Das Menschlichste, was wir haben, ist doch die Sprache.Theodor Fontane, Unwiederbringlich
How do you say in French “It is love”?
ja ja ja ja ja
a spanish person laughing or a german person during sex???
I’m not sure with what kind of Germans this person has slept but …no, just no.
The struggle of being a 20-something speaking German.
So today I found out that the German translation of “tramp stamp” in German is Arschgeweih, which literally means “ass antlers”
Germans are so cool
gweneveree asked: Hi there! Firstly, I just wanted to say that I love your blog! Also, I'm working on learning German and I was just wondering if you could suggest me some of your favorite German movies/music/blogs/etc. so I can get some more fun and practical exposure than just my textbook. Thanks! (:
Thank you very much, dear! And kudos to you for taking on such a difficult language.
Whoops! I guess you’re talking to the wrong German here. I’m not the biggest fan of German cinema in general because most of the time it feels so repetitive to me as if I’ve already seen it in an American or foreign movie before. Of course there are a few gems among them and there are few actors I like so probably my recommendation will consist of those movies. But I’ll try my best to give you a broad idea.
There are of course some classics like Die Feuerzangenbowle with Heinz Rühmann who’s a national treasure, or Große Freiheit Nr. 7 with Hans Albers and Ilse Werner but I’m not sure those are proper movies for a German learner because they use a lot of old words and the pronunciation is different.
Later on movies like Das zweite Gleis or Die Legende von Paul und Paula were popular and successful movies especially some that were produced in the former GDR which also makes it hard to differentiate for me what is “legendary” in both parts of the country.
But coming to the more contemporary part of German cinema I have take a liking again to the movies from the last 5 to 10 years because there’s this young generation of actors who are more proactive about what they wanna do. They don’t only act but produce, direct or write the movies and most of the time those are better than the average run-off-the-mill Til Schweiger romantic comedy. Speaking of Til Schweiger he had a huge success with Keinohrhasen and Zweiohrküken which brought him back into the German conscience. There’s also a movie called Nackt which is extraordinary and definitely should be watched. It has some great well-known actors in there like Heike Makatsch (ex of Daniel Craig), Alexandra Maria Lara (wife of Sam Riley), Benno Fürmann, Jürgen Vogel and Nina Hoss which I’ve seen once in person when she was at the same play I went to in Berlin (yes she’s also beautiful irl). Then there is the heartbreaking movie Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door which is also a very watchable movie. Bring some tissues! Also Sonnenallee and Anatomie and basically every German movie you’ve seen being nominated at the Oscars.
I’ll continue just listing some movies. Goodbye, Lenin!, Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei, Kirschblüten - Hanami, Soul Kitchen, John Rabe, Vincent Will Meer (which you’ve might already seen on my blog since they’re making a remake right now), Die Fremde, Almanya - Willkommen in Deutschland and Barbara. There are also two movies of my favorite German actor Matthias Schweighöfer you should check out called Soloalbum and Kammerflimmern. He’s done some great serious drama but recently doing more romantic comedies since he started his own production company and needs to get this financed first. Apparently German romantic comedies do well money-wise. But our biggest success yet, also international, was Der Schuh des Manitu. It even got released in the US.
But besides listing movies you should check out the work of people like Werner Herzog, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Wim Wenders, Loriot, Detlev Buck, Sönke Wortmann, Tom Tykwer, Fatih Akin, Matthias Schweighöfer, Daniel Brühl, Benno Fürmann, Florian David Fitz, Jessica Schwarz, Heike Makatsch, Nora Tschirner, Alexandra Maria Lara, Jan Josef Liefers, Moritz Bleibtreu, Elyas M’Barek and of course our biggest export right now Christoph Waltz. Also if you keep your eyes open you’ll find a lot of German actors in international productions now.
Music - this will be a very subjective point of view since I’ll base on taste and, you know, Tokio Hotel might be successful but the music is crap so …
I’m the biggest fan of Die Ärzte but for a German beginner this might be hard because there are a lot of metaphors, double entendre and referring to German culture. Then there are younger bands/musicians like Clueso, Kraftklub, Casper (he’s American actually), Beatsteaks (though they sing in English), Max Herre (and his former band Freundeskreis), Joy Denalane, Fettes Brot, Xavier Naidoo, Herbert Grönemeyer (also acts on the side, was in Control with Sam Riley), Udo Lindenberg, Patrice, Cro, Bosse.
I’m sure I’ve forgot loads of stuff but I can’t come up with anything else right now. I could drop it in your ask box if I remember something.
Sorry for the long ass post.