I'm Fairly Good At It

I have taken a few years' worth of the language, plus been to German-speaking parts of Europe a few times.

Here is how to make the German letters our keyboards don't have: On a page such a this one which does no interpretation, I've saved the letters (ßäöüÄÖÜ) to a file and just open that to get the one I want and copy and paste as needed.

On a page which does interpret mnemonic characters correctly, you can enter them by beginning with "&" (the ampersand) and ending with the semicolon. Between those, you put the string needed to make the corresponding character: auml for ä, ouml for ö, uuml for ü, Ä for Ä, Ouml for Ö, Uuml for Ü, and finally szlig for the ß. (Thus, you would type "ä" etc.) Note that these are csae-sensitive!

I think more people should learn German. It is a most precise language in description, and if you can say a word, you can spell it. What's more, some of their constructions are comical. E. g., "spark plug" is "die Zündkerze" which translates to "ignition candle" (though more literally without the space). A vacuum cleaner is a "dustsucker" ("der Staubsauger"), and an incandescent light bulb is "glowpear" ("die Glühbirne"). (Note also that all German nouns are uppercased, but adjectives aren't, so "German" is "Deutsch" but "the German language" is "die deutsche Sprache.") Because the language uses one word to describe one object, some words can get extremely long. My favorite of these is "die Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschafts- kapitänswitwekinderlebensversicherungsauszahlungen") which means "life insurance payments to the children of a widow of a captain on the Danube Steamship Travel Company" or as the word is actually constructed, "Danube Steamship Travel Company captain's widow children life insurance payouts." Whew!

In keeping with the topic, I'll end with, Lernen Sie Deutsch! (Learn German!)

NakedDriver NakedDriver
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Mar 9, 2010