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Sunday, June 24, 2018

The Denglish Trap

Denglish is what all modern Germans speak, lots of English sprinkled in


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13 comments:

  1. Erm... I don't get it.

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    1. It is a reference to he huge amount of english words that have creeped into today's German.

      We Germans (that is our ad companies) even invent "English" words.
      Like Handy for mobile phone and "coffee to go".

      And we pay "Cash oder mit Karte?" when we go "shopping" with our "kids".

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    2. The same actually applies to some other languages: the French use words like weekend, pull (pullover), sweat (sweater), basket (basketball shoes), jogging (sweat pants) etc. and also Indian hindi speakers, they dot their speech with English words because they lack their own (like a word for 'meeting')

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  2. alt text on the image is from a previous comic -sparr

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  3. It's the same with Dutch/Flemish and German: gosh, I don't know that word... I'll just say the Dutch equivalent and hope they'll understand me...most of these words are shared anyway... *Cue "I am completely confused"-face of the German listener*
    (and if you are really unlucky, you pick a falls friend, like "slim/schlimm" (Dutch: clever; German: bad, nasty, etc.) and end up with a complete misunderstanding)

    It also goes the other way, for example with my Dutch As Foreign Language students: I told one of my class she sounded a bit German (altough she is Lithuanian) and she explained she generally fills the gaps in her Dutch with German...and gets away with it :)

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    1. Yeah sometimes the closer the languages are, the less you can understand each other...

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  4. I thought that you could speak fluent Englitalianeutsch, Malachi....

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    1. Of course I can. But Denglish is another language you know

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  5. Be cool,
    Speak Deutsch mit mir,
    Maybe dann vielleicht verstehe ich Sie!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-w0-lZldWA

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  6. The hardest thing when reading non-English languages is when they use English words and you don't realize it due to the weird spelling/vocalization. It took me way too long to realize that "panter" just meant panther...

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  7. One reason German is on my short list of languages to never learn

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  8. My favorite is when my Austrian friend throws "fucking awkward" in her German sentences constantly

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