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How German Sounds Compared To Other Languages

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Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Sunday, July 28, 2013 2:59:52 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!"

Essen
Male, 18-29, Europe
 97 Posts
Sunday, July 28, 2013 2:26:30 PM
Nice one!

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11495 Posts
Sunday, July 28, 2013 10:58:20 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.

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11495 Posts
Sunday, July 28, 2013 10:53:26 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 :)

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33910 Posts
Sunday, July 28, 2013 9:55:34 AM

danka

broizfam
Male, 50-59, Eastern US
 3476 Posts
Sunday, July 28, 2013 9:37:55 AM
@Gerry,
Gesundheit.

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33910 Posts
Sunday, July 28, 2013 8:07:51 AM

Hammerzeit!!!!



Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Saturday, July 27, 2013 10:49:11 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?

carmium
Female, 50-59, Canada
 6406 Posts
Saturday, July 27, 2013 9:09:33 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.

Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Saturday, July 27, 2013 7:44:32 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!

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11495 Posts
Saturday, July 27, 2013 7:33:29 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).

Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Saturday, July 27, 2013 7:14:09 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.

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11495 Posts
Saturday, July 27, 2013 7:00:36 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.

Zismo
Male, 18-29, Canada
 769 Posts
Saturday, July 27, 2013 6:48:40 PM
Part two and three are even funnier, look them up.

piperfawn
Male, 30-39, Europe
 3887 Posts
Saturday, July 27, 2013 6:00:16 PM
...And lol was a funny video!

piperfawn
Male, 30-39, Europe
 3887 Posts
Saturday, July 27, 2013 5:59:44 PM
Ok saw it in Youtube. The italian guy in most of cases put the wrong emphasis on the words he says.

piperfawn
Male, 30-39, Europe
 3887 Posts
Saturday, July 27, 2013 5:50:51 PM
i don't know why but many videos posted don't load for me. Have you changed something Fancy?

Jake_Justus
Male, 50-59, Eastern US
 5154 Posts
Saturday, July 27, 2013 4:50:15 PM
Funny stuff.

Pandabee
Female, 40-49, Europe
 833 Posts
Saturday, July 27, 2013 4:31:41 PM
segne dich

Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Saturday, July 27, 2013 4:28:20 PM
I keep imagining that the Italian gentleman is Piperfawn. =^.^=

ferdyfred
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11175 Posts
Saturday, July 27, 2013 4:23:28 PM
Whole heaps of funny here

Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Saturday, July 27, 2013 3:38:48 PM
@ Emmettyville: Check your e-mail, you dinkus!

emmettyville
Female, 40-49, Australia
 4266 Posts
Saturday, July 27, 2013 3:30:29 PM
wtf germany? makes you think, hitler would sound a whole lot freindlier in french or something...

broizfam
Male, 50-59, Eastern US
 3476 Posts
Saturday, July 27, 2013 3:00:47 PM
Is anyone else sick to death of the Rush Holt commercial? Maybe if they played it in German...

TuffGhost88
Male, 18-29, Western US
 371 Posts
Saturday, July 27, 2013 1:51:01 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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