GUTEN TAG WIE GEHT ES IHNEN?

         THE GERMAN LANGUAGE

Many Filipinos are a bit scared of the German language as they think it is very difficult to learn. This is actually not really true, in many ways German is one of the easiest languages for Filipinos they might choose to learn. Surely much easier than Arabic, Chinese, Korean or Japanese.

One of the main reasons for this is, that English is already spoken by most Filipinos. Let’s take a quick excursion into history to shade some light on this: About 1000 years ago two German tribes, the Angeln and the Sachsen (Anglo-Saxons) decided that it’s time to leave home and conquer other parts of the world. So they boarded their wooden longboats and sailed over the North Sea and conquered the largest part of Britain, establishing the German language in the British Isles at the same time. Of course languages always keep on changing and developing and so in the last 1000 years the German spoken in Germany and Britain diverged from the common source, but surely many similarities remained. A little bit like many Filipino languages spoken on neighboring islands. But yes in a way you can therefore say English is a dialect of the old German language.

SO WHAT TO EXPECT:

German and English have tons of 100% equal or at least more or less equal words, like hand – Hand, hair – Haar, glass – Glas, repair – reparieren, house – Haus etc.

German language is a bit harder on the grammar side, e.g. we have 3 articles (der, die, das) and the crazy tendency to split some verbs in the middle and put the second half at the end of the sentence. But the good news is, also without excellent grammar skills and wrong articles you will always be able to make yourself understood quite alright.


HOW HARD CAN IT BE?


German is much easier to pronounce than English for a Filipino, you see what you get, each letter is nearly always pronounced the same way, no matter part of which word it is. In addition most German letters are pronounced like in Tagalog German language is very exact, sometimes there are 3-4 words for a concept other languages only have 1 word for. But Germans will understand you quite alright, when you initially just learn the most common word for a thing or idea or concept.



ARE THERE DIFFERENT DIALECTS?


Germans have a number of dialects and in some parts of Germany you might need some time to get accustomed to the way the locals
speak German, especially in Southern Germany, but after some weekrows this will sort itself out. The written language and the language
in TV and media will always be pure standard German (Hochdeutsch)



WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?


German is not only spoken in Germany, but also in Austria and Switzerland and in the border regions to Germany of many other neighboring countries




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