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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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gG62zay3kck

I hope the video helped you understand the language better, or at least it made you laugh. :)

May 3, 2014

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I like this version better :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcMT395UvWI

May 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/johaquila

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.

May 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AdamMasters

Makes perfect sense in English!!!??? :D Maybe to a German. lol

May 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/johaquila

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.

May 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OldSpiceGuy

I laughed so much it hurt.

May 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/oren000

Haha, great!

May 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Denis44

Sehr witzig.

May 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NikaFlorence

Great!

May 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeMaitre

Oh yeah! I saw that some time ago and I laughed my life out of me.

May 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cheitler

Sehr nett!

May 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nukito

very funny thank you for sharing

May 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/atanasbogoev

Sehr witzig. :D :D :D

May 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kunstkritik

this one explains it more in detail https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7F20xIb4kI

but that Rhababerbarbara video is hilarious :D

May 4, 2014

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    This is awesome! Thank you for sharing. I forwarded this to my German friend right away :D

    May 4, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/verenamaria

    Thanks for the video, i just laughed myself silly

    May 4, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dav1dCastro

    jajaj great!!!

    May 5, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ryan_Emily

    10/10 I laughed audibly.

    May 5, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sam0ny

    Love it! It seems like it never ends

    May 5, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vendetta2002

    Very funny...

    May 5, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TomCowley

    lol

    May 6, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LORAV330

    zehr gut

    May 6, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/charciaa

    great! :D

    May 6, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/juliamongeon

    Toll!

    May 6, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kaylee832025

    All I heard was babababa and a few german sentences I_I

    May 29, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GANESHA580178

    IDK

    October 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mary714801

    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

    November 3, 2017
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