Teach me German!

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by John S, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. John S

    John S New Member

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    a couple words a day just post words and their translation!
     
  2. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    It's called GOOGLE <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_razz.gif" alt="Razz" longdesc="9"> try that , it works well. I'm currently learning arabic from google and testing it on an arab at work <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"><br><br>Here, I'l get you started ( this is from my friend who is learning german right now: German has many cognates to English, though some words have multiply meanings.<br><br>Berliner<br> is famous from JKF's speech, it means when said Ich bin Berliner = I am<br> from Berlin, but can also mean I am a jelly doughnut>_> If you <br>are from a city, you put "er" on the end of the city to state you are <br>from there. So Hamburgers are people from Hamburg, Frankfurt = <br>Frankfurter, etc.<br><br>Another thing is, never use the sound "w" makes<br> in English on a German word. You say something you'll regret most <br>likely. "W" in German is pronounced with the "v" sound.<br><br>Was ist das? = What is that? Was pronounced Vas*<br>Wie geht's? = How's it going?<br>Tog = Day, but in slang means Hey.<br>Hallo = Hello<br>Guten Tog = Good day.<br>Gute nacht = Good night. Not Guten like the above, no "n" for some reason.<br><br>"S"<br> makes a "Z" sound in most words, sometimes it doesn't make this sound, <br>like in es/ist = it/is. "J" makes a "Y" sound like "W" to "V". No matter<br> what, it is that sound. Ja = Ya/Yes.<br><br>That is simple German. It can be hard like<br><br>abgeschrieben = copied :/<br><br>I could go deeper in, but this is enough for you to know and can get you far in Germany.
     

  3. 3bears

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    from what I understand the pronunciation is very similar to my own language Welsh- though I cant speak a word of German lol
     
  4. Cuthbert Allgood

    Cuthbert Allgood New Member

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    my cats name is in german, but thats all i know.
     
  5. epichawk

    epichawk New Member

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    Livemocha.com has some free language learning tutorials
     
  6. RobertP

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    I took a bit of German in high school but then moved away and the new school didnt offer anything but Spanish... I have most of my papers from that class and I would love to brush up on my German. I don't like how rosetta stone is setup it seemed odd to me. I tried it with German and Japanese.
     
  7. Rolf

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    @Ryan Wigglesworth<br><br>Some correction:<br>day = Tag (not Tog)<br>good day = guten Tag<br>The reason for difference between "Guten Tag" and "Gute Nacht" is that "Tag" is a male noun and "Nacht" is a female noun in German. German is not easy to learn. If I wasn't a native speaker I would not want to learn it.
     
  8. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    ah, Thank you Rolf <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
     
  9. John S

    John S New Member

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    Hallo und Guten Tag! Danke! (thank you) Sie lehren mich mehr. (Please teach me more).
     
  10. RobertP

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    This thread makes me want to dig out my old German workbook and stuff from high school. Honestly I thought learning German was easy even with the female and male nouns. Also I would probably thank Rammstein because without them I wouldn't have been introduced to the language. And I have picked up a few words from them first when I was a kid, they had the English version of Du hast and that when I really started to pick up the translations I would say. My high school German teacher was pretty cool and he was German and was a great teacher, even got to watch Finding Nemo in German. BTW John S, Du = you hast = hate mich = me, so Du hast mich = You hate me.<br><br>eins &ndash; one<br>zwei &ndash; two<br>drei &ndash; three<br>vier &ndash; four<br>fünf &ndash; five<br>sechs &ndash; six<br>sieben &ndash; seven<br>acht &ndash; eight<br>neun &ndash; nine<br>zehn &ndash; ten
     
  11. Tobias

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    @ Robert, Your last sentence tells me that you hear Rammstein <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_lol.gif" alt="Laughing" longdesc="7"><br>maybe it's enough just to listen to Rammstein to learn German!<br><br>in German was two words for Slingshot: Schleuder and Zwille.<br>some said "Schleuder" and some "Zwille" funny...<br><br>an my english is not good <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_lol.gif" alt="Laughing" longdesc="7">