My German II Students are happily enjoying their new German room (we were upgraded to a makeshift class room and away from the garage wall.) I’ve come equipped with a year under my belt and an arsenal of implementable ideas.
We are in review session right now. They are proficient at describing all their basic info: age, living, family, hobbies, etc. Boring, Boring, Boring! I’ve asked them to create their Doppelgänger.
Main Entry: dop·pel·gäng·er
Variant(s): or dop·pel·gang·er /'dä-p&l-"ga[ng]-&amp;amp;ampamp;amp;r, -"ge[ng]-, "dä-p&l-'/
Etymology: German Doppelgänger, from doppel- double + -gänger go-er
1 : a ghostly counterpart of a living person
2 a : DOUBLE 2a b : ALTER EGO b c : a person who has the same name as another
This word infrequently appears in the English language and obviously originated in German. To cure the boredom of describing their personal hobbies one more time I decided to be more creative and ask them to create their Doppelgänger or Doppelgängerin respectively.
Their assignment is to create a Doppelgänger of themselves (nothing too evil). My Doppelgängerin lives in LA and shops all the time. She is a Raiders fan (boo) and watches TV all the time. ETC. While doing research for this project I came across a hilarious SNL skit using the word Doppelgänger. Click the link below, you'll bust a gut!