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. […]
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!
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 you may know him for his role serving as a judge on The
With the summer vacation season fast approaching, you might have a trip planned for Germany (Munich, anyone?), Austria, Switzerland or parts of Italy. And if you don’t speak any German, you might want to learn some of the language. At least have a few German travel phrases on stand-by. In my experience, locals always appreciate
Actors having bands is nothing new. And who can blame them? Everyone secretly wants to be a rock star. Prominent German actor Tom Schilling is no different. The popular actor has a band: they are called Tom Schilling & The Jazz Kids. Just last week the group released their debut album Vilnius. And in May
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
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, German soaps on television are ideal. Think about it. There are lots of episodes, including many that have a new episode every weekday. The regularity means you get
Using music to learn the German language can be a great tool but it is not always easy. Sometimes it can difficult enough to make out the lyrics of songs in your own language. Recognizing the lyrics of a German song? It can be a whole other challenge. But with legendary German electronic music band
If Sebastian Koch looks familiar, it would not be all too surprising. In recent years the Karlsruhe-born, Stuttgart-raised actor has been popping up in Hollywood. He portrayed pioneering sexual reassignment surgeon Dr. Kurt Warnekros in 2015’s The Danish Girl, Stasi-employed lawyer Wolfgang Vogel in Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies and as the boss of Carrie
There is a German language music revolution happening but it isn’t in Germany. Just south of the border in Austria, the pop bands performing music in the German language just keep coming. Graz based Granada are one of the newer bands in the Austrian music scene. The five-piece have only just released their self-titled debut
Armin Mueller-Stahl is a man who has repeatedly had to reestablish himself. First, as an actor of the film and stage in East Germany. Then, in the mid-1970s he was blacklisted along with others for protesting when singer-songwriter Karl Wolf Biermann was stripped of his East German citizenship while on tour in West Germany. Mueller-Stahl
Squeaky-clean, conservative and religious, American singer Pat Boone left more than a few scratching their heads in 1997 when he released In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy. The album saw Boone covering hard rock and metal hits like Metallica, Guns N’ Roses and Deep Purple. As if that wasn’t enough, the conservative
Earlier this year, it was announced that German journalist/author/television moderator Benjamin von Stuckrad-Barre was be publishing a new book. I instantly became excited. The author had seemingly disappeared from the public eye, at least from my point of view. After his RBB television series Stuckrads Homestory finished airing in 2014, things seemed to get quiet.