There are many reasons to learn German. One is so that you can sound like you’re saying something mean when you’re really paying someone a compliment. Another is so you can use words like Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz.

But I think the single greatest thing about understanding German is being able to watch all the awesome airplane related documentaries they seem to have over there, like this one that I randomly stumbled across on YouTube last night, about a Condor 757-300 flying from Germany to Greece:

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Or this one, about someone training to become a pilot in Germany:

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There are tons of other great ones out there, but these are two I just came across yesterday.

  1. September 7th, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    The Masked Poster said,

    Condor video was interesting, even though my German skill are limited to ja and nein. I noted the pilots didn’t wear a hat, FAs still were stewardesses, and there was an abundance of overhead space. And no jetways, still stairs into the plane. Wish they would have shown more on loading cargo into the hold.

  2. September 7th, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Serendipity said,

    Aber sie ist schwierig

  3. September 7th, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    nomad said,

    Ahhhh …. the beauty of the German language ;)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihdJjn5cZ18

  4. September 7th, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Michael said,

    Nicht schlecht. Lucky why not become a pilot? You’re still young

  5. September 7th, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Jorge said,

    +1000 Michael

    Flying first class will be coach once you sit at the controls !
    Go for it while you can!

  6. September 8th, 2013 at 3:27 am

    Bene said,

    Danke. Hat mir meinen Sonntagmorgen versüßt ;)

  7. September 8th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Miro said,

    Lucky, still waitin for you Bali trip report… :)

  8. September 9th, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Ivan Y said,

    That’s pretty cool.

    In case anyone’s wondering this is what Rind… word was:

    Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz
    (das, 63 letters) “beef labeling regulation & delegation of supervision law”
    This was a 1999 German Word of the Year, and it also won a special award as the longest German word for that year. It refers to a “law for regulating the labeling of beef” – all in one word, which is why it is so long. German also likes abbreviations, and this word has one: ReÜAÜG.

    I said “was” since I guess it proved to be too much and Germans apparently dropped that law: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/10095976/Germany-drops-its-longest-word-Rindfleischeti….html

    Anyway, compounding nouns to make up longer words is kind of cheating :) That’s how you end up with things like the official longest word, a chemical name for protein Titin. It’s 189,819 letters long and there’s even a humorous video of a CEO of Esquire Russia pronouncing in — http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/10/worlds-longest-word_n_2272613.html

  9. September 9th, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Bene said,

    @ lucky:

    tv show about frankfurt airport from 2013: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UccASIbG9ps

  10. September 9th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    lucky said,

    @ Bene — Awesome stuff, thanks for sharing!

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