Oh my god, glad to know I wasn't only one who thought of this. I think I saw the same propaganda poster, either in my high school textbook or in a book about Nazi Germany or WWII. Even crazier in my case since I was in high school 20 years ago, and it still stuck with me.
It should be right, "you" is the direct object. But there are some beloved verbs such as folgen which take the dative case, see here: http://german.about.com/library/verbs/blverb_dativ.htm
I find this one not that creepy because it might be said by a Tour Guide/Chaperone at a Corp. Building in a situation where we follow him/her. which he/she might thought that the Visitors don't follow him/her and say "Folgen Sie mir?"... and the visitors say "Ja, wir folgen dir"
Could this also be translated colloquially as "we'll follow you"? I know it's technically not in future tense, but it just feels like it could be one where future tense could be implied rather than explicitly stated. I know that's not exactly a strong argument for it... :)
i think (although im not native but learning german) it can be explained in the following way: 1- Euch is accusative for plurals مفعول به للجمع. For example Ich vermisse euch alle (I miss you all) 2- Dich is accusative for singular مفعول به للفرد. For example Ich mag dich (I like you) as for Dir im still confused about it as this does not reflect on Arabic or English so I am still learning how to use them properly
I don't understand why follow is an intransitive verb. When you follow, don't you have to follow something or someone (mandatorily)? Because when you ask "what/who were you following?" you get the Direct Object, right? Imagine you asking for the Inderect Object: "To what/to whom were you following? To me". It seems strange. On the other hand, one way of identifying the Indirect Object is asking who got the direct object. I imagine one saying "I got to be followed by someone". In that case, follow seems like an intransitive verb, yet I am confussed.
If someone could clarify me, I'd be glad :D
It could mean "We pressed the 'Follow' button on a social media site such as Facebook or Instagram" or "(You are a tour guide and) we are walking behind you".
Mostly the non-creepy way; creepy might be more jemanden verfolgen than jemandem folgen, but simply following along behind someone can be annoying even if it's not creepy (e.g. "my little brother keeps following me when I go out with my friends").
Why is 'Wir folgen dich' wrong? How do we determine what's dative and what's accusative and what difference does it make? Like what exactly is the difference bw saying wir folgen dich and wir folgen dir? Or ich gebe dir or ich gebe dich? I assume that ich gebe dich will mean something like I give you to ....something.... Can someone please clarify?
Why is 'Wir folgen dich' wrong?
Because there are a dozen or two verbs that take an object in the dative case, not the accusative case, and folgen is one of them. So you need Wir folgen dir with dative dir, not accusative dich. Just something to learn and memorise.
How do we determine what's dative and what's accusative
Learn a list of verbs that take a dative object, starting with helfen danken folgen gefallen gehören antworten.
Assume that any other verb that takes an object will take an accusative object.
As your vocabulary grows, you may come across some other verbs with a dative object (e.g. gehorchen, dienen); add those to your list as you come across them.
Like what exactly is the difference bw saying wir folgen dich and wir folgen dir?
The first one is wrong; the second one is correct.
Saying wir folgen dich is a bit like saying "I see to Pablo" just because it's Veo a Pablo in Spanish. People might understand you, but "I see to Pablo" is simply wrong.
Or ich gebe dir or ich gebe dich?
Ich gebe dir (etwas) is "I give you (something)" or "I give (something) to you" -- "you" are the recipient.
Ich gebe dich (jemandem) is "I give you (to someone)" -- "you" are the gift, the thing that is being given.
The case indicates the role of that word in the sentence.
geben is a verb which can take a dative and an accusative object.
Another one is zeigen (to show) -- you have the thing which is shown and the person who sees the showing.
Or sagen (to say, to tell) -- you have the thing which is said and the person who hears that.