Wednesday, September 2, 2009

halbwegs

[ halfway ]

It is now the first week of September, and that means that we are half way through the two month intensive language course period here in Germany. The month has gone by very quickly, but looking back, we are already done with one textbook and moving on through the second and our class has been instructed virtually all in Germany for many weeks now.

Admittedly, the classes can be long and tedious, but I think when stress gets everyone on edge, things just become a bit goofy. We can have a lot of fun in class, especially with some of the exercises. We are all young adults here, but for some reason Er duscht [ he showers ], or Er fahrt [ he drives ] can always produce a few snickers from some. Don’t judge, your maturity would drop dramatically too after more than 5 hours of German grammar!

The German grammar is extremely tedious and can frustrate many that are just beginning with the language. Knowing what gender a fork is,[ die Gabel – feminine ] but not being the same as a knife [das Messer - neutral]… then not related to the masculine spoon [der Löffel ] can just be baffling. After all of this confusion, even if you can manage to remember the gender of words ( which lacks the specific, foolproof trends that a language like Polish has, for example ), the articles in front of the words change and manipulate based off of the case they take within the sentence due to Grammar rules. This sounds fine, since you just have to apply the new Grammar concepts, but you could beat your head against a wall when you learn that feminine nouns in the genitive form turn in to “der” which is exactly what the masculine form is in the nominative…

[ Even Frau Bopp can sometimes have too much fun! :) ]

It is also interesting that once you address a noun in a sentence, you refer to it with a pronoun, just like in English, but German has more than just it. If the word is feminine, you call it sie, She, for the rest of the time, and if masculine, er. So what do you do when discussing a child, das kind, which is a neuter noun? That’s right, it is completely correct grammatically to refer to it as… it, es. If you didn’t follow any of this, just know that you would be flustered to if you had to call a fork she and a child it if you wanted to be grammatically correct. And for now, let’s not even delve into word order and verb structures in the German language. One month to go, and a lot of German still to learn!

[ The class with Eva, our Komunikationstrainings teacher ]

2 comments:

  1. You made my head hurt ;)
    Maria K

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  2. but that's alright, because you've got it all figured out!

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