German Music: Nena

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In the 1980s, even people living in the United States, England and other English-speaking countries knew Nena. After the petite German singer re-recorded her 1983 hit “99 Luftballoons” in English as 1984’s “99 Red Balloons,” she had a hit on her hands that introduced her outside of the German language music world. The Neue Deutsche Welle — literally the “New German Wave,” a genre of German music with roots in punk and rock that started in the late ’70s and early ’80s — was making waves internationally. With her charming pop appeal and German lyrics, German language learners can practice and get rocking with Nena.
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Why You Should Be Watching Deutschland 83

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Admittedly, I’m slightly late to the party here. If you haven’t tuned in for Deutschland 83 yet, so are you. But there is a quick solution: watch it. Usually I approach anything remotely related to the German language under the guise of it being educational. (And who is to argue that making Spezi at home isn’t good for you?) And Deutschland 83 certainly is: filmed in Germany in German with German actors. But it’s also just unapologetically entertaining.
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German Film: Florian David Fitz

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Munich-born Florian David Fitz is best known as an actor, having starred in productions on both the big and small screens. For three seasons he appeared as Dr. Marc Olivier Meier on Doctor’s Diary. Around that same time he appeared alongside German mega movie star Til Schweiger as one of the leads in Männerherzen and its sequel Männerherzen 2. But what you may not know is that he is also a screenwriter and a director. Get to know Florian David Fitz and practice your German language skills with his films Hin und weg, Jesus liebt mich and Vincent will Meer.
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My Must See List: Highclere Castle

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If the impressive and lavish building pictured above looks familiar to you, it would not be too surprising. In fact, you would probably have to be living under a rock to not think it is recognizable. These days, the most common answer is probably that the building is Downton Abbey. While that is true, it has also been used on both the big and small screens in a number of productions: from the exterior in King Ralph with John Goodman to the interior in Eyes Wide Shut. The building is actually known as Highclere Castle and located in Hampshire, England. Whether you’re a fan of Downton Abbey or just of historic architecture — or, like me, both — Highclere Castle is a definite Must See.
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