Comments on "Must...learn...German!" - Faerye Net 2005-10-18T11:23:03+00:00 Re: Dane to the rescue 2005-10-18T11:23:03+00:00 2005-10-18T11:23:03+00:00 <p>An expert, no less. My ego feels appropriately inflated and, of course, very appreciative. But no luck on the fart thing, then?</p> GreyStork Re: Dane to the rescue 2005-10-18T09:49:09+00:00 2005-10-18T09:49:09+00:00 <p>I&#8217;d say the right to be a German expert on the internet. I know, I know, EVERYONE is an expert on the internet! But YOU have the right to be a German expert and still feel like a good person afterwards&#8230;that&#8217;s rare!</p> felicity Re: Dane to the rescue 2005-10-18T00:50:50+00:00 2005-10-18T00:50:50+00:00 <p>I reckon you&#8217;re right. So what rights does kinda-sorta-knowing-German-but-to-Hell-with-the-grammar give? The right to make fart noises with one&#8217;s armpit without people murmuring amongst themselves with expressions of disgust? :p</p> GreyStork Re: Dane to the rescue 2005-10-17T12:34:51+00:00 2005-10-17T12:34:51+00:00 <p>That makes FAR more sense (lichtdurchflutete, I mean). However, these translatey people are definitely messing with me.<br /> <br /> And the one thing you fail to realize here is that the horror that is German grammar provides two things: if one fails to learn German to any degree, it is an EXCUSE; and if one succeeds to some extent, it adds to the BRAGGING RIGHTS :)</p> felicity Dane to the rescue 2005-10-14T11:25:51+00:00 2005-10-14T11:25:51+00:00 <ul> <li>flugzeug: aircraft</li> <li>lichtdurchflutete: well-lighted (literally &#8220;flowed through by light&#8221;</li> </ul> <p> And you&#8217;re right about what&#8217;s involved in learning German. First of all, there&#8217;s three possible sexes for each noun, and you have to remember the right one for each and every one of them. Then they have a truckload of words for simple concepts like &#8220;the&#8221; and plural &#8220;s&#8221; depending on the grammatical context. German grammar = pain. <i>Pain</i>, I tell you. English grammar is so much easier, although the vocabulary is also much larger. I guess, with German, you get fewer words, but many, many more grammatical rules. And <b>PAIN</b>. </p> GreyStork