“Hitler Reacts” – video subtitling inspiration

This recent article in the N.Y. Times, reminded me of the series of “Hitler Reacts” videos. They are superb for language learning (although be careful of the ones with obscenities!) and because the students know the “video”, they can concentrate on the language.

People from all over the world have taken one scene from the movie, “Downfall” (“der Untergang”) and made their own spoof and parody. You can watch Hitler bemoan Osain Bolt’s world record or react to the death of Michael Jackson. Hundreds more.….. endless inspiration for students to make their own subtitled clips. The article outlines how to get the clip and add subtitles in Windows Movie Maker (available on all PCs).

Just one more technological “angle” to get students learning English. I’ll be sending a shout out to English Central to get a few of these videos loaded there for student practice!

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