October 29th

Trip to the clothing factory. The students explore the different kind of fabric.

Today was Monday, meaning first day of Indian school for the German students. After reaching school with their host students, they assembled and met the principal of our school, Dr. Ruchi Seth. After a meeting, they went on a school tour, and saw our magnificent school in its glory.

After the school tour, the German group had a Hindi lesson, where they learnt a few Hindi phases, enough to get them comfortably through the trip, and of course to greet host families in the Indian language.

After the Hindi lesson, the German students were presented by a presentation on the Indian economy, made by students who were part of the German exchange in the previous years. (Here you can watch a Video in which they welcome the students in German and Englisch). After the presentation, the German students and the available Indian students travelled to Paragon Apparels factory in a school bus.

A German student creating a piece of Warli art.

After returning from the factory, the students attended an Art lesson, where they learnt Warli art. Warli art is a form of Tribal art, which incorporates only basic geometric figures. The lesson was enjoyed by all and all made a Warli painting each.

After the Art lesson, the students went home with their host families, having learnt new things and having new knowledge, and experiencing a brand new culture.

written by Utkarsh Arora

Namaste! Our first word in Hindi!

Like every Thursday we sit in the computer lab of the Johannes-Turmair-Gymnasium and try to get ready for the arrival of our Indian guests and to prepare for our stay in India.

Like always we discuss cultural differences, talk about German and Indian habits and we try to learn the most important parts of Indian culture and cuisine.

During the last weeks we have even started to learn a little bit of Hindi.

We know, that all the participating students and teachers can speak English and that they are fit in the German language. But for most of them their mother tongue is Hindi and is good manners at least to try some sentences in this language.
Of all the hindi language videos we liked the following one most:

At this point, we can greet somebody in Hindi, can introduce ourselves and can count to ten (more or less). Are there more sentences, which we should learn? What are the most important and respectful phrases?