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If anybody's interested in the German language, ask away here.

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If someone needs help in German, I would offer my help. ;) Only if it's wanted. It's not my mother language, but I was born, grew up and live in Germany :D, so I should be able to help you PM me if there is a need...

I personally think, that Spanish is a cool language, I am an idiot not to take the course at school when I had the opportunity (3 years ago, because of lazyness :mad) :darn

This Forum is interesting :)
 

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Thanks Gold Knight, you are obliging :).
As I said... ask me, if you need help.

Tschüss und schönen Tag noch. :D
(Bye and have a nice day.)
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Re: German Language

Well to start with...

Thank You
You're Welcome
Good Morning
Good Night

How are you?
I'm good ( or ) I'm feeling bad
I'm happy to hear that
What are you doing?
Have fun!

=D
 

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As you can see there are sometimes more than one way to say something.
Either formal or colloquial.

formal = (F)
colloquial (C)
OK? :D

Thank You
Danke schön (F)
or
Danke (C)


You're Welcome
Bitte schön (F)
or
Bitte (C)

By the way, don't wonder, if someone from Germany, Austria or Switzerland answers
"Please you" :D, if you say "Thank You", because "bitte" can be also translated into "please" (like "can you help me please")

Good Morning
Guten Morgen

Good Night
Gute Nacht

How are you?
Wie geht es dir? (F)
or
Wie gehts? (C)

I'm good
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?

Have fun!
Viel Spaß


Ich hoffe, ich kann euch ein wenig helfen.
I hope I can help you a little bit.

Farewell
 

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Please you XD

Seriously, danke!

How about helping us understand the grammar? Like how Maggeus started his French Language thread.
 

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I agree with GK here. Can you teach us how to understand the grammar and also how do pronounce the words properly? Thanks. Danke.
 

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As da_rippa seems to be busy I will give you a brief explanation of pronounciation and grammar in German:

Pronounciation:
Almost the same like in English. Good, isn’t 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 – it’s 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 I’ll 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.
 

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aaaah....
damn...
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:
http://dict.leo.org/?lp=ende&lang=de&searchLoc=0&cmpType=relaxed&relink=on&sectHdr=on&spellToler=on&search=abitur

Vergebt mir bitte :darn, ich hab das nicht mit Absicht gemacht.
Please forgive me, I didn't do it on purpose.

Miso...miso...hmmm...misosuppe :D
Danke, dass du das hier fortgeführt hast.

Another dictionary is this one
http://dict.leo.org/

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? :D

servus und good bye
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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.

Danke vielmals
 

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I just correct the sentences, k?

Hallo Leute!
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.
 

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Hehe, nice topic :smile-big
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 :p
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 ;)
 

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Miso said:
I just correct the sentences, k?

Hallo Leute!
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.
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 "š". Now I'll know at least that much.
Can't wait for someone to post a conspect on how the unique sounds are written.

asmo said:
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.
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.
 

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Predator_U said:
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.
Oh. That's interesting. I didn't know that they are similar.

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. :notrust
So it is a surprise that Latvia is similar to German.
 

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So it is a surprise that Latvia is similar to German.
It may have similar grammar and quite a few words from German, but it's not a Germanic language like Norwegian or Danish. It's a language on its own :)

From Wikipedia:
Latvian belongs to the Eastern Baltic sub-group of the Baltic language group in the Indo-European language family, and it is neither Germanic nor Slavic.
Article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latvian_language


Ehhh, are we getting off-topic? :p
Feel free to ask for more translations 'n' stuff :nuts
 

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asmo said:
Ehhh, are we getting off-topic? :p
Feel free to ask for more translations 'n' stuff :nuts
Yeah, well said asmo. If there are more questions on latvian, you can ask in Latvian language thread or to me directly.
BTW, that link is truly usefull (recently added to my thread). Good choice, asmo.
 

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asmo said:
Ehhh, are we getting off-topic? :p
Feel free to ask for more translations 'n' stuff :nuts
Err...sorry. :sweat

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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? :D
I think we can say that the "e" is pronounced as in terrifying although you mostly speak it "longer" than in English words where the equivalent pronounciation is shorter. You don't stress the vowel so much.
 

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I think we can say that the "e" is pronounced as in terrifying although you mostly speak it "longer" than in English words where the equivalent pronounciation is shorter. You don't stress the vowel so much.
You think that way? Try to say with the e from terrifying:

Wie geht es dir?

The es works flawlessly this way, but what about geht?
Isn't too easy :darn.
Well, after listening to someone who pronounces everything in the right way, it should be no problem to adapt the pronunciation.

If you wanna hear some really scary dialects, you should visit some villages around the city I live in. Or simply visit Switzerland (the "German" part), you won't know it's German they talk down there xD.
 

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da_rippa said:
If you wanna hear some really scary dialects, you should visit some villages around the city I live in. Or simply visit Switzerland (the "German" part), you won't know it's German they talk down there xD.
The scariest German dialiect EVER (and the most ugly one) is the one spoken in Thuringia and Saxony, that is: Eastern Germany :p
Actually I understand Swiss-German quite well, at least I don't need subtitles when watching the Swiss news on TV. They're often aired on German Television (3sat) and the parts in Swiss-German are subtitled.
 
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