View Poll Results: Which is your favourite Germanic language?

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  • Danish

    11 4.28%
  • English

    55 21.40%
  • Faroese

    1 0.39%
  • Frisian

    6 2.33%
  • German

    70 27.24%
  • Icelandic

    34 13.23%
  • Netherlandic (Dutch, Flemish, Afrikaans)

    16 6.23%
  • Norwegian

    25 9.73%
  • Swedish

    32 12.45%
  • Other (please specify)

    7 2.72%
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heinrich Harrer View Post
    And why do some americans dislike using 'ue', 'oe', 'ae' instead? I remember I once suggested it to someone else, but he refused to change it and insisted on using a single 'a','o','u' just without the dots. "Natuerlich" looks fine to me, "naturlich" offends my "Sprachgefühl".

    When being newbie on bulletin boards i used to write the "ä" as "ae".
    But long term this looks very unprofessional. Same goes for non-English keyboard sets using the` for the '.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thusnelda View Post
    Is there no way to include our German Umlaute (Ä, Ö, Ü) into an English keyboard?
    Quote Originally Posted by SpearBrave View Post
    There is a way, but I forgot how. I know you need a number pad on your keyboard. I use a old POS laptop most of the time and it does not have a number pad.

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    Keep the left Alt-key pressed while typing on the number pad

    ä = alt + 0228 --- Ä = alt + 0196
    ö = alt + 0246 --- Ö = alt + 0214
    ü = alt + 0252 --- Ü = alt + 0220

    (upper case is always -32 of the lower case number combination)

    If the keyboard doesnt have a number pad, there's still the system "Character Map" from which one can copy/paste the correct letters.

    There should also be a way to activate the normal number keys for this purpose, probably not with the left Alt-key though on kb's without number pad, dont know.

    To get the German characters such as umaluts (Ä, Ö, Ü) with my Deutsch challenged keyboard, what I usually do is go and find a site in German that has German text (I have a few on my email inbox also), then search out the desired umlaut letter and borrow it from that site copy and paste it into what I'm writing at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heinrich Harrer View Post
    And why do some americans dislike using 'ue', 'oe', 'ae' instead? I remember I once suggested it to someone else, but he refused to change it and insisted on using a single 'a','o','u' just without the dots. "Natuerlich" looks fine to me, "naturlich" offends my "Sprachgefühl".
    That's why I have 4 different keyboard layouts hot-keyed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by velvet View Post
    Keep the left Alt-key pressed while typing on the number pad

    ä = alt + 0228 --- Ä = alt + 0196
    ö = alt + 0246 --- Ö = alt + 0214
    ü = alt + 0252 --- Ü = alt + 0220
    I use
    alt + 132 -- ä
    alt + 148 -- ö
    alt + 129 -- ü

    I'm not sure of the shorter code for the capitals.


    Also,
    alt + 145 --- æ
    alt + 146 --- Æ

    It makes you look cool when you're talking about mediæval archæology. I wish more English-speakers would use æ, œ, and ᵫ.
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    Deutsch!

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    I voted for German, aside from English which is my native language.
    note: I do not know German aside from some words and phrases. but I find listening to German speakers to be quite pleasing.
    When considering written language I like Dutch over German and then English as a third.
    But when it comes to poetic writing I feel English leads in that category.

    All three of these Germanic variations are perfect for penmanship prowess as well.

    example:
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-20st5HJtqM...2C_Curl-up.jpg

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    My favourite language is High German, not only because it's my mother tongue but I think it's the highest evolved germanic language. English also sounds very nice but it isn't that clear and precise like German. I think High German is the ideal language for both poetry and science because it's on the one hand possible to argue very precisely in few - often combined - words and on the other hand it offers a lot of variations to express the same things (ideal for poetry).

    When hearing other germanic languages they often remember me in some way to german dialects. Dutch and the scandinavian languages are not as smart and elegant as High German, they have more the character of dialects. But I like Swedish very much and it definitely sounds nicely but it doesn't have the format of High German.

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    Hildebrandt, could you offer some examples to help illustrate this notion?

    I'm not trying to contest your opinion, I'm just interested.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Þoreiðar View Post
    Hildebrandt, could you offer some examples to help illustrate this notion?

    I'm not trying to contest your opinion, I'm just interested.
    My Great-Grandmother spoke Nederdeutsch ( "Niederdeutsch" or "Platt") and claimed that she not only understood Dutch but was capable of fluent conversations with Dutch and Vlaams. Her 'Nederdeutsch' was almost not to understand for me (or just as good or bad as Dutch), much less for any High-German speakers that were not from the North-West region of Ge.

    This indicates what?

    A Nederdeutsch speaker from the Northwest could easily talk with a Dutch, but in no way talk to a fellow German from the Bayerischer Wald or Vienna---unless both use High-German.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oslaf View Post
    Old English.
    Old English and old German were the same language. It was called Saxon. It was spoken all over northern Europe. Hoch Deutsche refers to the Bavarian dialect spoken by Martin Luther in the highlands to the south. When he translated the Bible into his dialect ,most of the rest of Germany had to learn Hoch Deutsche.The Catholic church was the most important stabilizing influence in the total chaos known as the middle ages. Everyone had to understand the Bible. English Saxon underwent a modernization with the verbs moving to the middle. High German never changed. I took a year and a half of German in college, but I gave up when I realized I never would be able to communicate effectively in it. To be able to communicate effectively and transfer your thoughts to another you have to have a command of a language. Most people don not even have a command of their own language. So my favorite language is Saxon. We are using it now. It has become the language of the world.

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