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Christmas in Germany - for the first time

Almost fifty CDTF students have been calling Paderborn and Paderborn University their home for a little over eight weeks. Quite a few students still have to get used to lectures held in German only.

Not every lecturer is permanently considerate of students who are not native German-speakers. Prior to every class, unfamiliar German-language technical terms have to identified in the script and translated. After class, the notes need to be completed and discussed with fellow students. And last but not least, there are labs and tutorials to attend. During their first semester in Paderborn, most CDTF students prepare for four to five subject examinations scheduled eight to ten weeks from now. Other CDTF students are still enrolled in DSH language courses, preparing for their level exams. Those who passed the placement test for level B1, will continue in a B2-level course next quarter.

During the week before Christmas, as part of the supplementary cultural program, Karina Rohlfing told the Chinese students many interesting things about the Advent and Christmas season and how German families celebrate this time. Her talk about the four Advent candles, the nativity scene and its most important persons as well as about x-mas trees and elaborately wrapped presents was still highly theoretical for most of the students. They were, however, very interested in savoring star-shaped cinnamon cookies (Zimtsterne), spiced cookies (Spekulatius), ginger bread (Lebkuchen), dominoes (chocolate-covered cubic ginger bread filled with jelly) and other festive treats.

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