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A German's view

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 5:23 pm
by Vicksmoxey
When I was at university I knew a student from Munich and showed him some Auf Pet and apart from the fact that he didn't understand the humour and why it was based in Germany, he did say that the German spoken by some of the actors was awful German, I think he was referring to that spoken by the English actors like Michael Sheard. That was the only thing he did laugh at!

Re: A German's view

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 5:29 pm
by AWP Corsa Tim
My mrs has German relations, met quite a few in recent time.. one had trouble understanding us and i had to speak slow, i told him of AWP and he just smiled, he understood, i think , told him when back home to google it and to watch some, dont know if he ever did though. Mrs learned some German at School, she hears an episode now and again if i have one on and says what they are saying, she isnt fluent though.. a couple of subtitles may have been ok..

Re: A German's view

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 5:53 pm
by Vicksmoxey
AWP Corsa Tim wrote:My mrs has German relations, met quite a few in recent time.. one had trouble understanding us and i had to speak slow, i told him of AWP and he just smiled, he understood, i think , told him when back home to google it and to watch some, dont know if he ever did though. Mrs learned some German at School, she hears an episode now and again if i have one on and says what they are saying, she isnt fluent though.. a couple of subtitles may have been ok..

We're there are any actual German actors apart from Dagmar?

Re: A German's view

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 5:58 pm
by Auf Wiedersehen, Pet
Great question VicksMoxey.....

Re: A German's view

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 8:02 pm
by Hedley Irwin
I did Google this once. The actor who played Helmut was Dutch, and his mother was Austrian. I think the actress who played the news reporter after Nev found the bomb was German

Re: A German's view

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:38 pm
by Gary M
I studied German for four years in high school in the 80s and I understand almost every word (or at least I did back when I could remember the vocab). That tells me the dialogue was laughably oversimplified. I expect Ian and Dick wrote the German dialogue without help and probably had the same basic knowledge of the language as I did.

Re: A German's view

Posted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:00 pm
by RHill
If a German watched the first series, the scenes in German must of been laughable for the wrong reasons - if Grunwald furiously banged away on his typewriter because Dagmar left the office after saying to him: "The dinner must be ready excuse me just a moment."

I never did find out what she really said as Lee gave the wrong scenes to his German mate to translate. Still want to know. :)

Re: A German's view

Posted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:37 pm
by HerrPfister
My alter-ego, Herr Pfister, was Played by a German (Heinz Bernard) & I think the 'butter & bread' solicitor was as well.

Re: A German's view

Posted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:39 pm
by Auf Wiedersehen, Pet
Helmut?

Re: A German's view

Posted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:42 pm
by Hedley Irwin
Helmut was Dutch. See my post a bit further up.

Re: A German's view

Posted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 9:32 pm
by Auf Wiedersehen, Pet
Hedley Irwin wrote:I did Google this once. The actor who played Helmut was Dutch, and his mother was Austrian. I think the actress who played the news reporter after Nev found the bomb was German
Apologies......

Re: A German's view

Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 4:59 pm
by Wal-NUFC
It took me nearly a week explaining to some Germans why we call them Krauts.