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How hard is German for English speakers?

How hard is German for English speakers?

How hard is German for English speakers?


There is an uncertain discussion about learning German, which is similar to English in some cases and it is difficult to learn for the unique grammar and aggressive pronunciation of the English speaker.

German and English belong to the West Germanic branch in German. It is a sub-part of the Indo-European family of languages. The fact is that despite many similarities, English speakers have a hard time deciphering German literature.

Let's tell the truth; German and English are two different languages, but learning German is not difficult as many know it. At the same time, it has its challenges.

Things generally depend on the context. Consequently, the accessibility of a language depends on the language as well as on the learner.

Let’s go into some detail to help you make up your mind on whether German is an easy language or a difficult language.

German vocabulary

Besides culture and essence, vocabulary is the physical part of any language. Since there are the same ancestral roots, English and German share a vocabulary that has many similarities.

About 80% of frequently used English words are related to German. And about 40% of English words are identical (approximately) to German equivalents. It's just because the two evolve from Western Germanic dialects.

Knowledge of German - English, in general, cannot be understood if it is heard, but if you see the written version, you can very easily recognize it.

German compound words

In each language, compound words are those that are created by combining two or more words. The main reason why German language learners are afraid of is that German is ruthless in terms of compound words. Some of the spoken compounds are accessible but on the other hand, many words are considerably long.

Example: "Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz"

It is achieved by combining "Bundes" (federal), "Ausbildung" (training), "Forderung" (promotion of), and "Gesetz" (law). Fortunately, these types of words have an alternative to shortening like "BaFog".

Believe it! You will find "beasts of words" in German.

German is a fairly syllabic language

Here is an asset for German speakers who learn English. European languages ​​are probably fairly syllabic languages, including British English. Yes! German is fairly syllabic. It follows the regular pronunciation pattern as it is written. Therefore, it is easy to learn scripts. Even if you come across a long word, follow the word and you would type it in (all you have to do is memorize the word).

If you are an adult learner, you will feel easy to learn German for the above reason. Is this not good news?

In addition, there are vast job opportunities for German speakers around the world.

German grammar

Grammar is the skeleton of the language because it is structured by grammar. If you want to seriously learn the language, you must describe the grammar as a block.

Interestingly, German grammar is tricky for a new learner. But, it is much easier compared to English grammar. This is because German is subject to rules set by 3 regional authorities (Germany, Switzerland, and Austria). But English being universal, it creates chaos.

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