German language question.

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  1. B-17engineer

    B-17engineer Active Member

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    Hi. I was wondering if German vocabulary and the language itself is easy to learn? I will be in high school next year and I am sick and tired of Spanish. I want to take German and was wondering how it is?

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    German's quite a "regular" language but there are a whole lot of rules to learn - e.g. genders and cases affect word endings both of the qualified noun and also any adjective used to describe it. Word order can also be fun in that the verb often comes right at the end of the sentence - e.g. ich bin im Wald spazieren gegangen = I in the wood for a walk went. They talk like Yoda.

    IMO it's not the easiest language, and unless you're doing it for the pleasure of it (and there's not much of that) there's not much usefulness as only the Germans and Austrians speak it and most of them speak English anyway, in business at least. Have you thought about Italian? Very similar structure to Spanish, quite easy to get the hang of and the chicks dig it (trust me, they do!) :rolleyes: :lol:
     
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    B-17engineer Active Member

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    Well if they offered Italian, it would be my first choice! But the school only offers Spanish, German, Latin and French.
     
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    If you plan on using it and traveling, you cannot go wrong with Spanish - esp since you already speak English. But I have to admit I found German was more "logical" then French.
     
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    Una cervesa por favor.
    Ein Bier bitte.
    Un biere s'il vous plait.

    I know what I need to know!
     
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    Well CR, learn that in Chinese and you're pretty set where ever you go! :lol:
     
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    Well, I was going to write it out but I didn't have the Chinese characters set up on my keyboard.....
     
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    LMAO, Nice.....................
     
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    Not yet. You´ve forgot to ask for the best beer in the world:
    Pivo prosím!
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    Or put up your best Flemmish accent and say: "Hebt ge een pint voor mij?"
     
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    一啤酒請

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    Thanks Shinipachi ;) I'll see if they offer them in college because in high school they have a rather poor selection. :(
     
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    You are welcome, B17engineer8)
     
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    Forget about german as a romantic language...believe me, I know...I've had a german boyfriend once. :lol:
     
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    Harrison-I tried Spanish, then settled on German because it was so much easier. Simply put, there are zero exceptions in German. Once you learn the grammatical rule, then you are done.
     
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    German is actually not that difficult. It is very similar to English. There is a reason for that though. English is a Germanic language.

    As others have said though, it has some things that are difficult. The genders and cases can be difficult. I have been speaking German fluently for over almost my whole life and sometime I get the articles and cases mixed up.
     
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    Thanks Diddy and Adler! I think it is set in stone that it'll be my language next year!
     
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    Bit of advice...I believe that if you really want to learn a foreign language then you must use it in every day life. After learning German language for almost 10 years in school, but not using it at all after that, I forgot almost everything. On the other hand I started learning English only in high school and even then only as a second language. However, by using it every day since I started university, both in my studies and other things (internet, cable TV, comics and books, etc) I came with it to this point where I'm now...
     
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