neyronrose (neyronrose) wrote,

breaking out the textbooks

I got inspired to break out the German textbooks my brother gave me, to see if I could learn anything.  I could hear the pronounciation for most of the beginning words in my head, from listening to the soap opera clips and soap operas themselves.  It's not like the soap operas generally use words which are difficult for native speakers to understand.  Like American soap operas use pretty simple language and a certain range of themes, so it apparently is for German soap operas as well.

The textbook has the pronounciation for "zählt."  In phonetic English, it's "tsaylt."  The book explains that a long umlaut ä is another way of spelling the German long "e."

On the next page, I got to the pronounciation of the final "g" in a word.  "At the end of a word, g is pronounced like k, except after i, where g is pronounced like front ch."  Somewhere previous, there was an explanation about how the ch at the front of a word (or said with your tongue to your front teeth?) sounded different from the ch at the end of a word.

Also a couple of pages prior to that, we got the information: "The German word for the definite article "the" is very intriguing.  The English word for "the" never changes.  The German word for "the" has six forms, depending on its use in the sentence."  Intriguing.  I'm just going to put the textbook down, lest I sink into despair again. 

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