Why is it so damn rough and aggressive?
Am I the only one who thinks German is a hideous language?
What Guys Said 16
I don't really like how it sounds, and Hitler didn't really help
It's similar to Dutch though, but I'd go for different languages2
As a german myself I can understand how the language itself can seem harsh. Not to mention the difficult grammer is a killer.
Yet, there is a lot of beauty in the language, if you take more time to understand it. It is incredibly expressive, it isn't exactly the greatest for singing - but for poetry it's outstanding, positive words are generally a lot more soft-spoken, it is a practical language and it has tons of different native accents. Probably as many as English, if not more.
A while ago I actually wrote down some of my favourite german words who at times aren't even translatable to English, so I will copy paste it here:
- Wunder = Miracle
- Schön = Beautiful
-> Translating to miraculously (or magically) beautiful.
Example: Du bist wunderschön. / You are miraculously beautiful.
- Vor = Before / Previous-
- Freude = Joy
Definition: The word “Vorfreude” describes the joy one feels in anticipation of something joyful to happen. Unlike anticipation, the word “Vorfreude” only associates to positive upcoming experiences.
An example of the feeling of “Vorfreude” would be as a child being happy short before ones birthday/christmas in anticipation of knowing one would get pleasant gifts.
- Augen = Eyes
- Blick = Gaze
Definition: It describes seeing that one split-second or the instant you see of pure beauty of something oustanding or special. It’s that one special moment - that special “Augenblick”. It is just one look, one gaze with the eyes.
- Hab und Gut = A phrase for naming your belongings
- Selig is the adjective form of Seele = Soul
- Selig = Blessed / Overjoyed / Blissful in a religious and/or spiritual way
- The ending of -keiten is a similar ending like the English -ing. It’s only a grammatical necessarity.
Definition: “Habseligkeiten“ are your very few belongings which are very special and precious to you and worth a lot to you on an emotional basis. A certain picture, something from your childhood, a remembrance of a beloved one and so on.
- Glüh comes from Glühen = Glowing
- Birne = Pear
Definition: While the original name for a lightbulb is the “Glühlampe” (Lampe = Lamp), a more common choice to use is the word “Glühbirne” which trasnlates to a glowing pear as lamps used to be only pear-shaped. A few other languages use that description as well like Hungarian.0
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I agree, it also has some weird rules.1
my native language is close to German and I speak German fluently too, so no I don't think it's hideous...0
What? xD it's an awesome language, even I speak it :P1
It's lovely when a girl speaks0
German sounds friendly to me. I guess that's because I understand it a little. I'm not German, though. It kind of reminds me of Warcraft III, I don't know why. Maybe even Lord of the Rings, LOL. I'm weird.0
Every time I hear a guy speaking in German, I feel it's a TV commercial for their porn channels because that is all I would hear on my hotel TV channels when I was in Europe.0
Any language can seem like that.0
All languages expect English are stupid0
I love german I don't know but i listen to hitler speeches just to make fun of his voice0
Ya, you're the only one1
I find it to be rather pleasant to the ear when spoken properly. Not in a sexual way but like a German scientist talking about formulas or something lol that would be kinda relaxing.1
It's not the best but russian and arabic are the worst.2
What Girls Said 16
Any language that is speaking in a vulgar and rough way, sounds bad. So technically there isn't an ugly language, just an ugly way of talking in a certain language.
Example, I love English, but when it's Honey Booboo and her family speaking English, lets say it doesn't sound that good.2
I have always liked German because my mother speaks it and I can understand it, sometimes anyway.
But it is harsh.
French is so much more melodic-but I don't understand a word.1
It's pretty rough.
Though I butcher it and make it worse than it is. It's not sooo bad when spoken by a native speaker.1
Ehh, Russian sounds way more aggressive to me tbh.1
I think that speaking German has its advantages. I have experienced that people who speak German have a better understanding of other languages such as dutch, french (the words which are not relatable to English, can come from the german language). However, I agree that there are way nicer languages.1
It sounds unflattering, sure, but I wouldn't call it hideous.1
No, it isn't if you hear Germans speak and not actors trying to speak german it not really a harsh language. the Nazis gave it a bad name with trying to make it sound scary plus Hitler was Austrian they speak very different. Plus german has many different dialects , I like the Bayern dialect because its more laid back and we have French and Italian influence and you hear it0
It's not rough or aggressive, what you have been hearing are sterotypes.0
Its pretty hot in my opinion1
Dude, it's sexy as hell.1
I disagree. I think German sounds beautiful.0
That's true *Germans no offense *1
maybe because it's hard and you can't learn it!0
I like German. It can sound really sexy. I had fun when I was learning it although it was hard. I wish my school had valued the Languages department at all, if the senior management there hadn't been so stupid I might be able to passably communicate in German instead of just having a kinda useless B at GCSE :/ . German has words for everything, and if there's a lacuna it's okay to join words together to make a new one that will fill it :') . Also some words are funny like 'nasenflugels' (nostrils) literally translates as 'nose wings' lol1