The Benefits of Watching German Movies with Subtitles

Watching a movie provokes a unique sense of wonder in the viewer, considering you take a trip into the world of one, or a few, characters who come in contact with everyday situations and speak like you would in real life. Particularly with movies made completely by Germans, you get to digest a story from writers, producers, directors, actors and even set designers who speak German and are well-versed in German culture.

1. Tips for Making the Most out of Your German Netflix Experience

The first few times you watch a movie in German, or with German subtitles, it seems a bit odd. The words fly by quickly, and it’s difficult to enjoy the actual plot line without having to pause and regroup your mind. That’s why I put together a few tips for you to learn the most German in one sitting, while still enjoying your viewing experience.

Stick to familiar material. Watch a movie or TV show you’ve already seen before in your native language. This way you know what the characters are talking about, and you don’t have to look up a movie summary to keep up with what’s going on.

Watch what you like. Stray away from movies or TV shows you may not like. If you can’t stand chick flicks, don’t watch one in German! Viewing shows you don’t enjoy just turns it into a forced learning experience.

Involve others. Watch with a friend, so each of you can clarify words or sentences that the other missed.

Rewatch parts. Use the quick rewind function to jump back and review a certain line that troubles you.

Use German subtitles with English shows first. Start with movies and shows spoken in your language. Reading German subtitles assists in reading and learning proper grammar and spelling.

Progress to German audio and subtitles. Switch to movies and TV shows with German audio and (English) or your language subtitles. This starts to acclimate you to hearing how people speak, while providing a native language reference at the bottom.

2.How to Find German Subtitled Movies and TV Shows on Netflix

The Netflix movie and TV show collections change all the time, so you will need to complete a search in order to locate the movies that offer German subtitles on Netflix.

The American version of Netflix is limited in terms of German subtitled movies, but currently you can find 13 full-length movies and shows with German subtitles or voice over dubs.

So, How can you find this list of movies and TV shows with German subtitles?

–  Log in to your Netflix account.

–  Click on Browse > Subtitles and Captions.

–  Select the “German” option under the Subtitles.

This reveals all of the movies and shows offered with German subtitles or voice overs. Keep in mind that some of these offerings are made for German speakers, while others use German voice overs for the English dialogue.

3.How to Activate German Subtitles or Audio on Netflix

Just because you located the movie and TV show options that include German subtitles, doesn’t mean they automatically show up. To activate German subtitles or audio (to view subtitles in your own language), follow the steps below.

-Open Netflix on your computer.

-Follow the above steps to find German subtitled movies and TV shows.

-Select the movie or TV show you want to watch.

-Once it starts playing there is a voice bubble icon to the left of the full screen button (both of these are located on the bottom right hand corner of the video screen.) Click on this to choose your audio and subtitle preferences.

-Switch back and forth without affecting playback.

4. Finding Additional German Movies on Netflix

I’ve found that some of the German movies aren’t transcribed by Netflix, so they aren’t actually categorized under German subtitled movies. Therefore, in order to locate some great German movies with subtitles (subtitled by the production company, not Netflix) go to the search bar and type in “German Movies.”

Some results will not give you what you’re looking for, but I found an extra ten or fifteen movies not included in the initial search.

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