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Another German checking in, so if there are any stray sentences of German in your works that need checking, just get in touch with me.
Apart from that, just some more information on myself: I'd love to write a book or two and to achieve that goal, I've signed up at AW. I intend to write in English, simply to reach a bigger audience - and I can still do the German translation myself, if I feel like it. ;)
Right now, I've got to find a good pen name to establish my author platform, to keep me motivated. I wouldn't mind using my real name, but there are a couple of (former) football players with the same name, one scriptwriter, at least one other author and all the domains for my name are taken (.net is available, which works for Richard Castle ;)). Furthermore, I don't really like my first name, as it rhymes with the German word for choking or retching and my surname can be mispronounced in English as a very colloquial word for a male part of the body. I'd like to keep my first name's initial, though, as its quite a prominent feature of my signature.
 
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Ich bin mit deutsch als Muttersprache aufgewachsen, bekenne mich aber mittlerweile zur dänischen Minderheit. Ich spreche sehr viel Englisch online weil ich ja aus der Spieleentwicklungs- und Moddingszene komme, deswegen kenne ich das Problem, daß einem die deutsche Sprache plötzlich fremd wird. Sehr oft frage ich mich, wie heißt das jetzt auf deutsch? Und manchmal träume ich auf dänisch oder englisch.

Schöne Grüße.
 

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Deutsch ist meine Muttersprache, aber ich schreibe inzwischen fast ausschließlich in Englisch, es sein denn, ich nehme an Ausschreibungen in Deutschland teil. Dann kann man meinem Text aber anmerken dass ich Englisch denke; zumindest sagt das der Leiter unserer Schreibgruppe.
 

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I am a bilingual. Grew up with English and German. I think and write in English, alas critiques keep commenting on my sometimes "strange" use - haters will let me know it just doesn't work (English-language police), the others find that it captures their attention. But it's always a thin line. Fact is I even tried - after being put down and told to write in German - to do just that. Result: Got the same responses there lol - alas I felt way less comfortable writing in it and had to look up every other other word ;)
 

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Na Hawara, weil i in Soizberg studiert hob, red i imma so wenn i ein bisserl zua bin. Und dann kann niemand mich verstehen!
 

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Oi oi oi Lapidar! Ihre Dialekt ist total anders! Es ist besonders schwierig für mich aber ich bin kein Muttersprachlerin.
Was bedeutet "schwätz"?
 

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Hi there,
I am German living in Germany :flag:

schwätzen is slang or dialect for reden (talk). "Geschwätz" is a word for gossip.
Ich schwätze means Ich rede/spreche (in my hometown it was "Ich babbel")
 

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Hallo, ich versuche Deutsch zu lernen, aber es ist nicht so einfach.

Basically, I just moved to Germany, and can speak it reasonably well by now. It's just that writing is a pain.
 

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Und hier ebenfalls aus Deutschland in dem Forum, obwohl ich das Meiste auf Deutsch schreibe, weil ich denke, das Englische nicht gut genug, äh, kontrollieren zu können. Ich wollte nur mal hallo sagen in einem Vorstellungs-Rundumschlag :D
 

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*re-stocks the thread pantry*

I got beer and cookies and freshly baked bread. Enjoy!
 

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My favorite DE word will always be "handschuhe"... literally, "Hand Shoes", meaning 'gloves'! :snoopy:
 

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Ich lebte zwanzig Jahre in DE. Das ist sieben Jahre her, aber ich suche immer noch Worte, die es im Englischen gar nicht gibt :) Ist nicht unbedingt vorteilhaft, zweisprachich zu denken.
Aber die Möglichkeit, neue Worte zu konstruieren vermisse ich sehr. Meine Partnerin sagt oft, "I bet the Germans have a word for that". Meistens hat Sie Recht.
 

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Auch schön ist wie Deutsche Nachnamen funktionieren. Mann kann praktisch alles als Namen benutzen, und die klingen oft wie Indianernamen. So wie.... Morgenstern oder Eisenhauer. "Hello, my name is John Morningstar. Or John Iron Striker."
 

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Guten Tag, liebe Freunde!
Ich schaetze die deutsche Sprache sehr, denn sie ist so praezis und logisch, in Gegensatz zu mir!

Gruessa!

Mein Deutsche ist noch nicht perfect, Aber I kann Spreche. Ich wohne in der Schweiz, und komme ich aus Alabama in den USA
 

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Hello, everyone.

Sorry I'm not speaking German--that's precisely the problem. I can't. I've never even been to Germany.

Nonetheless, a story set in Germany came to me, and I'm trying to muddle my way through. It's during WWI, and a father has journeyed to the front to try to get news of their youngest child, the only one they have left.

Anyway, do Germans actually say, "Ach?" or would they have in that time period? I have Dieter doing it a couple times, and I have no idea if that's cliche or even silly. And if "ach"isn't a good idea, are there other exclamatory sorts of things that would work better?

Many thanks. Vielen Dank. :)
 
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Germans use those little words like "ach" etc in different ways depending on context. Mostly I hear it used in an ironic way, like "Oh. Really." It can be used as an exclamation of surprise, but it seems kind of old fashioned, something your grandma would say. But this can be very different in different parts of Germany, so everything depends on where your character is from.

If you don't know German, it's probably best if you don't use any in your story. You don't really need it to get the flavor of the setting.
 

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Ich bin Polnisch, aber ich spreche 4 Sprachen. Deutsch ist eigentlich wie meine Muttersprache für mich und nur deswegen, weil ich es schon als Kind aus der Glotze gelernt habe (als ich Zeichentrickfilme auf RTLII und Filmen auf PRO7 angekuckt habe) :)

The fun thing is though that I only write in English, which I also learned mostly from watching movies. If anyone needs help with Polish, English, German or Kashubian—feel free ;)

Regards!
 

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Ich konnte Deutsch, aber es ist in letzter Zeit schlechter geworden.
 

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