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  1. Walter

    Walter Administrator Staff Member

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    The German word "gerade" can mean...
    • straight
    • right now
    • especially
    If the first letter is written in upper case ("Gerade") it is a noun and means
    • straight line
    Confusing? What do you think the German sentence
    • "Ich fragte mich gerade, warum gerade diese Gerade so gerade ist"
    means?
    • "I just wondered, why especially this line is so straight."
     
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    Dude111 Well-Known Member

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    A very interesting thread,thank you Walt :)
     
  3. Walter

    Walter Administrator Staff Member

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    Another one. A train is a "Zug" in German.

    The sentence "Der Zug ist abgefahren" can mean...

    • The train has left.
    • Something is no longer possible.
    • The train looks cool ("abgefahren" in the sense of freaky or cool)
     
  4. Walter

    Walter Administrator Staff Member

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    Jealousy is a passion that eagerly searches what causes pain.

    In German:
    Eifersucht ist eine Leidenschaft, die mit Eifer sucht, was Leiden schafft.

    Notice the spaces. E.g.
    • "Leidenschaft", substantive, passion
    • "Leiden schaffen" contains "Leiden" which means "Suffering" and "schaffen" which means create
    So in German Jealousy is a passion, that creates pain.
     
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    German culture and language is definitely underappreciated. I love the food, the bier and the wine especially Gew├╝rztraminers and Silvaner.

    My favorite French dish is Alscatian, basically German. Choucro├╗te garnie.
     
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