Japanese Consider the Pretzel as Typically German

Monday 8 March 2010
Eight Japanese students from Kagawa University are staying on the Sankt Augustin campus with Professor Fumio Takaki this week.

Eight Japanese students from Kagawa University are staying on the Sankt Augustin campus with Professor Fumio Takaki this week.

Ever since 2003, a group of students has come from Kagawa University in Japan, one of our partner universities, to Sankt Augustin in March every year to take part in an intensive German course. Lecturer Anna Moussa from the Language Centre has been teaching these young people for an almost equally long period.

This year Professor Fumio Takaki, a German teacher, is accompanying seven students of Business Administration and a student of Medicine. They are staying in Sankt Augustin for a week and going on a tour of Germany during the second week to visit places such as Neuschwanstein Castle.

The Japanese students have been learning German for one or two years. Anna Moussa confirms that they have a very good command of German grammar. However, they still have problems speaking as this is not practised in Japanese foreign language courses.

At the beginning, the students were asked to draw what they consider as typically German: among other things, we came across the Cologne Cathedral, a perfectly shaped salty pretzel, knives and forks and a potato.

The partnership with Kagawa University, which allows students to study at the partner university, dates back to 2000. One year later, an internship programme for future engineers was introduced.