Educational video

I was asked to give a little presentation at the Deutschkolleg. Didn’t know that they wanted to record it. Well, now “München in Bildern - Eindrücke der bayerischen Landeshauptstadt” may be used in some classes.

According to teachers many Chinese learn their presentations by heart instead of speaking freely. The video should give a good example. I hope it will.

Writing hanzi


A Kazakh classmate and I had to write the hanzi for the new lesson on the whiteboard. With the help of the book, so it wasn’t too difficult.


The result.


Only one minor correction on my side.


The horizontal stroke at the first character of number eleven was wrongly inclined.

107 Yuan


But very good and enough for two meals.

Artifical language

Why don’t I learn Lojban. Seems to be so much easier than Chinese.

German textbooks

A Chinese friend wants to learn German. I’ll help her and so I spent about an hour looking for a good textbook. Most of them teach German that might be spoken in China but certainly not in Germany.

I finally found two good ones and chose the latter because it also features a workbook and another one for listening comprehension.

Deutsch Intensiv
Studienweg Deutsch

Guided painting

Elementary Chinese

A Korean or Japanese classmate and I had to write signs on the blackboard. He did the dozen red ones on the left side, mine are the two ones in the circles on the upper right side. The ones below show how they’re supposed to look. Not that bad. But I was guided by others. They told me exactly what to paint: A horizontal line, two vertical ones, the sign for human – large –, another line and a box on top of it.


Another attempt to communicate with a classmate. She could tell me that she’s not Japanese but Mongolian. From which city? Yes. Which language do they speak there? Yes. I said okay and gave up.

Learning German

Here’s a text from a German exam in China. It explains why Germans like women with darker skin while Chinese prefere those with a lighter tone.

German exam
German exam

But my favorite is still this dialog from a textbook:

Learning German

A: Hello, Mr. Muller.
B: Hello, Mrs. Krug.
A: How are you?
B: Good, thank you.
A: Really?
B: Yes, everything’s ok.
A: Really?
B: Yes, I am very well.
A: Aha.
B: Wonderful.
A: Aaah.
B: Yes, life is so beautiful.


Preliminary discussion of the thesis I’ll write in China. They told me to stop the moment I think it’s getting too dangerous…


One of my professors recorded his lecture last year and instead of driving to Munich I watch these videos. One of them didn’t end with the professor leaving the room, it went on.

There were some wind players, slides with space shuttles and the solar system and then Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Wolfgang A. Herrmann, president of Technische Universität München appeared and started to talk about Prof. Bulirsch. I know that our president likes to call the university, because of its abbreviation TUM, Top University of Munich but I haven’t known that joke yet:

Und dann schließlich zurückberufen, als Ordinarius für Höhere Mathematik an die Technische Hoschschule München die damals gerade schon Technische Universität München hieß und jeder weiß mittlerweile was diese drei Buchstaben bedeuten. Von hinten rein gelesen bedeuten sie, lesen sie sich wie Mut und Mut, denke ich, für die Zukunft, können wir auch haben.

And then finally called back as full professor of higher mathematics to the Technische Hochschule München which was already called Technische Universität München at that time and by now everyone knows what these three letters mean. Read from behind they mean, they read like courage [Mut is German for courage] and courage, I think, is what we can also have for the future.


I think they should accept cooking asparagus as pre-study industrial practical. It contains chipping technology as well as heat treatment and it’s a very serious matter: If all the water accidentally boils away you get roast asparagus. ;-)

Compelling offers

Amazon offered me some great things today. Books about elastostatics and maths for engineers, another one about programming in C and a scientific calculator. Halleluja.

Streamed maths

A new episode of Where’s my lecture? Today I found out that they had changed room and time on short notice so that they could stream freshmen maths in our intended lecture hall.

50 minutes

The freshmen wrote their mechanics exam this morning, so there’s only information technology left. My last one for the time being is flight mechanics which will start in 50 minutes. Wish me luck.

(It’s time that it ends, my script starts to fall apart.)

The date and the bike

The lecture Produktentwicklung und Konstruktion (PuK), product development and construction design) teaches how to generate various ideas for technical products.

How would you close a pitted, almond-filled date? I used, amongst others, excess pressure while the proposed solutions contained throwing it on the ground as well as shooting two balls at it.

Today’s exam was trickier, it was about a highly realistic bicycle trainer which permitted tilting and could simulate inclines.

Photos and libraries

I should be in Cham by now as taking pictures for the family album is more important than two exams next week… Anyway, I’ll head for the University Library first, the TribüHne second and finally the State Library. I can still drive home when it closes at midnight. Positive side-effect: There won’t be any trucks on the roads.


Today was the third intermediate exam, Materials Science. There are only two left. Keep up, you’ll make it!

Awaiting Chinese books

I finally decided to get the books of the New Approaches To Learning Chinese series: Intensive Spoken Chinese, The Most Common Chinese Radicals and Rapid Literacy in Chinese. The reviews are quite promising and the method convinced me. As the books are already sent, I hope they’ll arrive tomorrow.

Second legal state examination

According to an article on the German news site Spiegel Online, the Second Legal State Examination is one of the hardest exams worldwide:

Denn das zweite juristische Staatsexamen gilt als eine der schwierigsten Prüfungen der Welt. Gut jeder fünfte Referendar scheitert im ersten Anlauf.

The Second Legal State Examination is reckoned one of the most difficult exams worldwide. Almost every fifth trainee fails at the first attempt.

Every fifth, ok, so 80 percent pass. I think many candidates here would be highly pleased with that quota.

Chinese textbooks

The Chinese course I attended last year used the book Chinesisch für Deutsche (Chinese for Germans). The problem is that it doesn’t contain information on how to write Chinese characters at all. You have to figure it out by yourself. And the first dialogs are about mother, father, cat, dog and the fact that some students learn while others have a break. Not the kind of vocabulary that I suppose is most needed during the first days in Shanghai.

So I think about getting a new book. ChinesePod is going to cover Integrated Chinese throughout the next semester. I also read about the New Practical Chinese Reader which is prefered by some reviewers. How on earth should I know which one is better?


I’m almost the only one not studying abroad (yet) or doing an internship there but I’m the only one keeping the others posted about what’s going on, or at least I’m trying to. And what’s coming back? Some news from Stockholm and Cambridge, hardly any from Gran Canaria and none from the States.

Bad day

A burglar stole things from a friend, I got the results of an exam that were not as desired, what’s coming next?

First intermediate exams

Today is the first day of intermediate exams for the freshmen. They have to pass five exams now, starting with Technical Electricity, and another six next year.

Good luck to all of you!