Bad news!

***  Hey guys, this was an April’s fools joke… it’s the 4th now so I thought it’s run its course :)***

 

Hey everyone,

I have really, really bad news :(.
Today, the quarterly statistics for the case and gender usage across all native German speakers came out and in the first 3 months of 2017, and the numbers are way up. Use of grammatical gender relative to word count increased 56,3 percent and the use of cases (same metric) almost freaking doubled.
DAMN.
And these trends are likely to continue throughout 2017, the analysts say.
So to put that in clear terms:

People speaking German use cases and
gender way more often this year than they did in 2016

I know, this is really really hard for many of you. You had issues with the usage as it was and now you’ll have to step it up big time if you want to speak German that’s remotely idiomatic.
As usual, German language schools and teacher will have a transition period, but by summer, the old usage frequency will sound archaic, in fall it will sound alien and in winter 2017, you’ll not be understood anymore.

So yeah… I don’t know what to say. It sucks.
It’s gonna be a bit of work but you’ll get there. I’ll draw up an article on the whole issue in the coming days. For now, I’ll give you the link to the official presentation that the department of language released. You can find the numbers there as well as sort of step by step guide to increase your usage to match the new quota.
Let me give you the link:

LINK: Usage stats 2017 for case and gender and guide for students

Sorry again. Hope you have a great day anyway.

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daeven
daeven
5 years ago

By any chance is the usage actually decreasing? ;)

Nams
Nams
5 years ago

I was really like that animation lady with ‘OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWATTTTTT’ when i seen these post,thinking yo will stop postin :-(

Traceyred
Traceyred
5 years ago

You got me good and proper!!!

nemderogatorius
nemderogatorius
5 years ago

Wow, german evolves quickly! On the bright side, I can finally set all of my german books on fire =D

Anonymous
Anonymous
5 years ago

You SchweinHund

Heymull
Heymull
5 years ago

I thought that I was so smart about April fools jokes, but I fell for this! and I’m so glad it was a joke.

SteveBead
SteveBead
5 years ago

haha very funny

Amy
5 years ago

Very mean joke! I was worried about you!!! Glad it’s just a joke….

Anonymous
Anonymous
5 years ago

Here is some more bad news :-( comment image

claudi
claudi
5 years ago

Ha! Gut gemacht!

Melis W
5 years ago

You are obviously German because your joke is the Wurst.

Angela Sosa
Angela Sosa
5 years ago
Reply to  Melis W

Ha!

Anonymous
Anonymous
5 years ago

I was completely taken in but had a laugh anyway

NN
NN
5 years ago

Sehr schlecht, aber ich habe gehören, dass im nächsten Jahr Man keine Nominativ verwenden musst.

cruth01
cruth01
5 years ago

I thought that link was going to be Rick Astley…

Anonymous
Anonymous
5 years ago

Das ist unfair. Hier ist es noch nicht April.

Anonymous
Anonymous
5 years ago
Reply to  Emanuel

in den vereinigten Staaten! Es war vor Mitternacht, als ich das gelesen habe.

Anonymous
Anonymous
5 years ago
Reply to  Emanuel

:-)

Kote
Kote
5 years ago

the link gives awesome tips, THANK YOU!

RuthE
RuthE
5 years ago

You just HAD to do it. There was no other choice. I realized this just before I clicked on the link.
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PaulJ123
PaulJ123
5 years ago

Ja, dass einer Aprilscherz ist und der Trump ist einer Narr nicht.

Anonymous
Anonymous
5 years ago

NOOOOOOOOOooooooooooOOOoooOoOoOOOooo!