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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2009 4:54 pm    Post subject: Pass bitte!  Reply with quote

There is a scene  from "The Dropouts" which was filmed nearly entirely in German (and which amazes me to no end). Most of the words can be guessed quite easily, especially with Karl's knowledge but maybe this might still help anyway...?:

Carter: Halt! Halt bitte! Halt! Heil Hitler!
Hold! Hold, please! Hold! (Well, his „halt“ sounds very much like „hold“ anyway Wink )

Steiner: Heil Hitler!

Carter: Pass, bitte!
Passport, please!

Steiner: Was ist los?
What’s the matter?

Carter: Militärische Passkontrollen.
Military passport control. (Actually he said passport controls Wink )

Steiner: Ich bin SS Hauptmann Steiner.
I am SS captain Steiner.

Carter: Heil Hitler, Herr Hauptmann! Eh, Ihren Pass bitte.
Heil Hitler, captain, sir! Uh, your passport please.

Steiner: Ja, wir fahren nach Berlin.
Yes, we are going to Berlin.

Carter: Sehr gut. Pass, bitte!
Very good. Passport, please!

Steiner: Moment!
(„Einen Moment!“ Means „Just a minute!“)

Carter: Moment...Moment...
(Yepp, we already had that...)

Steiner: N’Abend, Herr Lieutenant!
N‘ Abend is short for „Guten Abend!“ Which means „good evening!“

Hogan: N’Abend, Herr Hauptmann!
Guten Abend, captain, sir!

Steiner: Mein Pass, ja?
My passport, yes?

Carter: Ja.
Yes.
Oww! What’s the big idea...

Steiner: Englische Soldaten?
English soldiers?

Carter: No! Not at all...
Nein! Wir deutsche Soldaten! [...I got no idea whats’o’ever he says here...]

No! We German soldiers!
(Wir sind deutsche Soldaten = We are German soldiers)

Steiner: Marsch!
(A not so friendly term for „Go!“)
Den Wagen, Lieutenant!
The car, lieutenant!
Auf die Knie!
On your knees! (Literally on the knees!)
Still stehen!
Stand still! (...on your knees!?)
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2009 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am very impressed (and was when I was watching it live as a teenager) with the commitment to keep the language correct it this show!!

As opposed to a WW2 drama show called Combat where a German solder was looking down at a soldier on the ground and he said in very serious German

Mein Got in Himmel - Das Himmel ist Blau!!
"My God in Heaven - The sky is blue!!"  

My Mom and Grandma almost choked laughing so hard.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2009 2:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sticky! How cool are you!!!  Thank you so much!!!  That really helps! I want to learn to speak German.
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Kinch: "Klink and Burkhalter."
Newkirk: "Turn it up a bit, they're my favorite comedy team."
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2009 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I am very impressed (and was when I was watching it live as a teenager) with the commitment to keep the language correct it this show!!

I totally agree with you! Even though, first I was simply amazed by the *amount* of German that could be heard on the show (there never were any subtitles, were there?)

@Tiger: I'm happy to help :)
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2009 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Mein Got in Himmel - Das Himmel ist Blau!!

Heh, heh,  sounds like a line the actor leaned in German class.  Probably the first class meeting.



This seems to be one of the scenes with the most authentic German dialogue.  There is another where, I think, Hogan is on a train.

"We German Soldiers" goes with the scene, his feeble attempt at correct German.

There is no doubt the actors on this show had great German language coaches with Klemperer and Banner on every show along with Askin once in a while.  These were native speakers of the language.  "Mein Got in Himmel - Das Himmel ist Blau" would have had these actors rolling on the floor laughing and the scene would have been re-written on the fly.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2009 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, it is "der Himmel" Wink

Werner Klemperer or Kommandant Klink never used any German phrases on the show though, did he? Nor did he speak with a  German accent like Schultzie, Burkhalter and Hochstetter...
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2009 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sticky, you're right.  Klink didn't!  I think what I love the most is when Klink says, "What? Oh yeah, Heil Hitler."  It's said so unenthusiastically that it cracks me up!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, well, Klink wasn't exactly the most devoted Nazi Wink or Aryan German (but then again, neither was Hitler...).

Somehow I love how everybody had their own "style". Leon Askin spoke with what can be regarded as a proper German accent, Howard Caine sounded like a non-German who desperately tried to sound like a German and John Banner's German accent was not as heavy as Hochstetter's, while he he would use the most German phrases.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 2:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's hard to understand Leon and Banner!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do recall Klink uttering some isolated words in German like, "Fabelhaft" (fabulous) and maybe "Das ist schade" (that is terrible or sad).  But he didn't use his German language much.  

Very observant Stickeywicket.  Howard Caine was, in fact, not a native speaker.  While Banner, Klemperer and Askin were native German speakers, Caine was American and grew up in the southern United States and took acting classes to help him rid himself of his southern drawl.  I suspect a native speaker, such as yourself, would have noticed that.  I sure didn't.


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