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

Why are there so many people confused with the German language?

I'm German and I wonder if German is realy such a hard language... And does it realy sound soo weird?

And just to know, why are you lerning German :P

November 9, 2018

31 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dani464799

For me it has been hard learning all the articles for the nouns and which form of a word to use in a sentence if it is normative, accusative, etc. I’m guessing if someone tried learning it that already knew a language that was similar with the articles it would be easier. I don’t think German is hard. It just takes more learning of why things are the way they are. Duolingo doesn’t explain it out well on the app. I had to use the website and a lot of my own research to learn about all the articles when I first started.

November 9, 2018

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

I personally find German complicated, but not difficult as such. There are many rules, but relatively few exceptions (contrary to my beloved native where rules seem only here to justify exceptions). Accept them, work till you have them internalized, and you walk between safe guidelines.

I love English, just the right kind of crazy for me; I love French because I was born inside and first learnt to read and appreciate beauty in it; but I find German satisfying for the mind, harmonious, balanced, rational — but not too rational either when you begin to really understand it.

And not only does it not sound harsch at all, but can be pretty soft. I make everyone listen to my favorite German singers, and they have to admit it's not at all what they expected.

Why learn it? Because I was supposed to in junior high, failed miserably and didn't want to live the rest of my life regretting it.
Because History is so long and heavy between our two countries, and I feel it's particularly important to build bridges.
And now I've discovered first hand how adorable the German are, how pleased they are that you make the effort to learn their language, even when you're in such an early stage you can't say much more than "Guten Tag und Willkommen, ich lerne nur" :)
And because, I suppose, I didn't have enough books already to last me three lifetimes!

November 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Simon264644

I agree with you with everything. French speaker too! Indeed, German can come as a relief to us where exceptions are relatively rare and generally easy to spot. I think it is especially nice that the language is so "phonetic", unlike French when two words with different spelling can sound the same, and in English where two words with the same spelling sound different. German is also in some way simpler, more "to the point" in that it usually uses less words to get the same point across, probably because of grammatical cases.

The hardest for me, has mostly to do with prepositions which are used in conjunction with verbs and certain idiomatic expressions (and not so idiomatic). Two-way prepositions is messy at first, but the rules are pretty clear. What is less clear, is when you use them with verbs, like denken an, warten auf, etc... It is these little things which don't seem to follow any rule and that you have to know by heart that makes the language more difficult for me. It's all practice of course, as with anything, but still. Word order too, in some particular situations, especially when it comes to the use of certain adverbs.

November 9, 2018

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

thanks ^^ but, uum... who is your favorite german singer (i#m just intrested, what other people think when they hear german music)

November 9, 2018

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

I must admit, as a Brit I find German difficult, in the sense that the word order is very unlike English. There is no case (falle) to worry about in English. We don't have to consider the gender of a word. There is little to guide you as to what the gender of the thing is in German. All the wurde and wird and werde meaning different things in passive voice and so many grammar rules that seem to be necessary to make yourself understood. Grammar in English just makes your speech sound elegant or cultured or educated, but even spoken badly it is normally understandable.

I love the sound of German though!!! Your music is pure poetry with adrenaline. Words that denote power and energy seem almost to glow in German!

Much German Music gives reference to Death and the survival of Spirit, these are a taboo subject in English music!! Even the band name can refer to death. But I love Totenhosen. I delight in singing along to Santiano. I bellow some of Sleipnirs lyrics as loud as I can when I'm driving. German music is full of life even if a lot of it likes to talk about the passing of life.

November 9, 2018

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

yeah, the gramma is pritty hard (its even hard for germans sometimes). Its nice that you all talk so nice about the german musik but in my opinion, it just sounds awful ':D

November 9, 2018

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

I definitely disagree, that German music must sound awful but in general I mostly prefer music with English lyrics. :-) But there also good bands like the "Rammstein, Fanta 4, Die Ärzte, Nena" which are have good German songs. Maybe you just need a German band that plays your type of music. ;-) Besides, some Disney Songs were actually sung by Collins himself in German where I prefer the German version. (I think it was Tarzan, where he made the soundtrack also in 4-5 other languages by himself. ;-)

November 11, 2018

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

I'm from the US, so there really isn't a lot of the lingual aspects (Even though English and German are cousin languages). Mostly at school here you either learn Spanish, French, or Mandarin. There are very few people I even KNOW who even consider learning it, as far as I know I'm looked down for learning it. I think also as a language, the genders are something VERY new to native English speakers. I think also it has to do with the pronunciation and general grammar. However, once you know how regular verbs work and bare minimum grammar, you should be on for a little more smooth sailing!

As for why I'm learning German, the language sounds really pretty and quite frankly interests me. On top of that, it seemed like a good language to learn, as its similar to English in some ways and still uses the Latin (?) alphabet. I want to learn Japanese after, and so I felt German would be a great language to learn :D (and I've always wanted to study art in Germany soo-----------)

November 9, 2018

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    i think German is a great language to learn ,and also it is not so bad as you get the hang of it

    November 9, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/belstar128

    I think its very easy compared to something like polish but all languages are difficult to learn from scratch.

    November 9, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Multi0Lingual4

    So, I used to think that German was super hard. But this perhaps is not the case.

    Is it more difficult, than, say, Spanish (imo)? Yes. But there are many rules, and I don't do well when there are ten million rules to follow. I find cases, adjectives, sentence structure, and which gender to use to be hard.

    I like the sound of the German language. I haven't listened to a lot, but at times it can be beautiful, in a song, and at times it can be gruff and chaotic.

    As for why I'm learning: I'd love to go to Germany someday. Plus, some of my heritage is German.

    As for your first question - why is it hard - well let me ask you. Why is English hard? I have been learning it for many years, and the hardest problem I have is spelling, and the lay vs. lie debate (which, if I ever study it, will be gone.) But perhaps because I have been immersed in it for so many years. Everyone has challenges; some of us are challenged by languages. Some of us are challenged by the German language. Don't judge us, please.

    November 9, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ally.x
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    There is so many people confused about German language because there is many people learning German language... There is also many people learning/confused about many other languages.

    I would say especially English native speakers would consider German somewhat confusing, just like they would find confusing any other language that has concepts foreign to them (cases, declension, grammatical genders,...), just not so many of them learn those other languages, so they are not heard as much as the German learners. For us non-native English speakers German is usually comparable to learning other foreign languages, for me personally even easier than English or French..

    November 9, 2018

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

    I can't for the life of me, pronounce or understand any German. But I'm pretty good at guessing what the simple German sentences Duolingo gives because I speak Afrikaans.

    November 9, 2018

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

    I know Dutch friends who speak very good German. Are not Dutch and Afrikans similar?

    November 9, 2018

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

    I just know that german and dutch is very similar

    November 9, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Words50000

    It’s not that difficult to me and is one of my favorite sounding languages ever. It’s so beautiful.

    November 9, 2018

    [deactivated user]

      i agree

      November 9, 2018

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

      I lived in Berlin for 9 months back in 1989. I found every-day German to be very easy, almost like speaking English with a German accent. The most common expressions, dealing with eating out, getting cabs, exchanging pleasantries, etc., come trippingly to the tongue.

      In the mouth, the language is fun, comfortable, angular.

      Returning to the language, years later, German gets hard FAST. There are two things I find challenging: 1) Grammar and word-order, and 2) the preponderance of seemingly abstract vocabulary.

      It's tough, but I'm enjoying the slog.

      November 10, 2018

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

      Thanks guys <3

      November 9, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheLord2k1

      I learn German at school
      I had to choose between (German, Italian, French)
      I chose German bcz i didnt like Italian or French

      November 9, 2018

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

      oki :D

      November 9, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheLord2k1

      Oh god i've written more things but idk where are them
      I said " i'm a big fan of die Mannschaft, and my favourite German singer is Namika , and my favourite word is Möchten bcz it sounds cute "
      Somehow the sentences were deleted , mmm

      November 9, 2018

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

      ^^

      November 9, 2018

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

      The German course is not hard early on, but when I started getting into the later grammar-dense parts of the course I was finding myself getting worn out, the language was absolutely wrecking me.

      November 9, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Puteri-ang

      When I've been searching for most easier languages to learn I found German in many results as one of the options and that it is not too difficult (but it takes you some time to learn / understand). Now I'm learning German for 1 year and sometimes I have trouble with it (often with making a sentence with irregular verbs), but I know how useful it is for me as citizen, whose country borders with two German-speaking countries :)

      November 10, 2018

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

      I agree, that the articals are pretty strange specialy ,,das mädchen'' But I still like English more than German ':D

      November 9, 2018

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

      whats your favorite word in German? Or what is the craziest?

      November 9, 2018

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

      As German native speaker, I find your question really interesting. :-)

      I started Duolingo for learning Spanish. When I (really) learned my 2nd language (which was English but not in school anymore ^.^) I recognized for myself, that weird sounding is mostly based on to less familiarization with the language itself. (and also a little based on what you're getting used to and start to like more. Like, I prefer US English, while UK English sounds stuffy but kinda cool and Australian is more like speaking with an egg in your mouth ^.^ but funny and very likable).

      I'm wondering that the natural sound of the German language is liked by so many people and what all of you are telling about it. Very interesting. About the German causes and articles, i think they just need practice and you'll get it. Well and for the most occurring cases it's never wrong to look up and learn the rule ;-). As for me Spanish also uses (fem/masc) for articles and sometimes they different from the German article. But Spanish seems still easier as German to me, since it currently seems to me, that there are less rules and exceptions like in the German language. Looking forward to read more about your impression, when leaning German ;-)

      November 11, 2018

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

      As a native English speaker,here are my comments.

      I started studying Spanish in high school (decades ago). I started German a bit less than 3 years ago. Spanish is much much easier by far. Even the irregular aspects actually have a pattern. German is complicated. Everytime I think that I've mastered something, a new complication arises. There is a reccuring sense of drowning until the next set of rules are mastered. Understanding the spoken language outside of learning programs is challenging.too. Very slowly, my grasp of it improves, but it is a slog. The music is what got me started and keeps me interested. That said, my sympathies to learners of English as a foreign language. I can well imagine how certain aspects of spelling and pronunciations would drive a person crazy. It makes me grateful for being an English native speaker

      December 4, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elisabeth579335

      I personally just see the language as tedious and sorta finicky to work with. It is difficult, but it makes up for the headache. It was german music and readings that interested me into the language. The grammar is painful but I've learned that its like that with nearly every language. German has a lot more details and rules than English. So its more difficult to transition over to learning. For me , the fact that german sounds so "harsh" but still with some recognisable english sounds makes it sound odd. Its a cute language however, I like it.

      November 13, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/breadroll04

      speaking and listing is easy but grammar is slightly hard

      November 14, 2018
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