German Film: Actress & Director Nicolette Krebitz

September 11, 2017
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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 Film: Austrian Actor Peter Simonischek

August 14, 2017
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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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German Film: Actor Jürgen Vogel

June 12, 2017
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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 Film: Alexandra Maria Lara

May 8, 2017
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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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German Film: You Are Wanted

April 10, 2017
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You Are Wanted German Film

Amazon Studios’ suspenseful new thriller is…German?! The latest offering from the online giant’s lineup of original programming is You Are Wanted. The series features German movie star Matthias Schweighöfer struggling against a faceless cyber foe that has hacked his mobile devices and is causing chaos in his life: both personally and professionally. What’s more, the series is filmed in the German language and has been made available outside of Germany.

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German Film: Frederick Lau

March 13, 2017
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German film actor Frederick Lau.

Born and raised in the Steglitz neighborhood of Berlin, actor Frederick Lau is only in his mid-twenties but he’s been busy since getting into the film industry. His credits include movies, television shows, television films, and even music videos. You might already know him from his roles in English language films such as Die Gräfin or recent art house hit Victoria. (Although, admittedly, that latter film is a mixture of English and German.) In fact, he won a best actor award for portrayed Sonne in Victoria.

This month’s featured German film recommendations for German learners is Frederick Lau. Get to know him better while practicing your German language skills. Check out these three films starring Lau.

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Learn with German TV: 5 Soaps to Stream

March 3, 2017
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german tv soap operas lindenstrasse

Repetition, repetition, repetition. There is no better advice I can give to someone looking to learn a foreign language. For those looking to practice their listening skills, television soaps are ideal. Think about it. There are lots of episodes, including many that have a new episode every weekday. The regularity means you get invested in the characters and the storylines. But that means you have motivation to keep learning. The regularity also makes it a little easier to follow as the same words and phrases are likely to be reused.

Get practicing! Here are five German TV soaps you can stream at home or on the go.

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German Film: Actor Heiner Lauterbach

February 13, 2017
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heiner lauterbach

Heiner Lauterbach is a veteran. He has more than forty years in the film industry so it wouldn’t be surprising if he’s already crossed your path. The actor has an impressive array of television and films on his resume, not to mention theater. And his resume is growing regularly. Already this year, Lauterbach is in three films for the big and small screens. From comedy to drama, Heiner Lauterbach has done it all. This month’s featured German film recommendations for German learners is Heiner Lauterbach!

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German Film: Director Christian Petzold

January 9, 2017
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christian petzold

There is a chance you have already seen a film by this month’s German film feature Christian Petzold. The director and screenwriter has worked four times with actress Nina Hoss, whose work has been previously highlighted. He has nearly as many television films to his name as full-length feature films. While Petzold has not been as prolific with his work as some, the films he makes are weighty, serious ones that leave you with something to think about.
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