Why Learn German?

Things I like about German:

  • Nouns are always capitalized
  • WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) Pronunciation (exception Leinworter)
  • German composition promotes logical, orderly thought
  • German verb position is predictable, and helps one demarcate the semantic boundaries more than English

Writing or speaking German forces you to think ahead: you have to know the end of the sentence before you start it. Whereas in English, sense is word order dependent and it is easy to make up a sentence by stringing words along and addding words until it makes sense. By contrast, German requires you to place the second verb at the end of the clause or sentence. Thus the speaker must know the end of the sentence before beginning.

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