The Awful German Language, Mark Twain
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The Awful German Language

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An 1880 essay by Mark Twain published as Appendix D in A Tramp Abroad. The essay is a humorous exploration of the frustrations a native speaker of English has with learning German as a second language.
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Посмеялась от души. Тешу себя надеждой, что раз уж великий Марк Твен пыхтел и чертыхался над немецким языком, то и мне можно!

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In the hospital yesterday, a word of thirteen syllables was
successfully removed from a patient
For instance, the same sound, SIE, means YOU,
and it means SHE, and it means HER, and it means IT, and it means THEY, and
it means THEM.
You fall into error occasionally, because you mistake the name of a person for the name of a thing, and waste a good deal of time trying to dig a meaning out of it. German names almost always do mean something, and this helps to deceive the student. I translated a passage one day, which said that "the infuriated tigress broke loose and utterly ate up the unfortunate fir forest" (Tannenwald). When I was girding up my loins to doubt this, I found out that Tannenwald in this instance was a man's name.
Немецкий, Tatyana Deribas
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Немецкий язык, Zelenin Yury
English, Denezhka
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