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Old 04-16-2007, 09:53 PM   #1
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Of how much importance do you believe is speaking German as a 2nd language to people from English-speaking countries?
I've noticed most decide to take Spanish, followed by French. Basically I wanna know if people who are able to teach German would be needed. In general most of them can't be asked to learn another language at all but I'm speaking of that minority that might have some desire.
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Old 04-16-2007, 10:03 PM   #2
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I had english, french and spanish. Never wanted to have German. Don't tell me why.
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Old 04-16-2007, 10:07 PM   #3
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I had english, french and spanish. Never wanted to have German. Don't tell me why.
German isn't as hard as people say it would be. The grammar is just very detailed which is hard to explain without an illustrative example. I didn't grow up with it myself but I see the difference between English and German and I feel like the English grammar isn't complete.
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I had English, French, German and later Spanish.

Can't speak a word of German right now, to be honest. It's a rather complicated language imo. Not that I can use it as an excuse, because everyone seems to think Portuguese ( my mother language ) is also very complicated.
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Default Re: German as a 2nd language?

I think German must be top 5 foreign languages learned in the US, that is just and opinion, but It seems to be up there after french, with portuguese and italian...
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I know german isn't hard. I have some friends that studied in the german college and they told me it isn't difficult. One of my aunts in actually a german teacher.

I want to start a new language this summer. It will be either dutch or italian.
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German isn't as hard as people say it would be. The grammar is just very detailed which is hard to explain without an illustrative example. I didn't grow up with it myself but I see the difference between English and German and I feel like the English grammar isn't complete.
Yes, the grammar.
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I had English, French, German and later Spanish.

Can't speak a word of German right now, to be honest. It's a rather complicated language imo. Not that I can use it as an excuse, because everyone seems to think Portuguese ( my mother language ) is also very complicated.
What age did you start with German? Do you still speak all of the others? Did you learn them at the same time?
I just wonder how much of each is still remembered when somebody studied 4 languages
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I know german isn't hard. I have some friends that studied in the german college and they told me it isn't difficult. One of my aunts in actually a german teacher.

I want to start a new language this summer. It will be either dutch or italian.
Why Dutch? Pick German, it's similar!
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I like the German grammar but I have zero vocabulary
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Why Dutch? Pick German, it's similar!
I have family in Holland!
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I have family in Holland!
I'll let you get away with that.
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I like the German grammar but I have zero vocabulary

It's the exact opposite for most of the people I meet who ever tried learning it! They believe the words are difficult to remember as they appear to be long and weird because of Umlauten, so they take their time to learn the vocabulary more than the grammar.
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To me, the hardest were the prepositions.
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As a classical musician I find German very valuable, and I know there are other fields (business, medicine, the sciences, for example) where it is useful.

When traveling/studying in Germany and Austria, it sometimes seemed to me that people there are too well educated. So many people spoke English better than I spoke German.
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