Intermediate German: Understanding spoken German
Intermediate German: Understanding spoken German

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Intermediate German: Understanding spoken German

3.1 Subtitles on

You will now watch a clip, focusing on how the presence of subtitles personally affects your viewing.

Activity 11

Watch the video clip once through, making sure the subtitles are turned on. This was the button that turns them on and off:

While you are watching, ask yourself these two questions.

Am I predominantly reading the subtitles or listening to what Herr Schmidt is saying?

If I'm reading the subtitles, is this because they make it easier for me to understand what Herr Schmidt is saying?

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Transcript

WOLF
Ich heiβe Wolf Schmidt. Ich lebe hier mit meiner Frau, und mit meiner Tochter, die jetzt bald 16 ist, in Hamburg in einer 75 m² Wohnung im Schanzenviertel. Und wir leben hier gern.
Ich bin in New York eingeschult 1970 bis ‘72 in einer Public School in der Bronx. Konnte die Sprache dort nicht und bin in eine Klasse gekommen, in der alle Englisch sprachen. Das war für mich ein Trauma und eine eine ganz schwieriges Erlebnis. Ich habe an der Hochschule für Bildende Künste Film studiert, hab’ beim Film gearbeitet. Wir mussten so lange arbeiten, dass ich irgendwann entschieden habe, ich möchte arbeiten, was mir sehr viel Spass macht.
Deswegen hab’ ich auf Geld verzichtet und hab’ in dem Bereich gearbeitet, wo ich für mich selber ’ne sehr grosse Freude empfinde, wenn ich für Fussball arbeiten darf.
WOLF [FOOTBALL PITCH]
Hier bin ich. Hier.
WOLF
Jetzt arbeite ich als Fussballtrainer seit nunmehr sechs Jahren.
WOLF [FOOTBALL PITCH]
Und jetzt kommt schon der nächste.
WOLF
Der FC St. Pauli ist ein Fussballverein der im Herzen von Hamburg liegt. Und das ist Besonderes, mitten drin in der Stadt, ein Profi-Fussballverein.
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Discussion

There is no right or wrong answer to this. It is good to make sure you are listening as well as reading the subtitles – it can be tempting just to read what it is on the screen, if you find it easier to read material than listen or watch.

Box 3 Remember to listen

Be aware that it is good to focus on what you are listening to, rather than reading the subtitles, if you are wanting to improve your understanding of spoken German. People speak in different ways, use different expressions and have different regional accents. The more you listen to different people speaking, the more prepared you will become for the great variety of spoken German you will encounter.

You can try listening to what is said both with and without the subtitles turned off. You can then see which you find more helpful. The main thing to remember is that every time you listen closely you are are likely to understand more each time. You can find out which you find most helpful for your own learning, listening with or without having the subtitles on.

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