Fernsehen in Salzburg

By Katie Stanley

Probably the quickest and one of the most useful resources for learning German is sitting in the Center’s living room right now: the television! Watching Austrian or German TV is a fantastic way to practice listening and understanding native German speakers—without the pressure of having to answer them back!
At the center, we have a couple hundred channels and a great amount of them are in German. Your best bet for learning would be to watch major channels like ORF, ARD, and ZDF, and there are a couple of ways to go about this.

1. Just turn on the TV and flip to one of the aforementioned channels, which are usually in the lower numbers. In the case of ORF, there are several different stations, like ORF: Vienna and ORF: Salzburg, but of course, both are in German. The local news comes on at 7:00 PM every night, so that would be a good time to tune in.

2. Check out stations’ websites! Here you can skim the headlines and see what’s on, or if the internet’s working, stream live TV on your computer
a. ORF (General): http://tvthek.orf.at/
b. ORF Salzburg: http://salzburg.orf.at/
c. ARD: http://www.ard.de/
d. ZDF: http://www.zdf.de/

Screenshot of the ORF TV-Thek websiteScreenshot of the ORF TV-Thek website

Screenshot of the ORF TV-Thek website

 

3. Check the listings off the Salzburger Nachrichten, the newspaper that we get delivered to the Center every day. This way you can see what’s on TV and at what times they are. It’s super easy!

Find the newspaper on the table to the left of the kitchen door (or the little nook near the living room)Find the newspaper on the table to the left of the kitchen door (or the little nook near the living room)

Find the newspaper on the table to the left of the kitchen door (or the little nook near the living room)

 
Look for the culture (Kultur) section and turn it overLook for the culture (Kultur) section and turn it over

Look for the culture (Kultur) section and turn it over

 
Voila! There are your TV listings of the major channelsVoila! There are your TV listings of the major channels

Voila! There are your TV listings of the major channels

 

Servus TV (http://www.servustv.com/) is also a good channel to watch for extreme sports and things like that, as it’s run by Red Bull. (You’ll be interested to know, when we watched Felix Baumgartner jump from space together at the Center, that’s the station we were tuned into!)

Even if you don’t watch something specific, any practice in listening is good. In fact, Dr. Brandauer suggests watching commercials because they are visual and use language from everyday life. I would also suggest watching children’s shows or cartoons in German because they often speak slower and with simpler vocabulary.

Whichever way you choose will be useful practice. So feel free to flip on the TV any time!