Saturday, January 10, 2009

Der Die Das

My German classes are starting next week. I will be taking Level 4 but unfortunately, I can still hardly string a proper sentence in German. Listening to native speakers is a challenge but...I am going to persevere.

I know, it might not be as cool as learning Japanese or Korean.
Yet, I am glad I am learning German as an extra language because :


1) when I see an object, I will quickly classified it as masculine, feminine or neutral. In German language, everything falls into those 3 categories.

So, a table is masculine, pig is neutral, a cup is feminine etc etc...

2) it makes me want to try & watch a German movie. I did watch 'Der Untergang' eventually.




It's a great movie about Hitler's downfall...but I gave up trying to make out what they are actually saying in German halfway through the movie. Reading the subtitles are so much easier.

3) when I order a burger at McDonald's, I knew that 'ich liebe es' written on the box means 'I'm lovin' it'




4) I found out that Deutschland is actually Germany, not Holland.

5) I discovered that some English words
, such as kindergarten are borrowed from German.

6) I can spell using fancy alphabets like ü, ä, ö and ß

7) I will not starve to death if stranded in Germany, but what I eat will be limited by my vocabulary, meaning - bread, sausages, potatoes & onion soup.

8) I can pronounce
Michael Ballack & Bastian Schweinsteiger's name correctly.




9) whenever I watch Project Runway (can't believe I actually admit it), I like hearing Heidi Klum bid farewell to the contestant using the German phrase 'auf Wiedersehen'

10) I can now curse in four different languages.



15 comments:

BernardC said...

uno dos tres quatro....
err...ok fine its not German
haha!!!

foongpc said...

Ich liebe dich! You know what this mean right? Haha! Just kidding! : )

I thought it's French word that classify into masculine, feminine and neutral? Anyway, can you tell me more things which are masculine, feminine or neutral?

I watch Project Runway too - it's actually quite entertaining!

Loke said...

wah lau! it's always a challenge to learn a new language! glad to know u r back!

renaye
http://renaye.nutang.com

panda said...

yea...i would have learnt german back in my "younger" days had i known i'd be working for german companies. i have worked for 2 german companies so far... :)

and i still have yet to pick up the language from the bosses...but i do know 1 bad word...1 reallly baaaadddddd word :p

kennhyn said...

still got missing thing if u need some German culture, that is the German Bier... world reknown...cheers!

Simon Ho said...

Scheiße and bumsen are the only two words i know in german. hahaha.

So now you can go visit Germany during the oktoberfest and start ordering in german. =P

BernardC said...

Thanks for commenting about the Gaza issues...Sorry I din have time to reply but I respect all your comments and critiques that have been poured. I will reply all your comments soon. Thank you once again. The author is enduring hectic week this week.

khengsiong said...

How do you say "I'm a Berliner"?

(US President JKF said this when he visited the city during Cold War.)

Kuan Yew said...

Ah they say the best way to learn a leanguage will be to start from the profanities!

I can't deny that's true! hehe

Johnny Ong said...

i think i can speak german better than me owing to me knowing how to pronounce those german football players and clubs hahaha

Gute Nacht!

Tekkaus said...

I learnt Japanese Language too back in my uni! I took until level 4 too...but obviously...I don't have what it takes to be a pro in it! =)

Lisalicious said...

cursing 4 different languages? you should put up a post to educate your readers along :D

Mervin said...

Kannst du in Deutsch sprechen? Was sagst du? toll? haesslich, oder doof?

QuaChee said...

germany is one of the world's top countries... so ur on right track :)

steffenfs said...

hey there;

good job with your german classes. Next time we see each other we will only be talking in german ;-)

Hope all is well and if you need any help or want to practice, please let me know.

all the best from munich!

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