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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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 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 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 Film: Actor Jürgen Vogel

Last updated May 26, 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

Last updated October 15, 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 notable actress in the world of 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 clearly is making her mark on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

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: TV Thriller You Are Wanted

Last updated October 14, 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 in the German language and is available outside of Germany.

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German Film: Frederick Lau

Last updated May 22, 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

Last updated April 2, 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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