Interest - German Language

Originally created by β Mania
6 years ago.

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david s
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david s 24 United States MelancholicCholeric ISFJ 621 1193C
Changed my mind. German 2 has made me hate it completely now.(There was a phrase I was trying to look for that is used in dramatic fictional shows and such where someone, most often a woman, dates someone else, most often a man, who 'turns them off to [insert gender]' and makes them homosexual in the process because of how bad the person was. I forget the phrase, but I wanted to use a form of that.)

Oh, and I've only been in the class for about 2.5 weeks. I had German 1 three years ago, and I've had Chinese 1 for 2.5 weeks. I'm pretty sure I know more Chinese now than I do German.
VaanHope
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Maybe your teacher sucks?

I know that a good teacher/tutor can make a large difference. Perhaps it's a mere bump in the road. Perhaps languages are just too irritating to learn fully. Well, some if not most are. I wish you luck in another language, because German isn't so useful to me. I'd rather learn a language that is truly respected and such.
Saybaar
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Saybaar 24 United States MelancholicCholeric INTP 541 92C
I actually love German and would learn it, except that 1) I don't have time and 2) I'm not interested in learning it the way it's taught now, as if you're going to use it mostly in travel. If German were taught like Latin, with emphasis on reading and rules and comprehension rather than conversational fluency, it would make me so happy...

Based on simple aesthetics, how it looks and how it sounds, German is probably my favorite language in the world. It's close enough to English to be comfortingly familiar as well, and it's all over Western culture (music, literature, folk stories, linguistics...). So even though I barely speak it at all, I still love the language and identify with it in a way. I realize this means I should probably actually learn it, but again, the thing with having no time...
MakoSipper
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MakoSipper 31 Brazil MelancholicCholeric INTJ 4w5 26C
If you get the time to learn German (I have for more than 5 years), you should get a good private teacher. This way, you could learn less of those travel things and more grammar. I absolutely love German grammar and studying it. The worst part for me is acquiring enough words to have a decent conversation.

Don't give up, it is indeed a very beautiful language!
Seiryuu
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I don't necessarily hate it, per se, but I find it harder to learn than Romance languages like Spanish or French because German has three genders which are constantly used as well as a dative case. Pronouns and verb conjugations work a little like Spanish but sie and Sie is quite annoying.
Emy
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Hm, that's a pretty interesting thought. I like languages because of their complexity. The more complex they are, the more I like it. So Latin, with its three genders and five noun declensions and x amount of verb conjugations is currently my favorite language. Strangely, French is not so nice a language to me. I like the grammar structure, but I can't stand the language itself for some reason.
Saybaar
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Saybaar 24 United States MelancholicCholeric INTP 541 92C
I like complex languages too...but not randomly complex ones, which is why I like Latin so much. It has endless rules, but it almost always follows them, so you're set as long as you remember all the rules. Modern languages have all these silly exceptions. And I don't like French either, for some unidentifiable reason...not as much as I dislike Spanish, which I'm actively trying to forget from high school, but it's not my favorite thing.
Fenix Shakura
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Fenix Shakura 24 Germany PhlegmaticCholeric ISTJ 5w6 294C
As a native speaker, I can't really say that German is a hard language. My mother tongue was actually Russian, and comparing these two together German is definetly easier. But apart from that, I still don't think that it is hard anyway. German uses less tenses than many other languages, because it doesn't have a real "progressive form". Learnig the use of tenses is probably the hardest thing in learning other languages.
And German vocabulary is decaying. It already contains far too much words from other languages, especially English. But, well, English sounds much nicer to me, there are many expressions in English that don't sound just as beautyful as in German.
Hm, I like English more than German. You can get by with English in much more places than with German, too.
Ribbit
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Soo, I want to know: What is there to dislike the German language? Hmm?

Or why would you like it? Before other languages.

What makes it so special that it even is worth mentioning?