Posted on by Ulrike Rettig

Language Learning Levity

Skating BunnyLearning a language should always be fun - even if you need it for your job or for school. So, lighten up your approach and look out for ways to learn and chuckle!

Here's a nonsense poem (with unknown origin) that's built on opposites and oxymorons. German speaking school children love to recite it and delight their parents with such nonsense lines. Memorize these rhymes and you'll easily add up to 25 new words to your German vocabulary!


Dunkel war's der Mond schien helle,

Als ein Wagen blitze-schnelle

Langsam um die Ecke fuhr.

Drinnen saßen stehend Leute

Schweigend ins Gespräch vertieft,

Als ein totgeschossner Hase

Auf der Sandbank Schlittschuh lief.

[It was dark, the moon schone brightly,

When a car drove lightning fast

Slowly around the corner.

Inside, people were sitting standing up,

Remaining silent, in deep conversation.

As a shot-dead rabbit

Was skating on the sandbank.]