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The Awful German Language

De : Mark Twain
Lu par : Cathy Dobson
Durée : 49 min

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Mark Twain's classic satire on the German language. A must listen for anybody learning German or living in a German-speaking country.

"The Germans have another kind of parenthesis, which they make by splitting a verb in two and putting half of it at the beginning of an exciting chapter and the other half at the end of it. Can anyone conceive of anything more confusing than that?

These things are called 'separable verbs'. The German grammar is blistered all over with separable verbs; and the wider the two portions of one of them are spread apart, the better the author of the crime is pleased with his performance."

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  • SandyJ
  • 24/05/2013

This is a terrific piece of writing!

Twain's viewpoint on the German language was written a long time ago. He has been one of my favorite writers since I was a child and this is one of his funnier pieces. It is only surpassed by his story about crossing the Platte River near Julesburg CO where I currently live.

He tells a story about a buffalo climbing a tree after a hunter that makes most people laugh out loud.

I advocate reading more Twain for the good of your digestive and respiratory system!

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  • The Rev. Craig
  • 19/12/2013

Die Storyestmosthilariouslyfunnying

Great Twain. Sarcastic, but oh so true. How many words can YOU stick together? Hint - the Germans will beat you every time.

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  • Fanaugen
  • 21/03/2015

Hilarious text, well read

Even though Twain's humourous assessment of the qualities and shortcomings of German are somewhat dated, they still largely apply to modern-day spoken and written German and how it must appear from an English native speaker's point of view. Highly enjoyable read, or rather listen. And pleasantly short at only about an hour.

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  • Judi
  • 13/06/2015

Amusing

Funny, although (logically) with some really old german words. Not that easy to understand for non-native speakers.

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  • Wolfgang Meyer
  • 22/05/2015

Mark Twain klingt in Oxford language nicht richtig

Haben Sie die Zeit genossen, in der Sie dieses Hörbuch gehört haben? Warum oder warum nicht?

Nicht besonders. Eine amerikanische Stimme würde besser zum Autor passen.

Welches andere Buch würden Sie mit The Awful German Language vergleichen? Warum?

Keines

Wie hätte das Hörbuch besser vorgetragen werden können?

Die Sprecherin ist gut, aber Mark Twain stammte aus dem amerikanischen Süden, nicht aus UK.

Könnten Sie sich The Awful German Language als Film oder TV-Serie vorstellen? Welche Stars sollten unbedingt mitspielen?

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Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Nur die englische Stimme