Aged 44 | Born 1974
About the Speaker
"I’m 44 years old. I was born in a little town in East Germany, right on the border to Poland, one hour outside Berlin. It’s called Frankfurt Oder. I am middle class and a white middle-eastern European. I grew up in East Germany until the wall came down. At the age of 18 I moved to Brussels for a year, and then later to the US. I have lived the past 20 years in London, and last year I moved to Lisbon. My mother used to work as a judge, and my father as a surveyor. My mum was born in what is now the Czech Republic and my father in Poland and they both came over as refugees after the 2nd world war to East Germany. I have a BA in photography, and an MA in feature film screenwriting. I consider myself an East European, a feminist and a communist."
This kit contains all the elements of a full Accent Kit
THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY is in central-western Europe. It is bordered to the north by Denmark, to the east by Poland and the Czech Republic, to the south by Austria and Switzerland, and to the west by France, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands. Known around the world for its precision engineering and high-tech products, it is also loved for its old-world charm. It is one of the most influential European nations culturally, and one of the world’s main economic powers. After the United States, Germany is the second most popular immigration destination in the world. As of 2016, about ten million of Germany’s 82 million residents did not have German citizenship.
GERMAN is a West Germanic language. Other West Germanic languages are Afrikaans, Dutch, English, the Frisian languages, Low German/Low Saxon, Luxembourgish, and Yiddish. All German dialects belong to the dialect continuum of High German and Low Saxon, but the variation among the dialects is considerable, with often only neighbouring dialects being mutually intelligible. There are also places where the traditional regional dialects have been replaced by new vernaculars based on Standard German; that is the case in large stretches of Northern Germany but also in major cities in other parts of the country.
EAST GERMANY was an Eastern Bloc state under political and military control by the USSR. After WW2 Berlin and Germany’s remaining territory were partitioned. The western sectors formed the Federal Republic of Germany, and the eastern sectors, the Soviet Zone, became the German Democratic Republic. They were informally known as WEST GERMANY and EAST GERMANY. Following the Revolutions of 1989 that ended communist rule in Central and Eastern Europe, the country was reunified on 3 October 1990. Today, the sovereign state of Germany is a federal parliamentary republic led by a chancellor. It is a great power with a strong economy; it has the world’s fourth-largest economy by nominal GDP, and the fifth-largest by PPP.
FRANKFURT ODER is a town in Brandenburg, Germany, located on the Oder River, on the German-Polish border directly opposite the town of Słubice, which was part of Frankfurt until 1945. The city’s recorded history began in the 13th century as a Polish settlement. Throughout its history it was part of Poland, Brandenburg, the Bohemian Crown, Prussia and Germany, including East Germany.