https://www.duolingo.com/Pece

How German sounds compared to other languages (funny video)

I think the Duolingo community (and especially those learning one of the languages covered in this video) would quite like this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_xUIDRxdmc

Part 2 also got made recently:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YQAYEmwBvs

:)

July 24, 2013

28 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/dulcetly

everyone says it sounds harsh but I love it!!

July 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Zach1337

Obviously this is intended to be comedic, but looking at a lot of the YouTube comments makes me sad. A lot of people there actually think German sounds ugly and harsh.:(

July 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/sakasiru

Yes, because it's so hard to understand with all the costumes and exagerrated screaming that this is comedy...

July 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/yoseph-german

listen then

July 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/chilvence

Hmm, I am not trying to badmouth it, but compared to many other languages, ironically most other Germanic languages too, Hochdeutsch is relatively harsh sounding. I don't think that's a bad thing, but from trying to learn myself, I do find it very hard to picture the sound of a softly spoken German accent - when I do, it is always Swiss, Plattduutsch (sp?) even Pennsylvania Dutch accents that come to mind before the 'standard' accent...

It's a bit like, a posh English accent is always going to grate on some people's ears, while a Liverpudlian accent is going to grate on someone else's. I wouldn't take the criticism too seriously.

July 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Christine1999

I think that you can't deny that it sounds harsh, but harsh is not equal to ugly. Yes, it sounds harsh, but also unique. I like it also. GERMAN IS LANGUAGE LIKE ANY OTHER!!!!!!!! LOT OF LOVE FOR GERMAN ;).

July 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Tomk123

I have been told that the word for 'butterfly' in the main European languages is the only one that is completely different in all of them.

July 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Birdexplorers

Words for butterflies are truly amazing and diverse. Here is the butterfly page with the word for butterfly in most of the world's main languages. It is very interesting and the diversity is immense, but you can make out some basic roots. http://butterflywebsite.com/articles/saybut.htm

July 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Belboz99

Here's a much more entertaining (and in the follow up informal) play on that same idea: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2UHboNFQ38

The follow-up basically dispels the myth of German being "scary" put forward by the 1st. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VEoU_5HDGs

July 27, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/fiwipa

my mother tongue is Portuguese and my throat actually hurts after a while of speaking German!!! ahaha thanks for sharing!

July 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/chilvence

Because I am not a language purist, I am sort of compelled to say this: I've always thought English sounds more beautiful with a Latin accent. Maybe you should try the same with German :)

July 27, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/SophiaGucciardi

Haha, this made me laugh :)

July 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/sakasiru

German here who nearly fell off her chair laughing. That's brillant!

July 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Europe

it sounds funny

July 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/PollyGlott

Made my day :-) However, they should put a warning in the title: "Please don't eat or drink while watching!" fetching.a.rag

July 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/MediaMechanix

Very Funny!

July 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/kikki90

The guy who speaks italian has an awful pronounciation! He should learn it for real haha

August 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/OzrenIlic

:)

July 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/mc_nugg

Very funny!

July 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Firework

hahaha very difficult to learn

July 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Christine1999

Made my day hahahaha

July 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/peterxor

:-) Great

July 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Yaciira

Hahahahhaahahaha!!! Totally! That's whay I love French!! :D It is so pretty

July 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Delta13

Haha, really liked it! =)

July 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/dustinisbeast

I'm dying right now, I keep repeating the german form of sex lol

July 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/dhyatt

this is hilarious, even though it's greatly exagerrated

July 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/xLuna13

Lol!

July 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/LHCN

Very, very funny! Congratulations!

July 25, 2013
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