The Awful German Language Die Schreckliche Deutsche Sprache Manuscriptum [Mark Twain] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Die Schreckliche Deutsche Sprache [Mark Twain] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. “The Awful German Language” is an essay by Mark Twain published as Appendix D in A On October 31, , Twain delivered a lecture titled “Die Schrecken der deutschen Sprache” (“The Horrors of the German Language” in English).

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Das ist zu kurz. The problem with the linguistic gender is that it appears to make sense in theory, but it operates in an illogical manner. Deutscje edition I’ve read was bilingual and I took the chance to savor some German with a useful facing-page translation.

Many other languages contain some or all of the idiosyncrasies that Twain pokes fun at, including French, Russian, and Latin.

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Everyone who’s ever tried to learn German or even succeeded in it should read this, you’ll have a good laugh. A fun read and totally recommended for those learning, or struggling, with the German language. With the help of Henry Huttleston Rogers, however, he eventually overcame his financial troubles. LOL Jul 16, “When a German dives into a sentence, that is the last you are going to see of him till he emerges on the other side of the Atlantic with the verb in his mouth.

Aber Twain ist auch fair und verteilt Lob. To co Loved it!

Why exactly is German considered “Schrecklich? His wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty. My philological studies have satisfied me that a gifted person ought to learn English barring spelling and pronunciation in thirty hours, French in thirty days, and German in thirty years. Though he made a great deal of money from his writings and lectures, he schrecklich it on various ventures, in particular the Paige Compositor, and was forced to declare bankruptcy.


Thanks to Mark Twain I now see it is not my fault! In German, a young lady has no sex, while a turnip has.

Though the book is really funny and entertaining it is hard not to contradict. But most European languages have grammatical genders and, as so often in linguistic matters you should not look for logic. Trivia About The Awful Schreckpiche I didn’t know that Mark Twain tried to learn German.

As an English native who’s lived in Germany and even Heidelberg! From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

In German they always seem easier than in other languages. German is not special in this manner, but, as the linguist Guy Deutscher observes, it was simply the language that Twain was learning at the time of the work.

To settle things once and for all, you’ll find an English Review below the Sprche one. There will not be a book better than this to describe the German Languageconcise yet very clean and to the point and in a funny way.

Published December by Nikol Verlag first published Now I know why my German is so bad! Mark Twain has written a French story too.

He was lauded as the “greatest American humorist of his age”, and Twaim Faulkner called Twain “the father of American literature”. Clemens father Orion Clemens brother. Jul 16, I had never seen this before.


The Awful German Language / Die schreckliche deutsche Sprache by Mark Twain

Or at least that’s my take on it. Im Deutschen mauss man nicht zu jedem Adjektiv noch ein Adverb dazulernen. It seems manifest, then, that the latter tongue ought to be trimmed down and repaired.

I really have no idea how the language evolved to be like this, but Twain showed us how unique and hilarious it could get. Open Preview See a Problem? I don’t know why. Wprache was a failure at gold eie, so he next turned to journalism. Refresh and try again.

To see what your friends mwrk of this book, please sign up. Think what overwrought reverence that shows for the turnip, and what callous disrespect for the girl. One is washed about in it, hither and thither, in the most helpless way; and when at last he thinks he has captured a rule which offers firm ground to take a rest on amid the dif rage and turmoil of the ten parts of speech, he turns over the page and reads, “Let the pupil make careful note of the following exceptions.

Review native language verification applications submitted by your peers. Jun 13, I loved it from beginning to end!

The Awful German Language

Well, what Twain write is completely crazy. Every language has rules and every language has tons of exception.

Languages are living entities that keep developing.