Quirky comics: German – Arme Gabi 1

This beginner text is about a girl who encounters a sequence of bad events while trying to get to school.

The Quirky comics video texts support the teaching of 'Understanding texts' outcomes in the Modern Languages K-10 Syllabus. This can be done in many ways, including:

  • Students can use the provided transcripts to read the stories aloud and record themselves perform the stories as plays.
  • They can summarise, sequence, extend and change the beginning or ending of the stories.
  • They can write profiles of the characters and then put them in different situations.

The texts can also lead to communicative 'Interacting' or 'Creating texts' tasks, such as, telling a nurse why you don’t feel well or writing an invitation to a birthday party.

Watch 'Arme Gabi – Level 1' (1:28)

Arme Gabi – Level 1

(Duration: 1 minutes 28 seconds)

Frame 1-1

Girl with two hair buns: Es ist sechs Uhr. Ich muss in die Schule.

Frame 1-2

Girl with two hair buns: Meine Schultasche. Wo ist meine Schultasche? ϋϊёöß

Frame 1-3

Girl with two hair buns: Sie ist nicht hier!

Frame 1-4

Girl with two hair buns: Sie ist nicht im Schrank.

Frame 2-1

Girl with two hair buns: Aha! Hier ist sie!

Frame 2-2

Girl pouring cereal: Keine Cornflakes!

Frame 2-3

Girl pouring milk: Keine Milch!

Frame 2-3

Girl with two hair buns and pink cat: Der Toast ist alt!

Frame 3-1

Fly inside orange juice: Eine Fliege im Orangensaft! Fies!

Frame 4-1

Girl with two hair buns: Tschuss, Mutti! Tschuss, Vati! Ich gehe! Hmm, keine Antwort. Komisch.

Frame 4-2

Girl with two hair buns steps on dog poop: Pfui Teufel! Das stinkt!

Frame 5-1

Red bus driving off: Mist!

Frame 5-2

Girl with 2 hair buns: Warte mal! Warte mal!

Frame 5-3

Girl with 2 hair buns walking: Dann gehe ich zu FuB.

Frame 6-1

Girl with 2 hair buns: Ich komme zu spat. Es ist so ruhig.

Frame 6-2

Girl with 2 hair buns: Vielleicht sind alle schon da.

Frame 6-3

Painter: Heute ist Sonntag!

Frame 6-4

Girl with 2 hair buns: Sonntag? Ich glaube es nicht!

[End of transcript]


Please note:

Syllabus outcomes and content descriptors from Languages K-10 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2019

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