German Introduction

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German and English are very close to each other. Here are some major similarities:

  • Both languages use the Latin alphabet.
  • Normally, sentences follow Subject-Verb order.
  • Questions have Verb-Subject order or Adverb-Verb-Subject order.
  • Both languages have prepositions, conjunctions, adverbs, nouns, verbs, interjections, pronouns, and adjectives.
  • Both languages have genders; every noun is either masculine, feminine, or neuter. In German, the gender is often not immediately obivous, eg. das Mädchen (neuter), the girl.
  • The indirect object usually comes before the direct object.
  • There are contractions in both German and English.
  • Many words share the same roots, such as word and Wort, or house and Haus.
  • Many words, such as Baseball and Sandwich are the same in English and German.

As you can see, German is very much like English. There are, however, differences:

  • German has three different words for “you”, while English has only one.
  • German has more verb forms than English.
  • German has more letters than and different pronunciations from English (see Lesson 1).
  • German is the only known written language where every noun is capitalized, whether or not it is a proper noun.
  • Sometimes in German the verb will be the last word of a sentence.
  • Adjectives will have different endings based on the noun they are modifying in German.
  • German is more ‘guttural’. In German, you talk in the back of your mouth.
  • “I” (ich) is only capitalized if it is the first word of the sentence.
  • In German, there are four cases; in English, there are three.

However, German is one of the easiest languages for English speakers to learn. The differences will be tackled over the course of the lessons.

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