Lawyer&Mom, Less is More (French & German)

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Re: Lawyer&Mom, Less is More (French & German)

Postby Lawyer&Mom » Tue Dec 17, 2019 11:37 pm

Caromarlyse wrote:Are you any further with Fait pas ci, Fait pas ça, and would you recommend it? I'd have to buy DVDs by the looks of things so am wondering whether to commit. It does look to be the kind of lighthearted relief I like for my watching!


I’ve been watching full episodes on YouTube. I haven’t gotten far, but it seems really excellent.
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Re: Lawyer&Mom, Less is More (French & German)

Postby Lawyer&Mom » Tue Dec 17, 2019 11:49 pm

I once dreamed of teaching my kids both German and French... And now that I actually have kids, this doesn’t seem very practical. The oldest has started German Saturday School, and it is lovely, but I’m starting to realize how much we will need to do outside of the classroom to really get anywhere with German. (So many of the kids already speak German at home. Lots of German engineers in our area. Which is great!) We only have so much time together each day, and they only have so much interest in languages. We have to let French go for now. (Maybe High School? If they don’t pick a different language entirely?) So this weekend I schlepped 175 French children’s books to Goodwill. Someone else needs these books *right now.* I kept 25 of my absolute favorites, just because. This would be more than enough to get to a nice A1 someday. Plus I just like French kids books. They don’t ever have to be used. A little bittersweet, but more room on the shelves!
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Re: Lawyer&Mom, Less is More (French & German)

Postby Lawyer&Mom » Sat Dec 28, 2019 5:08 am

Halfway though a really charming Norwegian series on Netflix, Hjem til jul. Singleton has just 24 days to find a boyfriend to bring home for Christmas. Very well done so far. I love that I can mostly follow the Norwegian with the English subtitles on. I know that’s not a huge achievement, but it’s still fun. My semester of Norwegian wasn’t totally useless! I don’t really have any more ambitious goals with Norwegian, but will gladly enjoy any good Scandinavian content that comes my way.
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Re: Lawyer&Mom, Less is More (French & German)

Postby katsu » Sat Dec 28, 2019 8:14 am

Lawyer&Mom wrote:Halfway though a really charming Norwegian series on Netflix, Hjem til jul.


I loved this too. "Charming" is definitely the right word. I'm amazed you can follow it with only a semester of Norwegian!
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Re: Lawyer&Mom, Less is More (French & German)

Postby Lawyer&Mom » Sat Dec 28, 2019 4:25 pm

katsu wrote:
Lawyer&Mom wrote:Halfway though a really charming Norwegian series on Netflix, Hjem til jul.


I loved this too. "Charming" is definitely the right word. I'm amazed you can follow it with only a semester of Norwegian!


A semester of Norwegian *after* a German degree. (And with English subtitles!!!) I’ve got a lot of “Germanic” under my belt! Plus they seem to be speaking very clear standard Norwegian, at least compared to Okkupert, or any random TV I’ve tried to watch on NRK.
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Re: Lawyer&Mom, Less is More (French & German)

Postby jeff_lindqvist » Sat Dec 28, 2019 5:12 pm

I think Norwegian TV is a really good way to expose yourself to various accents/dialects.

(Based on the trailers for the two series you've mentioned, I heard at least three in each: the first had mostly Eastern, some Southern/Western and Northern, plus the Danish actress Ghita Nørby; the second mostly Northern, some Southern/Western and Eastern.)
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Re: Lawyer&Mom, Less is More (French & German)

Postby Lawyer&Mom » Sun Dec 29, 2019 6:12 am

jeff_lindqvist wrote:I think Norwegian TV is a really good way to expose yourself to various accents/dialects.

(Based on the trailers for the two series you've mentioned, I heard at least three in each: the first had mostly Eastern, some Southern/Western and Northern, plus the Danish actress Ghita Nørby; the second mostly Northern, some Southern/Western and Eastern.)


I’m so far from being able to pick up on accents I didn’t even notice the old lady was Danish!
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Re: Lawyer&Mom, Less is More (French & German)

Postby Lawyer&Mom » Tue Dec 31, 2019 5:31 pm

Watched “The Awakening of Motti Wolkenbruch” on Netflix. Alas, it is not a good movie, which is a shame because it has a nice cast and some good cinematography (Zurich looks lovely!) and really how many contemporary Jewish coming of age stories are being made in the German speaking world?

Unfortunately, all the characters, Jewish and non-Jewish alike, have the depth of two-dimensional cardboard cutouts. No one feels remotely real. It’s an Orthodox “Big Fat Greek Wedding.” I guess the characters are supposed to feel honored just for being portrayed on the big screen. Ugh. And Switzerland submitted this to the Academy for best foreign film consideration. Double Ugh.

One linguistic item of note: An remarkably reasonable amount of Yiddish! Shtisel, wonderful Israeli show, also on Netflix, does a infinitely better job of depicting the Orthodox world, but doesn’t really use a lot of Yiddish, considering Yiddish would be its characters primary language. I assume Yiddish is difficult for Shtisel’s Hebrew speaking cast. Motti takes advantage of its German speaking cast who presumably have an easier time with Yiddish dialogue. Another linguistic curiosity: How come I can understand the German? Do university students in Zurich speak High German, or do movies just avoid Swiss German to reach a broader audience? Or both?
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Re: Lawyer&Mom, Less is More (French & German)

Postby Lawyer&Mom » Thu Jan 02, 2020 4:48 pm

Happy to recommend a much better German film on Netflix: Holiday Secrets. Don’t judge it for having such a basic title. This is four generations of secrets and one gorgeous beach house! With an excellent cast and even better lighting! Technically it’s a three part mini-series, but the episodes are short, it’s basically a movie. I love that despite the plot twists the characters are realistic. They seem like a real family. This could totally happen. There is a lot of jumping back and forth in time, but they cast the younger and older versions of the characters so well you can keep track of everyone. Yay!
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Re: Lawyer&Mom, Less is More (French & German)

Postby Lawyer&Mom » Fri Jan 17, 2020 5:19 pm

Goals for 2020:

Reading, reading and more reading. My lifetime page tally: French - 3,055; German - 1,536.

Neither of these counts are entirely accurate, they both reflect books that I know I’ve finished, and goodness knows I haven’t finished all my target language books! But I’d like to get both of these counts up to 10,000. It’s a big number for both languages, but I feel like I’m really hitting my stride with reading. Things should speed up nicely!

(French has more pages, but I’m actually about even in my reading abilities. I did I whole German degree which included much more book work, writing, speaking etc. Clearly not enough reading however!)
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