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Es gibt viele Quellen überall im Internet, wo man Deutsch hören und sehen kann. There are countless German TV channels, great podcasts, and news outlets online. Here are some of the best. Not fluent? Es geht weiter!

For beginners. Are you starting where you left off in your Sternstunde in high school? Self-taught and looking for more audio and immersion? Want to improve your reading comprehension? How about a little history? Need some encouragement? Deutschsprachige Blogs sind vollgeil. Get political. Poetry heißt Dichtung. Don't forget your trusty dictionary.
posted by vkxmai (45 comments total) 68 users marked this as a favorite

 
So, Ich soll Metafilter .. umm .. usen, zu mein Deutch besser kannen.. uhh.. kennen? Ummm... dag.

zl;nl
posted by not_on_display at 12:16 PM on May 26, 2010


Solution: Europanto
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 12:17 PM on May 26, 2010


Can we do this for every language now? Would that be, um, kosher?
posted by yiftach at 12:18 PM on May 26, 2010


Videos of cats are the most useful learning tool for me. Cats tripping balls with a calm German voiceover.
posted by bewilderbeast at 12:20 PM on May 26, 2010


Vielen dank!

(Ich glaub' du sollst Metafilter benutzen, not_on_display!)
posted by saulgoodman at 12:27 PM on May 26, 2010


And do you know else sprechen sie Deutsch?
posted by entropicamericana at 12:32 PM on May 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


What watch! Such much!
posted by Michael Roberts at 12:38 PM on May 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


I've been wanting to do a FPP about Loriot for a while now, but haven't because, well, it's nearly all in German. I can, however, post this piece, which transcends language.

If anyone has video (from the same 100th Anniversary of the Berlin Philharmonic event) of his arrangement of the Blue Danube Waltz for 8 string basses, I'd love to see that again.
posted by hippybear at 12:42 PM on May 26, 2010


Videos of cats are the most useful learning tool for me. Cats tripping balls with a calm German voiceover.

"Die meisten kommen regelmaessig." lol.

And you also find catnip chemicals in cat pee? Echt? :P
posted by edguardo at 12:49 PM on May 26, 2010


not_on_display, I think it'd have to be zl,ng: zu lange, nicht gelesen. (Comma instead of semicolon because Germans tend to use commas there where we would not.)
posted by Michael Roberts at 12:49 PM on May 26, 2010 [3 favorites]


What were you sinking?
posted by tighttrousers at 12:49 PM on May 26, 2010


Du muss die Obst und Gemuse nicht anfassen, bitte!
-I took Deutsch in high school. That's one of my key remembered phrases.

Papieren! Schnell!
posted by battleshipkropotkin at 12:53 PM on May 26, 2010


And do you know else sprechen sie Deutsch?

Some 200 million people speak German in one degree or another, but I doubt that even MetaFilter collectively knows each and every one of them.

Or did you mean this to be one of those hilarious references to Hitler? Because that certainly hasn't been beaten to death on the internet.
posted by cmonkey at 12:54 PM on May 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


So, ich soll Metafilter benutzen, um mein Deutsch zu verbessern?

And you know wer noch Deutsch gesprochen hat?

Du sollst das Obst und Gemüse nicht anfassen, bitte!

/verbesserungsvorschläge
posted by ZeroAmbition at 1:04 PM on May 26, 2010 [3 favorites]


The nipples of Mother Hope have run dry.
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:06 PM on May 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


cmonkey: Was wurde getan, wird wieder geschehen, es gibt nichts Neues unter der Sonne. (Also, and I'm just saying this because I care, there's a lot of decaffeinated brands on the market that are just as tasty as the real thing.)
posted by entropicamericana at 1:10 PM on May 26, 2010


I took German for 3 years in high school and it was mostly fun. Though Frau Schulte would often go on rants in German which nobody could understand. Other than some very basic grammar and vocab, the main thing I remember is the German States Song, to the tune of She'll Be Coming 'Round The Mountain and in vaguely geographical order, going clockwise:

Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Berlin-Brandenburg,
Sachsen, Bayern, Baden-Wurttemberg, Saarland
Rheinland-Pfalz, Nordrhein-Westfalen,
Niedersachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt
Hessen, Thuringen, und Haupstadt Berlin!

(The Berlin-Brandenburg thing isn't accurate anymore as far as I know, but oh well.)
posted by kmz at 1:40 PM on May 26, 2010


I've been wanting to do a FPP about Loriot for a while now,

Na, und? Viele können doch zumindest ein bissel davon verstehen! Humor muss sein!
posted by vkxmai at 1:53 PM on May 26, 2010


Two thumbs up.
posted by IndigoJones at 2:08 PM on May 26, 2010


The nipples of Mother Hope have run dry.

The German dub of Top Secret is actually a lot funnier than the original English. They play with regional dialects a lot in the dubbing process, and the result is hilarious.
posted by hippybear at 2:26 PM on May 26, 2010


Danke schoen, ich habe fuenf Jahre Deutsch gelernt aber habe ich viel vergessen.
posted by nathancaswell at 2:35 PM on May 26, 2010


I used to remember the dative prepositions by singing them to the tune of the blue danube waltz... amazingly google shows that I am not the only one.

aus auser bei mit... nach zeit! von zu!
posted by nathancaswell at 2:37 PM on May 26, 2010 [4 favorites]


Ich liebe dich.
posted by whimsicalnymph at 2:37 PM on May 26, 2010


seit!
posted by nathancaswell at 2:38 PM on May 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


Ja, nathancaswell, wir gelernten das auch. (I probably said that wrong.)

We actually also had another song to the tune of She's Coming Round the Mountain:

Ich bin Auslander und spreche nicht gut Deutsch,
Ich bin Auslander und spreche nicht gut Deutsch,
Bitte langsam, bitte langsam,
Sprechen Sie doch bitte langsam,
Ich bin Auslander und spreche night gut Deutsch.
posted by kmz at 2:47 PM on May 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


Alter Schwede!

Deutsche Sprache, schwere Sprache
posted by chillmost at 3:02 PM on May 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


The German dub of Top Secret is actually a lot funnier than the original English.

I once watched the French dubbed version of Batman because I had a theory that Michael Keaton would eventually say "Je suis Batman!
posted by nathancaswell at 3:05 PM on May 26, 2010


Astro Zombie's quote is from KITH Brain Candy. Translation of Mark's "Scheißt" [sic] which should have been "Scheisse."

Sowieso... Danke schön, vkxmai! Bin eben zurück von einer Reise in Deutschland, und habe es gerne, deutsch zu üben.
posted by ethnomethodologist at 3:12 PM on May 26, 2010


Also, I'd love to see the spot with Lady Gaga saying "Ich bin Lady Gaga, und ICH LIEBE RTL" on RTL but it's not on youtube. Stupid Mylie Cyrus says it in English, including pronouncing it "are tee ell." Dumb bitch.
posted by ethnomethodologist at 3:15 PM on May 26, 2010


Speaking of Gaga, she has a tattoo featuring a quote from Rilke’s Briefe an einen jungen Dichter.
posted by vkxmai at 3:22 PM on May 26, 2010


I don't think rebellions count as civil wars in terms of what the article was covering - just states getting all fighty with other states.

There have been a lot of rebellions, and only a few covered in history class - Rhode Island had the Dorr Rebellion in 1841, for instance.
posted by Slap*Happy at 3:24 PM on May 26, 2010


Astro Zombie's quote is from KITH Brain Candy

Indeed it is. As soon as I read that, my brain replayed the scene. Funny how all those films in english making fun of german can blend together in one's memory.
posted by hippybear at 3:29 PM on May 26, 2010


Soll ich es noch essen?
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 4:34 PM on May 26, 2010


I met this skinhead neo-nazi type and I was forced to be nice to him because he was a friend of my landlord. Anyway, he found out that I had taken some German in High School, so he asked me to teach him something in German. I had forgotten most of what I had learned, but I told him that "Mein Schwanz ist kaput" means "I hate (insert ethnic slur)". It was amusing to see him running around all day saying "Mein Schwanz ist kaput!" and not having any clue. I don't think he ever found out.
posted by ambulocetus at 5:22 PM on May 26, 2010 [4 favorites]


Former German instructor here. Very nice writeup. My students used to love watching Die Simpsons auf Deutsch and then the same episode in English. (and usually the German version once again to catch what they missed the first time).

Bis bald!
posted by readyfreddy at 5:47 PM on May 26, 2010


Forgot to mention my favorite online dictionary… dict.leo.org
posted by readyfreddy at 5:57 PM on May 26, 2010


Forgot to mention my favorite online dictionary… dict.leo.org

It is in the second dictionary link! It was the one I started using (before dict.cc and WordRef were big) back in 2000 or so.
posted by vkxmai at 6:16 PM on May 26, 2010


My junior-high German teacher wowed us all with a videotape of TV commercials in German.

To this day I remember: "Katzen wissen was Sie wollen... das neue Brekkies." some years later.
posted by Wild_Eep at 6:30 PM on May 26, 2010


I am moving to Germany in the fall and at present have only been learning the language for a few weeks. This looks incredibly useful. Thanks!
posted by kyrademon at 11:12 PM on May 26, 2010


I feel I should be passing out flyers with these links, here in Switzerland. It would be ever so lovely if the Swiss would learn to speak real German! A pity the Swiss are so hard to understand, their German generally sounds nicer than Hochdeutsch. But the accents are just way too variable.
posted by Goofyy at 12:33 AM on May 27, 2010


My students used to love watching Die Simpsons auf Deutsch

Ugh. Ich hasse Die Simpsons auf Deutsch! Homers Stimme klingt total komisch.

Forgot to mention my favorite online dictionary… dict.leo.org

Weirdly, dict.leo.org has gone downhill since they recently redid parts of it IMHO. Aside from the interface, I don"t know exactly what they changed, but it now commonly has problems figuring out minor variations of words that it previously would make suggestions for.

Apropos trusty dictionaries, I just want to mention the Pons Bildwörterbuch, which is a pretty cool visual reference for beginners.

Linguee.de is also a pretty interesting concept, and although it's corpus seems limited and it's translations (often) a bit questionable, it has it's uses.

And for those who want to brush up on grammar, this wonderful site is useful.
posted by moonbiter at 2:12 AM on May 27, 2010


Another good way to get the feel of a language is through music, so maybe you'll enjoy some of this subjective selection:
It's not all about Kraftwerk and Rammstein, you can have german lyrics in sad white hetero male rock, hauptstadt-hipster electro-pop or intelligent (conscious?) electro (from Austria but hochdeutsch) if you're so inclined, old school anarchist punk, good hip hop from Berlin, a francophile remake of a Tödliche Doris classic, "discourse"-pop from hamburg, die Ärzte (with english subtitles), Wir Sind Helden who always got praise for their clever lyrics, hedonistic electro-hip hop, or chaotic hardcore where you can't understand the lyrics anyway; Krautrock you know already - so get to know some german prog-rock too, for example this awesome song by Nina Hagen and Stern Combo Meißen from the east-german film "Hostess" (1975).
posted by ts;dr at 3:48 AM on May 27, 2010 [3 favorites]


A German Metafilter-like site would be awesome, but I am thankful for this Metafilter so my want is not so large. Someone here once posted a link to a smart (imho) German satire site: http://www.ahoipolloi.blogger.de/ --also something to be thankful for.
posted by impuls at 4:33 AM on May 27, 2010


Die Simpsons auf Deutsch
Isotopenspielregel!
posted by cronholio at 4:55 AM on May 27, 2010


Someone here once posted a link to a smart (imho) German satire site:

That was in one of my original links on the FPP up top!
posted by vkxmai at 10:09 AM on May 27, 2010


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