Are you always on the lookout for some quirky German learning ideas? How about 15 ideas for December?
I’ve picked 15 of those days to give you some fun ideas for practising your German – enjoy!
3 December National Roof over Your Head Day – Nationaler Dach-über-dem-Kopf-Tag
This is the day to be thankful about having a roof over your head. For German learners this might also be a good day to describe your house, giving as much detail as your German knowledge allows.
5 December International Volunteer Day – Internationaler Tag des Ehrenamtes
Are you a volunteer? Write a little article in German about what you do, or what you would like to do if you had the time.
6 December Saint Nicholas Day – Nikolaus
Have you been good over the year? Write a letter to St Nicholas telling him how good you’ve been ☺
10 December Human Rights Day – Tag der Menschenrechte
Do some research about Human Rights in German. If you feel that the vocab will be too difficult, google “Menschenrechte für Kinder erklärt” which will give you websites and YouTube videos with explanations about human rights but aimed at German children.
11 December International Mountain Day – Internationaler Tag der Berge
How much do you know about mountains in Germany? Do you know which is the highest one? Have you been on any? Either find out more or write about your experiences.
12 December Poinsettia Day – Tag des Weihnachtssterns
Whether you’ll buy a poinsettia today or not, find out how to look after them, but look for German information.
13 December Violin Day – Tag der Violine
Can you draw and label a violin in German? Find out what the German names for bow and stings are. and see if you can find any other useful information. You may also like to go to YouTube and listen to German violinist David Garrett, who is a fantastic player (I found out while researching for ‘violin’ ideas)
14 December Monkey Day – Affentag
If you wanted to learn the German names of all the animals there are, it would take you a LONG time, so as it’s Monkey Day, let’s just find out about the many ape varieties and what their German names are. Alternatively, if you have a favourite monkey, find some German information about it.
18 December Bake Cookies Day – Back-Kekse-Tag
Need to do some last minute baking for Christmas? Why not bake some German Christmas cookies? (Or go and buy some ☺)
20 December Go Caroling Day – Geh-Sternsingen-Tag
Whether you actually go out and sing or just do it in your own four walls (or in the shower), find some German Christmas Carols on YouTube and try to sing with them.
21 December Look on the Bright Side Day – Sieh-es-positiv-Tag
How’s your German learning progressing? Not as well as you’d hoped? Take today to find some positive things about your German learning Journey and ‘look on the bright side’!
24 December Christmas Eve – Heiligabend
As the Germans exchange their presents this evening, find out some more about German Christmas traditions (Weihnachtstraditionen)
27 December Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day – Bastle-ausgeschnittene-Schneeflocken-Tag
Make some paper snowflakes but follow German instructions. There are lots of German websites and vidoes about it.
28 December Card Playing Day – Tag des Kartenspielens
A great day to try out some German card games. Do you know what Skat, Doppelkopf or Mau mau is? Find out about them or any other German card games. Maybe you even get the chance to play them.
31 December New Year’s Eve – Silvester
This is the day to find out about German New Year’s Eve traditions and – of course – the day to watch ‘Dinner for One’ ☺
There you are, 15 quirky ideas for practising your German. Which one are you looking forward to do, or (once you’ve done them) which one did you enjoy the most?
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