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Date: 07/27/13 07:36 AM

34 Responses to How German Sounds Compared To Other Languages

  1. Profile photo of Squrlz4Sale
    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    July 27, 2013 at 7:37 am
    Link: How German Sounds Compared To Other Languages - It`s okay, Germans. We still love you.
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    Neoptolemos Male 30-39
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    July 27, 2013 at 8:15 am
    I`d like to butter the French girl`s baguette
  3. Profile photo of Draculya
    Draculya Male 40-49
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    July 27, 2013 at 8:18 am
    That`s why it lends itself so well to song:

    Mein teil
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    Fwoggie2 Male 30-39
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    July 27, 2013 at 8:51 am
    OMFG that is hilarious, I am so forwarding that to my German colleagues.
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    Pinkminx22 Female 30-39
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    July 27, 2013 at 9:01 am
    That made me laugh pretty good...
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    katluver Male 18-29
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    July 27, 2013 at 10:48 am
    Very nice... Made me laugh. Checking out part 2
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    freddyferret Male 40-49
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    July 27, 2013 at 11:46 am
    There are two more parts, both are worth your time if you liked this one.

    Part 2

    Part 3

    One of the words in part 3 is a definite WTF. It`s longer than all of the other words put together.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    July 27, 2013 at 11:59 am
    LOL
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    alpensepp Male 70 & Over
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    July 27, 2013 at 1:16 pm
    the reason for this? Never conquered by rome.
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    TuffGhost88 Male 18-29
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    July 27, 2013 at 1:51 pm
    Of course it`s going to sound angrier than the rest when the "German guy" is the only one shouting the words...Pretty sure that`s not how most German people would say them. This video boils down to: "lol omg german words sound different than those from other languages!"
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    broizfam Male 60-69
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    July 27, 2013 at 3:00 pm
    Is anyone else sick to death of the Rush Holt commercial? Maybe if they played it in German...
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    emmettyville Female 40-49
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    July 27, 2013 at 3:30 pm
    wtf germany? makes you think, hitler would sound a whole lot freindlier in french or something...
  13. Profile photo of Squrlz4Sale
    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
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    July 27, 2013 at 3:38 pm
    @ Emmettyville: Check your e-mail, you dinkus!
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    ferdyfred Male 40-49
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    July 27, 2013 at 4:23 pm
    Whole heaps of funny here
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    July 27, 2013 at 4:28 pm
    I keep imagining that the Italian gentleman is Piperfawn. =^.^=
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    Pandabee Female 40-49
    857 posts
    July 27, 2013 at 4:31 pm
    segne dich
  17. Profile photo of Jake_Justus
    Jake_Justus Male 50-59
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    July 27, 2013 at 4:50 pm
    Funny stuff.
  18. Profile photo of piperfawn
    piperfawn Male 30-39
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    July 27, 2013 at 5:50 pm
    i don`t know why but many videos posted don`t load for me. Have you changed something Fancy?
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    piperfawn Male 30-39
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    July 27, 2013 at 5:59 pm
    Ok saw it in Youtube. The italian guy in most of cases put the wrong emphasis on the words he says.
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    piperfawn Male 30-39
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    July 27, 2013 at 6:00 pm
    ...And lol was a funny video!
  21. Profile photo of Zismo
    Zismo Male 18-29
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    July 27, 2013 at 6:48 pm
    Part two and three are even funnier, look them up.
  22. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    July 27, 2013 at 7:00 pm
    Of course it`s going to sound angrier than the rest when the "German guy" is the only one shouting the words...Pretty sure that`s not how most German people would say them. This video boils down to: "lol omg german words sound different than those from other languages!"

    German spoken normally does sound a bit harsher to many people than some languages with different roots, particular European languages with strong roots in Latin. That`s the little bit of truth that`s greatly exaggerated for comic effect in this video. German also makes more use of compound words, which are often a bit less smooth.

    The same has often been said about English, which is partially rooted in Anglisc (aka Old English), which is closely related to German.
  23. Profile photo of Squrlz4Sale
    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
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    July 27, 2013 at 7:14 pm
    @ Angilion: Yes! Thank you. You explained that all perfectly: a dollop of truth exaggerated for comic effect.

    I happen to like German a lot and wish I could speak it. I`ve had three American friends who are fluent, and I`ve always envied them. (One is a dual citizen, another married a German, and the third is, frankly, a genius who picked up German quickly during his studies and perfected it with travel.)

    Anyone wanting to hear the German language sounding beautiful--and not at all like it`s made to sound in this comic video--need only listen to the first 30 seconds of this.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    July 27, 2013 at 7:33 pm
    Off on a tangent: blame opera :)

    Bloody awesome

    I generally prefer a lower pitch and rarely listen to sopranos, but Diana Damrau does a spectacular job of this particularly difficult aria (it was written specifically for one woman with an unusual voice and is damn near impossible to sing well).
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    July 27, 2013 at 7:44 pm
    @ Angilion: Not sure the Queen of the Night is going to help IAB`ers see the lighter side of German. =^.^= I kid. It`s a beautiful aria. I`ve heard it somewhere before, which is surprising because I almost never listen to opera. Perhaps I should start. I really enjoyed that. Thanks!
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    carmium Female 50-59
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    July 27, 2013 at 9:09 pm
    That was hysterical - mostly because my grandma`s first tongue was German, and I heard a lot of the language as a kid. There`s a lot of truth in this bit, too. As a mild oath, Grandma would say *Donnerstag und Freitag!* which, to our ears was a scary and incomprehensible donnashtuckenfry-tah! and not merely German for Thursday and Friday. I should think it ranks very highly in the voting for best swearing language.
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    July 27, 2013 at 10:49 pm
    @ Carmium: Great story. Thanks!

    @ Carmium and Angilion: You two are among the most interesting people on IAB. But you both have generic avatars. No good! Any chance I can convince you two to get real avatar pics?
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    July 28, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Hammerzeit!!!!


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    broizfam Male 60-69
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    July 28, 2013 at 9:37 am
    @Gerry,
    Gesundheit.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    July 28, 2013 at 9:55 am

    danka
  31. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    July 28, 2013 at 10:53 am
    Not sure the Queen of the Night is going to help IAB`ers see the lighter side of German. =^.^= I kid. It`s a beautiful aria.

    I was (jokingly) saying that opera is to blame for German having a reputation as a harsh language, hence my choice of an aria in which a monumentally angry woman is commanding her daughter to stab someone to death:

    Off on a tangent: blame opera :)
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    Angilion Male 40-49
    12387 posts
    July 28, 2013 at 10:58 am
    I should think it ranks very highly in the voting for best swearing language.

    I think it`s no coincidence that most swearing, particularly stronger swearing, in English goes straight back to Old English, i.e. a Germanic language.

    I`m wondering if there`s any swearing in English that isn`t either Germanic or religious in origin. Piss, maybe. I think that`s Latin via Norman French.
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    Essen Male 18-29
    114 posts
    July 28, 2013 at 2:26 pm
    Nice one!
  34. Profile photo of Squrlz4Sale
    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    July 28, 2013 at 2:59 pm
    An American woman, visiting Germany for the first time, sees a German man peeing in a trash bin in a park. "Gross!" she shouts. The man looks up at her, winks, and says, "Danke!"

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