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The Language Diaries | German

I think it’s an unwritten rule that when you tell someone that you speak a language, they will always ask you to “say something!” Being the sarcastic so-and-so that I am, my answer is almost exclusively “etwas.” When they ask what I said, I tell them “something.” And soon the joy of “let me hear you speak this language” drops from their eyes. It’s a bit sad but hey, don’t just ask me to “say something,” come up with something for me to say!

German, also, seems to make people make angry hissing noises. What are you doing? Oh I’m speaking German, they’re always angry! Please, no.
It’s a pretty funny language overall as well, like people’s names regularly translate to bizarre things. For instance, the other day I was watching Wimbledon with Lou and it was Djokovic vs Kohlschreiber. Schreiber means writer and kohlstift is pencil, so I figured it kind of weirdly translated to pencil. Philipp Pencil. And then there’s the football player, Bastian Schweinsteiger, which kind of translates to pig farmer.
I moved back to the UK from Germany in 2004, and in my school the only teacher who taught GCSE German left in the middle of the course, so I had to take up Spanish. But it means I haven’t really been able to practice German since I left. I throw some random words in there every now and again when I’m talking to my family but I need to find a German speaking friend to practice with!

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10 thoughts on “The Language Diaries | German

  1. Haha, nice post! I'd also answer it like this, but I live in Switzerland as a German so people only ask me to say Swiss German words haha πŸ™‚

    Do you have a goal by practicing German or is it just for fun and to know the language? πŸ™‚
    I have to practice English haha πŸ™‚ for school, for life, for my job and my blog πŸ™‚

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  2. I must admit I am guilty of this. I am always asking my polish friend to say something in polish. I suppose it's because I like to learn phrases in other languages.

    I went to Germany when I was a teenager and must admit, they do sound really angry and it did scare me a bit lol!

    Laura x x x

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  3. Hahah – I never really got to grips with another language, my first secondary school taught German and French from year 7 the second taught only French in year 7 and German from year 8, which means I was behind in one and ahead in the other which left me confused and bored and in the end I just gave up which I now think is a shame.

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