The Awful German Language Die Schreckliche Deutsche Sprache Manuscriptum [Mark Twain] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Die Schreckliche Deutsche Sprache [Mark Twain] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. “The Awful German Language” is an essay by Mark Twain published as Appendix D in A On October 31, , Twain delivered a lecture titled “Die Schrecken der deutschen Sprache” (“The Horrors of the German Language” in English).

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The Awful German Language / Die schreckliche deutsche Sprache

vie I don’t totally agree with Twain, because some of his comments are really dumb. At the same time Germans, Italians, Spaniards Aber auf Deutsch scheint sie immer, sehr leicht zu sein.

Jun 27, Matt rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I would recommend it to people learning the language because I think they know exactely what Twain is talking about. Ana Maria Brock Translator. German writers write sentences that are too long. Mark grasped the several points concerning the difficulty and awkwardness of the German language from English speaker in a tremendously funny way. I really have no idea how the language evolved to be like this, but Twain showed us how unique and hilarious it could get.

Thanks Mario for the gift. Or create a new account. He achieved great success as a writer and public speaker. Then you turn the page and you found a page-long list of exceptions. The inventor of the language probably got what he knew about a conscience from hearsay.


Twain genuinely dislikes the German pronoun sie because he thinks that it has too many translations into English. Nov 22, Beth rated it it was amazing. In German, a young lady has no sex, while a turnip has.

The German language contains a complex system of inflection that is capable of frustrating learners in a manner similar to Twain’s argument: Think what overwrought reverence that shows for the turnip, and what callous disrespect for the girl. And those compound words that you absolutely cannot say them all in one breath and more and more… Nevertheless, Deutscye was not only exposing how complicated is the language, he also gave solutions to simplify it and I totally agree with all his suggestions He approached the idea of criticizing the language in a very funny way — vie I am sure he did not intend to offend neither the Germans nor their language.

Return to Book Page. Refresh and try again. It gets four stars because I felt like Twain was very simple minded in some of his arguments I do understand that this is comedy, but I’m a language nerd ok.

Twain wonders why all things have a casual genus in German. I didn’t know that Mark Twain tried to learn German. View all 11 comments.

As an English native who’s lived in Germany and even Heidelberg!

Now let the candidate for the asylum try to memorize those variations, and see how soon he will be elected. I read it while in a plane and other passengers German btw were puzzled and at times annoyed because i could not help laughing out loud.

Man trennt deutsche Verben: Some German words are so long that they have a perspective. There is no way to interrupt: In addition, it should be easier writing about German grammar in German I’ve been learning French for the past 11 months one hour a week and I’m pretty sure that French personal pronouns are a mess. Forums All of ProZ. Twain worked hard to ensure that all of his creditors were paid in full, even though his bankruptcy had relieved him of the legal responsibility.


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The Awful German Language / Die schreckliche deutsche Sprache by Mark Twain

Accusative — Meinen guten Freund, my good friend. I also don’t agree with limiting German to the words “Zug”, “Schlag” and “also” even though it would be nice. To settle things once and for all, you’ll find an English Review below the German one. Retrieved from ” https: Seiner Meinung nach ist Deutsch eine Sprache, die I really don’t know which language I should write this in. German makes no difference between adjectives and adverbs. Gunnar Magnusson describes the work as “Twain’s most famous philological essay”.

Jul 16, I had never seen this before. I laughed until I cried. Jan 13, Jayanth rated it really liked it Shelves: He also work Samuel Langhorne Clemensbetter known by his pen name Mark Twainwas an American author and humorist.