Friday, September 24, 2010

Wenn ist das Nunstruck git und Slotermeyer?

language Log discusses Denglish, the increasing assimilation of English into German:

According to Didi, it is almost to the point that, "if you can't think of a German word, you say an English word in a German accent, and it usually works!!!" In another message, Didi mentioned "the current debate over German and its quite spectacular morphing into English, or at least into Denglish. 'Shoppen,' 'pushen,' 'Sorry!'; you name it, in Germany they're saying it! Personally, I don't mind it, as I think that along with English phrases is coming a certain relaxation ('relaxen!') of attitudes in the notoriously energetic German psyche. And wasn't it ever thus with the German and English languages?"

I remember my high school Latin teacher (who was also fluent in German) saying that she could usually get her point across to German speakers just by speaking English "loud and angry".



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