Advanced German: Language, culture and history
Advanced German: Language, culture and history

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

Free course

Advanced German: Language, culture and history

Übung 5

Hören Sie sich Teil 2 des Hörberichts an und machen Sie sich auf Englisch zu den folgenden Punkten Notizen:

  • dyke-building over the centuries;

  • heathen customs;

  • the flood of 1962;

  • the East Frisian character;

  • the interrelationship between the landscape and the East Frisian character.

Download this audio clip.Audio player: lzx313_1_002s.mp3
Interactive feature not available in single page view (see it in standard view).
Transcript353KB PDF document

Answer

As well as helping you to record important information, note-taking under specific headings as in this activity is a useful technique that will help you check your understanding of the main points.

  1. Dyke-building over the centuries:

    • crucial activity throughout the centuries, was always a matter of life or death;

    • oldest dykes date from eleventh century;

    • those dykes provided protection only in summer;

    • in winter they could not contain the floods;

    • from thirteenth century onwards so-called winter dykes were built;

    • these protected larger areas all year round.

  2. Heathen customs:

    • animals and humans were sacrificed to protect dykes;

    • example of baby that was sacrificed can be seen in museum.

  3. Flood of 1962:

    • dyke gave way;

    • debris from dyke was slung against house walls, walls gave way;

    • whole row of houses had to be cleared to shore up dyke;

    • children were sent home from school;

    • situation was very threatening.

  4. East Frisian character:

    • home-loving people (‘rooted in the soil’), don't like to be moved;

    • rather cold and distant but with dry sense of humour (rather like English sense of humour);

    • local communities very important to them, like to celebrate and keep local customs alive.

  5. Interrelationship between landscape and the East Frisian character:

    • very distinct group of people with their own way of life, result of barren landscape;

    • large meadows, open landscape, causing solitary/isolated existence with little communication and some loss of social skills.

L313_2

Take your learning further371

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses372.

If you are new to university level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. Find out Where to take your learning next?373 You could either choose to start with an Access courses374or an open box module, which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification.

Not ready for University study then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn375 and sign up to our newsletter376 to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371