Beware! Don't Get Muddled Up!
Well, beware that this doesn't happen to you ;)
I'm always wondering: when German speakers learn a language with a different sentence construction, do they find it difficult to follow? Is it, for them, like: wow, by the time you got tell me when and where all this happened I forgot what actually happened, and by the time you were done with that description I already forgot what you were describing?
Not really, at least as far as English is concerned. I started learning English when I was ten and I honestly don't think I spared the sentence structure much thought at the time. We learned two basic rules: "S-P-O" (subject-predicate-object) and "place before time." As a kid, you just accept these rules - I didn't even realize that we learned them because they differ considerably from their German counterparts. So I neither felt that English syntax was difficult and confusing nor that it was particularly easy.
Generally, I think what makes a sentence difficult to understand is not so much the position of the verbs but its length and complexity. Or, as in the case of Ulysses, a lack of punctuation:
Totally. :-) But in the case of German, for non-German speakers, we feel sort of like we opened a pair of brackets, and we can't understand what is going on until we close them, which can be many words away. :-) Whereas in English for instance, first you are told who did, then what they did, to whom, and then, when you have this down, you can listen on to more information about where, when, etc.. I'm not saying this as a judgement on German, just to make things clear. I'm not native in either German or English and I love both of them, just sharing an insight on thought process because I think it's interesting.
I didn't, actually ;-). I used the terms as they are normally used in German grammar and that's the way we learned them at school.
Nah, writing sentences that are too long and completely convoluted is simply bad style. You don't normally communicate like C. Iulius Caesar, except when you have problems structuring your ( mainly written) sentences properly. People sometimes make mistakes when speaking, sure, it' s like in any other language.