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German Speakers: A Question  
User currently offlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5574 posts, RR: 32
Posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1257 times:

I am curious about something with the German language. To add emphasis to something, it is put to the beginning of the sentence, eg: "In Berlin wohne ich", instead of simply "Ich wohne in Berlin". Does this mean that the way we put emphasis on a word in English (by verbally emphasising the word without having to change the word order) doesn't exist at all?

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User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3309 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1240 times:

Verbally stressing a word is possible in German as well.

p.s.
I live in Berlin.
Berlin is where I live.



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User currently offlineHansaRostock From Germany, joined Aug 2005, 105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1231 times:

Quoting Braybuddy (Thread starter):
Does this mean that the way we put emphasis on a word in English (by verbally emphasising the word without having to change the word order) doesn't exist at all?

nope!  Smile Its the same over here.... "Ich wohne in Berliiiin" !


btw: IMO "in Berlin wohne ich" doesn't even put 1% more emphasis than "ich wohne in Berlin"! better option: "Berlin ist der Ort wo ich wohne" (to get rid of that "in" in the beginning.....ok...pronouncing it Berliiiin again)  Smile



Yoooo soy de HANSA....este sentimiento que me va a mataaaar....
User currently offlineBeowulf From Singapore, joined Jul 2003, 730 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1221 times:

Quoting Braybuddy (Thread starter):
Does this mean that the way we put emphasis on a word in English (by verbally emphasising the word without having to change the word order) doesn't exist at all?

I wouldn't say it doesn't exist at all, but it's not very common. You were talking about "verbally" putting an emphasis on something ... it would be not be done by changing the word order but by intonation. This is all I can come up with for the time being.


User currently offlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5574 posts, RR: 32
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1200 times:

Quoting HansaRostock (Reply 2):
btw: IMO "in Berlin wohne ich" doesn't even put 1% more emphasis than "ich wohne in Berlin"! better option:

Du machst das sehr klar!

Danke, guys!


User currently offlineJush From Germany, joined Apr 2005, 1636 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1179 times:

Quoting BR076 (Reply 7):
Berlin ist der platz wer alles ist forbei for die Deutscher in June und wer die Hollandern feiern der gewin das Weltmeisterschaft Big grin

Btw, Ich wohne nicht in Berlin Wink

Come to my place (Nordhorn) at the dutch border right over here in Germany and we'll have a pint and discuss that.
Btw, I really think you could be right with that assumption. There chances are not too bad.

Quoting Braybuddy (Thread starter):
I am curious about something with the German language. To add emphasis to something, it is put to the beginning of the sentence, eg: "In Berlin wohne ich", instead of simply "Ich wohne in Berlin". Does this mean that the way we put emphasis on a word in English (by verbally emphasising the word without having to change the word order) doesn't exist at all?

Are you learning German then? I'm always amazed that people want to learn German when they have the choice to take Spanish.
But keep up with it, i like it.

Regds
jush



There is one problem with airbus. Though their products are engineering marvels they lack passion, completely.
User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8616 posts, RR: 43
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1176 times:

Quoting BR076 (Reply 7):

I bet these two agree: http://www.wdr.de/comedy/sendungen/kaas.phtml



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User currently offlineZakHH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1167 times:

This is even better...  stirthepot 

User currently offlineJush From Germany, joined Apr 2005, 1636 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1159 times:

If I'll try it with my username I'll get Little Juan.
I like my other one better! Lebowsky (_Big)



There is one problem with airbus. Though their products are engineering marvels they lack passion, completely.
User currently offlineBR076 From Netherlands, joined May 2005, 1080 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1156 times:

Quoting ZakHH (Reply 10):
This is even better...

great song  bigthumbsup 

Hast = fear? right  Wink



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User currently offlineZakHH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1153 times:

Quoting Jush (Reply 8):
If I'll try it with my username I'll get Little Juan.
I like my other one better! Lebowsky (_Big)

Wrong thread, Jush. This one is not about your schlong... 

[Edited 2006-01-23 22:58:50]

User currently offlineJush From Germany, joined Apr 2005, 1636 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1144 times:

Quoting ZakHH (Reply 10):
Wrong thread, Jush. This one is not about your schlong...

Oh I'm so embarrassed  Wink

But I'll put all the blame on tabbed browsing Big grin

Regds
jush



There is one problem with airbus. Though their products are engineering marvels they lack passion, completely.
User currently offlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5574 posts, RR: 32
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1062 times:

Quoting Jush (Reply 5):
Are you learning German then? I'm always amazed that people want to learn German when they have the choice to take Spanish.
But keep up with it, i like it.

Ich habe Deutsche seit zwanzig jahren gelernt, aber es alles jetzt ein bisschen rustig!

My German was learnt mostly from reading and writing, so speaking it was always more difficult. I was always confused by that emphasis thing. I got the impression from books that the only way to emphasise something was to put it at the beginning of the sentence, but that seems to have been cleared up now.

Why did I learn German and not Spanish? A couple of reasons: I had a stab at French when I was a teenager but just couldn't get my head around the pronunciation. I always liked the sound of German, and, while it is difficult gramatically, it is a very logical language, and once you get the hang of the grammar you're on a winner. Spanish never really appealed to me, but it is probably the easiest foreign language to learn for English speakers, and having spent numerous holidays in Spain I reckon I could probably find it much easier than German to be fluent in. The unfortunate thing about German is it can be hard going trying to read (all those compound nouns!) so I may never be competent. The final clincher for me was over an affair of the heart. . . but that's another story, and a long, long time ago!

Anyway, Germany is the biggest country in Europe, and it also gives you a hold on Dutch or Flemish, so why wouldn't someone want to learn it? I was amazed to find that, on a trip to Amsterdam, while I couldn't understand what people was saying, I could make out a lot of signage and advertising billboards.


User currently offlineHansaRostock From Germany, joined Aug 2005, 105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1054 times:

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 12):
while it is difficult gramatically

indeed it is!! Last week a friend asked me to explain some german grammar...and wow...she told me about expressions I've heard last time when I was 7 or 8 !  Smile
(ok...as a native speaker you never think about which grammar you're using)

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 12):
so I may never be competent

...as at least 50% of Germany....  Big grin



Yoooo soy de HANSA....este sentimiento que me va a mataaaar....
User currently offlineJush From Germany, joined Apr 2005, 1636 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1028 times:

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 12):
I was amazed to find that, on a trip to Amsterdam, while I couldn't understand what people was saying, I could make out a lot of signage and advertising billboards.

Definitely. I can even understand a lot of dutch. But that i guess is cause I'm living 1 mile away from the border and my parents and grandparents speak a "low or flat German" anyway which is really close to Dutch.

Btw, not to be nitpicking, but France is much bigger than Germany.

Anyway nice to hear someone really likes our language.
And don't worry 'bout the Grammar. 80% of the Germans don't even use the Genitiv anymore and i guess another 50% can't even speak proper German as iti is in the books.

Regds
jush



There is one problem with airbus. Though their products are engineering marvels they lack passion, completely.
User currently offline777 From Italy, joined Sep 2005, 514 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1025 times:

Quoting Jush (Reply 5):
I'm always amazed that people want to learn German when they have the choice to take Spanish.
But keep up with it, i like it.

 rotfl  rotfl  rotfl  rotfl  rotfl  rotfl  rotfl  rotfl 


User currently offlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5574 posts, RR: 32
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1025 times:

Quoting Jush (Reply 14):
Definitely. I can even understand a lot of dutch. But that i guess is cause I'm living 1 mile away from the border and my parents and grandparents speak a "low or flat German" anyway which is really close to Dutch.

There are a lot of words similar to English in Dutch, which probably makes it easier to learn for English speakers.

Quoting Jush (Reply 14):
Btw, not to be nitpicking, but France is much bigger than Germany.

I meant population wise. The population is something like 82 million now, WAY ahead of France's 60m!


User currently offlineJush From Germany, joined Apr 2005, 1636 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 999 times:

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 16):
I meant population wise. The population is something like 82 million now, WAY ahead of France's 60m!

Oh alright. My bad.

Regds
jush



There is one problem with airbus. Though their products are engineering marvels they lack passion, completely.
User currently offlineBA380 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1466 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 985 times:

Aber ich wohne nicht in Berlin. In England wohne ich. Wohnen tue ich in England.


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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined exactly 13 years ago today! , 7916 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 983 times:

Quoting BA380 (Reply 18):
Aber ich wohne nicht in Berlin. In England wohne ich.

That bad, eh?
Greetings from Berlin,

Norbert  Wink



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User currently offlineBA380 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1466 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 959 times:

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 19):
Quoting BA380 (Reply 18):
Aber ich wohne nicht in Berlin. In England wohne ich.

That bad, eh?
Greetings from Berlin,

Norbert

Sie sind sehr frech.....



cabin crew: doors to automatic and cross-check...
User currently offlineJush From Germany, joined Apr 2005, 1636 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 952 times:

Quoting BA380 (Reply 18):
Wohnen tue ich in England.

Tuten tut die Feuerwehr!!!  Wink



There is one problem with airbus. Though their products are engineering marvels they lack passion, completely.
User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 22, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 934 times:

Quoting BA380 (Reply 18):
In England wohne ich. Wohnen tue ich in England.

Trotz der gewünschten Betonung tönen die zwei Sätze seltsam. Besser wäre dann eben doch "Ich wohne in England" mit einer gewissen Betonung (emphasis) auf "England". Komplizierter aber deutlicher wäre allenfalls "England ist das Land in welchem ich wohne" oder "England ist das Land wo ich wohne" .


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