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  •  In German that is nearly always true, except (3+ / 0-)
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    when a preposition comes at the end (usually when it is attached to the verb, as in "mitkommen", literally, "come with": It would be "Kommst du mit?" "Do you want to come (with me/us)?"

    I notice that friends of mine from the upper Midwest often say "Do you want to come with?" instead of "Would you like to come with me?". I chalk that up to the influence of German and Scandinavian languages in that region of the country.


    by commonmass on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 11:54:25 AM PDT

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    •  I tried learning German (2+ / 0-)
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      in my thirties in the 1990s, when my husband and I traveled there frequently to visit friends of ours (they're still friends, we just all have kids now, which makes traveling much more of a hassle).  Anyway, in my limited exposure (I don' think we had Rosetta Stone in those days :), I was fascinated to find out that the so-called Romance languages that are direct descendants of Latin, like French and Spanish (took French for five years in Middle School and High School and minored in Spanish in college), have dropped so many Latin grammatical constructs like noun declensions and word order that modern German, which is not a Romance language, retains.  

      •  Learning Latin made it very easy for me to (1+ / 0-)
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        learn German because of that.


        by commonmass on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 12:43:09 PM PDT

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        •  Even with the Latin, the German wasn't (1+ / 0-)
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          easy, and half my ancestors are German!

          That's what happens when you try to learn a language too late.  The neural connections don't form as easily any more.  And I was only in my thirties!  I would be almost impossible now.

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