Is German really easy???

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    September 17, 2017

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    Yes. Even very small kids speak it fluently here. :-)

    No. Some speakers of other languages perceive German as difficult (mainly because of the case system, I think).

    September 17, 2017

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    Yes. Even very small kids speak it fluently here. :-)

    hee hee cheeky.

    September 17, 2017

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    I agree with you. I was fluent in German after the first lesson! It's that easy!

    But seriously, for me, it is pretty tough. The 3 genders is the least of my concerns with this language. But I'm enjoying learning it so far!

    September 17, 2017

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    If you consider that German has only four 'cases', Russian has five, Polish has six and Finnish has fifteen or sixteen (I'm not sure)... If I am not wrong, then it is... !

    September 17, 2017

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    September 18, 2017

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    I'm learning German as a Swedish speaker (but with the English to German course) and I'm constantly thinking that this must be much more difficult for an actual English-speaking person. The German and Swedish words tend to be quite similar (the the extent that I can often guess German words I don't know from the Swedish word by modifying the spelling) while the English words tend to be different.

    The grammar is a different story. Much of the complications that German has has been lost in Swedish (it used to be there).

    September 19, 2017

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    Nah, nobody said so. But if you think (colloquial) standard German is hard, try "Beamtendeutsch", that's German language fortified with legal babble. Just have a look into German forms when you have to have to declare your Income tax. Believe me, it is easier to translate Shakespeare from ancient chinese characters to Sanskrit.

    If you want to learn German, abandon your hope first ;-)

    September 17, 2017

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    try "Beamtendeutsch", that's German language fortified with legal babble.

    But this form of language is difficult and obscure in any language. Patent-application language is also highly recommended for people striving to reach higher mental experiences ...

    September 17, 2017

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    As proven by Einstein :-)

    September 17, 2017

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    Yes, indeed! :-D

    September 17, 2017

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    It depends on you native language, I think it is easy for Dutch speakers. For English speakers it is not easy, of course there are more difficult languages such as Polish, Russian, Japanese, Arabic etc.

    September 17, 2017

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    ........ I think it is easy for Dutch speakers .........

    I am a native Dutch speaker, but for me English is much easier than German.
    The German grammar is sooo.. more difficult than the Dutch grammar. While the English grammar is much easier than the Dutch grammar.

    September 17, 2017

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    Yes, English grammar is easier. But I think German is easier for you than for us English speakers, because you have so many words that look familiar.

    September 18, 2017

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    because you have so many words that look familiar

    Maybe?
    Or maybe not, because of the many "false friends" (words which are written nearly the same, but their meaning is completely different).

    However, the German sentence construction is more like the Dutch sentence construction than the English one, and the German pronunciation is easy for Dutch native speakers.
    I agree with"German is easier for Dutch native speakers, than for English native speakers", but it is definitely not easy.

    September 18, 2017

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    "because you have so many words that look familiar."

    German learning Dutch here. Actually, what you mention turned out to be a vicious trap. There's tons of words whose meanings shifted since the languages separated in the 15th century. Thus I tumble over lots of "false friends", i.e. similar words which carry misleadingly different meanings. Take the words for "different" as an example:

    GER: "verschieden" NED: NOT "verscheiden" (various) but "verschillend"

    For another example, native Dutch speakers always grin when we ask "kommst du alleine klar?" (will you be all right by yourself?").

    September 18, 2017

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    Not at all.

    September 18, 2017

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    Sorta. I enjoy speaking it, but it can get difficult.

    September 18, 2017

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      thank you all for your replies that put me on the right path

      September 18, 2017
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