Juliet Capulet (euphoric1dr) wrote in linguaphiles,
Juliet Capulet

random questions about learning German

I've never really studied German in depth, but I've been reading more Rilke: English with German translation and I find some things about this language to be very intriguing - I like how words are sort of mashed together to form these immense new words. like die Selbstbeherrschung for self-control... or die Entzugserscheinungen! (which actually - I do not know what the meaning is.) Do other languages do this?

Also it seems like a great deal of German vocabulary pertains to philosophy or psychology, and that too is very fascinating.

So for those of you who study German,

1. what were/are your main reasons or incentives?

2. what is the most challenging aspect of this language? The grammar, the pronunciation/phonetics, etc?

3. what keeps you going and wanting to learn it?

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