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The German language

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Connemara, May 1, 2007.

  1. Joel_Cairo

    Joel_Cairo Senior member

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    Interesting. My college instructor taught us to say it "v-leisht" where the ch is a soft sh. "Ich" was "Esh". High school was different; taught us that the ch was a k sound; "Ich" was "Eek". Rather odd.

    That V was pronounced as an F, right? If not, that was one stupendoulsy underqualified teacher.
     
  2. mrchapel

    mrchapel Senior member

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    That V was pronounced as an F, right? If not, that was one stupendoulsy underqualified teacher.

    Yes, the sound was in the form of an F, according to the rules of pronunciation for German. However, when she spoke quick snippets of German from time to time, it sounded like a V.
     
  3. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

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    my mom is from the southwest corner of germany, born about a mile from the Rhine, across which is Alsace. There they don't nay "nein", they say it "neeh". They also pronounce "vielleicht" as if it were "fill-eesht".

    Are you sure that's not the knights who say 'neeh!' [​IMG]
     
  4. lakewolf

    lakewolf Senior member

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    my mom is from the southwest corner of germany, born about a mile from the Rhine, across which is Alsace. There they don't nay "nein", they say it "neeh". They also pronounce "vielleicht" as if it were "fill-eesht".

    It is well know the Germans from that region make fun and jokes of the Greeks, because for the Greeks nee = Yes
     
  5. muelleran

    muelleran Senior member

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    Yeah "hochdeutsch". Its about as real as the "hollywood dialect" of the Golden Age, when movie stars always seemed vaguely british.


    No, no.
    Some of my fellow Germans do speak some dialect at home, that depends on what region of Germany they are from, but I for instance never did. Hochdeutsch is all I can speak. Also starting at school, dialects are rarely used officially, that also depending on where exactly in Germany you are.
     
  6. HollyGorightly

    HollyGorightly New Member

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    "Nee" is just slang for Nein really, you'd never use it in writing for example...

    Overall I think French is more useful in Europe...
     

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