🌆German Level 4, Activity 07: Deutsche Städte und Essen / German Cities and Food (Face to Face)

Photo of the Frankfurt Bridge and Frankfurt at nicht.

Description: Students learn about cities in Germany and the differences between U.S. and German cities.  Students also learn about German cuisine.

Semantic Topics: Cities, Stadten, Deutschessen, German Food, Restaurants, Comparison, Vergleich, Superlative,  Superlative, Kaffee und Kuchen, Coffee and Cake.

Products: German Cities, German Food, Deutsche Städte, Deutsche Küche.

Practices:  Germans living in specific cities.  German culinary experience.  Deutsche Leben in bestimmten Städten. Deutsches kulinarisches Erlebnis.

Perspectives: Value of the difference between cities in the United States and cities in German speaking countries.  Value of the difference in culinary experiences in German speaking lands. Der Wert von Unterschieden zwischen Städten in den USA und Städten im deutschsprachigen Raum. Der wert von Unterschieden in den kulinarischen Erlebnissen im deutschsprachigen Raum.

NCSSFL-ACTFL World-Readiness Standards:

  • Standard 1.1 Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
  • Standard 2.1 Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures studied.
  • Standard 3.2 Students acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through German and the German-speaking world.
  • Standard 4.2 Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons between the cultures in German-speaking countries and their own.

Idaho State Content Standards:

  • Objective: COMM 1.1  Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversations) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions.
  • Objective: CLTR 1.1 Analyze the cultural practices/patterns of behavior accepted as the societal norm in the target culture.
  • Objective: CLTR 2.2 Describe the connections of products from the target culture with the practices and perspectives of the learner’s culture.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can compare and contrast, in my own and German speaking culture differences between: Cities, Fashion and Eating Customs.
  • In my own and other cultures I can make comparisons between products and practices to help me understand perspectives.

Materials Needed:


1. Ask students to name their favorite German cities.
     Was ist eure Leblingsstadt in Deutschland?


2. Ask students to name their favorite German food.
     Was ist euer lieblings deutsches Essen.

Main Activity

What are some differences between German and US cities?  Frankfurt/ Seattle

Welche Unterschiede gibt es zwischen deutschen und US-amerikanischen Städten?  Frankfurt / Seattle

      1. Skylines – Skylines
        • How are the skylines different?
        • Wie sind die Skylines von Frankfurt und Seattle anders? 
      2. Stores – Shops
        • What stores would you see in the U.S. that aren’t in Germany?
        • Welche Läden findet man in den USA aber in Deutschland nicht?
        • Where are stores located? ( in the city vs. mall)
        • Wo befinden sich Geschäfte? (in der Stadt vs. Einkaufszentrum)
      3. People – Personen
        • How do people in Germany dress different than in the U.S.? (Adidas)
        • Wie kleiden sich die Leute in Deutschland anders als in den USA?
      4. Types of buildings/ building materials – Gebäudearten / Baustoffe
        • What types of buildings do you see?
        • Welche arten von Gebäuden sehen Sie?
        • What are they made of?
        • Woraus sind sie gemacht?
      5. Old vs. new/modern – Alt vs. Neu/Modern
        • How do the cites look? (old vs. new)
        • Wie sehen die Städte aus? (alt vs. neu)
    •  German dining habits – Deutsche Essgewohnheiten
      1. Etiquette/customs – Etikette / Brauchtum
        • What are US dining customs?
        • Was sind US – amerikanische Essgewohnheiten?
        • What are German dining customs?
        • Was sind deutsche Essegewohnheiten? 
          • Guten Appetit/ Mahlzeit
          • Water
          • Prost
      2. Coffee & Cake – Kaffee & Kuchen
        • What is Coffee and Cake?
        • Was ist Kaffee und Kuchen?
        • When do you have Coffee and Cake
        • Wann nimmt man Kaffee und Kuchen zu sich?
      3. Common foods – Gemeinsame Lebensmittel
        • What are common foods in the US?
        • Was sind gemeinsame Lebensmittel in den USA?
        • What are common foods in Germany? (Lyoner, Berliner, Spätzle, Knödel, Braten, Leber(fleisch)käse,  Leberwurst)
        • Was sind gemeinsame Lebensmittel in Deutschland? (Lyoner, Berliner, Spätzle, Knödel, Braten Leber(fleisch)käse, Leberwurst, Currywurst, Doner)
        • Which do you prefer?
        • Was bevorzugen Sie?
      4. Restaurants
        • What types of restaurants are there in the US?
        • Welche Arten von Restaurants gibt es in den USA?
        • What is your favorite (type of) restaurant?
        • Was ist euer Lieblingsrestaurant (Art von)?
        • What German restaurants do you know (in Boise)? (Alpenhaus, Schnitzel Garten, Prost) Have you ever eaten at them?
        • Welche deutschen Restaurants kennen Sie (in Boise?) (Das Alpenhaus, Der Schnitzelgarten, Prost) Habt ihr schon mal dort gegessen?


Ask students the following question(s) to finish the activity:

  • Was ist deine Lieblingsstadt in den USA und in Deutschland? (What is your favorite city in Germany and in the US?)
  • Was isst du heute Abend? (What are you having for dinner tonight?)

end of activity:

  • Read Can-Do statements once more and have students evaluate their confidence. (Use thumbs up/thumbs down)
  • Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation.
  • Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future activities!

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can compare and contrast, in my own and German speaking culture differences between: Cities, Fashion and Eating Customs.
  • In my own and other cultures I can make comparisons between products and practices to help me understand perspectives.

Cultural Resources

Linked below is a video describing Coffee and Cake – Afternoon Tea in German:  It is a little old-fashioned, but a great presentation on Coffee and Cake.  Linked is the video, Ein Tag in Frankfurt am Main.

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