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Learn how to speak German like a silver screen icon

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Learn how to speak German like a silver screen icon
Dirty Harry. Photo: DPA
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We all agree that there is no other option than to learn irregular German verbs by rote. But when you want a bit of downtime from studying the language, why not learn from your big screen heroes?

Travel company Expedia have come up with an interesting way to learn to communicate in German, translating classic movie lines into Deutsch through an interactive feature.

Ever been caught in a standoff with a ticket collector on your local U-Bahn line who insists on taking down your details despite your protestations that you left your card at home? Why not send a chill down his spine by coolly quoting Clint Eastwood's classic Dirty Harry quote?

Instead of saying “go ahead, make my day”, look him in the eye and slowly drawl “mach schon, versüss mir den Tag.”
 

Or what if you’ve just started dating a German girl, but you can’t quite find the perfect way of expressing your feelings for her? Take a tip out of Gollum’s book and rasp out the German for “my precious” - "mein Schatz!"

Didn’t quite hear if the lady behind the desk in the Berlin Bürgeramt was picking you out of the hundreds of people waiting to register? Learn from Robert de Niro’s iconic character in Taxi Driver, Travis Bickle.

But don’t say “you talkin’ to me?” Do say “Redest du mit mir?” And only very slightly passive aggressively.

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