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American shows in German

Hi everyone! So I'm taking a German class, but I would like "extra" practice in the form of watching my favorite American TV shows - in German. Besides YouTube, where would I find streaming videos online of American shows such as "Friends" or "Sex in the City" in German?

OAN - I've read in a few previous threads that in some cantons it is illegal to flush the toilet after 11p? Is that true??? If so, what cantons have that (dumb) law?
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Old 18.10.2010, 12:41
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Re: American shows in German

For your TV, SF2 has a lot of American shows on, normally shown with the dual language option, one dubbed in German, the other in the original language. Simply watch in German.
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Old 18.10.2010, 12:57
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Re: American shows in German

Actually that is not such a bad thing, I personally learned a lot of German from watching the telly, no wimpy two channel stuff in them days, it was sink or swim.
However I would think that watching most of the rubbish passed off as entertainment on the lobotomy-box these days would rot your brain to the point of no return.
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Re: American shows in German

If you have the chance, I would advise you to watch TV in the orginal German rather than dubbed. We tend to use our eyes to help us to 'hear' and if the actor's lips on TV are not saying what your ears are hearing, it can make it more difficult to understand, particularly for someone without a very good command of the language.
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For your TV, SF2 has a lot of American shows on, normally shown with the dual language option, one dubbed in German, the other in the original language. Simply watch in German.

Awesome tidbit , but I don't have a TV here . That's why I'm looking for websites that stream the shows in German
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Old 18.10.2010, 13:07
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Re: American shows in German

I'm with Longbyt on this one. I find it much better to watch original German TV shows rather than American shows dubbed into German. The speech in the dubbed shows often seems much much faster than in original German shows - am I the only one that thinks this?

Anyway I find the dubbed stuff much harder work.
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OAN - I've read in a few previous threads that in some cantons it is illegal to flush the toilet after 11p? Is that true??? If so, what cantons have that (dumb) law?
No cantons have that as a law. However, most apartment rental contracts have it as a rule.
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I'm with Longbyt on this one. I find it much better to watch original German TV shows rather than American shows dubbed into German. The speech in the dubbed shows often seems much much faster than in original German shows - am I the only one that thinks this?

Anyway I find the dubbed stuff much harder work.
If you ever look at the same text in German and English, 99% of the time the German is much longer. Probably the reason for them speeding up.

Either that or they make the actresses doing the dubbing breathe helium before speaking. I hate anything dubbed with a passion!
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Re: American shows in German

All great advice! The reason why I've suggested American TV is because I've only watched American shows and will know what is going on if I watch something like The Simpsons' episodes. However, I am open to watch German shows. Do you guys have any recommendations on interesting German TV shows online?
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No cantons have that as a law. However, most apartment rental contracts have it as a rule.

Thanks for clearing that up!
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Re: American shows in German

The problem with watching a show like The Simpsons with dubbed voices is that is just sounds wrong. You are so used to the proper voices that attempting to listen to the dubbed ones is just so distracting you can't follow what they are actually saying. I much prefer to watch an actual German show.

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All great advice! The reason why I've suggested American TV is because I've only watched American shows and will know what is going on if I watch something like The Simpsons' episodes. However, I am open to watch German shows. Do you guys have any recommendations on interesting German TV shows online?
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Re: American shows in German

Sooo.... Do any of you guys have any suggestions of interesting original German TV shows that I can watch online???
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"Friends" or "Sex in the City"
I just realized, that those are both things hard to come by in Switzerland.
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I just realized, that those are both things hard to come by in Switzerland.
Really?? I watch those two shows everyday (online). However, it is difficult to find the newer shows I became addicted to before I left such as "The Vampire Diaries", "True Blood", "Clean House", etc.

Btw, have you seen how HOT Damon and Steffan are in The Vampire Diaries and Eric is in True Blood??????? These guys can suck on me anytime they want! Hahahah!!!
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Re: American shows in German

Just for the record, knowing lost_inbroad, at a rough guess he wasn't actually talking about the programmes which had been mentioned. "Friends" - around here the Swiss are not known as being particularly friendly - well not to us aliens anyway. The second title I'll pass...
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Re: American shows in German

If you don't have a TV you can try Swisscom TV Air. It costs SFR9 per month but lets you watch TV on your computer. There is no contract as far as I am aware aka you can cancel anytime you like.
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Sooo.... Do any of you guys have any suggestions of interesting original German TV shows that I can watch online???
Interesting is relative - depends what you like...

German TV shows:
- Schlag den Raab - it's a show where some candiates compete against a German TV moderator in different kinds of sports
- TV Total - kind of like a late night comedy show with the same guy as in the above Stefan Raab
- Wetten dass...? - live bets on TV with celebrities
- Wer wird Millionaer? - German version of who wants to be a millionaire - might actually be good for learning german vocab
- Deutschland sucht den Superstar - German version of American Idol or Pop Idol

TV series:
- Tatort - crime series
- Galileo - more like a knowledge/documentary series
- Komissar Rex - not sure if that one actually still runs but its also a crime series - main character is a German shepherd
- Der Alte - crime series
- Ein Fall fuer 2 - also crime series


Im not a soap fan and I cannot stand Desperate Housewives, Lost, all these soppy hospital series etc. I have a short attention span when it comes to those and I cannot follow every day whilenothing ever happens and then the season ends. If you want cheesy German soaps though, try Lindenstrasse, Marienhof, Unter Uns, Gute Zeiten Schlechte Zeiten, Verbotene Liebe.

I assume you can get these online somewhere. ARD and ZDF (German public TV stations have shows online, look for the Mediathek on their websites www.ard.de and www.zdf.de )
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