Ch.4: Wie heißt du?: What's your name?


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What you will learn with film 4

"What is my name?" - the famous Grimm Brothers' story of “Rumpelstilzchen” is all about "names"....

...and my name is 'the Pied Piper of Hamelin'...

Some German children tell us their names...

..and their teacher calls out their names in doing her register.

You will see how to ask someone their name, and some easy ways to reply. You will hear some German names that are common today, and also some names of well-known characters in German folk-lore.

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We did a survey of first names in Germany

One school collected the first names of all the children in each class, and of their parents. When they exchanged lists with their German link school, they found that in Germany, some traditional names had become less popular, in favour of "international" names that have become popular though international stars of film and sport.

Do you think they found the English and German lists were very similar?

10 most popular names in Germany (2007)
Girls' Names

1. Marie

2. Sophie/Sofie

3. Maria

4 Anna / Anne

5. Leonie

6. Lena

7. Johanna

8. Charlotte

9. Hannah / Hanna

10. Sophia / Sofia

Boys' Names

1. Leon

2. Maximilian

3. Alexander

4. Paul

5. Luca

6. Lukas / Lucas

7. Felix

8. Elias

9. David

10. Jonas

Source: http://www.babycentre.co.uk/pregnancy/naming/top10namesaroundtheworld/

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Talking Point: “Rumpelstiltskin”

One class looked at this tale, and why it was told so often in the days when it was recirded by the Brothers Grimm. What was so resonant about the miller's daughter whose father foolishly boasted to the King that she was so talented she could even spin straw into gold?

They knew that, in despair, the daughter achieved the impossible by making rash promises to the strange little 'heloer' who came to her rescue - even agreeing that he could take her first-born baby.

They read the story in simple German, or English on the Voyage web site:


They compared the absolute power of monarchs in those days with the limited power of politicians in a modrn democracy.

Rumpelstilzchen - read the story in simple German

Beautifully illustrated vrsions of traditional Grimm Brothers' tales that fit with the Early start German suggested schemes of work.

Rumpelstilzchen in German only HB--£

Buy the English version as well, if you want help with the language of the story (sorry, no bilingual texts are available)
Rumpelstiltskin - Grimms' Fairy Tale in English PB --£

Rumpelstiltskin fairy story by Brothers Grimm
Our Prices: £ German /
£ English

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