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  • 2/8/2014 7 German TV Series To Help You Learn German

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    7GermanTVSeriesToMakeYouLaughAndLearnTheLanguageInNoTimeTiredofstrugglingwithirregularverbsandbreakingyourheadoverdeclensionrules?WhynotputyourtextbookasideforawhileandwatchsomeGermanTVseries?Evenifyoudontunderstandeverythingatfirst,youllbesurprisedhowmuchyoucangleanjustfrombodylanguage,mimicryandcontext.

    Inthispost,IdliketoshowcaseafewGermanTVserieswhicharebothpopularamongnativeaudienceandmightbeagoodstartingpointforGermanlanguagelearners.

    LORIOTThisclassiccomedyseries(airedfrom19761978)ranonlyforsixepisodesbuthasreachedsimilarfameinGermanculturelikeMontyPythonintheEnglishspeakingworld.ItisnamedafterLoriot,oneofthemostwellknownGermancomedians,whobothguidesthroughtheprogramandactsinlittleskitsaboutawkwardsituationsindailylife.Inadditiontotheseskits,thisTVseriesfeaturesshortanimatedfilmsdrawnbyLoriothimself.

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  • 2/8/2014 7 German TV Series To Help You Learn German

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    YoucanfindmanyclipsandevenwholeepisodesofthisseriesviaYoutube(search),someofthemevenwithEnglishsubtitles.

    STROMBERGThisawardwinningGermancomedyseriesisanadaptationoftheBritishTVseriesTheOfficebyRickyGervais,andisnamedafteritsprotagonistBerndStromberg.SimilartotheAmericanTheOffice,Strombergtooktheoriginalandmadeititsown.Inmyopinion,itsnotasexistentiallydarkastheBritishtemplate,butalsonotaslightheartedastheAmericanversionwhichoftenfeelslikeasitcom.Oh,andifafter5seasonsyoustillcantgetenough,theresevenaStrombergmovie.

    Youcanwatchallfiveseasons(Staffeln)oftheStrombergTVseriesonmyspass.deorgettheDVDfromAmazon.

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    SENDUNGMITDERMAUSThebroadcastwiththemouseisonethemostsuccessfulGermanchildrenTVseriesofalltimes.Airedsince1971everySundayat11:30ontheARDchannel,thisTVseriesfeaturesstorieswhicharebothentertainingandinformative(LachundSachgeschichten).Curiously,theaverageviewerageisaround40,sinceparentsareoftenwatchingthisseriestogetherwiththeirchildren,notonlyforsupervisingreasons,mindyou,butbecausesomeoftheirstories(especiallytheexplainerones,someofwhichhavegainedcultstatusontheinternet)aresimplytoogoodtomiss.

    YoucanwatchrecentepisodesontheARDMediathek,sometimesGermansubtitlesareavailable(clickonUTforUntertitel).

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    LWENZAHNAnotherpopularGermanTVseriesforchildren,airedsince1981,isnamedaftertheGermantermfordandelion:Lwenzahn(literally:lionstooth).ThankstotheiconichostPeterLustigwhobothnarratedandstarredintheprogramuntil2005,thisisanotherGermanTVserieswhichhasachievedcultstatusandisstillverypopularamongolderviewers.

    YoucanfindmanyoftheoriginalLwenzahnClassics(pre2005)onYoutube(search).

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    TATORTIfyouhaventheardabouityet,thiscrimefictionprogramisthemostpopularGermanTVseriesofalltimes.Runningsince1970,thisclassicfeaturesanumberofdifferentdetectiveteams(somequitefunny)indifferentcities,whichrotateeachweek.TatortiscertainlynottheonlyacclaimeddetectiveseriesonGermantelevision,butitisbyfarthemostpopular.

    YoucanfindrecentepisodesontheARDMediathekorgetaDVDboxfromAmazon.Note:Forparentaladvisoryreasons,thesestreamsareonlyactivatedafter8pm(Germantime).

    DERTATORTREINIGERThiscomedyseriestellsthestoryofHeikoSchottySchotte,ahousecleanerspecializedonmoppingupafterthedetectiveshavelongleftthecrimescene.Farfrombeingatypicalcrimeseries,DerTatortreinigerdoesntoccupyitselfwiththemotivesofmurdererswhichplayonlyaverymarginalrole,butratherwiththeawkwardinteractionsbetweenSchottyandthebereaved.

    Forsomereasons,theMediathekpagedoesntseemtoworkatthemoment,butyoucanstillorderaDVDorsearchthroughYouTubeforepisodes.

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    TRKISCHFRANFNGERTurkishforBeginnersisacomedydramaserieswhichtellsthestoryofaGermanTurkishstepfamilyandtheirdailylives.TheseriesisnarratedbytheeldestdaughterLenaanddealswithissuesofteenagelifeandcrossculturalexperiences.

    YoucanwatchTrkischfrAnfngerontheARDMediathek,wherethelastfewepisodesareavailableasstreamsforalimitedtime,gettheDVDfromAmazon,oryoucangoaheadandbrowseforepisodesonYoutube.

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    fashionplate a day agoSo silly, from children's channel KiKa -- I enjoy "Bernddas Brot" aka Bernd the Bread, a German cartoon onYouTube, some episodes with English subtitles. Adultfunny. Caution: He does use the word "Mist"occasionally.

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    Andr Klein a day agoMod fashionplateBernd should be an essential ingredient of everyGerman learner's media diet, you're right! :Dhttp://youtu.be/OcKAdLfVFow

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