This is how facebook greets me this morning:

Facebook in German

Welcome to Facebook in German... Now German speakers all over the world can join.

I am not sure if I have the heart to switch it to German though: It just "feels wrong". And after all, I think it'd result in a horrible mixture of English and German, wouldn't it?

Read more…, a public domain audiobook project, has a copy of Mark Twain's fabulous essay "The Aweful German Language" in which he pleasurably depicts the pitfalls and oddities of the German language. The summary reads:

If you’ve ever studied German (and maybe even if you haven’t), you’re likely to find this short essay to be hilarious. Published as Appendix D from Twain’s 1880 book A Tramp Abroad, this comedic gem outlines the pitfalls one will encounter when trying to wrap one’s mind around the torturous German cases, adjective endings, noun genders, and verb placement. (Summary by Kara)

Incidentally, the audiobook is read by a German, which adds to its hilarity. (And I hereby admit to probably having a similar accent, so yeah...)

By the way: Don't take the poor Mark Twain too literally. German really isn't that bad! :)

Link to the audiobook (the page also has a link to add it to iTunes with one click).

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... war, als die Amöben das Sprechen lernten.

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Irgendwie ist das Wort grad im Trend. Und bevor ich mir eines Tages anhören muss

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HitchOhje, ich hab es getan. Ich habe bei unserer Sonntagszeitung an der Verlosung für zwei Kinokarten für "Hitch - der Date Doktor" teilgenommen.

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Weil ihm vor lauter Ausweisen langsam die Bilder ausgehen, hat Mr. Fred vor zwei Tagen mal testweise von einem eingescannten Passfoto Digitalabzüge bestellt. Bei Quelle, weil man es bei denen in der Formatauswahl anwählen kann.

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