German Music: Spider Murphy Gang

September 18, 2017
German Music, Learn German

Practice German with Munich rock'n'rollers Spider Murphy Gang!

Munich-based Spider Murphy Gang have been around for decades. Four of them, to be specific! And while you likely won’t find any deep songs pondering the philosophical, what you will find is fun. The band’s rock’n’roll sound is, however, perfect for us German language learners: it’s clear, it’s direct and it’s memorable. While the band do put a bit of a Bavarian spin on things, it’s nothing too difficult. So put your dance shoes on for this month’s German language music recommendation and practice your German language skills with the Spider Murphy Gang!

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German Film: Actress & Director Nicolette Krebitz

September 11, 2017
German Films, Learn German

Learn German with the films of actress, director and writer Nicolette Krebitz!

Perhaps you already know or have heard of Nicolette Krebitz. Fettes Brot and Tocotronic joined forces for the song “Nicolette Krebitz wartet,” a cover of Bananarama’s “Robert De Niro’s Waiting…” Or, you may have seen her on album covers like New Order’s Get Ready and Terranova’s Close the Door.

Nicolette Krebitz is perhaps best known for her work as an actress. But the Berliner has made her mark as a screenwriter and director. Just last year Wild, a film she wrote and directed, was recognized both within Germany as well as internationally. This month’s German film recommendations for German language learners are the films of or starring Nicolette Krebitz!

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German Music: Singer-Songwriter Ansa Sauermann

August 21, 2017
German Music, Learn German

Practice German language with the music of singer-songwriter Ansa Sauermann.

If you like being on the cutting edge and knowing all the latest bands, then Ansa Sauermann is someone who will interest you. The Dresden-based singer-songwriter has a brand new album. Weisse Liebe hit store shelves (or whatever the digital equivalent is) on Friday, August 18th. Let’s get to know this up-and-coming musician and practice your German language skills!

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German Film: Austrian Actor Peter Simonischek

August 14, 2017
German Films, Learn German

Learn German with the films of Austrian actor Peter Simonischek.

Last year’s dramatic comedy Toni Erdmann was a big hit and not just in Germany. The film was nominated for a slew of awards. The film received an Academy Award nomination and won an Independent Spirit Award. Not too shabby! This is in addition to all the German and European film awards it racked up during award season. And you know it did well because there’s talk of an unnecessary Hollywood remake in English. Rumor is the remake is starring Jack Nicholson and Kristen Wiig.

But it was Austrian actor Peter Simonischek who brought the title character to life. But Simonischek has starred in countless other films, too! Here are this month’s film recommendations for practicing your German language skills featuring actor Peter Simonischek!

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Let’s Rock! 2017 Mid-Year Recap of German Language Music

June 22, 2017
German Music, Learn German

The year is half over! Let's recap some of the German Language Music of 2017!

It’s hard to believe but 2017 is just about halfway over! This month, instead of featuring an individual German language musician or band, I want to highlight some of the new German language music that has been released and is scheduled for release in 2017.

There have already been some great records released this year, others will see release before we ring in 2018 and a few more are just being recorded. There have been chart toppers like Schlager singer Helene Fischer and gangster rapper Bushido releasing new records. I’ll be focusing on some of the artists I’ve featured previously. They have been very busy in the studio!

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German Film: Actor Jürgen Vogel

June 12, 2017
German Films, Learn German

Practice German with the films of actor Jürgen Vogel.

Jürgen Vogel is an actor but he also has co-writing and co-producing credits to his name. The Hamburg-born actor has made it to the big time as far as German language cinema is concerned. He has been a part of the cast for many big films and in a lead role in many of them. Let’s get to know a few of them. Here are this month’s film recommendations for practicing your German language skills starring Jürgen Vogel!

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German Music: Pop Singer Mark Forster

May 15, 2017
German Music, Learn German

Practice your German language skills with pop singer Mark Foster.

If you listen to any German language radio then you likely have heard the name Mark Forster. His 2014 sophomore album, Bauch und Kopf, was a huge pop hit in Germany. The title track won the Bundesvision Song Contest in 2015. And he is known for serving as a judge on The Voice Kids.

Let’s get to know singer Mark Forster and practice your German language skills with his catchy pop songs. You’ll be singing along in no time!

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German Film: Alexandra Maria Lara

May 8, 2017
German Films, Learn German

Practice German with films starring Alexandra Maria Lara.

Romanian-German actress Alexandra Maria Lara is a familiar face both inside and outside of the German film industry. Born in Bucharest, Lara and her family fled Communist Romania in the early 1980s. The family eventually found refuge in West Germany. Today, she’s a well known and well respected actress in cinema. But not just in German films. You may have seen her in big Hollywood English-language films such as The Reader, the Ron Howard directed Rush, the Francis Ford Coppola directed Youth Without Youth, or the Anton Corbijn directed Control.

Lara has appeared in major German language films like Der Untergang and the recent Amazon original series You Are Wanted. Practice you German language skills with these three films recommendations featuring actress Alexandra Maria Lara.

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