Learn German with “German for Beginners”

Former Dickinson German professor Sandra Alfers developed a great app called “German for Beginners”!

Whether you start learning German or simply want to review certain grammatical units, the app’s modular structure supported by pictures and narrated by Sandra herself allows both. You will also find multiple choice tests at the end of each unit. The app will cover pronunciation, the alphabet, numbers, verb conjugations, cases, prepositions, basic vocabulary – plus: cultural information about Germany.

For more information about the program and about the developer Sandra Alfers, Ph.D., please go to:


Make sure you also visit (and like) the app’s fanpage under:


Fair trade!

July King ’12 at UTAMTSI’s stand in Baltimore

In June, Prof. Antje Pfannkuchen (German Department), former exchange student Julie King ’12 and Jens Schröder (Program Coordinator) visited the sustainable coffee company UTAMTSI outside Bremen (see blog entry below). The company is already engaged in educating Dickinson students in sustainable coffee production and its fair distribution in Cameroon. Back in June, both sides expressed their wish to cooperate more closely together and share expertise and knowledge about sustainable planting methods. Now, a first step is accomplished: Morin Fobissie Kamga, one of the founders of UTAMTSI, visited Dickinson this week and is now in Baltimore attending a conference about sustainable food production. At the conference, Morin is supported by – yes – Julie King. The triangle Bremen-Cameroon-Dickinson works in a true Dickinson spirit: globally and sustainably!

But there is more: in the same week, Bremen was awarded the title “Germany’s Capitol of Fair Trade”, recognizing Bremen’s efforts to promote fair trade projects across the city. Find the newspaper article here (in German):