Summer Reading Program

We were very excited to partner with the Tempe Library this summer as part of their Summer Reading Program!  Our school donated 1 semester of German Learning for their incentive program.  We would like to congratulate Brenda Cranson and her daughter Jordan for winning this years class!  Please check out Tempe Public Library for next Summer’s reading program.  See you there!



German School Phoenix Success Story

Today, Frau Cindy had coffee with Jeffrey Nardone.  Jeffrey came to the German School in Spring of 2016 and took the Beginner 2 class with Frau Cindy.   Today, he is living in Passau, Germany and is an opera singer with the Landestheater Niederbayern, where he sings in leading roles. This past season, was in many productions, among them 2 highlights: he played the baron in the Zigeunerbaron and Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar. He is also enjoying the benefits of working in Germany. This summer, he has 8 weeks paid vacation. Jeffrey is continuing his German studies in Passau. It is great to see the success of students and to catch up for a brief moment of free time while Frau Cindy is on a Danube River Cruise with her husband.

Another GSP success story!

Frau Cindy and
Jeffrey Nardone

How much can a baby remember?

Do you remember the lullaby that your Grandma sang to you while you were 6 months old?  No?  This study shows that if Grandma sang the song to you again, chances are it would sound familiar to you, even if you haven’t heard it since you were 6 months old.  Language and it’s vocal patterns can also be identified by infants as young as 3 months.

Happy 70th Anniversary!

Anniversary’s are special.  They mark a milestone of a life shared together with all it’s ups and downs.  Merle and Helen Pipho hold a special place with the German School Phoenix as well.  20 years ago, they worked to start a school to teach local adults and children the German language.  Since then over 500 students, both children and adults, have attended German classes presented by what is now named German School Phoenix.

Helen and Merle celebrate another momentous milestone.  They are celebrating 70 years of marriage.  Keep on dancing… even when the music stops. Sing that special song in your hearts… even when it sounds off key. Only true love like yours can create a lifetime of cherished memories… and a romance that last forever.  We wish you a very Happy Anniversary!

Founders of the German School Phoenix

Did you retain any of that language?

Did you take a language class in School?  How much do you remember?  Did it benefit you at all?

Here’s a study that says even if you don’t remember any of the vocabulary or words of a foreign language, there are still benefits to your brain.

1. You’ll Become A More Intuitive Problem-Solver

Sometimes we need to step away from learning all the grammar rules and just simply listen to a language.  Listening and hearing how it sounds can be a great way growing your intuition on how a language should be spoken.

2. You’ll Get Better At Messing Up

Riding a bike wasn’t always easy.  You had to practice, and fall down many times before zipping along on your bike.  And even if you haven’t ridden your bike in a long time, a few wobbly blocks might be all it takes before you can ride like a kid again.  Practice, practice practice.

3. You’ll Start Seeing Things From Fresh Angles

Learning a new language means also opening yourself up to new cultures.  Different cultures perceive things differently, from how you organize your home to the logical transportation to work.  Exposing yourself to multicultural opportunity leaves the door open to creativity and a different way of thinking.


Congratulations Jennifer Martinez-Sanchez

Congratulations to Jennifer Martinez-Sanchez of the German School Phoenix in Tempe, Arizona. Jennifer has been awarded the Gold Medal and received special recognition on the Presidential Honor Roll for outstanding performance on the 2016-2017 National German Exam for High School Students. Jennifer received this award after scoring in the 93rd percentile on the Level 2 2016-2017 National German Exam sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).

Over 21,000 students participated in the exam this year. The National German Exam, now in its 56th year, rewards students through an extensive prize program and provide a means of comparing students in all regions of the US. Hal Boland, teacher of German at Heritage High School in Leesburg, Virginia and AATG President said, “The outstanding performance of these German students in our national competition brings honor to their school, their district, and their German program. The AATG salutes their tremendous accomplishment and the great work their teachers do.”

Founded in 1926, the AATG represents German teachers at all levels of instruction. The AATG is dedicated to the advancement and improvement of the teaching of language, literature, and culture of the German‐speaking countries.

Jennifer Martinez-Sanchez is a student of Arun Ryan, German teacher at German School Phoenix.


German Easter Traditions

The Easter weekend is upon us and it’s always fun to look at traditions from around the world.  Dying Easter eggs is one of the oldest traditions for Easter time.  Some say that the egg is linked to fertility.  Others point out that traditionally during Lent, eggs were banned.  People would then decorate them and celebrate by eating the festive eggs on Easter morning.

Easter eggs and the Easter egg tree was a tradition brought to the United States from German Immigrants.  The eggs would first be blown, and then painted before you hang them on a tree.  Although the tree portion didn’t catch on in popularity in the United States, you can still find Easter Trees as a tradition throughout Germany.

German Traditions

  • Note – The most famous Easter Egg tree was located in an apple tree in the garden of Volker Kraft in Saalfeld, Thuringia.  The family has ended this tradition in 2015 with a climax of 10,000 eggs.  Most of the eggs were then donated to a local museum.

World of Business

You know that International Business is important and you know that learning a new language would give you the advantage over other prospective job seekers.  But there are so many languages available!  How do you choose which one or two to start learning?  Which language would help you the most?

The answer really lies in your career path.  Do you work in Engineering, Mining or Machinery?  Try German.  Do you work with Textiles, Airplanes or Machine tools?  Try French.  Food and Beverage?  Ship building?  Spanish might be the one for you.


Exploring language in all forms of communication

We all want what is best for our children.  I think most people can agree on that.  One of the best things we can do for our children is make sure that their language skills are at their best.  Language really takes on all forms of communication, reading, writing and speaking skills.  When a child knows their language, they can continue to learn and grow.

Studies have also shown that children who take on a second language early on score higher in their communication ability.  Not just in the secondary language, but also in the mother tongue.  This love of communication and language will serve our children well throughout their lives.

Are you speaking proper English?

The more I travel, the more English I hear. Catch phrases and idioms have crept into British English. Americanized words have even found their way into German or Spanish (Everyone knows what the word “computer” means). Much of this has to do with media. American sitcoms (think Seinfeld or Friends) have taken the world by storm. But is the era of spreading American jargon gone? Have we reached a point where there are so many different opportunities and choices that American film, TV and music isn’t the worldwide domination we once had?   Some seem to think so.

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