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Looking for tips for learning German? From recommendations for German language music or films, here are some of my best tips and tricks for learning German. From one German learner to another!

Learn German with the films of director Margarethe von Trotta.

Learn German with Filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta

Starting in the early 1960s until the 1980s, Germany experienced a surge in the country’s film movement. The New German Cinema, as it is called, included such notable names as Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Werner Herzog, and Volker Schlöndorff. Included in that illustrious and influential group is Margarethe von Trotta. She has been described as Germany’s

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Practice German with the films of actor Jonas Nay.

Practice German with Films & TV of Actor Jonas Nay

Although still only in his twenties, German actor Jonas Nay caught the attention of the English-speaking world with, ironically, his role in Deutschland 83, a German-language television show developed internationally. Despite his youth, Nay’s got a number of acting credits to his name, many in television. This month, let’s practice German with the film and

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German hip hop and electro group Deichkind.

Practice German with Hip Hop & Electro of Deichkind

As I learned recently, Hamburg, Germany is cool, fun and adventurous. So it’s not surprising to hear that longtime German hip hop and electro group Deichkind hail from the port city. Since their founding more than twenty years ago, Deichkind have won over German speaking music fans with catchy lyrics, heart-thumping beats and a unique

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Learn German with these German language film recommendations from director/writer Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, The Princess and the Warrior, Babylon Berlin).

Learn German with Films of Director Tom Tykwer

Tom Tykwer probably didn’t register on the radars of most English-speaking film audiences until his international hit Run Lola Run in 1998. The German language film catapulted Tykwer into the sights of Hollywood. By the early 2000s he was directing big name stars in English language films. Films like Heaven starring Cate Blanchett, Perfume: The

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Practice your German skills using music in the German language! Featured this month is rapper Marteria.

Practice German with Music of Rapper Marteria

German rapper Marteria doesn’t rush when he’s rapping. He delivers his texts with a confidence and precision where the backing music almost seems irrelevant. But Marteria’s style is one suited for hip hop loving German language learners looking to practice their German. Let’s get to know one of Germany’s most popular rappers with this month’s

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

German Film: Actress & Director 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

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

German Music: 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

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