Tach Allerseits, vielleicht gibt es Kollegen, die diese Liebeserklärung an die deutsche Sprache noch nicht kennen. Deutsche Version. “The Awful German Language” is an essay by Mark Twain published as Appendix D in A On October 31, , Twain delivered a lecture titled “Die Schrecken der deutschen Sprache” (“The Horrors of the German Language” in English). Buy Die Schreckliche Deutsche Sprache the a by Mark Twain (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on.

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I also don’t agree with limiting German to the words “Zug”, “Schlag” and “also” even though it would be nice. Mark grasped the several points concerning the difficulty and awkwardness of the German language from English speaker in a tremendously funny way. Dje what overwrought reverence that shows for the turnip, and what callous disrespect for the girl.

This Book shows how extremely difficult it is to learn the German language twqin a second language after English. Jul 16, I had never seen this before. Das kann ich nicht verstehen. Gunnar Magnusson describes the work as “Twain’s most famous philological essay”.

Now let the candidate for the asylum try to memorize those variations, and see how soon he will be elected. Viel logischer als English. P The free audiobook on Librivox narrated by Kristen Wever is wonderful to listen to. I found this piece to be a fun elbow in the ribs at the German language. I’m honestly still laughing at this, it was one of the best comedy texts I’ve ever read: A hilarious and very much relevant discussion of how terrible and confusing the German language is.

Twains Angriffe gegen den Erfinder der deutschen Sprache lassen deutlich erkennen, dass er seine eigene Sprache nie selber richtig lernen musste. And they are not rare; one can open a German newspaper at any time and see them marching majestically across the page — and if he has any imagination he can see the banners and hear the music, too.


The Awful German Language / Die schreckliche deutsche Sprache by Mark Twain

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After toiling as a printer in various cities, he became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, before heading west to join Orion. My philological studies have satisfied me that a gifted person ought to learn English barring spelling and pronunciation in thirty hours, Schrecklicue in thirty days, and German in thirty years. In German, a young lady has spracge sex, while a turnip has.

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The Awful German Language

Reviewing applications can be fun and only takes a few minutes. German makes no difference between adjectives and adverbs. No trivia or quizzes yet. I really can’t understand this. The Innocents Abroad Wordsworth Classics. Even though I’ve grown to love German over the last year, a lot of the things he described are still my daily struggle in this language, and it was so funny to read someone point out some of the most absurd things that sometimes make my blood boil.

A culture as rich, intelligent, and fascinating as Germany will of course have a language just as complex and sharing the roots of many Indo-Aryan languages such as the ever-confusing, all-conjugative Sanskrit.

It gets four stars because I felt like Twain was very simple minded in some of his arguments I do understand that this is comedy, but I’m a language nerd ok. Probably not worth the bother, though, if you’ve not attempted this process, because it focuses–hilariously– on the despair of such a daunting undertaking. Colonel Sellers Colonel Sellers as a Scientist. I want to say that Mark Twain’s intention of writing this book is not to belittle German language but to let others know how unnecessarily complicated the language is for a foreigner to learn.


One of these items is dispatched sooner than the other. The inventor of the language probably got what he knew about a conscience from hearsay.

I personally have been suffering wit Confession: And those compound sprachhe that you absolutely cannot say them all in one breath and more and more… Nevertheless, Mark was not only exposing schredkliche complicated is the language, he also gave solutions to simplify it and I totally agree with all his suggestions He approached the idea of criticizing the language in a very funny way — because I am sure he did not intend to offend neither the Germans nor their language.

Seriously – a long lost gem of humor that I was glad to find.

schreclliche I couldn’t schrecklihe laughing when I started to read it so I thought I must buy a copy for myself.

In addition, it should be easier writing about German grammar in German Am Anfang war es ein harter Job, sie zu lernen aber dann I really sxhreckliche no idea how the language evolved to be like this, but Twain showed us Hilarious. The language, history, literature and all BUT I should say: By the time we had all our cats in our bug-out vehicle a little school busthe evacuation order was lifted because the wind had shifted, but we had had it and decided to evacuate anyway, but we postponed the evacuation of our dogs and chickens for a few days because we were totally exhausted.

Den Vorwurf finde ich surreptiociously a little preposterous and saturninely avuncular. Why exactly is German considered “Schrecklich? He was a failure at gold mining, so he next turned to journalism. It is a bleak Day.

At least you always know how to schrecmliche a word that you read somewhere. Reading this short essay, I found myself nodding in agreement all throughout. Please try again later.