Word of the Day Wednesday


Dictionary (Photo credit: enter)

In the German language, it is common to have words made up of multiple compounds. When I was teaching, my students used to be amused by “the longest German word.”  Some of these are made up, simply as an attempt to make an extra long word.  However, the “Wort des Jahres” (Word of the Year) in 1999 is a word in actual use, albeit rare.

“beef labeling regulation & delegation of supervision law”


Tasty Tuesday: Apfelkuchen

Grandma Geldner’s Apfelkuchen (Apple Kuchen)
By WI Cheesehead on January 18, 2007

Prep Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 55 mins
Servings: 8-10

About This Recipe:
“This comes from a rich German heritage. Grandma always made the best “apfel” kuchen. Her recipes were always simple, but tasted great!”


  1. 4 -5 cups baking apples, Granny Smith ( or other)
  2. 1 1/4 cups white flour
  3. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 2 teaspoons sugar
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  7. 1 egg
  8. 2 tablespoons milk


  1. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  2. 3/4 cup sugar
  3. 1 1/2 tablespoons white flour
  4. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


Leckerer Apfelkuchen

Leckerer Apfelkuchen (Photo credit: blumenbiene)

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix 1 1/4 cup flour, baking powder, 2 tsp sugar, and salt and sift once.
  3. Cut 1/2 cup butter into dry mix with a pastry blender to pea size.
  4. In a small bowl, beat egg with 2 T milk and add to dry mix.
  5. Mix thoroughly and pat dough into a greased or oiled 9×13-inch baking dish.
  6. Pare and core apples.
  7. Cut into thin wedge slices and place on dough in rows until covered. We would cover the thin end of one apple with the thick end of the other.
  8. Dot apples with 2 T butter and mix 3/4 cup sugar, 1 1/2 Tbs flour and cinnamon together.
  9. Spread dry topping over dotted apples, and bake in oven for 30-45 minutes, until golden brown.

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Get to Know…Germany!

German Flag

German Flag (Photo credit: caribb)

  • Official Name:  Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesrepublik Deutschland)
  • Official Language:  German
  • Capital:  Berlin
  • Currency:  Euro
  • Area:  137,837 sq. mi
  • Population:  About 80 million
  • Government:  Federal parliamentary constitutional republic
  • Head of State:  Chancellor Angela Merkel
  • National Anthem:  Das Lied der Deutschen (Song of the Germans – 3rd stanza)
  • Location:  North central Europe

Find out more about Germany here.

Here are some kid-friendly crafts that are related to Germany and its culture.

English: The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germa...

English: The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany Deutsch: Das Brandenburger Tor in Berlin Français : La Porte de Brandebourg à Berlin, Allemagne Català: La Porta de Brandenburg a Berlín, Alemanya (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


  • Johann Sebastian Bach – composer
  • Boris Becker – tennis player
  • Ludwig van Beethoven – composer
  • Karl Benz – inventor, engineer, founder of Mercedes-Benz
  • Hugo Boss – fashion designer
  • Rudolf Diesel – inventor
  • Albert Einstein – physicis
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – author, poet
  • Johann Gutenberg – inventor of the printing press
  • Heidi Klum – model
  • Diane Kruger – actress
  • Dirk Nowitzki – NBA player
  • Michael Schumacher – Formula One racer

Did you know that German Americans make up the largest ancestry group in the United States?  Do you have German ancestry and would like to learn more about it?  A great way to do that is to host a German exchange student!

Contact us to find out more about hosting with EF Foundation!

Foreign Exchange Friday: Getting Your Student Ready For the Year

EF Foundation 2012_DSC1082Now that your student has arrived and is getting acclimated to your home and family, it’s time to make sure they have everything they need to start the school.

  • Although we at EF Foundation for Foreign Study ensure that we have the student enrolled in school, most schools will also require the host family to bring the student in to formally register. Some schools’ websites  have registration forms available to download, so you can have them ready to go, while other schools may require they be filled out in person at the school.  Be sure to have your student bring any important documents, such as their passport, with them if necessary, so you don’t have to make multiple trips.
  • Your student will also need to get registered for courses.  It is required that students take an English class (NOT an ESL class) and American History/Government.  Otherwise, they can take whichever classes they choose.  That would also be a good time to speak with the counselor regarding what activities, such as sports or music, available, in case your student wishes to participate.  Some fall sports may have already started practicing, so your student may need to speak with the coach to find out any details or whether they could still join.
  • It’s also important to find out what your student will need for school.  Find out if there is a supply list or any special dress code requirements.  While your student is responsible for the costs of these  items, host families should assist their students in obtaining whatever they need.
  • Make sure your student is set for getting to and from school.  If you are planning to have them ride the bus, make sure to check with the school to find out if any additional steps need to be taken to ensure your student gets picked up and dropped off appropriately.
  • Have a copy of the school calendar available.  Most schools have them available on their websites.  Find out if there are any special New Student sessions your student should attend prior to the start of the year.

Do any veteran families have other tips for getting the school year off on the right foot?


It’s A Small World After All!

¡Que pequeno es el mundo!  – (It’s a) small world!


Earth (Photo credit: tonynetone)

Why not make your world a little smaller by hosting a Spanish exchange student in your home this school year?  We are still looking for some great host families to help a student live their dream! Our host families come in all shapes and sizes. Kids, no kids, one parent, two parents…EF Foundation welcomes all families who pass our screenings to host a student. Hosts are volunteers and must be willing to submit to criminal background checks. At least one adult in the home must be 25 years or older.

For more information, fill out the contact form below and a local International Exchange Coordinator (IEC):

Word of the Day Wednesday: Duende

Flamenco culture is native to Andalusia.

Flamenco culture is native to Andalusia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


A climactic show of spirit such as in flamenco dancing or bull-fighting. (Spanish)

Read more: http://www.rd.com/slideshows/12-untranslatable-words-we-love/#ixzz2Zn8wOEn3

A matador in full dress in Plaza de Toros Las ...

A matador in full dress in Plaza de Toros Las Ventas in Madrid (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tasty Tuesday: Paella de Marisco

Paella is a traditional Spanish rice dish.  There are many different variations of it throughout the regions of Spain.  When I visited Barcelona as a teenager, I remember eating a version containing mostly seafood.  Here’s a recipe that reminded me of that.

Seafood Paella Recipe – Paella de Marisco

English: Shellfish paella. Español: Paella de ...

By , About.com Guides

Seafood Paella is probably the most famous and popular Spanish dish around the world. It originates in Valencia, a region on the Mediterranean coast of Spain, between Barcelona and Murcia that is known for its rice dishes. There are as many versions of paella as there are cooks in Spain! This version has chicken and pork, as well as clams, mussels and shrimp. If you like, leave out the chicken and pork for a purely seafood paella, or paella de marisco.

Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Yield: 10 Servings


  • 1 yellow or white onion, diced
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 whole chicken or 8 drumsticks or thighs
  • 1 1/2 lbs pork loin (fat trimmed), cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 lb calamari (squid)
  • 1 – 1 1/2 lbs medium grain or “bomba” rice
  • 4-6 cups fish broth (or chicken broth if unavailable)
  • 1 large pinch saffron 1 threads
  • 1 1/2 lbs raw mussels in shell (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 lb small clams (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 1/2 lbs raw shrimp, medium or large – shell on
  • 1 sweet red bell pepper
  • 1 10 oz. pkg frozen peas
  • Spanish olive oil, salt to taste


A traditional paella pan, a long wooden spoon or paddle, and a barbecue or gas burner are needed to prepare a paella for 10 servings.

Rice Note: The exact quantity of rice will depend on the size of the pan and number of servings, so have at least 1 1/4 lb of rice on hand.

Prepare the ingredients. If using a whole chicken, cut it and the pork into serving-size pieces.

Clean the squid of innards and spine, the remove the tentacles. Cut the squid tubes into rings.

De-seed and cut red pepper into long strips. Chop onions and tomatoes, set aside for later.

Warm the chicken broth in a medium sauce pan.

Cook the Paella. If using a charcoal barbecue, light the coals. When the coals on the BBQ are covered in white ash, cooking can begin.

Place the paella pan on the heat and add enough olive oil to coat the bottom. When pan is hot enough, sauté the onions and tomatoes in the olive oil. Add olive oil as needed to prevent sticking. Once the onions are translucent, add the chicken and cook, browning on all sides. Add squid and cook, stirring often for about 10-15 minutes.

Add the rice, sprinkling in the form of a large cross on the pan. Stir for 2-3 minutes to thoroughly coat the rice with oil.

Crush the saffron threads and add to the warm chicken broth. Slowly pour broth into the paella pan until ingredients are all covered. Spread meat and vegetables evenly over bottom of pan.

Arrange mussels around outside edge of pan, pointing up. Place clams and shrimp in pan, spreading out evenly around the pan. Add slices of pepper on top.

Simmer, cooking rice. Add more broth if necessary. (If BBQ becomes too hot, raise the pan up, away from the heat.) When rice is almost cooked, sprinkle peas over the top.

When rice is cooked, remove from heat and cover with aluminum foil or large tea towel, allowing paella to “rest” for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Slice lemons into wedges and serve alongside paella.

Bring the Culture of Spain to Your Home!

EF Foundation 2012_DSC1795

Have you ever wanted to know more about Spain, its food, music and long, rich history and culture? Did you take Spanish in high school and want to brush up on your basic skills? If so, why not consider hosting a high school exchange student from Spain for a year!

EF Foundation for Foreign Study is the leader in high school exchange, bringing more students to the US than any other exchange organization. Since 1979, EF Foundation has connected over 100,000 students with caring American host families. EF Foundation is designated by the US Department of State as an Exchange Program Sponsor, and has been granted full listing by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET). EF Foundation is also a member of the Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange.

Our rigorous student selection process ensures that students are well suited for the exchange experience. Students are between the ages of 15 to 18, and must pass a strict screening process for motivation, character, grades and proficiency in written and spoken English language skills. During their exchange, students are supervised by an EF Foundation local coordinator, and are held to high behavioral and academic standards throughout the year.

EF Foundation offers unparalleled support to all program participants, including schools. Locally, EF Foundation International Exchange Coordinators (IECs) are the primary support for students, host families and schools. In addition, full-time staff is available at our Cambridge, Massachusetts headquarters 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. With strong international relationships, EF Foundation is able to be in immediate contact with family members abroad. To learn more, fill out the form below and your local International Exchange Coordinator will contact you.

Get to Know….Spain!

Silhouet Spain with Flag

Silhouet Spain with Flag (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Official Name: Kingdom of Spain (Reino de España)
  • Official Language: Spanish
  • Capital: Madrid
  • Currency: Euro
  • Area: 195,364 sq. m
  • Population: 47,265,321
  • Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
  • Head of State:  King Juan Carlos I; Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy
  • National Anthem:  Marcha Real (Royal March)
  • Location: Southwestern Europe

Find out more about the country of Spain here.

Learn about traditional Spanish crafts.

English: The Passion façade of the Sagrada Fam...

English: The Passion façade of the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

José Carreras – opera singer
Miguel de Cervantes – 17th century writer, author of Don Quixote
Penélope Cruz – actress
Salvador Dalí – 20th century surrealist artist
Plácido Domingo – opera singer
Antoni Gaudí – architect
Enrique Iglesias – singer
Rafael Nadal – tennis champion
Pablo Picasso – 20th century artist
Juan Ponce de León – explorer, first European to explore Florida
Hernando de Soto – explorer, discovered the Mississippi River

Foreign Exchange Friday: Welcoming Your Student

EF Foundation 2012_DSC9800Have you been thinking about some great and fun ways to welcome your student into your family?  Are you stuck for ideas?  Try some of these:

  1. Welcome your student at the airport with a welcome sign, flowers, American or state flag and of course, smiles and hugs!
  2. Contact your student before s/he arrives to find out colors s/he likes so you can decorate his / her room.
  3. Print out pictures from your student’s photo album and put them in frames around the room.
  4. Find out other things your student likes that you could put in their room to make them feel more at home.
  5. Leave a small gift in his/her new room (toiletry set, travel guide, a small souvenir from the area such as a T-shirt from a local sports team, etc.)
  6. Give him/her a little time to settle in to his/her new surroundings.  Don’t bombard your student with house rules and the proper way to run the washing machine on the first day!
  7. Ask your student if there is anything s/he needs and offer to take him/her to the pharmacy, supermarket, etc.
  8. Find out what kinds of food and drinks your student likes and have some on hand for his/her arrival.
  9. Give the student a tour of your hometown; drive them past their school and don’t forget to take them in to register, if that’s required.
  10. Show an interest in getting to know your student.  S/he is your new family member, not a guest!

Do any seasoned host families out there have any other great ideas for welcoming a student?  If so, please share in the comments below!