Saturday, May 23, 2009

Improve your German with Heidegger and Wittgenstein

I've been enjoying a bit of Heidegger recently, and wanted to draw attention to this Youtube video of the man himself - in it he speaks slowly and deliberately, plus there are captions if you need help. Useful to dust off your German - alternatively, marry a German wife....

The second resource is the Blackwell 50th Anniversary edition of Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations, containing the German text on one page, and a revised English translation on the facing.

When I started to learn German, a slightly mislead colleague suggested, with utter seriousness, that I watch 'Allo 'allo, and try to sound like the acted Germans! So, for ‘correct’ pronunciation carefully study the following:


At 5/23/2009 8:39 AM, Anonymous Steven Carr said...

I learned all my German word order by watching Toytown as a youngster.

At 5/26/2009 2:36 AM, Anonymous Mark Stevens said...

Your scholarship is of the highest standard Chris! ;-)

At 5/27/2009 12:29 AM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

I wish Heidegger had watched more Toytown. Might have made his German easier to read!

At 5/27/2009 6:24 PM, Anonymous Steven Carr said...

Heidegger would more Toytown watched have, if YouTube then available were.

I never found the German accents in Hello, Hello especially convincing. Perhaps because I had been in Bavaria?


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