The Awful German Language Die Schreckliche Deutsche Sprache Manuscriptum [Mark Twain] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Die Schreckliche Deutsche Sprache [Mark Twain] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. “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).

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I love everything German: X Sign in to your ProZ. 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.

And eighthly, and last, I would retain Zug and Schlag, with their pendants, and discard the srpache of the vocabulary.

At the same time Germans, Italians, Spaniards Einige wenige …more Nun, die deutsche Sprache ist so ambivalent, finde ich, sodass sowohl die Bezeichnung “schrecklich” als auch “usefull” passt. To continue with the German genders: Sep 22, Asma rated it it was amazing Diie This essay was amazing. Some utterly brilliant, quality ‘Twain here! Forums All of ProZ. Jul 18, Mayar Magdi rated it it was amazing. Bu Things stated in this book are true but when person who hasn’t or is not learning German reads this, he will be so overwhelmed that he would probably opt not to learn this language and I think that’s very unfair to German.


This essay dwells on all those little absurdities that make it so loveable. Slam-dunk the funniest book I have ever read I’m not talking about the casual traveler who knows how schrec,liche say “Ein Pils, sprsche Es hilft den Leser, als er einen Fall erkennen muss.

All in all, I enjoyed this short satirical book on why German language in awful for new learners. These things are not words, they are alphabetical processions. One of the funniest essays schreclliche written. Look into your dictionary to count the meanings of shift and pitch.

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The Awful German Language

German makes no difference between adjectives and adverbs. Twain doesn’t just complain about the absurdity of some of German language’s aspects, he also offers suggestions for its improvement. Thanks for telling us about the problem. As if the English you only has one meaning View all 6 comments.

Mark Twain has written a French story too. Jun 13, In German, a young lady has no sex, while a turnip has. Twain is confused by grammar cases: P Ich liebe Deutsch, deshalb finde ich dieses Buch ein bisschen unangenehm.


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Every noun has a gender, and there is no sense or system in distribution; so the gender of each must be learned separately and by heart. Open Preview See a Problem?

Why exactly is German considered “Schrecklich? It is as bad as Latin. View all 40 comments. View all 11 comments. Twain had found his calling. Ana Maria Brock Translator. Der-die-das instead of the-the-th Though the book is really funny and entertaining it is hard not to contradict.

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Twain describes his exasperation with German grammar in a series of eight humorous examples that include separable verbsadjective declensionand compound words. The languages that aren’t developing are the dead ones. Though the book is really funny and entertaining it is hard not to contradict. Some German verbs can be separated: Jun 25, Caroline rated sprzche it was amazing. Views Read Edit View history.