Language Discussion

I’m still asking myself why @tasse-tee has a misspelled German nickname (correct would be “Teetasse” if the “teacup” is meant - but of course you can have a Tasse Tee…).

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Yes, it’s Tasse Tee, as in “cup of tea”. The nickname is inspired by the foreign language tea in TWP.

I studied French and German at university. Living in the UK, you don’t get to hear those languages often, as most people only speak English and don’t care about learning other languages. So it was a nice surprise to discover them in a videogame, by ringing random people in the phonebook and drinking tea :smile:


I did, and I also punished myself with flaggelation.

I was assuming it’s also a play on ‘tasty’. That might just be me.


Ironically, I don’t even like tea! :open_mouth:

Yeah. Overrated. Cwup of cwoffee much bedder.

Sounds like yours was a bit too hot.


If this question is not too private: Why German and not, for example, Spanish? (It seems that German isn’t very popular…)

Oh, if you would like to phone with a German speaking guy (to polish up your German), don’t hesitate to call me. I assure you that I speak a very noble German that you can’t comprehend with this weird Bavarian slang … :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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Real smooth, man. :expressionless:


So what dialect do they speak in your place that probably never ever has been a kingdom?

You´re just jealous you´re not from that place that the whole world associates with all of germany for some reason.

Actually I’m a little bit sad that I don’t speak a dialect. All of my ancestors spoke different German dialects. Maybe that’s the reason why my parents spoke only Hochdeutsch (Standard German/High German) with me. So I never learned a dialect. I’ve considered several times to learn the dialect that the people speak here where I live, but unfortunately I’m not very good at learning languages and I haven’t found a proper school or teacher around.

Actually I love the way you can swear in Bavaria without sounding rude. And you are right: I love Munich. It’s a great city (and I still haven’t visited all departments of the Deutsche Musuem).

My mother comes from a part of bavaria that´s not very typical as far as dialect goes (lower franconia) but her father (my grandfather) was from eastern prussia and her mother (my grandmother) from Baden Würtemberg so they very lightly spoke their respective dialects and my mother doesn´t speak any dialect. The part of the family that´s from lower bavaria mostly is entirely on my father´s side and my father grew up in the big town just like I did. So we speak both. Flawless plain german and our dialect, but there are people on the country who are completly unable to do that.

So I got relationship stretching from Berlin, Poland and all the way deep into austria and I think if we did some research we´d find an even more diverse mix.

Thinking about things like that make all that nationalist crap about a “pure heritage” look really really stupid.

Me neither, but it´s almost 20 years since I´ve last been there(at the museum).

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I started learning French and German at the beginning of secondary school. At the time, I think it was compulsory at most secondary schools to study one foreign language, usually either French or Spanish. But mine had a “language specialism” (they got more funding and had more teaching resources for them), so during the first three years you had to study French, plus either German or Spanish (half of the pupils did each, but you didn’t get to pick).

French and German turned out to be my favourite subjects, so I continued them both for the final two years of secondary school, and then went on to study them at sixth form and university.
I did pick up Spanish during those two years, but decided not to continue with it. Even though I brought myself up to an ok standard and did well in the exams, I decided that studying it at a higher level would be more difficult, as I’d been learning it for three years less than everyone else and didn’t know as much vocabulary.

People often think that the German language sounds harsh or abrupt, but I actually really like how it sounds. I’ve always preferred it over French.


It’s a really great museum - not only for nerds. But the computer department is/was very small and for me a little bit disappointing (the presentation was a little bit loveless for example). I hope that they will expand it during their renovation, because they have some really interesting exhibits.

A “shock” for me was that they presented in a glass cabinet toys that were the latest and greatest in my childhood - and declared them as “old”.

It depends heavily on the region (and the person) how German actually sounds. Especially the different dialects have a very different pronunciation. :slight_smile: (For example Hessians are able to say the German word for “ash tray” in a very erotic way.)

But German is a very difficult language, especially the grammar. Best example are the three articles “der”, “die” and “das” (male, female and neuter). Even we Germans have problems with them. :wink: So it surprises me (in a positive way), that you prefer it over French - or is French difficult too?


Oh yes! They have that with the genders, too!

In school I sucked at french…


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I always hated French, even if it’s much more similar to Italian than English.
To say numbers, you have not to suck at math.
92 = (4 * 20) + 12




It´s also a big difference that in english they say the first number first while in germany we say the second number first.


But this is at least a simple scheme. :slight_smile:

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When I think about how non-German speakers view the language, this video comes to mind :wink:
I spent a year abroad as part of my degree, and I was living in Essen, in Nordrhein-Westfalen. I don’t remember having too many problems understanding people there, but I think that region is typically closer to Hochdeutsch than others.

Oh, really? That makes me feel a LOT better! Me and my uni friend often joke that, whichever article we guess a word will have, our third guess will be the correct one. That was sometimes the case :sweat_smile:

Also think I, that the word order in German really crazy become can. Although I now to it used am.

I work in customer service for German-speaking clients, and I had to cover the French market for a week. Every time the customer on the phone gave me a number, I had to repeat it back to them in single digits to check I’d written it down correctly :woman_facepalming:


Before clicking the link I was fully expecting to see this.