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Der, Die, Was? - Ein Amerikaner Im Sprachlabyrinth

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Im Januar 1994 zog der amerikanische Autor David Bergmann in die Großstadt Chicago. Da fiel ihm das Flugblatt zu einer Wohnungsauflösung in die Hände. Um sich mit neuen Möbeln einzudecken, klingelte Bergmann an der angegebenen Adresse -- und traf auf eine besonders bezaubernde Amerikanerin namens Kerry, die sein Leben nachhaltig veränderte. Denn Kerry verkaufte ihm durch ...more
Paperback, 217 pages
Published 2007 by Rowohlt-Taschenbuch-Verlag
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Rick
Aug 14, 2009 Rick rated it really liked it
David Bergmann is an American of German descent who developed a burning desire to learn German and move back to Germany. In DER, DIE, WAS? EIN AMERIKANER IM SPRACHLABYRINTH, he starts from the premise “deutsche Sprache, schwere Sprache,” and addresses the many problems foreigners in general and Americans in particular face while learning German.

Issues include the past tense, the future tense, umlauts, definite articles (hence the title of the book), plurals, colloquialisms, and the vagaries of B
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Lennongirl
Very interesting premise: An American promoting the German language as being really cool, clever and funny.

David Bergmann has started learning German at a rather late age (22) and tells all about the problems and moments of success he came across. A very interesting look from a non-native speaker's point of view. He offers a lot of examples of why the German language is efficent and cool, and there are a lot of things I never thought about before, even though I actually am quite interested in G
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Jule
Mar 31, 2010 Jule rated it really liked it
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Liebhaber der deutschen und englischen Sprache werden dieses Buch verschlingen. Ich bin eine derjenigen, die immer sagt: "Englisch ist doch viel schöner als Deutsch", aber David Bergmann hat mich davon überzeugt, dass dies nicht in jeder Hinsicht der Fall ist.
Einige Kapitel waren etwas öde, aber der Großteil war sehr interessant, unterhaltsam und witzig.
John Churchill
May 25, 2008 John Churchill rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: jedem, der Deutsch kann
Beim Lesen habe ich stellenweise schallend gelacht, und die übrige Zeit dermassen gegrinst, dass ich von Umstehenden gefragt wurde, was für ein köstliches Buch ich da gerade lese. Soviel Spaß hatte ich schon lange nicht mehr. Ich habe bisher noch niemanden getroffen, der so gekonnt mit der deutschen Sprache spielt. Einfach toll!
Natira
Jan 08, 2015 Natira rated it liked it
in vielen Bereichen informativ mit Unterhaltungswert, auch Spassfaktor, aber sich wiederholende Wortspiele ermüden irgendwann und manch Charakterisierungen ("Fahrradklauer") empfand ich nicht witzig, sonder unangemessen. Fazit: durchwachsen
Lydia
Jun 08, 2008 Lydia rated it it was ok
A book written in German by an American learning German as a second language on the topic of how great the German language is--enough to hold my interest to the end. Quite often over-eager to the brink of annoying, but none the less insightful for it.
Jim
Jan 01, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it
Fell back in love. Highly recommended to the Ausländer who have invariably encountered the delight and gleichzeitig irritation of mastering German.
Marisa
Jul 18, 2008 Marisa rated it really liked it
This is a great book for those who have lived in Germany (and of course, those who can read German!).
Holly
Expatriate memoir #3. "An American in the Language Labyrinth." So gratifying to have the quirks and difficulties of the German language articulated so amusingly.
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