https://www.duolingo.com/AzadorHH

For everyone who wants to experience German in its worst/best form:

AzadorHH
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I am not sure if this is 100% grammatically accepted, but it is a (at least in Germany) more or less famous "story". It is hard to read but the worst thing is: It makes sense!

In einem kleinen Dorf wohnte einst ein Mädchen mit dem Namen Barbara.

Barbara war in der ganzen Gegend für ihren ausgezeichneten Rhabarberkuchen bekannt.

Da jeder so gerne Barbaras Rhabarberkuchen aß, nannte man sie „Rhabarberbarbara“.

Rhabarberbarbara merkte bald, dass sie mit ihrem Rhabarberkuchen Geld verdienen könnte. Daher eröffnete sie eine Bar: Die „Rhabarberbarbarabar“.

Natürlich gab es in der Rhabarberbarbarabar bald Stammkunden. Die Bekanntesten unter ihnen, drei Barbaren, kamen so oft in die Rhabarberbarbarabar, um von Rhabarberbarbaras herrlichem Rhabarberkuchen zu essen, dass man sie kurz die „Rhabarberbarbarabarbarbaren“ nannte.

Die Rhabarberbarbarabarbarbaren hatten wunderschöne dichte Bärte.

Wenn die Rhabarberbarbarabarbarbaren ihren Rhabarberbarbarabarbarbarenbart pflegten, gingen sie zum Barbier.

Der einzige Barbier, der einen Rhabarberbarbarabarbarbarenbart bearbeiten konnte, wollte das natürlich betonen und nannte sich „Rhabarberbarbarabarbarbarenbartbarbier“.

Der Rhabarberbarbarabarbarbarenbartbarbier kannte von den Rhabarberbarbarabarbarbaren Rhabarberbarbaras herrlichen Rhabarberkuchen und trank dazu immer ein Bier, das er liebevoll „Rhabarberbarbarabarbarbarenbartbarbierbier“ nannte.

Das Rhabarberbarbarabarbarbarenbartbarbierbier konnte man nur an einer ganz bestimmten Bar kaufen.

Die Verkäuferin des Rhabarberbarbarabarbarbarenbartbarbierbieres an der Rhabarberbarbarabarbarbarenbartbarbierbierbar hieß Bärbel.

Nach dem Stutzen des Rhabarberbarbarabarbarbarenbarts ging der Rhabarberbarbarabarbarbarenbartbarbier meist mit den Rhabarberbarbarabarbarbaren in die Rhabarberbarbarabarbarbarenbartbarbierbierbar zu Rhabarberbarbarabarbarbarenbartbarbierbierbarbärbel, um sie mit zur Rhabarberbarbarabar zu nehmen und mit etwas Rhabarberbarbarabarbarbarenbartbarbierbier von Rhabarberbarbaras herrlichen Rhabarberkuchen zu essen.

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https://www.duolingo.com/ceydacaylak
ceydacaylak
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This German story is the story that I've been trying to avoid for so long in my learning process honestly.

:D

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AzadorHH
AzadorHH
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hahaha :D

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hannibal-Barkas
Hannibal-Barkas
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Just try "Am Schneesee" if you like this kind of story ;-)

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/birgit72635
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Hello Hannibal-Barkas, I just couldn't resist putting the link to this lovely, crazy, unbelievable story here:

https://www.buechergilde.de/leseprobe/items/firlefanz_199963.html

;-)))

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hannibal-Barkas
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Thanks a lot, Birgit. Have a Lingot for the effort ;-)

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gottogetout

very good, too. thanks!

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jsiehler
jsiehler
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And here's another one that I recommend:

https://samgarhuettner.wordpress.com/2012/10/24/zum-vorlesen/

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gottogetout

That stories seem fun and good ways to try to get used to reading very long words :-)

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gottogetout

Hi AzadorHH,
I love it! Thanks a lot. Es ist wirklich toll! Ausgezeichnet :-)

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AzadorHH
AzadorHH
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Das freut mich :D

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pixel8ninja

what the...

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jegge4
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Wow. funny.

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https://www.duolingo.com/jsiehler
jsiehler
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It's like the listening comprehension sentences for "Directional Conjunctions" in the Hungarian course, but shorter.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Yves--
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Very nice :-) And believe it or not, someone has even done the read-aloud for this - with Eng subs on Youtube here

I wonder if one of our kind German native speakers could check that the audio text is correct? ;-) I think I hear a missing "bar" in the last paragraph XD

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jan355441
Jan355441
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Everything's fine. You have to up your listening game! :P

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Yves--
Yves--
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You're right, my bad. Should never have doubted the native speaker ;-) But man, those long German nouns are tricky.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessert-Rose
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Hahaha! Thanks so much for this! Great fun to read and listen to. XD

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SteffiBookworm
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Genial :)

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/John029
John029
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cool

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https://www.duolingo.com/FranzEbersburg

Sehr gut! Danke!

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/m52011
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Danke für ihre Arbeit!

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/OllieBubbles

this kind of word combining is one of my favourite aspects of the German language!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nccp9
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I'm not very far into my German learning journey and oh boy this is terrifying....

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Robert-Alexan
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Such stories always make me angry. Yeah, I know it's correct German and German really has this tendency to merge nouns. But this is just over the top. You would never find a real German text with such a long word. Two merged nouns is common, maybe even three or four short ones but Rhabarberbarbarabarbarbarenbartbarbierbier? Come on! It is totally artificial and incomprehensible even to Germans (at first sight at least). Every German author would avoid such a word. Like in English where you'd never find incomprehensible "of-chains" like he is the son of the daughter of the daughter of the son of my brother, although it's technically possible. I always get the idea that these strange examples are only made up to scare others or to celebrate (in an awkward way) how Germans have mastered to invent and speak such a complicated language. It's simply misleading. I doubt that the Welsh would ever consider to present Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch to be the paramount of Welsh word formation.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AzadorHH
AzadorHH
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That is not true. Everyone knows this is just fun and no one expects you to use or even to know these words. It just shows what could be possible. But this word is a real one in Germany and was used for a very long time (the got rid of it on 2013):

Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz

In theory, it works, but no one says it is practical! Super inconvenient.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Robert-Alexan
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You prove my point :-) Why is it that someone knows such a word and presents it in a language learners forum? I know that you know that this a rare technocratic word that no one will ever use on the daily. And you don't want to do harm. And certainly you realize clearly the (funny/ridiculous) absurdity of some German words. However it's so typical that one mentions this word at all. I taught German to immigrants once. You can't imagine how often other Germans told my students how difficult German is or that they shouldn't expect to master it. I don't think they wanted to be rude or so, but there's this German mixture of rudeness, efficiency, directness and honesty (I get the irony: that is also a stereotype) and the strongly hold belief that German is rocket science that can be very discouraging. I genuinely think that they wanted to encourage my students. They just wanted to show their appreciation that they dedicate their time to learn German and that they should keep going and trying even if they won't be 100% correct all of the time. But most of my students were just scared.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AzadorHH
AzadorHH
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Again, it is just fun. No one needs to know these words and no one needs to use them, but that does not mean you have to "hide" the story because you dont want to "scare" anyone.

Like Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! (I hope it does not scare anyone!)

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https://www.duolingo.com/jsiehler
jsiehler
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When I first took an actual, in-class Hungarian course for the first time (after studying on my own), one of the teachers showed how a simple world like (salt) could be built up by suffix after suffix to make something like sósabbíthatatlanság (the condition of being unable to be made any saltier). Everybody recognized that it was not a normal part of speaking the language but it was fun and intriguing and made a point about the structure and nature of the language, and a lot of us had fun building up similar constructs and seeing what was and wasn't possible by exploring. Seeing how people play with their language is part of getting comfortable with it and something like this feels to me like an invitation to come join the fun.

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