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    (Original post by Ronove)
    That's honestly just something that will come with time and exposure. It's something called a modal particle, if you want to look that up - you mind find some enlightening info. I only started feeling really comfortable with them (and then only a couple of them) a fair way into uni. Reading German novels and watching German TV/film is the best way to absorb the rules for their usage, in my experience.


    She's just a little shaky on word order, it'll get better with time and exposure.

    It should probably have been 'ich weiss aber nicht, wenn ich es benützen soll', too.
    Ja. I'm half-way through my first novel written for adults, and I can feel the (very, very, very, very) slight improvement already!
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    (Original post by Ronove)
    Unless you're planning on spending any considerable time in Denmark, honestly, no, not really. Unless you're especially interested in the Scandinavian languages and want to learn some of each. I was about to suggest that Swedish would be a better idea because of population size, but they're still only at 9 million. So... if either interests you, sure, go for it. You won't get a huge amount of use out of them unless you plan on moving here or to Sweden though.
    Swedish sounds more appealing... Although I don't think I'll be giving them a shot though if I can't use them much!

    Thanks for the info
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    (Original post by Octopus_Garden)
    Ja. I'm half-way through my first novel written for adults, and I can feel the (very, very, very, very) slight improvement already!
    I remember the feeling of reading novels for the first time in my languages. Unadulterated pain. It gets easier very quickly though. I feel like I improve fastest when I'm picking stuff up from reading.
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    Because it was obvious! Staat and statt don't sound the same, though.

    (And it's die Vereinigten Staaten by the way, unless that bracket was a continuation of a clause meaning 'and state (of the United States)' )
    Just because those states have been "made into one" or "united" does not give me an excuse to refer to them as singular..

    PLURALS = IMMER DIE!

    #basicrules #embarrassing
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    (Original post by Ronove)
    I remember the feeling of reading novels for the first time in my languages. Unadulterated pain. It gets easier very quickly though. I feel like I improve fastest when I'm picking stuff up from reading.
    Ah, well, I'm kind of cheating, so it isn't actually painful yet. I'm reading one of my favourite English books translated into German!
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    (Original post by Octopus_Garden)
    Ah, well, I'm kind of cheating, so it isn't actually painful yet. I'm reading one of my favourite English books translated into German!
    I'm guessing this book is not about the GDR or any of the other cultural stuff that will come up in that A2 exam you have in 2 weeks
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    (Original post by Octopus_Garden)
    Ah, well, I'm kind of cheating, so it isn't actually painful yet. I'm reading one of my favourite English books translated into German!
    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooo!

    I had Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen but never read it after realising how lame it would be to read it in German. Lame in the sense of feeling rubbish, not in the sense of being uncool.

    I make a point not to read anything that is translated out of a language I am capable of reading. I want to stick to authentic language as much as possible, and there's always a risk of it being marked by the original language if it's translated (though ideally it shouldn't be). I've read a few books translated from languages I didn't speak into German/Danish/Spanish though, which I'll make an exception for, since otherwise I wouldn't get to read them at all. I recently 'accidentally' read A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini in Danish though - I presumed it was translated into English, but I've since gained the impression that he wrote it in English to start with.

    You just reminded me of what I think was the first novel I read in German - Das zweite Land by Asta Scheib. I need to go dig that out at home sometime soon, I'd love for it to be my first German novel in a while, and I read it all the way back in 2006 or something!
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    (Original post by thatitootoo)
    I'm guessing this book is not about the GDR or any of the other cultural stuff that will come up in that A2 exam you have in 2 weeks
    Du hast recht. It's Jurassic Park
    (Original post by Ronove)
    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooo!

    I had Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen but never read it after realising how lame it would be to read it in German. Lame in the sense of feeling rubbish, not in the sense of being uncool.

    I make a point not to read anything that is translated out of a language I am capable of reading. I want to stick to authentic language as much as possible, and there's always a risk of it being marked by the original language if it's translated (though ideally it shouldn't be). I've read a few books translated from languages I didn't speak into German/Danish/Spanish though, which I'll make an exception for, since otherwise I wouldn't get to read them at all. I recently 'accidentally' read A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini in Danish though - I presumed it was translated into English, but I've since gained the impression that he wrote it in English to start with.

    You just reminded me of what I think was the first novel I read in German - Das zweite Land by Asta Scheib. I need to go dig that out at home sometime soon, I'd love for it to be my first German novel in a while, and I read it all the way back in 2006 or something!
    I have considered the concept of sticking to authentic original texts, but it turns out that under that rule, I don't read anything non-English that's also longer than a magazine article.

    So I decided to pick Jurassic Park. I thought it would be appropriate if it was one of my first German books, because it was one of the first two proper books I read when I was little and moving on from Enid Blyton books about Noddy. To tell the truth, the German language rather suits the plot!

    I have learnt so much new vocabulary, rather like the first time I ever read it in English. Admittedly, it's still vocabulary about dinosaurs, simple fractal mathematics, dinosaurs, corpses, dinosaurs, chaos theory, and the bad breath of dinosaurs, but hey... Can't have everything.
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    (Original post by Octopus_Garden)
    Du hast recht. It's Jurassic Park I have considered the concept of sticking to authentic original texts, but it turns out that under that rule, I don't read anything non-English that's also longer than a magazine article.

    So I decided to pick Jurassic Park. I thought it would be appropriate if it was one of my first German books, because it was one of the first two proper books I read when I was little and moving on from Enid Blyton books about Noddy. To tell the truth, the German language rather suits the plot!

    I have learnt so much new vocabulary, rather like the first time I ever read it in English. Admittedly, it's still vocabulary about dinosaurs, simple fractal mathematics, dinosaurs, corpses, dinosaurs, chaos theory, and the bad breath of dinosaurs, but hey... Can't have everything.
    That seems like useful vocab to me :pierre:

    Can anyone recommend some German literature for me to read? I was given in Year 9 Ich fühl mich so 50-50 but never read it after I read a lot of people saying it was **** :mmm:
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    (Original post by MangoFreak)
    That seems like useful vocab to me :pierre:

    Can anyone recommend some German literature for me to read? I was given in Year 9 Ich fühl mich so 50-50 but never read it after I read a lot of people saying it was **** :mmm:
    Das zweite Land - Asta Scheib
    Die Häupter meiner Lieben - Ingrid Noll
    Der Richter und sein Henker - Friedrich Dürrenmatt <--- really short (the book, not the author)
    Die Liebhaberinnen - Elfriede Jelinek <--- tricky but amazing (book and author)

    Other stuff is mainly things I've read for my course (as is Die Liebhaberinnen) but I'll try to recall some more awesome novels.

    Edit: Just remembered that the odd writing method Jelinek uses in Die Liebhaberinnen extends beyond exclusive use of lowercase, and includes frequent mutations of words (not to mention the Austrian dialect). I'd save it for when you're pretty damn good.
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    (Original post by Ronove)
    Das zweite Land - Asta Scheib
    Die Häupter meiner Lieben - Ingrid Noll
    Der Richter und sein Henker - Friedrich Dürrenmatt <--- really short (the book, not the author)
    Die Liebhaberinnen - Elfriede Jelinek <--- tricky but amazing (book and author)

    Other stuff is mainly things I've read for my course (as is Die Liebhaberinnen) but I'll try to recall some more awesome novels.

    Edit: Just remembered that the odd writing method Jelinek uses in Die Liebhaberinnen extends beyond exclusive use of lowercase, and includes frequent mutations of words (not to mention the Austrian dialect). I'd save it for when you're pretty damn good.
    Don't read Die Liebhaberinnen, got it :lol: Thanks
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    Ich habe am zweiten Oktober Geburtstag. Hat jemand anders hier auch das selbte??
    Ich sehe dich an...OCTOPUS!! ;D
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    *mein Geburtstag
    *auch dasselbe
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    (Original post by thatitootoo)
    *mein Geburtstag
    *auch dasselbe
    *sonst jemand

    Edit: Forgot to read your corrections! *no mein! *-'dasselbe' ("Hat sonst jemand hier auch?" - though I might put the 'hier' after 'auch', not sure)
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    (Original post by Ronove)
    *sonst jemand

    Edit: Forgot to read your corrections! *no mein! *-'dasselbe' ("Hat sonst jemand hier auch?" - though I might put the 'hier' after 'auch', not sure)
    Ohh yh! I've seen that lil word before lol in "Brauchen Sie noch sonst etwas?"
    Ooh so no need for 'mein' I can't help but feel like the sentence is incomplete...aber wahrscheinlich muss ich mich nur daran
    gewoehnen...lol

    Wie findest du..."Mein Geburtstag idt am zweiten Oktober" ?

    Yes! I was thinking of putting 'hier' at the end after I re-read that post actually! It's definitely more uhmm fluent/coherent that way lol

    Btw which one lf these is correct:

    A) Ich lese gerade ein Buch, dass ich sehr interessant finde.

    B) Ich lese gerade ein Buch, das ich sehr interessant finde.

    Oder...kein von beide? :-C (wahrscheinlich) lol
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    Not sure if 'gewoehnen' is 'mir' or 'mich'
    What do you think....Poisson Distribution??!
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    (Original post by thatitootoo)
    Not sure if 'gewoehnen' is 'mir' or 'mich'
    What do you think....Poisson Distribution??!
    Why my name?:mmm:

    I can't wait to learn German... You guys:emo:
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    Shows I've been around for a long time...:rolleyes:
    (Ich bin hier seit langer Zeit!) Du musst sehr schnell Deutsch lernen, bevor ich abstudiere! :lol:
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    (Original post by thatitootoo)
    Shows I've been around for a long time...:rolleyes:
    (Ich bin hier seit langer Zeit!) Du musst sehr schnell Deutsch lernen, bevor ich abstudiere! :lol:
    I have to learn German before what?
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    (Original post by thatitootoo)
    Ich habe am zweiten Oktober Geburtstag. Hat jemand anders hier auch das selbte?? 
    Ich sehe dich an...OCTOPUS!! ;D
    Vielleicht Ja!

    Wie ist es euch gegangen?

    Heute hat meine Familie mehr Geld gespendet als wir vorhaben hatte! In einem Laden stand einen Tisch für eine Wohlführtseinrichtung (vielleicht das richtiges Wort nicht). Das Gesicht war jedem Kind gemalt worden. Keiner (von drei Erwachsenen) hat über Geld diskutiert. Also hat jeder gespendet!
 
 
 
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