german

After  the last post, do you still have some doubts about learning German? Here other three good ( or bad?) reason:

NO: 3. Because nouns have three genders  and very few rules explain why we should choose  der, die or das

Not only are there three different genders (masculine, feminine and neuter), but in most cases, except very few words (words ending in -ung are all feminie, those in –er are  usually masculine), it does not depend on how it is shaped  that word but it seems matched almost randomly.The same happens  to  plural words.  Except the  cases mentioned previously, there are no precise rules. The result is: unlike other languages, when you learn a  new word, it is not enough to  learn the word itself: we must learn its gender and its plural at the same time.

YES: 3.  It is a very logical language
True. German has so many grammar rules, but few exceptions. Once you  learn the rule, no suprises will come.

 

NO: 4. Some sounds are difficult to pronounce

I know some people  who made it!  Maybe it is a urban  legend but  some German language sounds very difficult to pronounce.

Many people have trouble with ch (not to be confused with the sch!), which it has even two versions (do not worry, if you had never noticed the difference, I suppose not even  Germans will probably notice): 1) after the vowels like a, o, u (Dach, Buch, Loch) 2) after the front vowels i, e, ä, ü, ö (ich, Brecht, lächeln, Löcher, Bücher ).

Personally I have always found terrible the guttural R. It starts  from some mysterious spot  in the throat and it  changes completely  the sound of words like Brot.

YES: 4. There are very few pronunciation rules
Apart from the difficulty of the  sounds mentioned , one cannot say that German has  difficult pronunciation rules. Unlike English, where, more or less, every word we read  in its specific way and finding  a universal rule  is almost impossible. Or French, where although there are well defined  rules, dictation  still a  difficult task even  in the later school years,  in German we only change the pronunciation of some dittongo (“eu/oi“ and  ei/ai“) and  reading  the V as F.

NO: 5. Because we can not understand that some verbs are separable and its chunk of it  places at the end of a sentence.

This rule is perhaps the most difficult to accept. Let’s say we find a “complete” word with a certain meaning in the dictionary, for example  ausgehen ( go out). In some positive sentences, this word will split into two chunks. The suffix has been created by its prefix and placed at the end of that sentence. Why?? Who knows…

YES: 5. It does not have gerund and the duration time

The German still has a gap in the verbal system: it does not have the gerund. This means that expressions like “I am eating” are translated with circumlocutions that make use of the infinite, as “Ich bin beim Essen.” This  makes life easier than English, where the difference between using the gerund or not (for example, “What do you do?” Vs. “What are you doing?”) can be huge. And I have not even talked about  duration time. A lot of English students struggle with that.  It does not exist in German language. Very simple.

So, can it  be so bad to learn German?

 

 

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