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    Something You Would Reform Or Change About Your Own Language?

    Is there anything you would reform about your own native language? Is something about your language that you don't like and would change if you had the power to change it? It can be something minor or major.

    As a native English Speaker I would change many of the Latin vocabulary words (and foreign words in general) to Germanic vocabulary words perhaps using a combination of Old English, Frisian and Low German words to accomplish this. Basically similar to the "Anglish Movement." There are other things I could think of but I want to let others have a chance at answering this.

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    I'd eliminate greeklish (writing in greek with latin characters), I'd bring back the polytonic system and the beautiful complexity of the older language and eliminate sland and foreign words if possible.

    Modern slang is disgusting. I can't even provide an example as I wouldn't know how to translate it.

    The modern type of greek taught is schools is also an appallingly twisted, oversimplified and crude form of language. As a result, most people have a very poor vocabulary, they make hideous grammar and syntax mistakes and I need not even speak about correct spelling. The language is basically dying.

    To do all that, one ought to start from the mass media. This is the number one language-shaping factor, even more important than schools.

    People on TV speak horrible greek. All the presenters, newscasters, show hosts, guests, etc, are now models, celebrities and various kinds of social degenerates, not educated people and 'real' journalists.

    The same goes for the written press. The foul language used in popular magazines should be abolished.

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    Nothing at all. German is a beautiful language as is, not to forget very poetic, so there is nothing major that I would change.

    The only thing I'd change is the pronounciation. My own dialect is very "sing-sang", and perhaps to make that a case for the entirety of the German language, including the high language would be nice.

    All other things are already there, and words I prefer to use (f.ex. Haupt instead of Kopf - Kopf is terrible Latinate) I can use anyhow by example.
    -In kalte Schatten versunken... /Germaniens Volk erstarrt / Gefroren von Lügen / In denen die Welt verharrt-
    -Die alte Seele trauernd und verlassen / Verblassend in einer erklärbaren Welt / Schwebend in einem Dunst der Wehmut / Ein Schrei der nur unmerklich gellt-
    -Auch ich verspüre Demut / Vor dem alten Geiste der Ahnen / Wird es mir vergönnt sein / Gen Walhalla aufzufahren?-

    (Heimdalls Wacht, In kalte Schatten versunken, stanzas 4-6)

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    I'd do away with the reform about the ß. I ß. The ß is a unique feature of the German alphabet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aeternitas View Post
    I'd do away with the reform about the ß. I ß. The ß is a unique feature of the German alphabet.
    Agreed: it looks awfully cool as well

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    Eszett (ß) is a wonderful German letter, I´d bring it back. Also I´d like to undo the latest German grammar reform. Most of the changes are stupid and an illness for the eyes ("Schifffahrtsgesellschaft" <-- 3 "f"! )

    And I´d love to get rid of the anglicisms in our language! Nothing against English as a language, but I find anglicisms a pollution of our pretty language.

    ("Gestern hatten wir ein Briefing. Danach gab es ein Workcamp dessen Catering ziemlich schlecht war. Wir müssen die Aufträge besser pushen, der Workflow ist nicht optimal. Als Comedian trat dann nach Feierabend Mittermeier auf. Der Anchorman der Taggeschau hatte sogar einen Bodyguard bei sich. Da muss man erst einmal chillen, am Besten kauft man sich ein Ticket fürs Public Viewing...")

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    I'd just get rid of the Latin/French influence. Danish and Norse influence is brilliant .

    And I actually try to say 'loaf', not 'bread'. I'd also like to see the reintroduction of 'housen' instead of 'houses'.

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    I want to ban all new foreign words in the Swedish language. We must protect our languages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valkyrie View Post
    And I´d love to get rid of the anglicisms in our language! Nothing against English as a language, but I find anglicisms a pollution of our pretty language.

    ("Gestern hatten wir ein Briefing. Danach gab es ein Workcamp dessen Catering ziemlich schlecht war. Wir müssen die Aufträge besser pushen, der Workflow ist nicht optimal. Als Comedian trat dann nach Feierabend Mittermeier auf. Der Anchorman der Taggeschau hatte sogar einen Bodyguard bei sich. Da muss man erst einmal chillen, am Besten kauft man sich ein Ticket fürs Public Viewing...")
    Why are these words being adopted? Surely, you have your own words for "briefing", "workcamp", "catering", etc. Are the English words shorter and easier to say? Is it very common for people to avoid using the German word for these things and replace them with the English word? Is it to the point where one receives odd looks for not conforming to this trend or that using only German words is restricted to the older people? Is it merely in advertizing? I have difficulty understanding this.

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    Bye bye ebonics.

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