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Discussion in 'Real Life Discussion' started by Ched, May 31, 2013.

  1. ScottPress

    ScottPress The Horny Sovereign ~ Prestige ~

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    There is a humongous chasm of a difference between picking up some phrases from a conversation and being fluent enough to, say, write a fanfic in a language that's not your first. Hell, I still remember a few bits and pieces and I bet if I semi-regularly listened to German being spoken, I could pick up more of it, but I'm not talking "good enough to order a beer when I'm abroad". If I'm gonna pick up a second foreign language, I want to aim towards at least semi-fluency. What you described would be true of pretty much any language.

    Ich bin Martin.

    Ein mineral wasser, bitte.

    I'm pretty sure there are mistakes in there, but I'm also sure a German speaker knows what I wanted to convey, and I just pulled this from memory after not touching German in years, except some bits I may have heard in a movie or something.
     
  2. cucio

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    It depends on whether you want to speak it half-decently or just pidgin your way thru. German declensions and articles *are* a bitch. So are verb conjugation and gender of inanimate objects in Latin languages. But in most everyday situations context usually provides enough redundancy to make yourself understood, even if you crucio proper grammar to insanity levels.
     
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    Also, separable verbs. What the fuck.
     
  4. cucio

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    Well, those at least resemble phrasals in English, so there is something to latch on (onlatching anyone? ;-) ) for English speakers. Incidentally, English phrasals and prepositions in general are one of us non-natives' headaches.
     
  5. ScottPress

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    I think "get" is the most cutomizable word I have ever encountered.
     
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    As far as I know, though, we don't move the parts as far away as possible from each other in a dastardly quest to deceive you.
     
  7. Agayek

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    Nah. By far, the single word in English that has the most flexibility in its definition and context is "fuck". You can pick pretty much any sentence and replace one, sometimes several, of its words with 'fuck', possibly with a suffix, or even just insert it in random places, and have a fully-functional sentence with no loss of understanding.
     
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    The most versatile word is clearly buffalo

    Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.
     
  9. ScottPress

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    @Agayek

    I said "get" was highly cutomizable in the context of the post I quoted, which mentioned phrasal verbs, which most often consist of verb+preposition.
     
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    German is more complicated than French, but French has a lot more irregularities that arguably make it more difficult.
     
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    Get fucked.
     
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