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If anybody's interested in the German language, ask away here.
Quote from da_rippa:
Thanks Gold Knight, you are obliging .
As I said... ask me, if you need help.
Tschüss und schönen Tag noch.
(Bye and have a nice day.)
Well to start with...
How are you?
I'm good ( or ) I'm feeling bad
I'm happy to hear that
What are you doing?
As you can see there are sometimes more than one way to say something.
Either formal or colloquial.
formal = (F)
Danke schön (F)
Bitte schön (F)
By the way, don't wonder, if someone from Germany, Austria or Switzerland answers
"Please you" , if you say "Thank You", because "bitte" can be also translated into "please" (like "can you help me please")
How are you?
Wie geht es dir? (F)
Wie gehts? (C)
Mir geht es gut
I'm feeling bad
Ich fühle mich schlecht
I'm happy to hear that
(Es) freut mich, das zu hören.
What are you doing?
Was machst du?
Ich hoffe, ich kann euch ein wenig helfen.
I hope I can help you a little bit.
Please you XD
How about helping us understand the grammar? Like how Maggeus started his French Language thread.
I agree with GK here. Can you teach us how to understand the grammar and also how do pronounce the words properly? Thanks. Danke.
As da_rippa seems to be busy I will give you a brief explanation of pronounciation and grammar in German:
Almost the same like in English. Good, isnt it?
a like in master (not :apron)
u like in umbrella (not: university or nutshell)
i like in teak or wisdom (not: wise)
ä like in apron
ü like in myth
ß its basically an double s, like in miss
th (like in the German word Bibliothek=library) for pronounciation ignore the h, prounounce it like a normal t like in water
Originally I planned to write the Grammar part on my own but then I found useful links so Ill let you read what pros have done:
Just click around there's more to see. Also note that this site also has a online dictionary with spelling, inflection, word-formation and other.
If you have any questions feel free to ask me.
Also, fellow Germans, if you find something to correct, let me know.
Ich hab den Beitrag total vergessen.
Sry everybody... I am in the preparations for my Abitur, it's so annoying.
If you want to know what Abitur means, check this out:
Vergebt mir bitte , ich hab das nicht mit Absicht gemacht.
Please forgive me, I didn't do it on purpose.
Danke, dass du das hier fortgeführt hast.
Another dictionary is this one
A few other examples for pronounciation
a - like in wonder-bra
u - like in you
i - like in cheek
the rest can be seen in Miso's post ^^.
Sagt mal, wie will man erklären, wie man das "e" ausspricht?
servus und good bye
Hallo, leute! Miso, da-rippa
Konnen sie mir uns ecklearen wie an deutch zu schhrieben? Es ist so leicht zu sprechen aber etwas zu schrieben is ein mort fur mich. Ich glaube ich hab jetzt schoon menge fale gemacht. Es werte toll die vorte richtig zu schrieben.
Yeah, and sorry once more for the load of mistakes.
I just correct the sentences, k?
Können Sie uns erklären, wie man deutsch schreibt? Es ist so leicht zu sprechen, aber etwas zu schreiben, ist mörderisch (1) für mich. Ich glaube, ich habe jetzt schon eine Menge Fehler gemacht. Es wäre toll, die Worte richtig zu schreiben.
(1) You wrote "ist ein Mord für mich" - you can say that but it's kinda akward so I changed it to the adverb.
Hehe, nice topic
German grammar is indeed very complex. Sometimes even Germans make mistakes because they're not sure about certain aspects (casus, tempus etc.). In certain dialects (like the one spoken in Berlin) people often use dative for accusative which sounds quite funny to non-Berliners
German should be rather easy to learn for English-speakers or people from Scandinavia (exept Finland) since these languages are all related to each other. Just remove the romanic/latin words from English and go back a thousand years and the two languages will sound surprisingly similar. The only problem is really the grammar, since it's a highly "inflected Language" just like modern Icelandic or Old English. Different endings for each gender, words being torn apart in a sentence, you continue the list
Great, at least few words are written the right way. Thanks, Miso. It's somehow hard to write all the "sch", when we have transformed in a single "". Now I'll know at least that much.Originally Posted by Miso
Can't wait for someone to post a conspect on how the unique sounds are written.
Same to latvian. We have adopted many words and almost all the gramar from germans, so we somehow partialy understand german even if we don't know it. Old people still use old words like "ancuk" for "jacket" and others.Originally Posted by asmo
@Predator_U: Oh, that's interesting. Didn't know that the influence was that big. However, I know that Oliver Kahn, the Goalkeeper of Bayern Munich, has a Grandfather from one of the three Baltic countries
For a Phonology-guide you may want to click on this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_phonology
More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_language
Oh! Thanks a lot. That makes things a bit easier. I'll have to copy it.Originally Posted by asmo
Oh. That's interesting. I didn't know that they are similar.Originally Posted by Predator_U
I have a grandma originally coming from Lithuania. Well...back then it was part of German...
But I don't know much about the Baltic countries.
So it is a surprise that Latvia is similar to German.