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

Funny facts on German(language)

June 1, 2014

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

The one fact about german almost being the voted the official language of the US is a myth. The closest thing the historian found was a vote to publish federal laws in both English and German, but that didn't pass.

http://www.snopes.com/language/apocryph/german.asp

June 2, 2014

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

Too bad! I thought that one was cool >_<

June 2, 2014

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

"Das ist nicht dein Bier!" "Alles hat ein Ende, nur die Wurst hat zwei!" These are funny! Beer and sausages! ;P

June 2, 2014

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

You get a lingot because "Alles hat ein Ende, nur die Wurst hat zwei!" made me laugh out loud. It was a near instant understanding. Only took a moment but I am proud of how quickly I got it. :D Thank you!

June 4, 2014

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

There's also a song with the famous chorus:

Alles hat ein Ende, nur die Wurst hat zwei [Everything has an end, only sausage has two]

jawoll, mein Schatz, es ist vorbei [yes, my darling, it's over]

doch du musst nicht traurig sein [but you needn't be sad]

du bist ja nicht lang allein [you won't be alone for long]

denn alles hat ein Ende, nur die Wurst hat zwei [for everything has an end, only sausage has two]

mein Schatz, es ist vorbei! [my darling, it's over!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_9RSGGkfnI

June 4, 2014

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

...... Best. breakup. song. EVER? Oh my god.. this is fantastic.

June 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pos792001

I cannot get this song outta my head! lol I still love it.

June 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Samy1979

From the website:

"for some reason neuter, and so is "wife" (das Weib - a word commonly used for "female" or "woman" as well)."

Don't use the word "Weib". Its ancient, and nowadays it has a rather contemptuous meaning. For woman just say "Frau". Wife is "Ehefrau". Both is female. Die Frau, die Ehefrau. :-)

June 2, 2014

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

Well, it was not me, it was the website...

June 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Samy1979

Of course it was not you, but the website. I just wanna say to people who are learning German and reading that page.

June 2, 2014

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

Bravo, Bravo, Encore, Encore!! Have a lingot.

June 5, 2014

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

The reason probably is that German language originally had only masculine and neuter gender until Martin Luther's era (15/16th century). Also "girl" is neuter das Mädchen (but there is also the -chen suffix which makes all words neuter).

June 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sarefo
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[citation needed] :) Three genders go waay back in the Indo-European language family. German mostly has grammatical gender, not natural gender, that's where all the confusion comes from. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grammatical_gender

June 5, 2014

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

haha, "Ich versthe nur Bahnhof"! I am going to use this! Thanks for posting

June 2, 2014

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

Well, while "Gift" is spelled the same here as in english but means "poison" to us, the "Rat" isn't spelled like in english. Its spelled more like "Raat" where the a is spelled like in "far". The word "Weib" isn't used here. As someone already mentioned, its a ancient word. Also, words like "Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz" are funny, but not used in common german. In fact that law title caused laughter and confusion when it came up in the parliament in germany. We tend to combine nouns, bot mostly not more than two or three. But here's a nother funny phrase of a german: nearly every german knows the "Eierlegende Wollmilchsau" (egg-laying Wool-Milk-Pig) which describes a thing thats seems to be able to do just anything. Mostly used for some new kind of gadget that has a ton of features nobody really needs.

June 3, 2014

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

ZZZZzzzz...

June 5, 2014

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

Cute, thanks!

June 2, 2014

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

So it is good to accept rats from your German friends... Haha!

June 2, 2014

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

Mice are nice as well, since "Mäuse" is a colloquial expression for money.

June 2, 2014

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

Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz :o

June 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andrew-Lin

I like this proverb: "Alles hat ein Ende, nur die Wurst hat zwei!"

June 2, 2014

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

Thank you for posting the link; it was an interesting read. :) So now, if anyone ever tries to toss a "pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis" at me (Longest English word) I can raise them a Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz! Or, I can cop out and just say "Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof!" :3

June 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/infernape1027

Cool!

June 3, 2014

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

Accepting rats from your German friends.....now i'm real confused

June 3, 2014

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

This is cool!

June 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nashiey12

it was difficult when i started learning German but am starting to like it. lol

June 4, 2014

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

Oooh! Thanks for the interesting facts!

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