Tuesday, September 30, 2014

German: Paul van Dyk and Peter Heppner - Wir sind wir (song)




Here is Christina with another German song!
This time: "Wir sind wir" ("We Are Who We Are") by Paul van Dyk and Peter Heppner.




Here are the lyrics in German with English translation:

Deutsch
Wir sind wir

Tag um Tag, Jahr um Jahr,
Wenn ich durch diese Straßen geh,
Seh ich, wie die Ruinen dieser Stadt
Wieder zu Häusern auferstehen.

Doch bleiben viele Fenster leer,
Für viele gab es keine Wiederkehr.
Und über das, was grad noch war,
Spricht man heute
lieber gar nicht mehr.

Doch ich frag, ich frag mich, wer wir sind.
Wir sind wir. Wir stehen hier.
Aufgeteilt, besiegt und doch,
Schließlich leben wir ja noch.
Wir sind wir. Wir stehen hier.
Das kanns doch nicht gewesen sein.

Keine Zeit zum Traurigsein.
Wir sind wir. Wir stehen hier.
Wir sind wir.

Auferstanden aus Ruinen dachten wir,
Wir hätten einen Traum vollbracht.
40 Jahre zogen wir an einem Strang,
aus Asche haben wir Gold gemacht.

Jetzt ist mal wieder alles anders,
Und was vorher war,
ist heute nichts mehr wert.
Jetzt können wir haben, was wir wollen,
Aber wollten wir nicht eigentlich viel mehr?
Und ich frag, ich frag mich, wo wir stehen.
Wir sind wir. Wir stehen hier.
Wieder Eins in einem Land,
Superreich und abgebrannt.

Wir sind wir. Wir stehen hier.
So schnell kriegt man uns nicht klein,
Keine Zeit zum Bittersein.
Wir sind wir. Wir stehen hier.
Wir sind wir.

Wir sind wir.
Aufgeteilt, besiegt und doch,
Schließlich gibt es uns ja immer noch.

Wir sind wir.
Und wir werden‘s überstehen,
Denn das Leben muss ja weitergehen.

Wir sind wir.
Das ist doch nur ein schlechter Lauf.
So schnell geben wir doch jetzt nicht auf.
English Translation
We are who we are

Day by day, year by year
When I walk through these streets
I see the ruins of this city
Rise again as buildings.

But many windows remain empty
For many there was no return.
And about the way it used to be
One would rather not talk
About it any more today.

But I wonder, I wonder, who we are.
We are who we are! We stand here!
Divided, defeated, but
We are still alive!
We are who we are. We stand here.
That cannot have been it

There’s no time to be sad
We are who we are! We stand here!
We are who we are!

Risen from the ruins we thought
We had made a dream come true.
For 40 years we pulled in one direction
From ashes we made gold.

Now everything is different again
And what used to be
Is now worth nothing.
Now we can have what we want
But didn’t we actually want a lot more?
And I wonder, I wonder where we stand.
We are who we are! We stand here.
United again in one country
Super rich and completely broke

We are who we are! We stand here!
You can’t get us down so easily
There’s no time to be bitter.
We are who we are! We stand here!
We are who we are!

We are who we are!
Divided, defeated, but
We are still around.

We are who we are!
We will endure
Because life must go on.

We are who we are!
This is just a bad run
We won’t give up that quickly now.




Here you can find more information about Paul van Dyk:
http://www.paulvandyk.com/

And here about Peter Heppner:
http://www.peter-heppner.com/landingpages/my-heart-of-stone/medley.php




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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Jobs: Assistant Professor of German (Northern Michigan University)


From SimplyHired.com

Northern Michigan University 
Assistant Professor of German 

POSITION - The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Northern Michigan University is pleased to announce the availability of a three-year term position in German at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 2015. Northern Michigan University, with 8,600 students and 180 degree programs, is located along the shore of Lake Superior in the vibrant, historic city of Marquette, consistently named a top spot in the nation to raise a family, vacation, and enjoy an excellent quality of life. See more at www.nmu.edu/marquette. 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES - Teach 24 credit hours per academic year of German language, culture, and literature courses, with the possibility of teaching in the International Studies program. Advise students and participate in service at the department level. 

QUALIFICATIONS - The minimum requirements for this position are: 1) Ph.D. completed in German by time of appointment, 2) experience teaching various levels of German language, literature and culture, 3) active research agenda, 4) native or near-native fluency in German and English, 5) experience/interest in teaching international studies courses. Experience teaching another language and experience/interest in leading study abroad programs are highly desirable. 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED - Candidates must have the ability to: develop and deliver curriculum; meet the demands of the position in a timely manner; and assess student learning outcomes. In addition, candidates should have good oral and written communication skills and good interpersonal skills. 

APPLICATION AND DEADLINE - The position will be posted until November 10, 2014. Submit a letter of application (specifically addressing suitability to the position requirements), CV, names and contact information for at least 3 references, and unofficial transcripts through NMU's employment website: https://employMe.nmu.edu. 

NMU offers competitive compensation packages. 

NMU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities, and is strongly committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty.

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Jobs: Assistant Professor of Japanese (Miami Ohio)


From ScholarlyHires.com

Duties

Teach full load of Japanese language, literature, and culture courses at all undergraduate levels in both Japanese and English; maintain an active research program with scholarly publications; provide service to the University.

Basic Qualifications

Ph.D. by time of appointment. Near native fluency in Japanese and English and demonstrated teaching excellence.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Submit a cover letter, your curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation to apply.interfolio.com/26364. If you are unable to attach letters of reference via the link, they may be submitted via email to schrodjl@MiamiOH.edu.

 


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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Project-Based Learning: Making Sense Of It


Hi all, below is an informative article I came across detailing the characteristics of Project-Based Learning. The article compares PBL to the proliferation of different types of "-based Learning" that have come about in recent years.

Project-Based Learning


  • Have you successfully used PBL in your courses?
  • What advantages and disadvantages do you see in using PBL?

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Jobs: Assistant Professor, German and Portuguese


From SimplyHired.com

Requisition Number 1400172F
Internal or External Search External - Open to all applicants
General Information of Campus and Unit
New Mexico State University is a comprehensive land-grant institution of higher learning accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities. An active research university, NMSU anchors the southern end of New Mexicos Rio Grande Research Corridor, exceeding $140 million in research and public service expenditures. NMSU is classified as a Hispanic-serving institution by the federal government with a total minority enrollment over 48%. Home to the states NASA Space Grant Program, NMSU is located in Las Cruces, which features desert mesas, the farmlands of the Rio Grande Valley, and the Organ Mountains, an extension of the Rocky Mountain chain. The University is committed to building a cultural diverse educational environment.
Position Number 199618
Position Job Title College Assistant Professor, German and Portuguese
Rank Assistant Professor
Tenure Status Non-Tenure Track
Position Summary
All university positions are contingent upon availability of funding. All offers of empoloyment, oral and written, are contingent on the universitys verification of credentials and other information required by federal law, state law, and NMSU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a criminal history check.
Required Qualifications
Minimum of M.A. in hand by January 2015 in a field related to language and/or language pedagogy. Native/near-native proficiency in both German and Portuguese.
Preferred Qualifications (optional)
Previous teaching experience at college level is preferred. Ability to teach a diverse student population is a plus.
Special Requirements of the Position
Successful candidate will teach a split load of introductory to advanced courses in German and Portuguese languages and cultures at the undergraduate level, face to face and online as needed by the department.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicants must upload all required documents including letter of interest, C.V., and transcripts. Letters of reference should be uploaded by the letter writer. For questions, please contact Jay Venegas by e-mail at jvenegas@nmsu.edu.
Campus/Work Site
Appointment Status Regular, Full-time
Appointment Full-time Equivalency 1.0
Appointment Base Academic
Posting Date 09/05/2014
Closing Date 10/15/2014
Target Salary Rate Competitive
Position funded by grant or other form of temporary funding No
Anticipated Job Begin Date (optional) 01/08/2015
Anticipated Job End Date, if applicable (optional)


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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

German: Madsen - Du schreibst Geschichte (song)




Here is Christina with another German song!
This time: "Du schreibst Geschichte" ("You Write History") by the German rock band Madsen.




Here are the lyrics in German with English translation:




Du schreibst Geschichte 

Deutsch

Weil die Welt 
sich so schnell dreht,
Weil die Zeit 

so schnell vergeht,
Kommst du nicht hinterher.
Weil die Hektik 

sich nicht legt
Und du 

in der Masse untergehst,
Bist du ein Tropfen 

im Meer.

Doch du lebst länger 

als ein Leben lang.
Du bist das, 

womit alles begann.

Du schreibst Geschichte
Mit jedem Schritt,
Mit jedem Wort
Setzt du sie fort.
Du schreibst Geschichte
An jedem Tag,
Denn jetzt und hier
Bist du ein Teil von ihr.

Weil ein Monster 

vor dir steht
Und dir bedrohlich 

in die Augen sieht,
Bist du lieber still.
Weil jeder dir erzählt,
Wer du bist 

und was dir fehlt,
Vergisst du, 

was du sagen willst.

Doch du lebst länger 

als ein Leben lang.
Du bist das, 

womit alles begann.

Du schreibst Geschichte
Mit jedem Schritt,
Mit jedem Wort
Setzt du sie fort.
Du schreibst Geschichte
An jedem Tag,
Denn jetzt und hier
Bist du ein Teil von ihr.

Weil du nur einmal lebst,
Willst du, dass sich was bewegt,
Bevor du gehst.
You Write History

English Translation

Because the world 
turns so quickly,
Because time 

goes by so fast,
You just don’t keep up.
Because the hectic pace 

doesn’t slow
And you 

just disappear into the masses
You are just a drop 

in the ocean.

But you live longer 

than a lifetime.
You are that 

with which everything began.

You write history
With every step
With every word
You carry it forward.
You write history
Each day
‘Cause here and now
You’re a part of it.

Since a monster 

is standing in front of you
Looking threateningly 

into your eyes,
It’s better if you’re silent.
Since everyone tells you
Who you are 

and what you’re lacking,
You forget 

what you wanted to say.

But you live longer 

than a lifetime.
You are that 

with which everything began.

You write history
With every step
With every word
You carry it forward.
You write history
Each day
‘Cause here and now
You’re a part of it.

Since you only live once,
You want to make a difference,
Before you go.





If you want to find out more about Madsen, you should check out their official website:
http://www.madsenmusik.de/




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Monday, September 22, 2014

Jobs: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of German Studies (University of Colorado Boulder)



From SimplyHired.com

Posting Description
The Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in German Studies, to begin August 2015. The successful candidate will be expected to teach in the department’s interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs, including a new PhD program in German, to conduct research in his or her areas of expertise, and to provide service to the department and the university. Candidates with any research specialty in German culture after 1750 will be considered, but expertise in one or more of the following areas is especially desirable: Romanticism; gender studies; queer theory; psychoanalysis. Candidates with a completed PhD in German or a related field are preferred, and native or near-native fluency in German is required.
Applicants must complete the online application information at https://www.jobsatcu.com, posting #F01620, and submit a letter of application, CV, and the name and email addresses of three references. Applicants are requested not to submit teaching portfolios or other materials with the initial application. Inquiries about the position should be directed to the chair of the Search Committee, Davide Stimilli (gsll@Colorado.EDU).
Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.
The University of Colorado Boulder is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at hr-ada@colorado.edu.
Minimum Qualifications
Required Competencies/Knowledge, Skills and abilities
Desired Qualifications
Special instructions to applicants
To be included with application:
Letter of Application
Curriculum Vitae
Names and e-mail addresses of three professional references



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Incorporating Game-Based Learning



We all enjoy doing some games in class now and then. Sometimes these are just used to fill time though. However, Michele Huppert, in the blog post linked below challenges educators to incorporate educational games in the classroom.

http://smartblogs.com/education/2014/08/25/integrating-game-based-learning-into-the-school-year/?utm_source=brief

  • What types of quality educational games and game-like activities can we do in the language classroom? 
  •  Are games something purely for the lower level courses?


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Jobs: Assistand Professor of French Literature (Johns Hopkins University)



From SimplyHired.com

## General Description:
The Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures at Johns Hopkins University (http://grll.jhu.edu) is seeking applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of French Literature with expertise in Renaissance to early 17th-century French literature. The successful candidate will have knowledge of one or more subfields relevant to the study of Renaissance Europe, such as intellectual history/history of ideas; rhetoric; poetics; history of the book; esthetics and the arts. The scholar will be expected to teach courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
## Qualifications:
Native or near-native fluency in French and English, as well as knowledge of Latin, are required. Applicants must have the Ph.D. in hand by the appointment start date of July 1, 2015. All application materials must be submitted online via Interfolio: apply.interfolio.com/25087 by October 24, 2014. The application should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including list of publications), statements of research and teaching interests (no more than three pages total), teaching evaluations, a writing sample the length of a typical research article or book chapter, along with three confidential letters of recommendation. Inquiries (only) should be directed to Jacques Neefs (Phone: 410-516-7727; E-mail: jneefs@jhu.edu).


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Jobs: Assistant Professor, Tenure Track, or Associate Professor of German Idealism (U. of Chicago)



From SimplyHired.com

Assistant Professor or Associate Professor. Minimum teaching load: four courses/year; graduate and undergraduate; usual dissertation, committee responsibilities. The appointment is expected to begin Fall
2015.
AOS:
German Idealism.
AOC:
Open. PhD preferred by October 1,
2015. Required elements of the dossier are: cover letter, CV, teaching statement, dissertation abstract, teaching evaluations, research statement, contact information for at least 3 and up to 5 letters of reference, syllabi, and writing sample. Optional elements are an additional writing sample, which may be a publication. All required elements of the dossier must be submitted to the University's Academic Careers website, https://academiccareers.uchicago.edu, posting #02313. Letters of reference are not required at this stage of the application process. However, letters of reference may be submitted by your referee(s) using one or more of the following methods: 1) through the Academic Careers website (strongly preferred) and/ or 2) by email to: philosophy_searches@lists.uchicago.edu with the subject heading GERMAN IDEALISM SEARCH or 3) by mail to: German Idealism Philosophy Search Committee Chair, c/o Amy Schulz, Department of Philosophy, 1115 E. 58th St., Chicago, IL 60637-1511. Application review begins on Monday, September 30, 2014, and continues until position is filled. No applications or dossier materials will be accepted after October 31,
2014. Questions may be sent through the Academic Careers website or philosophy_searches@lists.uchicago.edu with the subject heading GERMAN IDEALISM SEARCH. Position contingent upon budgetary approval.




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Jobs: Assistant Professor - Modern German Literature (University of California, Berkeley)



From SimplyHired.com 

The Department of German at the University of California, Berkeley, seeks applications for a full-time Assistant Professor in Modern German Literature 1750-present for an expected start date of July 1, 2015. Basic qualifications: Applicants must, at a minimum, be in the process of completing a doctoral dissertation or the equivalent at the time of application.
Additional qualifications: Applicants must have near-native fluency in English and German, demonstrated excellence in teaching at the college level, a well-defined, cutting-edge research program beyond the dissertation, and the ability to frame their work in the broader context of the humanities.
The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in German Studies or a related field by the time of employment.
Letter of application, updated curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, teaching statement, research statement, and one writing sample (maximum of 25 pages) are required of all applicants; a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service is optional. Applications must be submitted online no later than 3 November 2014, at the following link: http://aprecruit.berkeley.edu... Questions may be directed to: gspamgr@berkeley.edu. Late applications will not be accepted.
All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law.  Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality: http://apo.berkeley.edu... prior to submitting their letters. The University is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty. The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching, research and service. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.  For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu...
 



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Jobs: Assistant Professor of German (Portalnd, Oregon)



From SimplyHired.com

Brief Description of PSU/School/Dept
Mission: The Department of World Languages and Literatures plays a central role in preparing the students of Portland State University to function in the global community. Because we believe that language is central to that ability, we offer instruction in American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Ancient and Modern Greek, Modern Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Norwegian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Turkish and Vietnamese. The department is committed to teaching for proficiency. All of our language classes are designed to develop functional skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking for eventual use in a broad variety of real-world settings.
Programs: We offer undergraduate majors in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish; minor programs in the above languages and in Italian, Persian, Turkish, and Classical Studies. We also have a Certificate in Advanced Proficiency in Russian.
At the graduate level, we offer the M.A. in World Language with a major in French, German, Japanese, or Spanish and the M.A. in World Languages and Literatures, with a concentration in two foreign languages.
Position Summary
The Department of World Languages and Literatures invites applications for an Assistant Professor of German to begin September 16, 2015. The candidate should show evidence of strong scholarship and a background in film, language, literature, culture and language pedagogy. The new Assistant Professor will join tenured colleagues, non-tenure-track instructors, and graduate teaching assistants in teaching German, will teach courses in his/her field of expertise at all levels, will advise German majors, minors and MA students, and will supervise MA papers and theses.
Members of the department are expected to participate in the governance of the department, college and the university, to be active in teaching and in community outreach and to be productive scholars within their own area of academic interest.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Teach language, literature, film and culture courses across a broad spectrum at all levels, from beginning to graduate (Masters).
Advise German majors, minors and MA students.
Supervise MA papers and theses.
Make scholarly contributions to research field.
Provide service to the department, college and university.
Write grant applications.
Take an eventual role in the Deutsche Sommerschule am Pazifik Program.
Primary Activity I - Instructional
Minimum Qualifications
Ph.D. in hand at time of employment.
Native or near-native fluency in German.
Evidence of scholarly contribution to field.
Experience in language teaching and/or teaching in field.
Familiarity with proficiency-oriented language instruction.
Strong commitment to teaching and scholarship.
Preferred Qualifications
Key Cultural Competencies
Creates an environment that acknowledges, encourages and celebrates differences.
Functions and communicates effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds.
Seeks opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change for continual improvement.
Adheres to all PSUs policies including the policies on Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct.
Total Compensation Range & Benefits Statement
The starting annual salary rate for this position will be between $56,430 and $58,500, dependent upon qualifications and experience, with an excellent benefits package including 95% premium paid healthcare; a generous retirement and vacation package; and reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse or dependant at any of the Oregon University System schools.
Annual Salary $56,430-$58,500



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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

News: Role-Playing to Ignite Student Passion



Hi all, take a look at the MindShift article below which features using Role-Playing Games to ignite students' passions for learning. There are many applications to your language courses regardless of level:

Role Playing Game Ignites Fire in Students

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Monday, September 15, 2014

German: Fayzen - Bunter Sommer (song)




Here is Christina with another German song!
This time: "Bunter Sommer" ("Colorful Summer") by the German rapper Fayzen from Hamburg.




Here are the lyrics in German and English:



Bunter Sommer

Erdbeeren, Festival,
Blüten, Rückenwind,
Freiheit, Zuneigung,
Sommerregen, Sonnenkind,
Hamburg, Meer, Venen,
Liebe, Kirschen spucken,
Klapprad,
Blumenwiese, Picknick,
Mucke hören, Stadtpark,
Action, Gitarrenklang,
Open Air, Flip Flop,
Seifenblasen, farbenfroh,
Elektro, Hip Hop,
Alles wie in einem Film,
Löw, Löw, Fröhlichkeit,
Nachtwandern, Hängematte,
Wirrwarr, Unendlichkeit,
Morgenrot, große Liebe,
Sonnentanz, Regenluft,
Luftballons, bunte Fetzen,
Fallschirm, Sommerluft,
Lampions, Erinnerung,
unbeschwert, mein Meer,
Sandstrand, barfuß,
Urlaub, Heimkehr,
Yeah, ein Sommer nur mit dir.

Es ist ein bunter Sommer,
Ein bunter Sommer,
Ein bunter Sommer,
Ist mein Sommer nur mit dir,
Ein bunter Sommer,
Ein bunter Sommer,
Yeah, mein Sommer kommt!

Schlaraffenland, Mangos,
Sternstunde, voller Bauch,
Sommerwind, Sommernacht,
langsam, Morgengrauen,
Der Endorphinentanz,
Wassereis, Zuckerschub,
17305 mal lächelst du,
Larifari, Jamsession,
einzigartig, Vielfalt,
Pandabär, Marienkäfer,
zeitlos, Shisha,
Wahnsinn, Freibad,
Nord, Ost, Süd, West,
Elbe, Fernweh,
raus aus dem Nest,
Insel, Sonne, grün,
chillen, Pilze, Euphorie,
Festessen, knutschen,
Touristen, Allergie,
Schmetterlinge, Poesie,
träumen, Baggersee,
Weggefährten, Schattenspiele,
fröhlich sein, Abschied nehmen.
Mein Sommer nur mit dir…

Colorful Summer

Strawberries, festival,
blossoms, tailwind,
freedom, affection,
summer rain, sun child,
Hamburg, sea, veins,
love, spitting cherries,
folding bike,
meadow, picnic,
listening to music, city park,
action, guitar sound,
open air, flip flop,
soap bubbles, colorful,
electro, hip hop,
everything just like in a movie,
Löw, Löw, cheerfulness,
night hikes, hammock,
confusion, infinity,
dawn, great love,
sun dance, the smell of rain,
balloons, colored shapes,
parachute, summer air,
paper lanterns, remembrance,
light-hearted, my sea,
sandy beach, barefoot,
vacation, home coming,
yeah, a summer just with you.

It’s a colorful summer,
a colorful summer,
a colorful summer,
it’s my summer just with you,
a colorful summer,
a colorful summer,
yeah, my summer is coming!

Land of milk and honey, mangos,
magic moment, full stomach,
summer wind, summer night,
slowly, daybreak,
the dance of endorphins,
water ice, sugar rush,
17305 times you smile,
BSing, jam session,
unique, variety,
panda, ladybug,
timeless, shisha,
madness, outdoor pool,
north, east, south, west,
the river Elbe, wanderlust,
getting out of your little town,
island, sun, green,
chilling, mushrooms, euphoria,
banquet, smooching,
tourists, allergy,
butterflies, poetry,
dreaming, swimming in quarries,
companions, shadow plays,
being cheerful, saying goodbye.
my summer just with you…




Fayzen wrote this song using summer words that his fans posted on Facebook.



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