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The Awful German Language

Mark Twain

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If you’ve ever studied German (and maybe even if you haven’t), you’re likely to find this short essay to be hilarious. This comedic gem outlines the pitfalls one will encounter when trying to wrap one’s mind around the torturous German cases, adjective endings, noun genders, and verb placement.

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One of the funniest essays ever written.

Πτώσεις, εγκλίσεις, χωριζόμενα ρήματα, καταλήξεις επιθέτων, λέξεις σιδηρόδρομοι, σύνταξη κι όλα τα χαριτωμένα χαρακτηριστικά που πονοκεφαλιάζουν αυτούς που έχουν μελετήσει ή μαθαίνουν ακόμα γερμανικά, συνοψίζονται με γενναίες δόσεις καυστικού χιούμορ από το Mark Twain. Φαντάζομαι τα πολλαπλά εγκεφαλ

To continue with the German genders: a tree is male, its buds are female, its leaves are neuter; horses are sexless, dogs are male, cats are female, —Tom-cats included, of course; a person’s mouth, neck, bosom, elbows, fingers, nails, feet, and body are of the male sex, and his head is male or neu

Now I know why my German is so bad! Thanks to Mark Twain I now see it is not my fault! Seriously - a long lost gem of humor that I was glad to find. But seriously, one of the biggest regrets of my life is that I did not learn German; should have taken classes in college after I got out of the Army.

I love my mother tounge. This essay dwells on all those little absurdities that make it so loveable. If you learn German, read it, you will find a soulmate in your difficulties. If you are German, read it, it makes you feel grateful that you don't have to learn it... ;-)

Though the book is really funny and entertaining it is hard not to contradict. Twain’s complaint against the inventor of the German language shows that he never had to learn his own language like I did.

Klar ist das Buch komisch und unterhaltsam,, aber ich kann doch nicht widerstehen, ihm zu widersp

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