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Wer ist der deutsche Le Petit Nicolas?

My wife has a birthday coming up and I'd like to surprise her with a German book or two that she would be able to read... Eventually. [more inside]
posted by emelenjr on Sep 19, 2014 - 12 answers

Going to Prague and Budapest; should I bone up on my German?

I have heard that German is somewhat of a lingua franca throughout Eastern Europe. Would it be a more useful backup language than English when visiting Prague and Budapest? I will also be learning basic phrases in Hungarian and Czech. More details inside! [more inside]
posted by rednikki on Sep 6, 2014 - 11 answers

Why is it "der Bär" and "die Maus" and not "das Bär" and "das Maus"?

Is it acceptable, in the name of practicality, to ignore gender while speaking German? [more inside]
posted by triceryclops on Mar 9, 2014 - 23 answers

List of simple word roots

I am looking for a text file of a list of words (roughly the 5000-10000 most common English words) and their root word and root word language. My Google Fu only turns up single words or pages that I can type in a word to get to another page to get the etymology. Wikipedia has some stuff, but it is sorted by language root, which is not what I am looking for. I would like to have a long list of words in a text file so that I can manipulate it programatically. Comma separated or whatever, any format would be great. Here is one use case: Yoke - [list of words that have yoke in the etymological history] (Many, many many English words come from the root work for Yoke.) All answers appreciated!
posted by Monkey0nCrack on May 16, 2013 - 6 answers

Decode This German Shorthand Mystery Letter From 1939!

This envelope with a letter inside was found inside a large decaying bound edition of Shakespeare auf Deutsch in a junk shop in Bushwick that was only apparently open for a few months before disappearing. The letter, postmarked 15 March, 1939 - was sent to Paris by a Mr. Henri Wolf. The contents of the letter appear to be German shorthand. Included was small piece of what looks like code, there's nothing else on the back.The letter, envelope, postcard, etc in question are at this imgur album. Hivemind: What the hell is this?
posted by The Whelk on Mar 14, 2013 - 28 answers

Tips for learning advanced vocabulary and grammar in a foreign language?

What are your tips and techniques for learning advanced vocabulary and grammar in a foreign language? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Feb 26, 2013 - 15 answers

Ich weiße nicht!

What is this greeting?/ Was dieser Gruß? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Dec 13, 2012 - 5 answers

making friends in a second language

Making friends in a second language: Can you explain to me why it doesn't matter? [more inside]
posted by colfax on Aug 16, 2012 - 52 answers

Can you recommend passages to memorize?

Can you recommend passages I can memorize in Spanish, French, Italian, German, or Russian? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Mar 15, 2012 - 12 answers

I want to communicate with everyone!

Best (and preferably cheapest!) way to learn a foreign language? [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat on Feb 14, 2012 - 32 answers

German courses in Germany for children?

I'm hoping to visit German or Austria in the summer of 2011 and would like my two children, aged five and eight, to enrol in a language course while we're there. The Internet isn't turning up much, at least on English language searches. Any ideas/recommendations for schools/locations would be gratefully received.
posted by Holly on Jan 4, 2012 - 3 answers

How Do I Cram for a German Placement Test?

How do I shake off the rust and review four years of German language and grammar in a short time period? [more inside]
posted by Atarah on Dec 29, 2011 - 6 answers

How can I best use ebooks (and ebook readers) to learn German and Spanish?

How can I best use ebooks (and ebook readers) to learn German and Spanish? I live in Canada. [more inside]
posted by Monday, stony Monday on Oct 24, 2011 - 8 answers

Why do people in German-dubbed Hollywood movies use the second-person plural so strangely?

Why do people in German dubs of American movies use the second-person plural form of the verb so strangely? They often use it in place of either the polite form or just the second-person singular, z.b. in the Pirates of the Caribbean, the Commodore says to Will Turner (just Will Turner), "Ihr seid kein Seemann." What? [more inside]
posted by colfax on Oct 9, 2011 - 8 answers

Immerse me!

I work from 9 to 5, but I want to immerse myself in German for the rest of the time. I have an iPod touch and a short attention span. What can I use to ram this language into my brain? [more inside]
posted by Acheman on May 16, 2011 - 9 answers

What does "FER-MAY-GHEN" mean?

German speakers, please tell me what this word means (and how it's actually spelled). [more inside]
posted by Srudolph on Feb 19, 2011 - 29 answers

German Music

I listen to this. What music with intelligible German lyrics might I like?
posted by phrontist on Dec 18, 2010 - 8 answers

Help get this question out of my head!

How did the word "earworm" come to mean something you can't get out of your head (like a song, etc)? Looking for the German etymology, if there is one. [more inside]
posted by bitter-girl.com on Oct 1, 2010 - 5 answers

Brush up German specialised vocab

German import/export vocab [more inside]
posted by quaisi on Aug 31, 2010 - 2 answers

Sesamstraße for an American Student

Is it possible to find full episodes of German Sesame Street (Sesamstraße) online? [more inside]
posted by pianohands on Jul 7, 2010 - 3 answers

German to English II

Please translate this English to German: [more inside]
posted by rahnefan on Mar 20, 2010 - 5 answers

Mame-loshn?

Is Yiddish a creole? [more inside]
posted by ennui.bz on Mar 16, 2010 - 13 answers

Short inscription in a very strange variety of Latin?

I'm working on an engraving with an inscription in a very strange version of Latin-- it has umlauts? Anyone know what this might say? [more inside]
posted by RedReplicant on Feb 17, 2010 - 10 answers

Amo Amas Awhat?

Is there a Medieval Linguist in the house? I need a very short conversation between Cistercian nuns in Saxony translated into Medieval Latin. Any help so I don't sound like a complete idiot warmly welcomed. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Oct 23, 2009 - 7 answers

What did the Nazis call the French Resistance?

What did the Nazis call the French Resistance? I know they called the individual resisters "terrorists," but what word did they use to describe the resistance as a whole? (Insurgency, resistance, uprising, rebellion, etc.) This is research for a screenplay - I'm not looking for a discussion about modern parallels, or of what the morally correct word is in various situations. Also, if someone could give me the word in German that would be great! Please no guessing.
posted by bagadonuts on Oct 22, 2009 - 9 answers

The alternate 'Testament of Doctor Mabuse' - Fritz Lang's German and French versions

Having recently learned that Fritz Lang filmed an entirely different, French language, version of The Testament of Doctor Mabuse alongside the 'original' German version, I set out to find it. The only way to get hold of it seems to be via the Criterion DVD, but this is a Region 1 (NTSC) release only. Where else can I get a copy of the alternate Mabuse? Preferably as either a download or as a Region 2 (PAL) release [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Oct 22, 2009 - 6 answers

Honey, sometimes I have a hard time...Ooooh shiny!

Relationship filter: He's an Austrian in Austria, I'm an American in America, and I have ADHD/Inattentive type. He's not familiar with this concept. What books can I suggest to him? [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Oct 18, 2009 - 7 answers

Cheap, efficient way to learn German online.

Cheap, efficient way to learn German online. [more inside]
posted by ekpyrotic on Aug 22, 2009 - 15 answers

Is English abnormal?

language-philes -- Isnt English weird for not having conjugated verbs? Even its closest relatives - german and the romance languages - have conjugated verbs. Please to explain? [more inside]
posted by jak68 on Aug 5, 2009 - 38 answers

FSI German recordings

FSI language courses: is this a particular accent, or just the tape? So I'm going through the Foreign Service Institue German program, available online here, and I'm wondering if the speakers on the audio portion have a particular accent or if their pronunciations pretty much the most common. [more inside]
posted by Think_Long on May 20, 2009 - 4 answers

Crash course German refresher

I have about a month to brush up on my German before I go on a business trip - what are some good resources? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Mar 18, 2009 - 6 answers

How do you say “We speak German” and “We learn German” in your language?

I am making a door-sized poster for my classroom that will have two phrases in fifteen languages: “We speak German” and “We learn/are learning German.” I have German, French, Russian and Romanian covered. I need eleven more. [more inside]
posted by vkxmai on Mar 7, 2009 - 41 answers

I listened to Kraftwerk all day

What are the best MeFi-, Robotwisdom-, Agonist-like weblogs from Germany and in the German language ? A previous thread gave me some links, but i do not care for them and they were not in the same league as the blogs mentioned above.
posted by Substrata on Feb 14, 2009 - 3 answers

that certain glow

German translation, as direct as possible, of the phrase "singing the glow"? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Nov 2, 2008 - 7 answers

Sprechen Zie Deutsch?

How do I best learn German without attending a school? [more inside]
posted by vansly on Sep 22, 2008 - 15 answers

Help me find this funny story about the German language?

Can you help me find a particular funny story about the German language? [more inside]
posted by dalesd on Aug 15, 2008 - 11 answers

"Walter de Gruyter": Dutch or Deutch?

What's the excruciatingly correct pronunciation of Berlin-based academic publisher Walter de Gruyter? [w] or [v]? What about their subsidiary, Mouton de Gruyter? Bonus points for IPA.
posted by ormondsacker on Aug 4, 2008 - 10 answers

Need help with a German pronounciation

How do you pronounce the "sz" in a German word or name that begins with it, such as "Szigen" (like the festival) or "Szaggars"?
posted by bondgirl53001 on May 23, 2008 - 14 answers

Help My Blackberry Speak German

I'd like to get a German dictionary/language program for my Blackberry Curve. Any recommendations or caveats? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on May 16, 2008 - 1 answer

What does the German word Erbpräfektor mean?

What does the German word Erbpräfektor mean? I have some genealogical data in German. I don't speak German. The data mentions a man whose occupation was Erbpräfektor. What does that mean? If context helps, he lived in Germany in the 19th Century. My dead tree German-English dictionary fails me, as does dict.cc and Babel Fish.
posted by thinman on Feb 2, 2008 - 15 answers

Learning German in one year

I have one year (actually about 11 months and 20 days) to learn German from almost scratch. Help! [more inside]
posted by barrakuda on Sep 10, 2007 - 30 answers

German for 'accidental expert'?

Does anyone know the German word that means, roughly, 'accidental expert'? [more inside]
posted by jack_mo on Sep 1, 2007 - 7 answers

Wie, bitte?

Help me with a German sentence (quote?). German speakers: is the following sentence a quote from German literature? It's in reference to a picture of a Jewish headstone with pebbles on it. "Wieviel Wissen wird unter diesen Steinen liegen" Just wondering if this is a literary quote, or merely the musings of the commentor.
posted by nax on Jul 23, 2007 - 4 answers

... Aprikose in der Hose, und eine Bratwurst dazu.

Sound (or video with sound) clip of the "Happy Birthday" song ... sung in German? [more inside]
posted by donpedro on Jun 28, 2007 - 3 answers

What language should I study?

What language should I study? [more inside]
posted by ad4pt on May 7, 2007 - 25 answers

What is that german word? Farviewenbier?

What is the German word for a beer enjoyed at the top of a summit that you have just climbed? [more inside]
posted by toxic on Apr 28, 2007 - 6 answers

Help me unmangle a German word/phrase

I'm looking for a German word or phrase that: 1) means understood, agreed, got it, capisce, message received, or something along those lines; and 2) can be somewhat easily mangled into sounding like "gooshday". [more inside]
posted by stefanie on Feb 28, 2007 - 18 answers

Beyond achtung and sig heil.

My brother and I would like to learn German. Any book recommendations or other tips? [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water on Jun 1, 2006 - 30 answers

Italian Style/Usage Dictionary? (No English)

DictionaryFilter: Looking for a good Italian-Italian style/usage dictionary, ideally just like the Duden #3 Stilwoerterbuch for German (Italian examples, simple words, covers questions of usage more than definitions) [more inside]
posted by sdis on May 1, 2006 - 6 answers

German jokes at a bi-lingual wedding

How do I make a multi-lingual best man's speech at a German wedding? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Apr 3, 2006 - 6 answers

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