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TV series for German/French learners

I'm currently watching Extr@ in German and French, I was wondering if anyone knew of any other similar series for learners of German and French?

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...MeI1HLnLIRmO_t

Also, annoyingly I can't find the French Extr@ episodes with subtitles, I guess they don't exist, but just incase anyone has a link I'd be very grateful. Currently watch the German episode first so I can understand the French one
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Re: TV series for German/French learners

Allo allo ? Also gets you Italian...
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Re: TV series for German/French learners

Türkisch für Anfänger

Decent enough show and available on netflix. I would definitely recommend it for anyone learning German.
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Re: TV series for German/French learners

Anything that you know the Story already is good. I used to watch Friends in French with French subtitles when I was studying in Geneva. Or I watch Cartoons with subtitles in another language. If you have any DVDs at home check if they have other language Options ideally as well with subtitles and rewatch those. It is really helpful to have subtitles as well because it will help you with sentence structure etc. Or read books that you have read in English in another language. check Flohmärkte or Brockenhäuser. Many town no also have unused phone boots as book swaps.


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Re: TV series for German/French learners

You could consider Netflix, they do have a lot of series and you can select the language you please. (tho not all might have French spoken languages)
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Re: TV series for German/French learners

I personally avoid any content where the dialog is not originally recorded in the target language. The dubbing just never sounds natural to me and there is always a hint of the other langauge in the background.
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Old 10.04.2019, 15:13
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Re: TV series for German/French learners

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there is always a hint of the other langauge in the background.
That is typical of documentaries with interviews and reality shows (e.g. Air Crash Investigations, Seconds from Disaster, Kitchen Nightmares, Wheeler Dealers...) but with movies and TV series the work is done with a different quality level and this should never never happen!
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That is typical of documentaries with interviews and reality shows (e.g. Air Crash Investigations, Seconds from Disaster, Kitchen Nightmares, Wheeler Dealers...) but with movies and TV series the work is done with a different quality level and this should never never happen!
True. In any case, the dubbed shows just don't sound natural. In my opinion.
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Re: TV series for German/French learners

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhvLckENVRc


Café des Rêves, produced by the bbc for learners of French. Variable sound quality but easy to follow and with French subtitles.
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Re: TV series for German/French learners

If you can put up with some of the gloomy storylines, the German soap operas (Lindenstrasse etc.), watched with German subtitles can be useful for language learning. The medium means that conversations are short and plots fast-moving. And most important, the language is fairly simple and informal.
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Re: TV series for German/French learners

A bit of not-helpful complaint here, sorry ;-) but it matches the title. Since from this year I have no choice but pay for TV (not just internet) I thought that at least it could be useful to watch a bit of local TV to improve languages.

Ugh, there's really nothing in the "SRF" and "RTS" apps which serve just two channels of BS all day long. My next thought was that perhaps not everything is online but according to the official web the internet streaming is the main channel. Terrestrial TV is going to be shut down in Switzerland. What the heck? I'm not surprised they forced the TV license on the people.

Since I pay SERAFE what's your advise of how to benefit from it in terms of improving languages?
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Netflix has "How to Sell drugs online (fast)"

Pretty good so far.
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Since I pay SERAFE what's your advise of how to benefit from it in terms of improving languages?
I think the most TV channels are offered via cable connection. Often if you have internet you can not avoid having something like 50 TV channels as well - you just have to connect an extra cable to the TV.

They shut down terrestrial TV because only 2% of people were using it.

If you own a TV, I recommend ORF1 channel from Austria. They air sit-coms the entire afternoon, with subtitles and very few commercials.
If you just want to use material on the internet, without a physical TV, I can provide more suggestions, but that is not related to SERAFE unfortunately. Let me know
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Dark on Netflix. Good times.
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Re: TV series for German/French learners

Because I struggle in my German classes, when I go to the cinema to see a film in English I read the German subtitles. I went to see that film "The Square" when it was out, didn't realise parts of it had dialogue in Norwegian so I had to piece it together with the subtitles. The main character gave a big long monologue at the end, the German was way over my head at that point, but I managed to get it reading the French (did 4 years of French in high school back in the 70s, a bit rusty but still understand it).

OH watches football and motor racing on the Swiss and German channels to listen to the commentary as he too struggles with German. As he is in IT the language used at work is English.

We've been to Copenhagen twice in the past year and a lot of the telly programmes there were in English with Danish subtitles even though they were made in Denmark, but I read recently 95% of Danes speak both English and German as well as their own mother tongue. If I could just get my head round German I'd be ecstatic, I've been going to classes for 2 years now and sometimes sit there like a complete div
At the end of the last term we went for a drink with our tutor and he said to me "it's because you don't like German"
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At the end of the last term we went for a drink with our tutor and he said to me "it's because you don't like German"
While this may sound a little harsh, I'm not sure it was directly aimed at you.

There is an element of truth in it I think....have a read through this thread, it might help you...

https://www.englishforum.ch/complain...ne-please.html
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I'm currently watching Extr@ in German and French, I was wondering if anyone knew of any other similar series for learners of German and French?

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...MeI1HLnLIRmO_t

Also, annoyingly I can't find the French Extr@ episodes with subtitles, I guess they don't exist, but just incase anyone has a link I'd be very grateful. Currently watch the German episode first so I can understand the French one

good idea for a thread. I learnt alot of my DE or CH from watching telezuri when i lived in ZH. I still like to watch it whenever I am back for a visit (to the consternation of my in-laws who are fm TG...lol) Telezuri is pretty crap but it has simple CH (swiss german) so i like to watch it.

Also as someone mentioned Netflix is quite good with DE and FR tv shows. Even in Singapore I get them. Recently a pretty good one in DE was Charité at War https://www.netflix.com/sg/title/81081067
and Charité https://www.netflix.com/sg/title/80178971
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Re: TV series for German/French learners

German shopping channels can be quite good, because they're trying to sell the presenters keep repeating stuff at you.

The clothes are a bit stuck in the 80s though, shiny tops with big shoulder pads and matching leggings
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