La France magnifique et sa belle langue

November 28, 2009

 

Aus einem Facebook-Dialog mit Enni Sander (Toulouse)

Ich habe diesen Thread mal präventiv initiiert, chère Enni, damit Du hier schnell hemmungslos üben kannst und immer einen Freund hast, der Dir Tipps geben kann.

Ich hatte zwar Französisch bis zum Abi, konnte es aber kaum fließend sprechen. Als ich zwischendurch an der Pariser Sorbonne studierte, gab’s für mich eine Empfangsparty von einer Deutschen, die gerade an ihrer Doktorarbeit in Literatur schrieb. Dort lernte ich Annie, eine Anglistikstudentin, kennen und lieben. Brachte sie gleich in meinem Auto nachhause, und danach sahen wir uns täglich. Sie hatte einen großen Freundeskreis. Zusammen unternahmen wir viel.

Ich musste mir dann vor jedem Treffen ein paar coole Sprüche und Sätze ausdenken, die ich bei Annie oder ihren Freunden einfließen lassen wollte. Schon nach ein paar Tagen begann ich dann auf Französisch zu denken und zu träumen.

Ein kleiner Trick hat mir das Image eines Top-Fließendsprechenden eingebracht. Ich notierte mir anfangs alle Floskeln und Füllseln, die die Pariser routinemäßig verwenden. Diese baute ich dann wie am Schnürchen in meine Phrasen ein.

Mit Annie ging ich oft ins Kino rund ums Quartier Latin (Arrondissement Saint-Germains-des-Prés). Häufig war ich abends in der Comédie Française, um insbesondere Molière-Stücke zu sehen. Dieser versrhythmische Edelsprachstil hat sich dann quasi ergänzend noch bei mir eingenistet.

Annies Vater war Generaldirektor bei der staatseigenen Schnellbahn TGV. Die Familie hatte in der Loire-Gegend nördlich von Orléans ein Ferienhaus mit eigenem Tennisplatz. Wir fuhren öfters an den Wochenenden hin, um im Partykeller abzufeiern.

Da mir an der Sorbonne beim Examen auch eine mündliche Prüfung bevorstand, wofür man ein paar Gedichte zum Auswendigrezitieren und zur anschließenden Inhaltsbesprechung parat haben musste, hatte ihre Mutter, die Gymnasiallehrerin war, das mit mir – ganz professionell – geübt.

Ich kenne Frankreich – insgesamt – ziemlich gut. Speziell liebe ich die Côte d’Azur.

In Toulouse hatte mich die gotische Kathedrale fasziniert. Mit der Bundeswehr (bin Offizier d.R.) waren wir mal zu einer Austauschtruppenübung in der Nähe von Pau (südwestlich von T.) stationiert, wo es in der weiteren Umgebung viele begehbare Höhlen gibt. Von da aus machten wir Ausflüge in die Pyrenäen. Badete am Fuße eines Gletschers in einem wirklich eiskalten See (dabei schmerzten v.a. die Hoden). Zum Abschluss campten wir noch an einem kilometerlangen Atlantiksandstrand und mischten abends Biarritz auf (wo die russische Haute-Volée der Zarenzeit ihre – vor Richesse strotzenden – baustilistischen Spuren hinterlassen hatte).

Wollte Dir, chère Enni, ’la France et sa belle langue’ ein bisschen schmackhaft machen. Immerhin war das hochgeschätzte Französisch einstmals in ganz Kontinentaleuropa in den Adelskreisen und in der Bourgeoisie weit verbreitet.

Cordially, Frank – your amicable tutor 🙂

Supplementary: Enni’s Twitter Success

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European Executive Education at ESMT / USW

November 23, 2009

 

Olaf Plötner named Associate Dean of Executive Education
 

ESMT President Lars-Hendrik Röller has appointed Olaf Plötner to be ESMT’s Associate Dean of Executive Education. While remaining Managing Director of ESMT CS, he will also foster the growth of ESMT open enrollment programs.

“Olaf Plötner has a wealth of experience in executive education,” said Prof. Röller. “Under his leadership ESMT’s customized programs made it into the Financial Times rankings as the only German business school. Since 2004, more than 10,000 participants have taken advantage of our programs, and I look forward to continued expansion in this area.”

Read about many more valuable topics in the fresh ESMT Newsletter and, maybe, watch the  review video on the “Annual Forum 2009” (s. special report).

By the way – as an alumnus of ESMT / USW – I have already mentioned this foremost European leadership college at various occasions (e.g., Learning for Leading) within Haplif & Haplifnet.

Furthermore, there’re continuous ESMT updates available on Twitter as well as on Facebook.

haplif – Frank Kalder (Global Haplifnet)


U.S. & China prospected emission-reduction goals

November 20, 2009

 

The Obama administration is likely to offer emission-reduction targets at next month’s climate summit in Copenhagen, as long as the Chinese offer a proposal of their own.

U.S. reluctance to set a short-term emissions goal has been a sticking point in the U.N.-sponsored talks for nearly a year. Almost all industrialized nations, and many developing countries, have announced plans to curb their greenhouse-gas output by 2020. Neither the United States nor China — which is not obligated to do so under the U.N. framework, even though it ranks as the world’s biggest emitter — has done so, thereby hampering the prospects of an agreement… Read more at the Washington Post

Package of energy projects

During talks in Beijing, U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao endorsed a package of energy projects, including deals on clean coal and electric vehicles. Environmental analysts say the talks offer new hope the two countries will soon offer targets on emissions reduction… Read more at American Voice

Supplementary: Previous coverage on Obama’s China visit

haplif – Frank Kalder (Global Haplifnet)


Barack Obama in China – Shanghai & Beijing

November 17, 2009

 

Handpicked audience in Shanghai

Barack Obama held a historic town hall with around 500 Chinese students in Shanghai yesterday in which he discussed how the free flow of information actually makes countries stronger. The town hall was a more subdued affair than similar events in the States; as the New York Times noted, “the audience seemed handpicked by the government and many were members of the Communist Youth League, which is closely affiliated with President Hu Jintao.”… More at HuffPost (PHOTOS)  

Obama and China’s Hu Jintao pledge stronger ties

The two presidents agree to cooperate on nuclear and climate issues. But differences over trade and human rights are also evident at the meeting in Beijing (Los Angeles Times)  

haplif – Frank Kalder (Global Haplifnet)


APEC leaders committed to concluding the DOHA ROUND

November 15, 2009

 

Asia-Pacific leaders ended their summit in Singapore today with a final statement that pledged a conclusion of the Doha Round of global trade talks in 2010, but removed targets for carbon emissions cuts.

The 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit dropped a target to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2050, despite declaring climate change one of the biggest global challenges.

The APEC leaders also rejected all forms of protectionism and said they would commit to concluding the Doha Round of trade talks next year.  The talks have been deadlocked over disagreements between developing and developed nations on cutting farm subsidies and tariffs… Read more at Voice of America    

 haplif – Frank Kalder (Global Haplifnet)


The World’s Best Universities (PHOTOS & POLL)

November 7, 2009

This week, the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) published its 2009 list of the best 500 universities. The annual ranking, which is in its seventh year, began at Shanghai Jiao Tong University as an attempt to measure the performance of Chinese post-secondary education relative to the rest of the world. But according to The Economist, it’s since become “the most widely used annual ranking of the world’s research universities.”

Which isn’t to say the ARWU methodology is without its critics. One researcher reported that the results “cannot be reproduced,” and others have pointed out that the criteria used to determine the ranking, which include counting how many Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals have been won, as well as the number of articles published in Nature and Science, by staff and graduates, skew the results toward science and mathRead more at Huffington Post  

Supplementary:  Ranking – European leadership college ESMT

haplif – Frank Kalder (Global Haplifnet)


German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s historic address to US Congress

November 4, 2009

 

Transatlantic Relations

Merkel was the first German chancellor since 1957 to address both houses of the US Congress. But despite the honor, the main focus of her US visit is December’s climate change conference.

Clear target expected from the United States

The USA’s role at the conference is seen as crucial to its success; however, opposition within the US Senate to a domestic climate bill sponsored by the Democrats is a big hurdle. Should the Senate be unable to agree on legislation to cut greenhouse-gas emissions before the summit, the Obama administration will have its hands tied in Copenhagen.

“Fighting climate change is one of the global tasks that can not be delayed,” Merkel said in her Web speech, but warned that it is not clear yet that Copenhagen will in fact be a success… Read more at Deutsche Welle 

Obama and German Chancellor Merkel met to discuss climate change, Afghanistan, etc

“Chancellor Merkel has been an extraordinary leader on the issue of climate change,” Obama said yesterday morning. “And the United States, Germany, and countries around the world, I think, are all beginning to recognize why it is so important that we work in common in order to stem the potential catastrophe that could result if we continue to see global warming continuing unabated.” (Los Angeles Times)  

haplif – Frank Kalder (Global Haplifnet)