the german lanaguage?

November 13, 2008 by  

i'm an 18 year old who first experienced traveling and touring at age 16. i spent two months in france and learned the language very well..and quick..i then went to italy, hated the language, i went to luxembourg, too much of a confusion with luxembourgoise, german and french, so gave up on that..earlier this year i went to germany for two weeks and OMG the language was a disaster..the only thing i learned were bad words..like seriously..fall of 08 i will bea freshman in college and planning on taking german..all the people doign the registration for me just gave me the eyes and look that said, seriously? why? is german that hard? will i never learn it? the only languages spoken in my family are khmer, french and english! how will i practice my german? germans, can i please have a view? is it worth taking german? or shouldi just drop it?

Noo I just took my 5th year of German, I love it! It's not a hard language to understand!

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13 Responses to “the german lanaguage?”

  1. Amkii on November 13th, 2008 9:06 pm

    Definitely take German. It is the easiest language I have ever learned!! Once you're in a classroom setting, it is sooo much easier! Just do your homework, attend all the classes, and participate in class as much as possible! It's a beautiful and easy language!
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  2. John G on November 13th, 2008 9:54 pm

    Noo I just took my 5th year of German, I love it! It's not a hard language to understand!
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  3. Shades Of Purple on November 13th, 2008 10:00 pm

    I went the German Classes for half a year and only learned a song!! It's the most frustrating language to try to learn in my opioin.
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  4. canes77 on November 13th, 2008 10:35 pm

    German is difficult for a few reasons. Some of the vocabulary is similar to English, but mean different things. Also, the grammar is a convoluted and confusing as English grammar, and is used about as well as English grammar in everyday talking and literature.
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    I took German and struggled to get Cs. Wish I'd taken Spanish or French.

  5. iltmaemc on November 13th, 2008 10:57 pm

    take Spanish, German is a useless language ads all 10% of germans speak english
    or learn Mandarin chinese language of the next super power
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  6. carlee on November 13th, 2008 11:27 pm

    German isn't that hard I've taken it for about three years, you just have to stick with it that's all. And any language you learn will be overwhelming at first.

    So don't give up yet!
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    My experience in a German class!

  7. Poet_Lleri_el on November 14th, 2008 12:08 am

    Any language through which one can communicate, is worth learning. German, is known as the sister language to English, because many phrases sound like English phrases.
    Ex: "Come Here" in German: "Komme Sie hier "
    You may find it very easy to learn. You'll never know until you try.
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  8. Larry V on November 14th, 2008 12:53 am

    German is the language I took in college. My primary problem was that it was my first two semesters at college, I hadn't learned how to deal with college life, and it was a 7:30am class…

    Other than that, I thought the language was relatively structured.
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  9. Margrave on November 14th, 2008 1:12 am

    Well about 40% of English has the same roots as German, so if you know English you will soon see parallels.

    beginning d in English is beginning t in German to drink–trinken
    beginning th in English is beginning d in German to think–denken

    There are some similar endings as well.

    What is unusual and which does not belong to the other languages you know is the concept of combining words. That is often a source of confusion.

    Usually there is an on-campus club for those who study German where they can speak it to each other. The more advanced students are a big aid.

    If you are studying math, physics, philosophy, or chemistry, German is a good language to learn. (Latin if you want to read Gauss in the original). There are also some timeless operas to appreciate.
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  10. crimson rambler on November 14th, 2008 1:28 am

    The rules of German grammar are more complex than those of English but the language follows them more consistently.

    Learning German is really no harder than any other language. As with anything, 'practice makes perfect'.

    As well as dong the course work it helps a great deal if you read German magazines and newspapers – e.g. Der Spiegel ('The Mirror') and Stern ('Star'). It doesn't matter if you don't understand everything, and you can always look up words you don't know in the dictionary. Also, listen to German radio programmes, watch German TV and films, and find yourself a German – speaking pen friend, or even try and practice conversation if you meet any German speakers. Nobody will blame you if you get it wrong – on the contrary, they will be flattered that you are making the effort to speak their language.

    Visit Germany if you get the chance. It's a fascinating, vibrant country and the people are very hospitable.

    All these things will help enormously. I speak from experience as I am fluent in German, having started learning in school and then gone on to take a degree.

    So my advice is, go for it!

    Viel Gl├╝ck!
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  11. AndyB on November 14th, 2008 1:50 am

    Pfft, German's much easier to learn than French in my opinion. It's closer related to English than French, and don't run all their words together in one long jumble as does French.

    I'm not sure how you expected to learn much of the language in two weeks however. By that time I could probably just about say what my name was and where I was from.

    To add to what Poet_Lleri says, he gives the polite form of come here (they still have a distinction, but it's not hard) the familiar form is simply komm hier, almost identical to English.

    The problem with German is that English was once very similar to German, although more so to Dutch, Frisian, etc. After our language got successively raped by the Danes and Normans, we lost most of our declension, complex word order and case systems, and these are the hardest things in German to learn (I've not mastered them yet). But, as has been said, they follow a very regular, if not simple, pattern, so it's just practise.

    Do it, I found it much more fun to learn than French IMO, and Germany's such a nice country.
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  12. s_enigmatique on November 14th, 2008 2:18 am

    To help you: German is not that tough, so no worries. Have a positive attitude. You can read more, listen to more German, speak more German and write more in German.

    Take a more positive attitude, and also, don't worry about needing to have such a high standard for German. You won't be able to speak like a native anyways. It's worth it, so just go for it and try your very best.

    Cheers!
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    My friend's learn German blog where he details how to learn a language: http://howtolearngermanfast.blogspot.com/

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