All things German (moved posts)

Discussion in 'German iPad Forum' started by KevinJS, May 11, 2013.

  1. KevinJS

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    Thanks for the correction, Johanna. I could never get my head around those case structures. Very difficult. So it's dative, not genitive?
     
  2. J. A.

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    It's dative, not accusative. It's difficult, I know. In my dialect, I could show you something to differentiate them.
    Even native speakers struggle with mir and mich.
     
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  3. KevinJS

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    OK. "Mein/meine" is genitive. No wonder I failed miserably at German when I was at school. It's a surprise I can speak English!!!

    But perhaps we should have a thread in the German forum for such things?
     
  4. J. A.

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    I corrected my comment when you posted. It's no shame failing in German, when even native speakers can't decide whether to take mir or mich. :)

    Do you want me to teach German in iPF?
     
  5. KevinJS

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    You teach every day. You shouldn't do the same in your leisure time. But we could have a thread in the German section for those who are non-native speakers who would like to practice.
     
  6. zstairlessone

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    From my couch, in the living room.

    Now with that out of the way, is German a language that can be learned with out listening to it? I would love to learn to read in it, but if it isn't technical a lot of times once I read something it takes on sound in my head as it settles into place.
     
  7. KevinJS

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    German is very phonetic. The rules of speech are dictated by the spelling, so it's possible to read a strange word, and know exactly how it is to be pronounced, which is clearly impossible in English. For instance -ie- is always pronounced "ee", while -ei- is always pronounced "I", so the word "Weil" is pronounced the same as the English word "vile".
     
  8. KevinJS

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    Ich habe ein Antwort gegeben.
     
  9. J. A.

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    Deswegen habe ich meine Antwort gelöscht. Danke!
     
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    I may have mentioned this before, but...

    Our niece and her husband are in Saarbrucken learning German. Our niece is going well, but hubby is struggling. The grammar and word construction are challenging for them.

    Sent from my iPad using iPF
     

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