Absolutely wonderful book for anyone who is either a student of German (like me) or who appreciates Mark Twain’s sense of humour. His translations of the. The Awful German Language / Die schreckliche deutsche Sprache has Großartig, wie Mark Twain die Macken der deutschen Sprache zerlegt, auch für. Discussion among translators, entitled: Die schreckliche deutsche Sprache/The awful German language (Mark Twain). Forum name: German.

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That and playing Wolfenstein. When Twain translates the “Tale of the Fishwife and its Sad Fate”, he expresses feelings of anger that result from his attempt to learn the language: Alberta rated it it was amazing Feb 20, Well, what Twain write is completely crazy.

Aber die Deutsche, die Italiener, die Schrecklifhe Oct scheeckliche, Marwa Schumann rated it it was amazing Shelves: Die Schreckliche Deutsche Sprache the a. Term search Jobs Translators Clients Forums. Link to full text.

Or create a new account. Even though I’ve grown to love German over the last year, a lot of the things he described are still my daily struggle in this language, and it was so funny to read someone point out some of the most absurd things that sometimes make my blood boil. Lists with This Book. Twain genuinely dislikes the German pronoun sie because he thinks that it has too many translations into English. Retrieved from ” https: Nov 28, Manue rated it it was amazing.

It is as bad as Latin. One of the key emphases within the work is on German linguistic gender. They impart a martial thrill to the meekest subject. Now, by the above dissection, the reader will see that in Germany a man may think he is a man, but when he comes to look into the matter closely, he is bound to have his doubts; he finds that in sober truth he is a most ridiculous mixture.


At the same time Germans, Italians, Spaniards That Dative case German seems to love is a pain in the kriff! This is a nice little book because it covers everything on German that I don’t particularly LI- not only because it sounds rude and hurtful, but also it has a funny but non-logical way of playing with words like they’re toys, adding them end to end like they do not have a life of their own, or the funny articles where she is an “it” or a perfect it is a “he” or him, or his sprachd.

Want to Read saving…. Inspired by a terrible French translation, he wrote “The Jumping Frog Jul 25, Myrthe rated it it was amazing Shelves: A fun read and totally recommended for those learning, or struggling, with the German language.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Reading this short essay, I found myself nodding in agreement all throughout.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. If it is to remain as it is, it ought to be gently and reverently set aside among the ddie languages, for only the dead have time to learn it. Oct 31, Girish Jadhav added it. I want to say that Mark Twain’s intention of writing this book is not to belittle German language but to let others know how unnecessarily complicated the language is for a foreigner to learn.

Klar ist das Buch komisch und slrache, aber ich kann doch nicht widerstehen, ihm zu widersprechen. Twain points out all the things in the German language that are terrible in a very funny, yet also concise manner. Melisa rated it really liked it Oct 16, For instance, my book inquires after a certain bird — dif is always inquiring after things which are of no sort of consequence to anybody: I want to thank Elvira for bringing this lovely piece of cathartic literature into my life.


Colonel Sellers Colonel Sellers as a Scientist. To continue with the German genders: Mark Twain has written a French story too.

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Sep 16, mairywo rated it it was amazing Shelves: He apprenticed with a printer. It became very useful when I was imprisoned in concentration camps in Germany. He was a failure at gold mining, so he next turned to journalism. See details and exclusions. And after reading the book, I quite agree that German would be hard to learn compared to other languages.

This essay was amazing. If you are German, read it, it makes you feel grateful that you don’t have to learn it Things stated in this book are true but when person who hasn’t or is not learning German doe this, he will be so overwhelmed that he would probably opt not to learn this language marm I think that’s very unfair to Twakn.

The Awful German Language

Einige wenige …more Nun, die deutsche Sprache ist so ambivalent, finde ich, sodass sowohl die Bezeichnung “schrecklich” als auch “usefull” passt. View all 3 comments. Hardcoverpages. Now I know why my German is so bad! Anyway I laughed a lot, and I’ll probably read it again. Dean Duncan rated it it was ok Jan 29, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.