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I majored in German in college. Check out something called the High German Sound Shift. What it basically means is that some sounds from the original Germanic languages CHANGED in the transition to modern German. Also, there were some "sound shifts" in English.

For instance, the th sound that still exists in English changed to t/d in German. The d changed to t. English DeaTH = German ToD (rhymes with "goat" because final consonants in German are "voiceless"). OLD Germanic K often changed to CH in English: English CHurCH = German Kirche

Germanic ch (sounds like clearing your throat) became English gh: German laCHen = English lauGH. English niGHt = German NaCHt. English liGHt = German LiCHt. German feCHten = English fiGHt.

Once you know the correspondences you can easily "transform" an English word to German and vice versa--it makes learning vocabulary or guessing words MUCH easier.

Note that VOWELS *routinely* change in ALL languages. So there is no easy "replace THIS English vowel with THIS German vowel." Once you've done the CONSONANT "swap", you just have to try substituting vowels until you hit the right one: "Hmm ... English "light". Substitute ch for gh. German LiCHt. English "night". Substitute ... NiCHt. Nope, "nicht" means "nothing" in German. How about NOcht? Nope ... NEcht? Nope ... NUcht? Nope ... NAcht? -- Yup, English Night = German NAcht."
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Actually, "nicht" means "not". NichtS means "nothing".

Sadly, NO undergraduate college materials mention the High German Sound Shift. So even in college you go through 4 years of memorizing words that SEEM unrelated and only in graduate school at SOME point you find out about the correlation that would make learning vocabulary SO much easier.
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Thanks for the helpful tip.That made my understanding a bit better.I know how to pronounce certain sounds when certain words are to get her and I'm not half bad at pronouncing words.
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Lived 7 years in Deutscherville, later did some interpreter work. The sound shift should be taught, and thanks for pointing it out. After a learning German, it can seem intuitive.
I made some Swedes a bit unhappy one drunk evening in Seoul by telling them their Swedish "ist nur ein Dialekt von Deutsch"....
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I didn't know that you did that and I was actually pretty impressed by the fact that I was able to translate the sentence(not in the meme) as "It's not a dialect of German"
For the meme I have a couple words down possibly as Swedish,or,and dialect.
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"nur" means "only". He was saying Swedish is only a dialect of German. Actually not true, just like it's not true that Yiddish is just a German dialect. The Scandanavian languages are a sub-branch of the Germanic languages. They're too different from German (and Dutch, and English) to be just a dialect.
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That's really neat, thanks for sharing that! :)
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:D
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I'd love to learn either one :D I can speak a little German but not much, and a handful of words in French.
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I can try I am in French 2 and German 1
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Neat :) how about some basic vocabulary and pronunciation in French? :)
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Okay so the question words are very easy.
"Qui?" is pronounced as "key" and means "who?"
"Quoi?" is pronounced as "kwah"'and means "what?"
"Quand?" is pronounced as "cawnd" and means "when?"
"Pourquoi?" is pronounced as "pourkwah" and means "why?"
"Où?" is pronounced as "oo" and means "where?"
There are sentences to remember all but "Pourqoui" and they are cheesy so bear with me.
Qui-"Qui qui who has the key?"
Quoi-"Quoi is what the duck says"
Quand-"When quand we go?"
Où-"Où where où where has the little dog gone"
These were all quoted from my 7th grade French teacher.
There is a website called Quizlet and if I can remember the names of the lists you can hear the correct way to pronounce the words.
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That's very informative, thank you! :) French always seemed like a difficult language to learn because the pronounciations are so soft. I listen to Edith Piaf, a famous French singer, and she makes it seem so easy :p
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De rien(no problem)!
At first it seemed hard because I didn't have any experience.I still struggle a little but it's much easier now.I haven't heard of her so I'll check her music out.
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She was very popular in the 1930s-50s :) some of her best songs include:
La Vie en Rose
Non, je ne regrette rien
Milord
L'Accordéoniste
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Ah that's probably why I haven't heard of her.
I can directly translate 2 song titles but the other two I don't know yet...
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Life in Pink (had to look it up again to be sure) :)
No, I regret nothing
My lord(?)
The accordionist(?)
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The first two are right and I'm going to look up the translations of the other two
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Those are the correct translations :)
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Cognates. Cognates everywhere.
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Hey There Doc Oc! I like Francis Cabrel and Celine Dion has some great french songs. I also like a french rap group named Manau
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Neat :) there's a French artist I like (sorta dance music) named In-Grid. Some of her albums/songs are in English and some are in French. I have one of her CDs in English, but iTunes only has the French version of it.
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Quand is pronounced cwan. many ending consonants are silent Also Quand only works for when in a question. When making a statement the preferred word would be Lors'que (pronounced lorsk)
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Thanks I actually haven't learned that yet
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But beware.Some are false cognates.
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Here is an example.
Le robe
Try translating it without using a translator.
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a couple more:
Blesser
peter
terrible
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Thanks
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French words tend to be much more different from their Latin predecessors than Spanish or Italian words, which makes guessing very difficult.
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It means dress.
Yep but some are extremely obvious like Le jardin or L'hôpital or even L'ambulance
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What's jardin? :3
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Garden
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Since it's a hard G in English, I never would have guessed that :)
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In German it's Gartin.Their word kindergarten is the same in English.
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(Continued from elsewhere) hey huh my dad was in the military and met my mom when he was stationed in Germany. :D
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Nice!
My nationality is Irish,Scottish,Canadian,German,Eastern European,and American
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I'm actually taking French this school year, and I still think Chinese and Japanese are much easier and a lot more fun.
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Nice!Im actually thinking of learning those languages when I have time outside of school
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Cool.
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Maybe some sit-ups at the gym will help with that ...
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:)
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I wantz to zpeck german.
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Some easy greetings:
Guten Tag
Guten Morgen
Servus
Moin
Tag
Morgen
Some farewells:
Auf Wiedersehen
Wiedersehen
Servus
Moin
Tschüss
Tchao
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Thx
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No problem
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:)
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