German telenovelas and other videos.
I'd like to tell you about these german telenovelas. Some are from previous threads I am so grateful I found. I hope these help you improve your german as much as they have helped me.
These are 13 videos of 24 min each. They speak slowly and it is quite easy to follow. German subtitles. It doesn't say what level it is but I think it's A2, maybe A2+.
Jojo sucht das Glück: this is a very good telenovela from DW. There are currently 3 season, each one consisting of 31 videos and each video around 3-4 min of content. There are also around 7 exercises and explanations for new vocabulary that you may or may not already know. German subtitles as well. B1-B2 levels.
Deutsch: warum nicht: Similar to the previous one, for levels A1-B1. This is only audio, but there are exercises as well. Very good for beginners.
Sedwitz: this is a series, currently consisting of 6 episodes. I find these a little complicated, they speak faster than the other videos and the content is more difficult. German subtitles. Maybe B2-C1 level.
There are many videos (news, soaps, dramas...) in ZDF mediathek.
Lindenstrasse: 1562 episodes, ~30 min each. Very entertaining, German subtitles. B1-B2 level.
Hope you enjoy them! And if you know any other, please share!
Ah this is just what I needed thank you! Ein Lingot für dich ;)
Another wonderful series is Deutsch Plus, a good old BBC series set in Cologne, following a Romanian man Niko who gets a job for a TV company. There are 20 episodes with German subtitles and the German gets progressively more advanced throughout the series, I found it so helpful for learning normal German conversation and interactions from the point of view of a foreigner learning German. Also, the 90's music, fashion and technology is just hilarious haha
I find it's the perfect level of German if you've just finished your tree but obviously still don't speak it very well so need to learn more and get used to conversations etc :)
Also don't forget Easy German! It doesn't get more authentic than this! :P https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3936178A38BB5F87
Thanks for sharing this, I'd never heard of a couple of these till you brought them up. By the way, if I may add my two cents on Extr@... I think it's mostly A2 or so, I find it very easy as a B1 (or B1+).
Have you been studying German with other resource rather than Duolingo when started using these Telenovelas? I mean, will I be able to make good use of it when I reach such level as yours?
Yes! I've been going to Goethe Institute classes for a year, I'm doing B2.2 level now. I'm also doing the Zertifikat Deutsch Wortliste course in Memrise (all the words you are supposed to know to pass the B2 exam).
To be honest I didn't feel like a B2 student when I started the classes a few months ago, I thought my German wasn't very good. But after watching the Jojo telenovela and some others, plus listening to songs from Spotify Deutschland, I feel I've improved a lot! So I absolutely recommend doing those 2 things!
If your learning is going to be completely online, and if I could go back in time, I would organize my time the following way: I'd focus on Duolingo until I finish the tree and get around level 19-20, while doing the "Duolingo German vocabulary" course in Memrise to learn the nouns well (I struggle learning nouns in German so this would have definitely helped me). Then after finishing the tree, I would start watching extr@ deutsch and Jojo (those are the ones I've used so far), listening to german pop songs (usually in pop songs the language is quite clear and simple) and I would also start immersion.
Danke! This is just what I needed and wanted to improve a bit more my German studies.
i am looking for exact these possibilities- but in english! do you have tipps for me to exercise english with the help of english telenovelas? As they offer it by BBC for example.
You might want to try: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k89GF-i_Eyg&list=PLdYSWqTrWP2jyqWIdjsATbrb11uN_BMrF
I don't know about english telenovelas either but you're lucky, because English is probably the language with the most resources! I don't think it's the best way to consume media but you can download films and series torrents, and you can find subtitles in http://www.opensubtitles.org/en/search I didn't start watching shows in English until I had B2 level, and they still were difficult to follow, so depending on the level you have maybe jumping to watch shows like this is too much. But I'm sure that if you search "videos level X English" in google you will have thousands of videos. Good luck with your studies!
I don't know about telenovelas, but "Friends" TV shows is pretty easy to understand and follow, even for beginners (you may try with English subs as well). Also there's a series of videos provided by Voice Of America (called VOA Special English) in which you can watch news while reading the English transcription in the videos as well ans since it is for English Learners they speak slowly (you can find it on youtube). Cheers!