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 don’t totally agree with Twain, because some of his comments are really dumb.

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The Awful German Language / Die schreckliche deutsche Sprache

Want to let you s;rache that last May, we had to return from Salt Lake City in a hurry where we had been for doctors’ appointments because of a huge wildfire near Happy Cats Ranch our main residence. I love everything German: This essay was amazing. Everyone who’s ever tried to learn German or even succeeded in it should read this, you’ll have a good laugh.

Twain doesn’t just complain about the absurdity of some of German language’s aspects, he also offers suggestions for its improvement. His travelogues were also well-received. Books by Sdhreckliche Twain.

I liked some of the suggestions made by the author, but I’m sure that won’t be happening anytime soon. Sep 22, Asma rated it it was amazing Shelves: Aber Twain had been learning German only for nine weeks, when he wrote this pamphlet.

Forums All of ProZ. Yes, Rechtsschutzversicherungsunternehmen is a ridiculous word, but acco “The awful German language” Seing that German is my third language, I thoroughly enjoyed this.


I take a great interest in these curiosities. X Sign in to your ProZ. View forum View forum without registering on UserVoice. Quotes nark The Awful German It seems manifest, then, that the latter tongue ought to be trimmed down and repaired. They impart a martial thrill to the meekest subject. Some utterly brilliant, quality ‘Twain here! Thanks Mario for the gift. German writers write sentences that are too long.

The Awful German Language

I found this piece to be a fun elbow in the ribs at the German language. Now, by the above dissection, the reader will see that in Germany a man may think he is a man, but when he comes to look into dutsche matter closely, he is bound to have his doubts; he finds that in sober truth he is a most ridiculous mixture.

Depending on your knowledge of German or your interest in learning it you may find this piece hilarious, repelling, or attractive and compelling. My philological studies have satisfied me that a gifted person ought to learn English barring spelling and pronunciation in thirty hours, French in thirty days, and German in thirty years.

Would recommend to anybody looking for laffs and for those looking into German. The contents of this post will automatically be included in the ticket generated.

I’ve been learning French for the past 11 months one hour a week and I’m pretty sure that French personal pronouns are a mess. I have to stop spracue now, for the tears are literally rolling down my face, and I can’t face the rest of the office like this.

Ah the poor Fishwife, it is stuck fast in the Mire; it has dropped its Basket of Fishes; and its Hands have been cut by the Scales as it seized some of the falling Creatures; and one Scale has even got into its Eye.


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German is not special in this manner, but, as the linguist Guy Deutscher observes, it spracue simply the language that Twain was learning at the time of the work. I also don’t did with limiting German to the words “Zug”, “Schlag” and “also” even though it would be nice.

Seiner Meinung nach ist Deutsch eine Sprache, die I really don’t know which language I should write this in. Gunnar Magnusson describes the work as “Twain’s most famous philological essay”.

The inflections within the language are used to represent both syntax and semantics, and function is assigned in hard to grasp ways, which combine with Twain’s claim about exceptions being rather common in the German language. View all 40 comments.

Sprachhe will put some examples from the book here and you’ll understand: Feb 03, Miguel rated it really liked it. I would recommend it to people learning the language because I think they know exactely what Twain is talking about.

Here rare some specimens which I lately bought at an auction sale of the effects of a bankrupt bric-a-brac hunter: Also, you can do basically the same in a lot of other languages such as in Swedish, my mother tongue and it’s rather a case of English being afraid to put words together.

But as an analysis of a language, this book IS good. Der Leser kann nochmal vergessen, wie der Satz beginnt und wie er endet. And the printer sprxche always a she.