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Mark Twain

The Awful German Language

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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  • dariabutdariashared an impression3 years ago

    even centuries later, dear Mark Twain, we are still on the same page

  • b2382662916shared an impression3 years ago
    👍Worth reading

    Oh, dear Mark Twain, I understand you so much, thanks for the laughter and let’s wait when they get rid of those declinations

  • Maria Mamokhinashared an impression7 years ago

    Посмеялась от души. Тешу себя надеждой, что раз уж великий Марк Твен пыхтел и чертыхался над немецким языком, то и мне можно!


  • Alla Nabatovahas quoted8 years ago
    In the hospital yesterday, a word of thirteen syllables was
    successfully removed from a patient
  • rootarthas quoted7 years ago
    the German it is true that by some oversight of the inventor of the
    language, a Woman is a female; but a Wife (Weib) is not – which is
    unfortunate. A Wife, here, has no sex; she is neuter; so, according to the
    grammar, a fish is HE, his scales are SHE, but a fishwife is neither.
  • rootarthas quoted7 years ago
    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.

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