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    Default I now must everything backwards say.

    For to my German practice.

    I today to the shops go, then I on my motorbike a ride make, maybe.

    What do you today make?

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    You have it always backwards said. You do it now finally right.

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    Like Latin, with the verb at the end of the sentence?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lupussonic View Post
    For to my German practice.

    I today to the shops go, then I on my motorbike a ride make, maybe.

    What do you today make?
    Mistakes, and perhaps some trouble.

    You have need of a German driving license?
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    Quote Originally Posted by David W Pratt View Post
    Like Latin, with the verb at the end of the sentence?
    Also sprach yoda
    I'd much rather lay in my bunk all freakin day lookin at Youtube videos .

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    Quote Originally Posted by David W Pratt View Post
    Like Latin, with the verb at the end of the sentence?
    Yes, the nightmare of a translator. A long declamation, before sense is made when the verb turns up has to be remembered.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Maybe I will today for a haircut an appointment make. Then I will a beautiful man be.

    It can that I a German driving license need. In the now all under and over this Brexit confusion is, and now I can nothing because Corona do.

    Here is a real German, I him meet. He has on his head a bird, so we a party make.

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    English is the language that backwards has it, young Jedi.

    One of the most hilarious Asterix books is the one where they go to Britain. The British speak French, of course, but say everything backwards. It translates well into other languages - except English.

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    I think that if everything in English backwards I can say, then no problem in German speaking I will have.

    If the words I know, naturally.

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    Sans soucis pour le Francais George. J'y est vecu pendant plusieurs annees. Mais je n'ais pas d'accents sur mon clavier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lupussonic View Post
    I think that if everything in English backwards I can say, then no problem in German speaking I will have.

    If the words I know, naturally.
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    Throw the horse over the fence some hay. Make wood. I started my career in a place where the people spoke English with a German construction. I was also told that if I'd moved there 10 years before I would have had to learn to speak German to fit in.

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    Gnihtyreve?

    Dig the dirt today will do I. The branches of the trees also will I prune a few of. With the saw, wood will I cut. With my feet will I run.

    Food with my mouth will I eat. Water also will I with my mouth drink.

    Off will sign now I.

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    Sort of like training a dog

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    And then all that die, der, das gender stuff there is to get you head around. There is no logic to it, a chisel feminine could be, and male a hammer.
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    I was laughing so much at Loops clever stuff, my German partner actually looked over and said what'so funny. So I read it all out.
    She, who incidentally speaks English learnt at school and from gaming and social media, better than most native speakers I know, then said, 'I don't get it, let me see, '

    She read the posts, then said, 'I still don't get it.'........

    And Nick its only a nightmare for English translators I think...

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    Went the day well?

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    Huete ich haben ein vichitiger geschickte gehort.

    Der schlussel schließt der Schloss.

    Und der schwieser schweist der schweissnaht.

    Ouf!

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    "Throw me down from the roof a hammer"

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    I may be a bit late to the party, but I will make a bold claim: Based on the evidence of sentence structure, Shakespeare must have been a German poet. There are a few quotes to prove it:

    'Neither a borrower nor a lender be.' (Hamlet)

    'But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?' (Romeo and Juliet)

    'By the pricking of my thumbs,
    Something wicked this way comes! (Macbeth)

    'Why, then the world's mine oyster,
    Which I with sword will open." (Merry Wives of Windsor)

    One of the difficult issues for German learners of English as a foreign language is the large number of grammatical tenses. Whenever my students complain about learning them, I tell them that as a compensation German has the problem of articles for English learners of German as a foreign language. In fact the three articles are dispersed in a mostly arbitrary way. You have to learn them by heart for every single noun; there is no useful rule to apply.

    On the other hand, a little mistake here and there needn't be a problem. I remember a French fellow student named Sylvie that I met in Nottingham. Her German was more or less perfect, flawless pronunciation, sentence structure, grammar, everything apart from a little article slip-up on very rare occasions. I loved her for that and thought it was so sexy.

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    If a proa you build backward you can sail.

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    You loved her for that?

    What, ya needed an excuse?
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    You have really caught me out. Well, she was in a long-distance relationship, and so was I.

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    Sorry.

    I thought I had an Eddie Izzard interview where he talks about telling jokes in German, and how the punchlines work just as well in either syntax.
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    "It is a bleak Day. Hear the Rain, how he pours, and the Hail, how he rattles; and see the Snow, how he drifts along, and oh the Mud, how deep he is! Ah the poor Fishwife, it is stuck fast in the Mire; it has dropped its Basket of Fishes; and its Hands have been cut by the Scales as it seized some of the falling Creatures; and one Scale has even got into its Eye. And it cannot get her out. It opens its Mouth to cry for Help; but if any Sound comes out of him, alas he is drowned by the raging of the Storm."

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