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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old Oct 4th, 2002, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
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Is German easy to learn?

I'm going to major in Film. And since that is part of the College of Arts and Science I need another credit of a foreign language. I decided on German. I took French in High School, only because they fired the teacher who taught German. So, on top of that I'm taking British Literature, Currect US-Issues, Cinema History and possibly Film 1 (if I can get into it).
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German is a tough language to learn. If you really need to know the ins and outs, that is.

Ive had three years of german in highschool and failed the course at uni this year so yeah its tough :-s and you need to do your utmost best to pass it. Someting i havent done so i shouldnt be talking, but really its much more difficult than french.

Men när natten är ljus - I ditt sjuttiotalshus
Och du är ånga, spår av ett moln
I en dröm om att fly till någonting nytt

Och du håller så hårt och när längtan blir svår
Så är jag din, din, din att ta med
Att ta ut, att ta in i någonting nytt
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But at least it's a more logical language than french. In french, you have rules, exceptions to the rule and exceptions to the exception. I know what I'm talking about lol.
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No really. In german there are rules, but there are more expections to the rule than examples that actually follow the rule

Men när natten är ljus - I ditt sjuttiotalshus
Och du är ånga, spår av ett moln
I en dröm om att fly till någonting nytt

Och du håller så hårt och när längtan blir svår
Så är jag din, din, din att ta med
Att ta ut, att ta in i någonting nytt
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I meant what I said about french, sorry. It can be still a pain for french-speaking people. Well at least he seemed to me that german was more logical.
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Aber doch, ich lebte in deutschland fur feir jahre, und ich weisse nichts, ich lebte in canada und ich wunte zu lernen deutsch.

What I just said is that Germna is hard to learn, I lived there for four years, and I don't know almost nothing, now I live in Canada and really want to learn German again.
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I lived in Germany when i was 9-13 about, and before I moved to Canada I knew fluently German, but then I didn't speak it for four years, as now I am 17...I went this summer to Germany and my memory came back a little, but it is hard, like any language...
English was hard for me too, same as German...
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Well I don't find Spanish too bad yet, but a limited knowledge of French actually helps somewhat there (can also mess you up as well, it makes my prof quite irate when we pronounce spanish words like they are french )

I can't help with German though But good luck.

I want to learn German or Italien next, so let us know how it goes
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I lot of german words look like english words though, very similar. So I think only maybe the tenses and verbs might be hard.


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Does German not have lots of "faux-freinds" as my teachers used to put it (how stupid, combining the french and english, make up your minds people) - words that look like an english word, but don't bear the same meaning.

For example in French "sympathique" means nice/freindly/pleasant, as opposed to sympathetic.

Sypathetic would be "compatissant", I think...

Anyhow, does German not have words like that too?
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the meanings of most words are pretty close if they are not the same.......so you can pretty much guess what the meanings are and get it right.


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Nein. Zwei Bitburgers bitte.

Lived in Germany two years and hardly learned any.

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I know, it is like with French and Spanish.

But can anyone tell me about those "faux-freinds" or not

I always hated those in highscool..
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post #15 of 40 (permalink) Old Oct 5th, 2002, 01:44 AM
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Rebecca, the "faux friends" must be the "False Cognates". Between Spanish and English there are many. For example success is not "suceso" in spanish (suceso means "event") but¨"éxito", éxito in turn doesn't means "exit" (is "salida" in spanish)etc.

about German i can't help you, but i think that is as easy to learn as any language, of course depends what is your "mother language", if is flemish or danish must be easier than if you speaks spanish or portuguese. for example i find pretty easy to learn and to understand French, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, Gallego, and the last month (reading the info at Bucharest open website) i have found that the Rumanian is pretty similar than spanish because is a "romance language".
then is very relative to say that German is harder or easier to learn

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