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Intermediate S2 #5
Writing a CV (resum) I

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German
English
Informal German
Informal English
Vocabulary
Sample Sentences
Grammar
Cultural Insight

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GERMAN
1.

D:

Also schreiben wir einen Lebenslauf, in dem wir Ihre


Englischkenntnisse und Ihre Erfahrungen als Lehrer unterstreichen.

2.

A:

Ja, das klingt gut.

3.

D:

Hier ist eine Vorlage. Als erstes mssen Sie Ihr Geburtsdatum,
Ihren Geburtsort und Familienstand eintragen.

4.

A:

Familienstand auch? Wen interessiert das?

5.

D:

Das muss so. Und hier tragen Sie ihre Schulbildung ein.

6.

A:

'1997 bis 2000 Washington Highschool. Abgeschlossen mit


Notendurchschnitt 1,7. 2000 bis 2004 University of Maine. Bachelor
of Arts in Sozialwissenschaften.'

7.

D:

Sehr gut! Und jetzt die Berufserfahrung.

8.

A:

'2004 bis 2006 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter an der University of


Maine.'

9.

D:

Was waren Ihre Aufgaben? Das mssen Sie dazu sagen.

10.

A:

'Angebot von Englischkursen fr neu angekommene auslndische


Studenten'.

11.

D:

Das klingt viel besser! Und seit 2006?

12.

A:

'2006 bis 2008 Sozialarbeiter in Augusta, Maine. Arbeit mit


benachteiligten Jugendlichen.'

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1.

D:

So we will write a CV, in which we underline your knowledge of


English and your experience as a teacher.

2.

A:

Yes, that sounds good.

3.

D:

Here is a template. First of we have to fill in your date of birth, place


of birth und your marital status.

4.

A:

Marial status, too? Who is interested in that?

5.

D:

It has to be like that. And here you put in your school education.

6.

A:

1997 to 2000 Washington Highschool. Completed with a grade point


average of 1,7. 2000 to 2004 University of Maine. Bachelor of Arts in
Social Studies.

7.

D:

Very good. And now your work experience.

8.

A:

2004 to 2006 assistant professor at the University of Maine.

9.

D:

What where your tasks? You have to name them, too.

10.

A:

Offer of English courses for newly arrived foreign students.

11.

D:

That sounds a lot better. And since 2006?

12.

A:

2006 to 2008 social worker in Augusta, Maine. Work with


disadvantaged youths.

INFORMAL GERMAN

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1.

D:

Also schreiben wir einen Lebenslauf, in dem wir deine


Englischkenntnisse und deine Erfahrungen als Lehrer
unterstreichen.

2.

A:

Ja, das klingt gut.

3.

D:

Hier ist eine Vorlage. Als erstes musst du dein Geburtsdatum,


deinen Geburtsort und Familienstand eintragen.

4.

A:

Familienstand auch? Wen interessiert das?

5.

D:

Das muss so. Und hier trgst du deine Schulbildung ein.

6.

A:

'1997 bis 2000 Washington Highschool. Abgeschlossen mit


Notendurchschnitt 1,7. 2000 bis 2004 University of Maine. Bachelor
of Arts in Sozialwissenschaften.'

7.

D:

Sehr gut! Und jetzt die Berufserfahrung.

8.

A:

'2004 bis 2006 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter an der University of


Maine.'

9.

D:

Was waren deine Aufgaben? Das musst du dazu sagen.

10.

A:

'Angebot von Englischkursen fr neu angekommene auslndische


Studenten'.

11.

D:

Das klingt viel besser! Und seit 2006?

12.

A:

'2006 bis 2008 Sozialarbeiter in Augusta, Maine. Arbeit mit


benachteiligten Jugendlichen.'

INFORMAL ENGLISH

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1.

D:

So we will write a CV, in which we underline your knowledge of


English and your experience as a teacher.

2.

A:

Yes, that sounds good.

3.

D:

Here is a template. First of we have to fill in your date of birth, place


of birth und your marital status.

4.

A:

Marial status, too? Who is interested in that?

5.

D:

It has to be like that. And here you put in your school education.

6.

A:

1997 to 2000 Washington Highschool. Completed with a grade point


average of 1,7. 2000 to 2004 University of Maine. Bachelor of Arts in
Social Studies.

7.

D:

Very good. And now your work experience.

8.

A:

2004 to 2006 assistant professor at the University of Maine.

9.

D:

What where your tasks? You have to name them, too.

10.

A:

Offer of English courses for newly arrived foreign students.

11.

D:

That sounds a lot better. And since 2006?

12.

A:

2006 to 2008 social worker in Augusta, Maine. Work with


disadvantaged youths.

VOCABULARY
Ge r man

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English

C lass

Ge nde r

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disadvantaged

adjective; Wenn
man durch
irgendetwas
behindert wird, ist
man unterlegen.
Das sind unfaire
Bedingungen.

Angebot

offer

noun; neuter, das

plural: Angebote

Aufgabe

task, assignment,
mission; give-up

noun; feminine, die

plural: Aufgaben

wissenschaftlicher
Mitarbeiter

research assistant,
assistant professor

noun; masculine, der

originates from: der


Mitarbeiter

benachteiligt

Sozialwissenschaft

social sciences

noun; feminine, die

plural:
Sozialwisschenschaft
en

Durchschnitt

average, mean

noun; masculine, der

plural: Durschnitte

Note

mark

noun; feminine, die

plural: Noten

abschlieen

to lock up; conclude

verb

er schliet ab, er
schloss ab, er hat
abgeschlossen

Bildung

education, formation

noun; feminine, die

no plural

eintragen

to enter, record

verb

er trgt ein, er trug


ein, er hat
eingetragen

Familienstand

marital status

noun; masculine, der

no plural

Vorlage

template

noun; feminine, die

plural: Vorlagen

Kenntnis

knowledge (one
particular thing that
is known)

noun; feminine, die

plural: Kenntnisse

noun; feminine, die

plural is the same;


feminine: die
Sozialarbeiterin

Sozialarbeiter

social worker

SAMPLE SENTENCES
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In d i e se m J o ba n g e bo t w u rd e d i e Art
d e r Arbe i t n i ch t be sch ri e be n .

J e d e n fa l l s h a be i ch m i ch g e g e n
d a s An g e bo t e n tsch i e d e n .

In this job offer, the type of work was not


described.

In any case, I decided against the offer.

D u ka n n st m i ch n i ch t zu r Au fg a be
zw i n g e n .

U n se re Au fg a be e rfo rd e rt h ch ste
Ko n ze n tra ti o n u n d sch w e re Arbe i t.

You can't force me to give up.

Our mission requires great concentration


and hard work.

Ich h a be e i n e d e r w i ch ti g ste n
Au fg a be n be ko m m e n .

D i e Erku n d u n g d e s We l ta l l s i st e i n e
d e r spa n n e n d ste n Au fg a be n d i e se s
Ze i ta l te rs.

I was given one of the most important


assignments.

Ich ke n n e e i n i g e w i sse n sch a ftl i ch e


Mi ta rbe i te r. Vo n e n tspa n n te m
Ka ffe e ko ch e n bi s H e rzi n fa rkt
f rd e rn d e m S tre ss h a b i ch sch o n
vo n a l l e m g e h rt.
I know a few research assistants. I heard
everything, from peaceful cooking of
coffee to a stress level that is sure to bring
you closer to a coronary.

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The exploration of space is one of the most


exciting tasks of this era.
D i e S o zi a l w i sse n sch a fte n si n d e i n
w e i te s Fe l d , w e l ch e s vi e l e a n d e re
w i sse n sch a ftl i ch e Be re i ch e m i t
e i n sch l i e t.
The social sciences are a broad field
which also includes other scientific areas.

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Ich h a b n e u l i ch g e l e se n , d a ss j e d e r
D e u tsch e i m D u rch sch n i tt d re i Ki l o
La sa g n e pro J a h r i sst. Irg e n d w i e
h a be i ch d a s G e f h l , d a ss i ch
m i n d e ste n s n o ch d i e Po rti o n e n
m e i n e r El te rn m i te sse .

Es g i bt e i n e n a l te n Wi tz be r
S ta ti sti k: We n n zw e i a n e i n e r
Kre u zu n g ste h e n u n d e i n e r g e h t
n a ch l i n ks u n d d e r a n d e re n a ch
re ch ts, d a n n si n d i m D u rch sch n i tt
be i d e g e ra d e a u s g e g a n g e n .

Recently I read that every German eats an


average of three Kilo of Lasagne per year.
Somehow I have the feeling that I at least
eat my parents servings as well.

There is an old joke about statistics: If two


people stand at a crossroad and one of
them turns left and the other one turns
right, then in average both went straight
ahead.

N u r w e i l i ch o ft g u te N o te n h a tte ,
h e i t d a s n o ch l a n g e n i ch t, d a ss
i ch a u ch i m m e r m i t i h n e n zu fri e d e n
w a r.

Ma n ch e D i n g e w o l l e n e i n fa ch ke i n
En d e n e h m e n , e g a l w i e g e rn m a n
m i t i h n e n a bsch l i e e n m ch te .

Just because I often had good marks


doesn't mean I was always pleased with
them.
Au ch w e n n i ch w e i , d a ss e s
sch l e ch t i st, ve rg e sse i ch tro tzd e m
vo n Ze i t zu Ze i t, d i e T r h i n te r m i r
a bzu sch l i e e n .

Some things just seem to never end, no


matter how desperate one wishes to
conclude them.

Fo rm a l e Bi l d u n g i st n i ch t a l l e s.
Formal education isn't everything.

Even though I know it is bad, I still forget to


look up the door behind me from time to
time.
H a st d u d e i n e n N a m e n f r d e n Ku rs
e i n g e tra g e n ?
Did you enter your name for the course?

We i t d u , w a s m i ch n e rvt? We n n
si e n a ch d e m Fa m i l i e n sta n d
fra g e n , h a t m a n n i e d i e M g l i ch ke i t
a n zu g e be n , d a ss m a n "n u r" e i n e n
Fre u n d h a t.
Do you know what annoys me? When
asked about one's marital status, one
never has the opportunity to say that one
"only" has a boy or girl friend.

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Ich ka n n d i e Vo rl a g e f r d e n An tra g
n i ch t i m In te rn e t fi n d e n .
I can't find a template for the application on
the internet.

D u so l l te st d e i n e
C o m pu te rke n n tn i sse
u n te rstre i ch e n .
You should highlight your computer
knowledge.

Ei n i g e S o zi a l a rbe i te r bra u ch e n se l bst H i l fe , u m d i e D i n g e zu ve ra rbe i te n ,


d i e si e w h re n d d e r Arbe i t e rl e be n .
Some social workers need help themselves to handle the things they experience during
their work.

GRAMMAR
Participles are forms of verbs that can be used like adjectives or adverbs. In English, an
example of such a participle could be wasted in the sentence I don't mind the wasted time.
This sentence clearly shows that the verb waste has been turned into something resembling
an adjective, and the meaning is passive: the time isn't wasting something, somebody else
has wasted the time.
In German, this past participle is normally formed by adding a "ge-" before the 3rd person
singular (he/she/it) present tense form of a verb:

sagen ->

er sagt ->

gesagt (said)

wagen ->

er wagt ->

gewagt (risked)

leben ->

er lebt ->

gelebt (lived)

There are also irregular forms. One peculiarity though is for verbs with prefixes:
If the verb has a prefix that would normally split off, the rule is that the past participle consists of
first the prefix, and then the ge- and the rest of the participle as we have already seen, so the
ge- actually winds up in the middle of the word. Some examples:

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ansagen ->

er sagt an ->

angesagt (announced)

ankommen ->

er kommt an ->

angekommen (arrived)

Finally, if the verb has a prefix that doesn't split off, then the ge- will be dropped entirely! This
makes it a bit hard to spot that they are participles, but in exchange you dont have to worry
about where the ge- will go. Some examples:

berleben ->

er berlebt ->

berlebt (survived)

beachten ->

er beachtet ->

beachtet (caught-attention)

er benachteiligt ->

benachteiligt
(disadvantaged)

benachteiligen ->

We will learn more about past participles later.

CULTURAL INSIGHT
1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

header: name and contact information


first section (Persnliche Daten): personal data, such as date of birth, place of birth,
marital status (married or not, children if any...)
second section (Ausbildung or something similar): your education, including your
degrees and any additional courses you may have taken that are relevant to the job
you're seeking
third section (Berufserfahrung or something similar): your professional experience,
including part-time work and internships
fourth section (Zusatzqualifikationen): any other abilities and the like that you want
your employer to notice.

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