyboard lessons, and her brother would purposely lose a schoolyard game to save her from the loser’s punishment, but Julia didn’t realize it until she was older. Now she truly appreciates what “family” means and tries to repay those acts of love.

“Warriors in Life” by Christoph — Click here to listen.

The idea of “doing as you would be done by” and the religion of Asatru converged to guide Christoph as he interacts with other people and rises to meet the challenges in his life.

Want to Hear More?

I’ll be publishing all 31 recordings on my blog over the next month (three to four podcasts every three days), so be sure to check back, sign-up to receive posts via email, or subscribe to my RSS feed. You can also check the This I Believe directory to search by student name, topic, or publication date.

Creative Commons license

Each This I Believe podcast recording is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States license (read more about this license by clicking here). To post, publish, or use any recording (other than for private use), please contact me by email at l@lindenamueller.com and I will put you in contact with the student, who has retained all original copyrights.

Notes

* I gave my students the option to publish their podcasts anonymously, and several students chose to do so. I will refer to these students as “Student #”, where # is a randomly assigned number.

This I Believe Podcasts 5: Self-confidence, Motivation, Taking Risks, Hope for the Future

Each of these students encountered a situation that made them stretch, grow, and learn about their beliefs and limits. For Jana and Miss Sprengel, it was a goal they had set for themselves. For Katinka, it took pushing herself in an unexpected way to realize what she was capable of, and for Sarah, it was the clash of what her parents had taught her and what she learned in school, and, much later, the election of Barack Obama as United States president.

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The Podcasts

“I Believe in Myself and I Have Confidence in My Abilities” by Jana Brückmann — Click here to listen..

Jana was greatly affected by her friend’s perceptions of her as child, so it took her own hard-earned success to open her eyes to the truth: she IS capable, and she SHOULD believe in herself.

“I Believe in Motivation” by Miss Sprengel — Click here to listen..

Ms. Sprengel first realized how motivation affects her life when an exuberant teacher made Latin class exciting. Later, it was the motivation of crossing the finish line in the New York Marathon that kept her running despite a pain in her knee.

“I Believe in Extreme Sports” by Katinka Rumpf — Click here to listen. (Rumpf).

A family trip to Spain introduced Katinka to extreme sports, and she can’t get enough! They have taught her about her limits, her own strenght, and what she can accomplish.

“A New President” by Sarah Kanngießer — Click here to listen..

Her parents raised her to treat everyone equally, but when Sarah learned about segregation and the KKK in school, she found out that not everyone agreed with the lessons her mother taught her as a young child. Barak Obama’s election in 2008 restored her hope that, in the future, all men will truly be treated as equals.

Want to Hear More?

I’ll be publishing all 31 recordings on my blog over the next month (three to four podcasts every three days), so be sure to check back, sign-up to receive posts via email, or subscribe to my RSS feed. You can also check the This I Believe directory to search by student name, topic, or publication date.

Creative Commons license

Each This I Believe podcast recording is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States license (read more about this license by clicking here). To post, publish, or use any recording (other than for private use), please contact me by email at l@lindenamueller.com and I will put you in contact with the student, who has retained all original copyrights.

Notes

* I gave my students the option to publish their podcasts anonymously, and several students chose to do so. I will refer to these students as “Student #”, where # is a randomly assigned number.

This I Believe Podcasts 4: Education, Optimism, Change

In today’s podcasts, we’ll hear how these students’ futures were turned around by unexpected life events.

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The Podcasts

“A Better Life” by Susann — Click here to listen.

Susann never worried about the future and didn’t care about performing well in school. Then a job with low wages and her friends’ experiences made her realize that she wanted more out of life, so she became a university student, discovered her passions, and easily adjusted to the student life she had hated so much when she was younger.

“Experience Teaches” by Student 5* — Click here to listen.

Life’s experiences, both positive and negative, are a roadmap for this student.

“Going Through Changes” by Ann — Click here to listen.

For most of her life, Anna clung to the comfortable and avoided change, then, three months ago, her parents left her in charge of the family home when they moved to Finland for their jobs. That single event–and her success–showed Anna that change can make her stronger.

Want to Hear More?

I’ll be publishing all 31 recordings on my blog over the next month (three to four podcasts every three days), so be sure to check back, sign-up to receive posts via email, or subscribe to my RSS feed. You can also check the This I Believe directory to search by student name, topic, or publication date.

Creative Commons license

Each This I Believe podcast recording is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States license (read more about this license by clicking here). To post, publish, or use any recording (other than for private use), please contact me by email at l@lindenamueller.com and I will put you in contact with the student, who has retained all original copyrights.

Notes

* I gave my students the option to publish their podcasts anonymously, and several students chose to do so. I will refer to these students as “Student #”, where # is a randomly assigned number.




My Favorite German Words / Meine deutschen Lieblingswörter

My two-year stint in Germany is almost over and I have learned a ton of new German words in that time. Some I can’t ever get quite right (what is the past perfect of verstehen?!), and some I learned in the first semester of German class then promptly forgot when I needed them because of stage fright (the word for “postage stamp” is Briefmarke). Some I trip over every time I try to say them (“Muss ich” always ends up sounding like “mush ish” or–worse because it sounds like a vulgar word–“mushee”).

Here are my favorite German words, all of which, with one exception (Kartoffeln), I learned in the last two years.

Sounds Funny

  • Ausfahrt. It means: exit ramp. Why I like it: It sounds like “ows-fart.” Farts are funny, especially aus-farts.
  • nördlich. It means: north, northern, northerly. Why I like it: It sounds almost like “nerd-ly.”
  • Schnarchen. It means: snore. Why I like it: It sounds like a snore!
  • Schmachtenhagen. It means: It’s the name of a town in the state of Brandenburg. Why I like it: Say it! My mother-in-law also says it “Schma-en-ha-en” to shorten it, and that’s funny too.
  • Bälle. It means: balls. Why I like it: “Ball” sounds pretty  much the same as the English word, but “balls” in German sounds like “Bell-uh.” And that tickles my funny bone. :)
  • Kartoffeln. It means: potatoes. Why I like it: I really can’t explain why I like this word, but I always have, since I learned it from Jackie in German class in high school.

Logical

  • Glühbirne. It means: light bulb. Why I like it: German has so many logical words, and this is only one of them. Literally, it means “glowing pear.” This is a little backwards, but if you saw a pear hangin from a tree and it was glowing, what would you say it looked like? A light bulb. Logisch.

There are so many logical words in German: Krankenhaus “sick house.” A house where sick people live. What does the word “hospital” mean? Who knows. Regenschirm “rain shield.” What shields you from the rain? Where the heck does “umbrella” come from?!

What other logical German words do you know? Share them in the comments!

Entire English Phrases in One German Word

  • Absacke. It means: last drink of the night before the bar closes. Why I like it: I like the way it sounds and I love German words that mean an entire phrase or sentence in English.
  • gondolieren. It means: to ride a gondola. Why I like it: In German, I can say “We gondola-d for on the night of our anniversary.” In English, I have to say “We took a gondola ride on the night of our anniversary.” Efficient, no?
  • übernachten. It means: to stay overnight. Why I like it: In German, “We overnighted in Frankfurt.” In English, “We stayed overnight in Frankfurt.” Here, the English translation isn’t too many more words, but I just like having one word for this very frequent situation.
  • Verschlimmbesserung. It means: an improvement that actually makes things worse (slang). Why I like it: This is another one of those words that means an entire sentence in English. It’s so efficient!
  • mutterseelenallein. It means: Dictionaries will tell you that it means “all alone,” but when you know what the words themselves mean, you see the deeper meaning. “Mutter” means “mother.” “Seele” is “soul,” and “allein” is “alone.” Taken all together, it really means, as one of my students explains in her This I Believe essay*, “being left alone by everyone, even by the one thing you were always confident of: your mother’s soul.” Why I like it: Wow, do we even have words like that in English?

Notes

* Listen to “The Very Basic Rule of Energy” by Masja Raab.

This I Believe Podcasts 3: Music, Saving Lives, Self-confidence

Today we hear from Thomas, who finds strength in music; from Sabrina, whose perspective on life was altered by her grandmother and her friend, Ralf; and Lisa, who went to Ireland for an adventure but came home with aspirations.

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The Podcasts

“I Believe in Music” by Thomas Henkel — Click here to listen.

Even though it is often ironic, abused, or misrepresented, music is a source of powerful inspiration for Thomas.

“How to Save a Life” by Sabrina — Click here to listen.

Sabrina was touched by the story of her grandma’s friend, Ralf, who spent his life suffering from a disease but was granted an almost-normal life when he got a heart transplant. Now, she believes that each of us should have an organ donor card so that family doesn’t have to make difficult decisions and our death can have meaning beyond grief.

“The Time of My Life” by Lisa Staffa — Click here to listen.

Her time as an au pair in Ireland helped Lisa to discover her passion for interacting with foreigners and helped her to realize that she can trust herself, that she can overcome difficult times, that–most importantly–she believes in herself.

Want to Hear More?

I’ll be publishing all 31 recordings on my blog over the next month (three to four podcasts every three days), so be sure to check back, sign-up to receive posts via email, or subscribe to my RSS feed. You can also check the This I Believe directory to search by student name, topic, or publication date.

Creative Commons license

Each This I Believe podcast recording is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States license (read more about this license by clicking here). To post, publish, or use any recording (other than for private use), please contact me by email at l@lindenamueller.com and I will put you in contact with the student, who has retained all original copyrights.



This I Believe Podcasts 2: Family, Taking Risks, Honesty

Today’s posts brings you three statements that show the positive  impact those closest to us can have on our lives, whether related by blood or not, and even if the circumstances at first drive us through difficult lessons.

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The Podcasts

“A Net That Can Keep You Alive” by Kathrin — Click here to listen.

She was young when it happened, but when Kathrin’s brother was very ill and her godfather and godmother took her into their home, Kathrin learned an important lesson about how “family” is defined.

“All the Things That Could Have Been” by Ricarda Messer —  Click here to listen.

After her parents’ divorce, Ricarda lost faith in others and became very guarded; she didn’t let anyone in. Then a trip to Australia and New Zealand taught her to open up and starting taking risks.

“I Believe in Talking Honestly About Your Feelings” by Flo — Click here to listen.

A heart-to-heart with her mother about the public dangers of alcohol abuse, helped Flo to realize that it is not enough to know WHAT you think about a particular topic, but to explore–no matter how painful the realization might be–WHY you believe what you do.

Want to Hear More?

I’ll be publishing all 31 recordings on my blog over the next month (three to four podcasts every three days), so be sure to check back, sign-up to receive posts via email, or subscribe to my RSS feed. You can also check the This I Believe directory to search by student name, topic, or publication date.

Creative Commons license

Each This I Believe podcast recording is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States license (read more about this license by clicking here). To post, publish, or use any recording (other than for private use), please contact me by email at l@lindenamueller.com and I will put you in contact with the student, who has retained all original copyrights.