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Taking a Break: Pause at Waldsee

Published: November 10, 2019

Twice a day, we take a Pause (break) — but there is no break from practicing German and experiencing aspects of German culture. There are lots of activities to participate in during each Pause, from Kartenspiele (card games) to Volleyball (volleyball), and there are even some special places around Waldsee that are only open during Pause.

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One of these places is the Bank (bank), where villagers can come up to the counter at German banks like Sparkasse, Deutsche Bank, and Commerzbank and take out up to 4 Euros per day. In order to make a withdrawal from their account, villagers must bring their Pass (Concordia Language Village passport) and answer the question of the day from our Betreuer (counselors) serving as bank tellers. (Villagers, parents, and guardians can deposit American dollars at the bank at the beginning of the session, which are converted into Euros for use at Waldsee. All remaining funds will be converted back into dollars and returned at the end of the session).

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After making a withdrawal at the Bank, villagers can head down to Cafe Einbeck to buy a German snack or soda! At Cafe Einbeck, villagers practice asking questions like “Wie viel kostet das?” (How much does that cost?) and answering questions like “Was möchten Sie?” (What would you like?). In order to buy a package of Haribo or a can of Spezi, villagers have to ask and answer these questions at the Kasse (cash register). It is a great opportunity to use the words Sie and Ihnen, which are used for the “formal you” in German.

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Pause is also a great time to go and visit the Laden for some Waldsee gear! Villagers can stop by the Laden for Waldsee T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and much more. Lehrlinge (high school apprentices) and villagers who would like to become Waldsee Mensch can even opt to work at the Laden or the Bank during Pause.

Lehrlinge act as the Kellner (servers) during Waldsee Cafe during the second Pause of the day. Our all-star Waldsee bakery team prepares fresh, authentic cakes and baked goods from all around German-speaking Europe. Villagers can sit at the tables outside Cafe Einbeck and enjoy a traditional afternoon Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake) and enjoy favorites like the Austrian Sachertorte (Sacher cake) and German Bienenstichkuchen (bee sting cake). 

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After Pause, it’s time to go back to the Familien und Gesprächsgruppen (small language groups) to continue learning different German vocabulary and concepts in a more structured learning setting. Pause is a great part of the day, because villagers are still learning and absorbing more German, even though they think they’re on a break.

Get ready to sit back, relax, eat some Kuchen, and learn more German in Summer 2020! We can’t wait to see you, whether it’s your first time at Waldsee or coming back after decades for our Alumni Weekend, July 17-19!