The Awful German Language

Add to shelf
Already read
27 printed pages
Read for free


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.
I heard a Californian student in Heidelberg say, in one of his calmest moods, that he would rather decline two drinks than one German adjective.
it had been accomplished under great
difficulty and annoyance, for three of our teachers had died in the mean
time. A person who has not studied German can form no idea of what a
perplexing language it is.
My philological studies have satisfied me that a gifted person ought to
learn English (barring spelling and pronouncing) in thirty hours, French in
thirty days, and German in thirty years.
In the first place, I would leave out the Dative case. It confuses the
plurals; and, besides, nobody ever knows when he is in the Dative case,
except he discover it by accident – and then he does not know when or where
it was that he got into it, or how long he has been in it, or how he is
going to get out of it again. The Dative case is but an ornamental folly --
it is better to discard it

On the bookshelvesAll


Немецкий язык



Related booksAll

Related booksAll

Mark Twain

What Is Man? and Other Essays

Mark Twain

Autobiography Of Mark Twain, Volume 1

James Harvey Robinson
An In­tro­duc­tion to the His­tory of West­ern Eu­rope

James Harvey Robinson

An Introduction to the History of Western Europe

Mark Twain

A Dog's Tale

Charles Dickens

Some Christmas Stories




Ivan Panin
Lec­tures on Russ­ian Lit­er­a­ture / Pushkin, Gogol, Tur­genef, Tol­stoy

Ivan Panin

Lectures on Russian Literature / Pushkin, Gogol, Turgenef, Tolstoy

Don’t give a book.
Give a library.
Drag & drop your files (not more than 5 at once)