Aug. 18, 2012, 2:13 p.m.
Aug. 18, 2012, 2:25 p.m.
I would have to say that German soap operas have, in recent years, become increasingly...well...vulgar!
Back in the early days, GZSZ was at least watchable. For example, there was a character called (I believe) "Dr Gerner" who was a fairly serious lawyer. But over the years he turned into a kind of weird and sleazy panto-villain!
More recently there was another soap called AWZ - but I quickly tuned out of that when the script-writers became obsessed with gay sex. (What consenting adults do in private is, of course, their business. But I personally don't need to have this right in my face when I'm watching 6.00pm TV...)
Aug. 18, 2012, 2:31 p.m.
On the what you do in private note, I am often asked by people in other countries why the Germans are so keen on FKK...(they should just ask the Germans that).
The intellectual Germans tend to rave about a series called Tatort. I have never taken to it. It is not a soap opera but more like a detective story. That and Spiege for reading :-)is what intellectuals should at least consume hat man mich belehrt.
As for reading, this is the first thing I do when I start learning a language. The only exception would be Chinese where I relied on pinyin at the beginning.
I would not travel to learn, but would only travel after I had learned the language to a certain degree which is what I am doing with Czech.
I also find movies, videos and the like less useful for learning than reading and listening, since I mostly don't understand videos and movies and television shows for a long long time.
So, to each his/her own.