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      Tell me about the German language

      I'm learning German, but I am not that good. If you speak German, tell me about it.


      I have only been learning about 20 weeks. Lessons twice (maybe three times, I forget ) a week.
      need to actually start like trying to LD i've pretty much started that now kinda.

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      Ach, nach Deutschland gehen Sie! Ein Hund sind Sie! Deutschland und die deutsche Liebe der Leute I!
      I can can speak a little German, enough to get by in resturants and asking basic directions. Problem is, I'm only over there a couple of times a year and just start getting good at it when it's time to come back home.

      So, wo im Deutchland gehst du?
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      Haha I live in Switzerland, nuff said, it's my third language, if you wish, you could call swiss german my fourth, but yeah I'm pretty decent in writing and speaking, in a natives class in school getting the best grades (yes the people in my class are dumbasses:p)

      Well, for english speakers it could be confusing, as there's 3 cases, nominative, accusative, and dative, coupled with masculine, feminine and neuter words, which is pretty confusing at first.

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      Oh god, my 20 weeks of German is failing me... uhh.... I don't live in Germany?

      Ich sprechen klein Deustch, und mein... vocabulary is TERRIBLE! As is my grammar. I'm doing it as an elective in year 9 and 10, maybe in 11 and 12...


      I heard translators get decent pay, so I might take that up as a proffession, who knows.

      Oh, and I pretty much want to know any good begginer learning site, or any helpful tips.

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      coupled with masculine, feminine and neuter words, which is pretty confusing at first.
      I find these not very hard, as a lot of the time masculine or feminine is relative to the object, or stereotypes about it, such as Kleine Katze und Klein Hund.
      Last edited by Beef Jerky; 07-07-2007 at 04:07 PM.
      need to actually start like trying to LD i've pretty much started that now kinda.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Beef Jerky View Post
      Oh god, my 20 weeks of German is failing me... uhh.... I don't live in Germany?

      Ich sprechen klein Deustch, und mein... vocabulary is TERRIBLE! As is my grammar. I'm doing it as an elective in year 9 and 10, maybe in 11 and 12...


      I heard translators get decent pay, so I might take that up as a proffession, who knows.

      Oh, and I pretty much want to know any good begginer learning site, or any helpful tips.

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      I find these not very hard, as a lot of the time masculine or feminine is relative to the object, or stereotypes about it, such as Kleine Katze und Klein Hund.

      Well, join some german forums, germans are usually okay about foreigners with crappy german sometimes english being on their forums. Write down your LDs in german:p

      I'd say just do a google for some sites, and order some books that are slightly too hard for you and use a dictionary.
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      Another thing to think of, most Germans study English in school, you will usually be able to find someone to help you.

      The biggest problem I have is that I want to practice my German and the Germans want to practice their English!! They are also quick to be helpful when you miss a word or they see you are struggling.

      When you are able to walk into eine Tankstelleplatz and conclude your business using only German, then you know you are improving. Most gas station workers speak little or no english.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Keurslager View Post
      Well, join some german forums, germans are usually okay about foreigners with crappy german sometimes english being on their forums. Write down your LDs in german:p

      I'd say just do a google for some sites, and order some books that are slightly too hard for you and use a dictionary.
      I might do that, however book reading would be way to difficult for me, as I am only doing mandatory language right now (moving onto elective next year) so it's not very advanced, I can tell you that. Also, I'd imagine elective German will be good, as halfway through next year we go on a 3 week excursion to Germany as a class, but have to stay on our own with foster parents (or whatever they are called) by ourselves for the first week. And chances are they mightn't speak english, so I had better learn German as best I can.

      Sorry for the blocks of text, and I also have to go now, as it's 1:30AM and my typing is very loud.

      Thanks for your help guys, I'll cya tomorrow.
      need to actually start like trying to LD i've pretty much started that now kinda.

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      Hey, I was born in the Deutchland! I also speak it....

      Bah, I'm too GOOD for this thread.

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      I need to start learning German and taking a course from September. I'm buying a house in Austria with my brother to make snowboarding easier and cheaper, so need to be able to speak the language!

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      I take german in school...


      I dont remember much right now since Im not in school though...

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      I've found this thread just now and it looks like I'm the only native speaker, apart from Keurslager, in this forum. And in addition, I'm going to study the german language and litterature at university in the middle of september. So, if you want to know something about Geramn, I'm sure I can help you

      btw. Keurslager: you forgot the "genitiv", which is, especially in high litterature, poems and fantasy highly important to write beautifully.

      And to add something to that thread: There is a funny but complicated verb-construction packed in one sentence. There is one article, one noun and several verbs:

      "Die Bleistifte werden gespitzt werden worden sein müssen."
      it's a modal-passiv-futur II-construction which would mean something like: "the pencils are going to need to have been sharpened"... it's crazy in a way but funny
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      I was born in Germany. I was only there for 3 years, before moving to London, and then Portland, and then back to London.

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