How easy it is to learn German
A practical pedagogy tip for learning German
By Sonaira D’Ávila, at https://www.doriopraca.com/
I swear that in these comings and goings from Rio to here (living from sun to sun) six months in Rio and six in Germany, I keep trying to understand the language and grammar for myself, first to learn and then not to forget.
When I’m in Rio, I don’t go near this “talk”; when I return to Germany, I need to dive headlong into this universe.
The best example I found, which explains my “excitement” with the language, was the one given by Master Deonísio da Silvana in the following story:
“The book tells us that the “bag rats” or kangaroos (Beutelratten) are captured and placed in cages (Kotter) covered with a cloth (Lattengitter), to shelter them from bad weather.
These cages are called, in German, “cloth-covered cages” (Lattengitterkotter); as soon as they put a kangaroo in them, it is called Lattengitterkotterbeutelratten, “the cloth-covered cage kangaroo.”
One day the Hottentots captured an assassin (Attentater), accused of having killed a Hottentot mother (Mutter) — Hottentottermutter -, who had a stuttering and dizzy son (stottertrottel).
That poor mother , in German, is called, Hottentottenstottertrottelmutter, and her murderer is called Hottentottenstottertrottelmutterattentater.
The police arrested the murderer and temporarily confined him in a kangaroo cage (Beutelrattenlattengitterkotter), but the prisoner escaped.
The searches had barely begun when a Hottentot warrior appeared, shouting:
“I’ve captured the murderer!” (Attentive).
- Yes? Which? Asked the boss.
“The Lattengitterkotterbeutelratterattentater! replied the warrior.
- Like this? The killer in the cloth-covered kangaroo cage? Asked the chief of the Hottentots.
“Yes, yes. It is the Hottentottenstottertrottelmutteratentater (the murderer of the Hottentot mother of a dizzy and stuttering boy),” replied the native.
- Well, replied the chief, you could have said from the beginning that you had captured the Hottentotterstottertrottelmutterlattengitterkotterbeutelrattenattentater.”
As you can see, German is an easy language; it’s enough for us to be a little interested… and start putting everythingtogether.
Now just hit the right article. Is it masculine, feminine or neuter (der, die or das)?
Easy, easy, right?
So repeat after me: