How German nouns are created? (funny video)
We all know that German words can sometimes be very very VERY long. (For example: die Rechtsschutzversicherungsgesellschaften which means "insurance companies providing legal protection."... :S )
So, I've found this video "Rhabarberbarbara", which explaining in a very funny way how those really-long words are created.
I hope the video helped you understand the language better, or at least it made you laugh. :)
If nothing else, this video probably makes English speakers aware that English can create nouns in much the same way as German, only without writing the constituent parts together. Words such as rhubarb Barbara bar barbarian beard barber beer bar make perfect sense in English, so it would be rather straightforward to translate the story.
The German version isn't normal German either and wouldn't be understood without the story as context. The German word play story is essentially translatable to English. (SPOILER: Barbara, whose rhubarb cake was exceptionally good, was generally called Rhubarb Barbara. One day she opened a cake bar where she sold her rhubarb cake. People called it the Rhubarb Barbara bar. A group of barbarians who regularly came to the Rhubarb Barbara bar to eat Rhubarb Barbara's rhubarb cake became known as the Rhubarb Barbara bar barbarians...)
That's more than can be said in the reverse direction for the English sentence James, while John had had "had", had had "had had"; "had had" had had a better effect on the teacher, a similar but 'purer' English joke. Here is my best attempt: "James, während John "hatte" gehabt hatte, hatte "hatte gehabt" gehabt; "hatte gehabt" hatte auf den Lehrer eine bessere Wirkung gehabt. And unlike the English sentence this is already written with a highly unusual word order to get the similar words closer together.
This is awesome! Thank you for sharing. I forwarded this to my German friend right away :D
OMG I laughed so hard! I watched it twice it was so funny! I also emailed the link to my friend and family! So funny! I think I would die laughing if i tried to recite that! :D