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Does watching shows/movies in German help with the learning process?

Pretty much what the title says...I'm looking to add new ways where I can "submerge" myself in the German language in my attempt to become conversational. Being that I am not actually in Germany, would watching shows with subtitles help?

February 16, 2013



For me personally, I think watching shows and movies with the subtitles on is really helpful. At the beginning, it's easier if you can find things in German with English subtitles, but watching things in German with German subtitles is great when you think you can handle it. I like Das Erste Mediathek (http://mediathek.daserste.de/). Not all of the shows have subtitles, but many of them do. My favorites are Lindenstraße, Wissen macht Ah!, Sendung mit der Maus, and Neuneinhalb (the last three are children's shows).


I really enjoyed watching Die Sendung mit der Maus back when "German TV" was a channel you could get here in the US. I also liked the Harald Schmidt show.

But don't forget about reading. I learned a whole lot just reading cheap, cheesy romance novels and westerns.


I definitely agree about reading, too. I found a bunch of short mystery stories meant for people learning the language. They even had activities in the back and the stories were actually really entertaining. One of my German friends also recommended the Karo Karotte series of books to me. They're children's books so the stories aren't always that interesting, but they've been really helpful with trying to pick up a "naturalness" for the language (especially with the dialogue).


@Dankegel: you can find "Die Sendung mit der Maus" in the ARD mediathek. (niceliz posted the link)


I regularly watch the German channel DW (Deutsche Welle) and watch and re-watch movies

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0130827/ - Run Lola Run
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0813547/ - The Counterfeiters
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0203632/ - The Princess and the Warrior
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082096/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 - Das Boot

The subtitles help, but what really helps is just listening. You may not follow the plot or dialogue 100% but you pick out words you learned and they help reinforce them into your vocabulary. I'm also a big fan of Siebenstein (it's a kids show). It's shown on the German channel I get (DW) but I haven't been able to find anything online other than a few youtube clips. Listening to German radio helps too. You can listen to German or Austrian radio here: http://www.listenlive.eu/index.html


Great links! :) I also found this radio link http://mylanguages.org/german_radio.php. I was thinking of downloading some mp3s of lessons or words to put on my mobile so I can listen to it while I'm out and about or to the shops. Does anyone have any good links to recommend? I am trying to listen to as much as possible so I can also work on my accent while learning grammar and new words (some of the pronunciation on the website I linked above seems a bit strange to me).


I was able to locate "The Big Bang Theory" show on a website that was translated into German. It also had German subtitles. I found this to be helpful because I already have seen some of the episodes, so it helps reinforce words and definitions that I have seen or will be learning.


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