Practice German with Films of Birol Ünel

Last updated November 11, 2017
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Practice German language with the works of Turkish German actor Birol Ünel.

Turkish German actor Birol Ünel is an actor who does it all. He’s done theater, he’s done film, and he’s done television. He’s appeared in music videos, such as hip hop group K.I.Z‘s “Abteilungsleiter der Liebe.” Ünel has also appeared in such English language films as Enemy at the Gates as well as Turkish films. But he’s had a number of notable German language roles in films and television. Let’s get to know Birol Ünel as this month’s German language film recommendations.

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German Music: Rocker Rio Reiser

Last updated October 14, 2017
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Practice German language with the music of rocker Rio Reiser!

Good music is timeless. And a classic never goes out of style. Or perhaps you just have a soft spot for for a certain musician that makes you feel nostalgic for a seemingly simpler time. This month’s I’m featuring Rio Reiser for the German language music post. Although Reiser died from circulatory collapse in 1996, his impact is still felt and remembered today in the German music scene.

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Learn German with Film: Actor Stipe Erceg

Last updated October 8, 2017
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Learn German with the films of actor Stipe Erceg.

He’s appeared in English language thrillers such as Unknown, starring Liam Neeson and Diane Kruger, and The Fourth State, starring Moritz Bleibtreu. But Stipe Erceg made his mark on German cinema with roles in such films as The Edukators, Baader Meinhof Complex and Hell. This month, I’m featuring actor Stipe Erceg as the German language film recommendations for German language learners.

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German Music: Spider Murphy Gang

Last updated September 17, 2017
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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

Last updated September 10, 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 Music: Singer-Songwriter Ansa Sauermann

Last updated August 21, 2017
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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

Last updated August 12, 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 Music: Country Musician Gunter Gabriel

Last updated July 8, 2017
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Learn German with the music of Gunter Gabriel!

The timing of this month’s German music post is unfortunate. The artist I’m featuring this month is German Schlager/country singer Gunter Gabriel. It’s unfortunate because the 75-year old passed away in Hannover last month. But if nothing else, now is the time to pay tribute and get to know the legendary singer.

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

Last updated June 21, 2017
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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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