Page 12 of 12 FirstFirst ... 2789101112
Results 111 to 119 of 119

Thread: The Most Beautiful German Words

  1. #111
    Senior Member

    Join Date
    May 2008
    Last Online
    Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 @ 01:14 PM
    Status
    Available
    Ethnicity
    German
    Ancestry
    Germany
    Subrace
    Nordid
    Country
    Germany Germany
    State
    North Rhine-Westphalia North Rhine-Westphalia
    Gender
    Age
    37
    Family
    In a steady relationship
    Politics
    Ethnopluralismus
    Posts
    77
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts
    There a quite a few very nice examples! ;-)

    i like:

    Hundeelend: "dog´s miserablly" (but it is usually related to human feelings)

    Rannehmen: i have no idea how to translate it, and it could be used for multiple meanings (like having rough sex, to make someone work hard, to treat someone mean)

  2. #112
    Member

    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Last Online
    Friday, July 20th, 2012 @ 08:30 PM
    Ethnicity
    German-Irish
    Subrace
    Arische Kampfer
    Country
    United States United States
    State
    New York New York
    Location
    aus der Bronx
    Gender
    Family
    Married
    Politics
    Anything beats extinction
    Religion
    Asatru, Celtic Paganism
    Posts
    19
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts
    [QUOTE=Gorm the Old;356919]Well, this word isn't beautiful and may not even be authentic, but as oaths go, it is certainly colorful and dramatic: Himmelherrgottskreuzmillionendonnerwette r ! Mark Twain complained that German lacks really dramatic words and cited the word for thunderstorm, das Gewitter, claiming that it sounds like a bird song.

    The word thunderstorm obviously comes from German

  3. #113
    Account Inactive

    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Last Online
    Thursday, July 5th, 2012 @ 06:07 AM
    Subrace
    Atlantid
    Country
    United States United States
    Location
    Metropolis
    Gender
    Age
    40
    Family
    Single
    Occupation
    Journalist
    Religion
    Protestant
    Posts
    6,666
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    15
    Thanked in
    15 Posts
    schachtel - box

    the meaning isn't very flattering, but the word itself is very noble.

  4. #114
    Senior Member
    Wulfram's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Last Online
    1 Day Ago @ 12:45 PM
    Ethnicity
    Mostly German/Some English/Some Irish
    Subrace
    Nordid
    State
    Texas Texas
    Gender
    Politics
    Far Right
    Posts
    2,893
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    59
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    56
    Thanked in
    41 Posts
    Zwischenzug! - a chess tactic in which a player, instead of playing the expected move (commonly a recapture of a piece that the opponent has just captured) first interpolates another move, posing an immediate threat that the opponent must answer, then plays the expected move. Ideally, the zwischenzug changes the situation to the player's advantage, such as by gaining material or avoiding what would otherwise be a strong continuation for the opponent.

  5. #115
    Senior Member
    Dunkeld's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Last Online
    1 Week Ago @ 01:44 PM
    Ethnicity
    German
    Subrace
    Alpinid
    Country
    Germany Germany
    State
    Baden-Wuerttemberg Baden-Wuerttemberg
    Location
    Black Forest
    Gender
    Family
    Married parent
    Politics
    liberal
    Religion
    open for everything
    Posts
    105
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    4
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    3
    Thanked in
    3 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Istigkeit View Post
    Most people in America are under the impression that German sounds like some guttural, gnashing language. It is quite beautiful to hear, if pronounced correctly.
    So it is!
    But most Americans know German only from war films.

  6. #116
    New Member
    StringNavigator's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2020
    Last Online
    4 Weeks Ago @ 05:57 PM
    Ethnicity
    Canadian
    Ancestry
    Norman-Scot
    Country
    Canada Canada
    State
    Ontario Ontario
    Location
    Snowy Pines
    Gender
    Zodiac Sign
    Aquarius
    Family
    Married
    Occupation
    Musician
    Politics
    Conservative
    Religion
    Red Word Christian
    Posts
    1
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    1
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts
    I always liked krankenhaus and krankenwagen...
    Just for the sheer logic!

  7. #117
    Senior Member
    Winterland's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2020
    Last Online
    19 Hours Ago @ 05:51 PM
    Ethnicity
    German
    Ancestry
    German; Scot-Irish; Scandinavian
    Country
    Prussia Prussia
    Location
    Coastal region
    Gender
    Family
    Married
    Occupation
    Free Lance
    Politics
    Conservative
    Religion
    Christian
    Posts
    162
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    171
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    112
    Thanked in
    81 Posts
    I researched our "spoken" English language and compared it to the German language. I could not fully understand the sound differences and changes between German and English words being cousin languages. Our spoken English language tends to have more Old Norse and French Norman words that can both influence the differing sounds or completely different word choice such as dirt/rotten (English) -drit/rotinn (Old Norse) - schmutz/verfault (German). Oddly, for additional word influences, our academic words originated mostly from Greek and Latin, so it alters the language borrowing up to 2 million words.
    German can be a beautiful Romantic language if you take the time to read the German version of Faust along with the English translation. Germans have some words that do not translate well into the English language and may lose some meaning to an English speaker.

  8. #118
    Funding Member
    „Friend of Germanics”
    Skadi Funding Member


    Rodskarl Dubhgall's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Last Online
    @
    Ethnicity
    Angelfolc
    Ancestry
    Angles, Frisians, Saxons
    Subrace
    Anglo-Saxon
    Y-DNA
    Y
    mtDNA
    X
    Country
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    State
    Hannover Hannover
    Location
    Between your ears
    Gender
    Family
    Yorkist
    Occupation
    Once More Unto the Breach
    Politics
    Welf
    Religion
    ex-U.C. of England & Ireland
    Posts
    3,111
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    4,893
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    305
    Thanked in
    261 Posts
    I don't have any specific favourites in mind, but enjoy speaking with a German accent and reciting in German. Whenever I have the inclination to read Gothic, I do so with German intonation, for some odd reason. As Winterland pointed out, there are differences with the evolution of English. I prefer the more Scandinavian pronunciation of certain words according to American standards, rather than the German in British standards: cf. schedule sounding more natural when said like "skedule" and not "shedule", considering we say school like "skool", along Scandinavian lines. Consistency is most appreciated when it comes to saying how a word is spelt. Germanic terminations "ish", "isk" and "isch" are really all the same as "ese" in Italic languages, but the rules shouldn't interfere with word base pronunciations. Also, I find the disparity between "v" and "w" rather ridiculous.

  9. The Following User Says Thank You to Rodskarl Dubhgall For This Useful Post:


  10. #119
    Senior Member
    Herr Rentz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2018
    Last Online
    3 Hours Ago @ 10:29 AM
    Status
    Available
    Ethnicity
    German
    Ancestry
    Emmingen, Baden-Württemburg
    Subrace
    Don't know
    Country
    Germany Germany
    State
    Baden-Wuerttemberg Baden-Wuerttemberg
    Location
    US
    Gender
    Zodiac Sign
    Taurus
    Family
    Single adult
    Occupation
    Retail Sales Management
    Politics
    Nationalsozialist
    Religion
    Catholic
    Posts
    684
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    469
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    738
    Thanked in
    366 Posts
    Ein Bier bitte!
    American by birth, made of parts from Emmingen, Baden-Württemberg.

    Der Familie Rentz seit 1535 - Meine Ehre heißt Treue

    Das Leben ist zu kurz, um billiges Bier zu trinken!


  11. The Following User Says Thank You to Herr Rentz For This Useful Post:


Page 12 of 12 FirstFirst ... 2789101112

Similar Threads

  1. German Court Upholds Ban on Words with Nazi Link
    By Nachtengel in forum The German Countries
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: Saturday, June 27th, 2009, 12:27 AM
  2. Germanisms: German Words Used in the English Language
    By klokkwerx in forum Linguistics
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: Thursday, December 18th, 2008, 08:11 AM
  3. Wanderlust Sends German Words Traveling
    By Verðandi in forum Linguistics
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: Wednesday, August 9th, 2006, 12:59 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •