Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: I was born in Germany, raised in Texas.
Der Die Das, Wer Wie Was, Wieso, Weshalb, Warum, wer nicht fragt bleibt dumm! LOL! Sorry...Deserthorsewoman's comment popped that tune into my head. Have no idea where that came from after 30 years. LOL Wasn't that Sesame Street too? Corporal, your drunk comment cracked me up. :)
I don't know, each language has it's own quirks. I can see German being a difficult language to learn to an English speaker because of the gender references to inanimate objects. As a native speaker, you just know to refer to a table or chair in the masculine form. But as a learner, you have to memorize this. And of course German likes to throw in the neutral gender too. I took Spanish in highschool and college and I actually had a slight advantage as a German speaker because I understood gender tenses. However, having said that, English has it's issues too. The English language is riddled with words that can mean completely different things depending on the context in which they are used. And English also like to use tons of "figures of speech" that make no sense when translated literally. So again, school is good for the basic nuts and bolts of a language, but when it comes to every day conversations and slang, cold turkey immersion is best. ;)