https://www.duolingo.com/jmendick

"Today I only drink wine, of course."

January 28, 2013

18 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/blargblargblarg

For some ridiculous reason i keep translating sentences in the vein of 'today drinketh i '. Do you think this is a valid process, using old english as an intermediate language ere uptranslation, mostly as a means for word placement?

February 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya

If you know old English so well, why not? ;-)

February 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/christian

Actual Old English is even closer to German.

todæg drince ic wine

February 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya

BTW: I always recommend Bodmer's 'The Loom of Language' to people who want a light-hearted and readable introduction to the history of European languages and their relationships. Unfortunately, it's rather dated and - as far as I know - out of print. (I could grab a copy on ebay a couple of years ago) Do you know of any modern book covering the same topics in an equally jargon free manner that could be used as a substitute? EDIT: just noted that archive.org has Bodmer's book available for free download: https://ia600309.us.archive.org/21/items/TheLoomOfLanguage/

February 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/christian

I can only think of one that deals with English. It's called "The Story of English" and it's based on a PBS series from the 80s, but the book has been revised since.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Story_of_English

February 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya

Thanks, I'll look into it.

February 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/mivers

Which format is preferable for download?

May 29, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya

I prefer djvu. You'll need a reader for this format, though. There are many available for free.

May 29, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/mivers

Thanks, I found a djvu reader here, if anyone else wants it - http://windjview.sourceforge.net/

May 29, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/SelphieB

Can it not be correct to put the natuerlich as an after-thought - "Heute trinke ich nur Wein, natuerlich"?

March 29, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jmendick

Word order question. Couldn't one switch Heute and naturlich or is that a no-no...

January 28, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/christian

It's fine.

January 28, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/blargblargblarg

can i switch positions between trinke and ich?

February 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/christian

Do you mean "Heute ich trinke..."? No. The verb has to be in second place. However, you could say "Ich trinke heute natürlich nur Wein."

http://german.about.com/library/weekly/aa032700a.htm (see "verb second")

February 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/javirueda

Thanks, Christian. One of the most useful links I've found so far

March 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Ailsaaa

Another word order question: I wrote "Heute trinke ich nur Wein, natuerlich" - is this gramatically wrong, or just not quite what duolingo was looking for? Thanks for any advice :)

March 29, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/yaliyev

Is it correct to say: "Natürlich, heute trinke ich nur Wein"?

June 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya

yes.

June 4, 2013
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