Blink182 From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 1999, 5430 posts, RR: 19 Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 1252 times:
Nein, Deutsche ist sehr gut! Ich lerne Deutsche in der Schule. Ich komme aus die USA.
Translation: No, german is very good! I lern german in school. I am from the USA.
I am learning german in school right now, and I love it. Amazingly, I thought it sounded a little soft compared to what I thought it would be, however words like "Frei zeit" or "free time" sound somewhat harsh, but not too bad.
Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
Hepkat From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 2341 posts, RR: 2 Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 1240 times:
At first I thought German sounded very harsh, but after living in Vienna, I can actually differentiate between the various dialects. To me, Austrian German sounds a bit softer but also slow and much more sing-songy. The German German sounds more rigid, sharp and crisp, while the Austrian version can sometimes be very slurred. Forget about Swiss German, I have no idea what category that falls into.
But, if you really want to know which language sounds harsh, it's gotta be Dutch. The other day I was flipping through my satellite channels, and I found this channel and started watching it. I knew the language was German, but for some strange reason I had a really hard time understanding it. I had to listen very carefully, and even with all that effort, I could only understand 25% of what they were saying. So I concluded it must be some strange dialect, perhaps somewhere near the Swiss/Austrian border. Then they flashed some words on the screen and I realized it was Dutch! Damn, it sounded like war!
Advancedkid From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 762 posts, RR: 2 Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 1228 times:
Wish you all the best, Blink, with your German.
I chose not to correct what you have written.
I think this is your school teacher's job.
Hepkat, I enjoyed your remarks very much !
Hepkat, Do you recognize someone from Hamburg
or even further north?
Hepkat From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 2341 posts, RR: 2 Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 1219 times:
Advanced, my hearing isn't quite that refined, yet. I can definitely tell that someone's from the north or south of Germany. I can tell if someone's from the west or south of Austria. But I can't really say which city someone comes from exactly. I think I'll need a few more years for that!
But I've come a long way. When I first came here, I couldn't tell the difference between an Austrian and German!
Advancedkid From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 762 posts, RR: 2 Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 1217 times:
Thanks for replying. I agree with your
remarks about the different German dialects
you mentioned. I grew up in northern Germany
myself and guess what??!!! I 'd take a girl
with a Viennese dialect anytime as a wife.
Hopefully it would happen one day!!!
If not, I'd then prefer a girl from either northern
Germany or a girl whom I'd teach German myself !
Acidradio From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1855 posts, RR: 10 Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 1204 times:
AIRLINERS.NET CREW FORUM MODERATOR
A significant portion of English is based off of German, which helps in the learning process. You would be amazed how many sentences in German almost sound like an English sentence. German used to be regarded as the technical language and if you were an engineer or scientist, it definately was helpful to know German.
Lt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 13, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 1193 times:
when I hear German it makes me feel like invading France.... j/k that was a joke nobody freak out.
While I don't speak it (I Speak Spanish as a second Lng) I don't think it sounds that harsh. it seems movies and media always portray it in a harsh light, i.e. whenever folks hear German it is in a War movie...
Klaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 20853 posts, RR: 55 Reply 16, posted (11 years 1 month 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1164 times:
Lt-AWACS: when I hear German it makes me feel like invading France.... j/k that was a joke nobody freak out.
Wasn´t that a quote from Groucho Marx?
Lt-AWACS: While I don't speak it (I Speak Spanish as a second Lng) I don't think it sounds that harsh. it seems movies and media always portray it in a harsh light, i.e. whenever folks hear German it is in a War movie...
The way german was used under the former militaristic regimes is very alien to today´s german culture which is very much civilian. The difference is quite obvious in the language.
And, of course, "german" in foreign war movies is again very different and hardly recognizable...
Ndebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2895 posts, RR: 25 Reply 19, posted (11 years 1 month 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1125 times:
Wow, I did not know that so many a.net members speak German! But somehow I think it was a bad idea when British Airways decided to call their German subsidiary "Deutsche BA" - nobody on this forum seems to make a difference between "deutsch" and "deutsche" any more - it's always "Deutsche"
It's very funny for me to watch the German/Swiss TV channel 3Sat. Some programs are produced by German TV stations, some are produced by Swiss TV stations. However when there is a program produced by Swiss TV, they sometimes add German subtitles...
I used to work for Swissport here in Germany, and I have to say that Swiss people really speak as clearly as possible when abroad, so it's not hard to understand them. I prefer the Swiss dialect over the Austrian dialect, especially the Viennese dialect - it always sounds like if the person suffers real pain when talking.
Matt86 From Germany, joined May 2001, 254 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (11 years 1 month 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1120 times:
I wuerd gaern sage das schweezerdeueutsch eifachs beschte isch.
hmm... I think this isn't swiss dialect but Swabian Dialect ("Schwäbisch"). This Region lies between Bavaria in the southeast and Baden-Württemberg.
I can't say whether German sound harsh... it's normal for me. But I think that most other languages are spoken faster (especially Italian and French IMHO)
And in German, you really pronounce each letter... in French you normally don't speak the last letters...
German Dialects are sometimes very crazy. Each state/region, nearly each city has its own dialect.
For me as a Frankish,Bavarian and a little bit Saxon its easy to understand this dialects (and perhaps also to speak it) Most other dialects (also when spoken extremly) are easy to understand, but for example Swiss and Frisian are really hard to understand.
A small example for Swiss/Frankish:
Last year I was skiing in Ischgl at the Austrian/Swiss boarder. We had lunch in a self-service restaurant. All tables were full; so we asked some people whether they are leaving: "gä'en sie" and they answered "Gruezie". (good day in swiss dialect)
That was funny
Indianguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 22, posted (11 years 1 month 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1104 times:
In India, German is one of the foreign language options u have from Grade 8 to 10. The other and more popular choice is French.
I dont think German is harsh as such though i do thimk that French is kind of feminine. U know almost gay-ish. German is more *masculine*.
I chose German more because of the better grading system for the subject than for any love of the topic. But i fell in Love with German culture after that, and by the time i passed out, i was pretty much hooekd. we had a fantastic teacher which made all the difference.
Much later in college,i joined up with the local chapter of Max Mueller Bhuvan for a 3 month course, where our teacher was a German national who spoke better Hindi than i do! Way cool! (Though i still have to figure out the grammar!). Unfortunately i have never got an opportunity to use what i learnt. So thats a problem.
Its nice really to learn other languages and cultures.