Category Archives: German video

Where did he escape to from the bunker?

You know who I mean…. (courtesy once again of the Monty Python team)

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Germans are all boring

They have a sense of fun deficit.  They take themselves way too seriously.  They lack spontaneity.  They never get the joke, because they don’t have a sense of humour…

So here is a short clip of some very boring Germans taking themselves extremely seriously at this time of year.

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The extreme dangers of using a phrase book

Continuing the Monty Python theme… one of their most thigh-slappingly hilarious clips is the Hungarian phrase book sketch. This is what most of us ex pats experience on arrival in a new country, because the phrasebook never quite communicates what you were expecting to say….

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Eating out in Germany

can be a totally, mindbogglingly out of body unique experience. As this clip shows….

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Organisation for Anarchists

Well German anarchists wouldn’t be disorganised, would they? Doesn’t matter whether they’re right wing nazis or left wing anarchists. Germans need proper infrastructure and shops selling suitable riot equipment… molotov cocktails and stones to throw at the police….

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Career advice for German children

A long running theme in our office is about the relative superiority of British versus German childrens TV programming. We Brits all remember Blue Peter, while the Germans wax lyrical about Die Sendung mit der Maus.

But which nation’s programming is most likely to help kids to grow up as happy, well-balanced socially integrated adults?

So I decided to have a look back at some of the old public service programmes aimed at educating the next generation…

First exhibit, ladies and gentlemen, is Blue Peter.  Note the subliminal messages for British children:

  • it is big and clever to do stunts on your bike
  • you too can aspire to become Evil Knieval
  • if you’re going to do motocross on muddy terrain, it’s really sensible to wear white trousers

Second exhibit, is Die Sendung mit der Maus.  Note the subliminal messages for German children:

  • if you’re going to have a crap job you might as well go the whole hog and sing out of tune too
  • the most aspirational heroes are those who do the dirtiest work cheerfully
  • and you get to wear trendy gear… in a sort of Guatanamo Bay chic kind of way….

Is it any wonder that both nations have different types of social problem?

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With a nose like that….

…who needs a fine for a traffic violation?

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Oh dear… they must mean us!

What do the Germans actually think of the British? Here’s one German comedian’s take.

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Learning to speak German like a proper Ausländer

I’ve finally realised the problem with my German.  I’ve been spending far too much time focussing on making it sound…well….German. I guess what I need to do is take some proper lessons.

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New Year traditions in Germany

In my case, the main tradition for New Year’s Day is seeing how long I can put off clearing up the aftermath of last night’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Right now I have managed to drink four cups of coffee and have spent two hours gazing out of the window at the extraordinary amount of detretis from fireworks which currently litters our courtyard, without fetching the broom.

Fireworks - the aftermath

Fireworks - the aftermath

The temperature outside is minus five. That’s ear-freezingly nippy.

I think I’ll just put on another pot of coffee….

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