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Jimmy Fallon, Christoph Waltz and the district master chimney sweep

German words in foreign countries again and again for laughs. Christoph Waltz has made talk-show host Jimmy Fallon is now a Quiz. And German can learn.

By Anna Ernst Anna Ernst

Anna Ernst (Born in 1989) writes for the Süddeutsche Zeitung on the Newsdesk about the day's events. Already in parallel to the study of history in Bochum, she has worked as a freelance journalist, including stations in the WAZ-research team and ZDFzoom. After the traineeship at the Funke media group in North Rhine-Westphalia and Berlin, she worked as editor of the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung in the spotlight-neighbourhood of Duisburg-Marxloh, before it went into the comparatively tranquil Baden-Württemberg to the Swabian newspaper. Privately, she is happy to be in the Kendo in the area, listens to Grunge music, or travels through the art museums.

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What happened?

actor Christoph Waltz was with US talk show host Jimmy Fallon to guest. Actually, he wanted to promote his new Film ("Alita: Battle Angel"). Hang a small show of the 62nd remained in the audience, but-Year-old: You can see how Waltz and Fallon trade places. The Anchorman is suddenly Interviewed, even the glasses. Waltz bends over the table of the moderator: "I thought I test a little bit your Knowledge of the German language."

Why is the noteworthy/What's behind it?

German tapeworm words seem to cast on a foreigner at the same time fascinating and disturbing. When clusters of consonants are also the most experienced news presenters will break the tongue. Think of the many failed Attempts by international journalists, the name of the new CDU-Chairman to pronounce reasonably accident-free. "Ännigrät Krrramp-Karrrrrr..." In Fallon's Show, but it went a step further: semantics, instead of Phoentik.

do not fill The three snake-words, selected by Christoph Waltz, only volumes, but also speak. With the aware of the strange terms of the German-Austrian actor casually manages to satirize the society which they are used.

In his selection: A word for men not to urinate Standing up ("Sitzpinkler"). A word for the strange, romantic vein in the German-speaking, when it comes to the nature ("forest solitude"). A word in the middle of the German authorities in everyday life ("district master chimney sweep").

Fallon should assign terms of the correct meaning. Two options he was presented.

the talk show host?

Jimmy Fallon had already announced: His Knowledge of the German language is about as rich as Waltz' Knowledge on the topic of the Super Bowl ("Super what?"). Only one of the three questions he answered correctly. In this case, the exclusion of helped him, however, the method.

Laughing, he decided against following answer to the "forest of solitude": "The overwhelming view, to want to build a wall, even if it would not be wise to do that." Although the Germans are familiar with walls - this is the tip of Waltz against US President Donald Trump was too obvious.

And now?

Jimmy Fallon suspects that the Show is called "Long German words" is one of the most popular shows on German television. What is not yet, it can still be. We say: the Danube steam ship travel company ahoy!

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