How German Sounds Compared To Other Languages

Submitted by: Squrlz4Sale 3 years ago

It"s okay, Germans. We still love you.
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Male 6,227
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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Male 126
Nice one!
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Male 12,365
[quote]I should think it ranks very highly in the voting for best swearing language.[/quote]

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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Male 12,365
[quote]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.[/quote]

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:

[quote]Off on a tangent: blame opera :) [/quote]
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Male 37,910

danka
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Male 5,568
@Gerry,
Gesundheit.
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Male 37,910

Hammerzeit!!!!


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Male 6,227
@ 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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Female 6,381
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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Male 6,227
@ 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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Male 12,365
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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Male 6,227
@ 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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Male 12,365
[quote]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!" [/quote]

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.
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Male 1,056
Part two and three are even funnier, look them up.
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Male 5,019
...And lol was a funny video!
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Male 5,019
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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Male 5,019
i don`t know why but many videos posted don`t load for me. Have you changed something Fancy?
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Male 7,031
Funny stuff.
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Female 857
segne dich
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Male 6,227
I keep imagining that the Italian gentleman is Piperfawn. =^.^=
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Male 13,624
Whole heaps of funny here
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Male 6,227
@ Emmettyville: Check your e-mail, you dinkus!
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Female 4,349
wtf germany? makes you think, hitler would sound a whole lot freindlier in french or something...
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Male 5,568
Is anyone else sick to death of the Rush Holt commercial? Maybe if they played it in German...
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Male 371
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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Male 1,364
the reason for this? Never conquered by rome.
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Male 17,512
LOL
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Male 11,740
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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Male 321
Very nice... Made me laugh. Checking out part 2
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Female 1,145
That made me laugh pretty good...
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Male 1,803
OMFG that is hilarious, I am so forwarding that to my German colleagues.
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Male 14,775
That`s why it lends itself so well to song:

Mein teil
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Male 625
I`d like to butter the French girl`s baguette
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Male 6,227
Link: How German Sounds Compared To Other Languages [Rate Link] - It`s okay, Germans. We still love you.
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