Advent Calendar 4 – Who are you?

“Who are you?”

 

Hallo ihr lieben,

welcome back to our Advent Calendar, door number four.
And today we’ll mix it up a bit because we won’t learn anything about German.
Today, we will learn something about … us. In my new amazing  guided five minute meditation that I have prepared for you.
You see, recently, I have watched a few videos on Youtube and now I am fully spiritually enlightened (you can see my certificate here).
Yeah… if you’re new to this blog, you just learned something very important about me :).
Seriously though, of course we don’t do a guided meditation.
But I do want to learn something about you guys. I mean, I have a rough idea of where you come from (all over the world) and how old you are (12-90) but I thought it could be fun to find out a bit about you guys following the calendar and your elation to German.
So I have prepared a little questionnaire.

Please note, it’s really meant for curiosity and FUN. It  completely anonymous and I am not log any user data, in case you’re worried about that.
It’s not all that serious. Still…

Which continent do you come from?

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What's your age group?

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What's your level of German?

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Why are you learning German?

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Have you ever taken a course?

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What's the biggest hurdle between you and fluency?

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If you could change one aspect of German, which would it be?

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If German were a person, who would it be?

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If German were an animal, which would it be?

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Can’t wait to see the result :D!!!
schönen Tag euch und bis morgen.

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Elsa
Elsa

Hi, Emanuel!

Will you let us know the results and your thoughts on them? It would be nice to have your feedback!

aoind
aoind

I’m sorry but you probably knew German was going to be a uni professor when you writing the question. I see shark has overtaken “city dove”. I guess imaginations grow more vivid as the morning progresses and the coffees stack up. BTW I had to think for a moment what a city dove was exactly as the only bird I call a “dove” in cities is the collared dove. It’s other two relatives that are common in cities we call pigeons (wood pigeon and feral pigeon). I guess city dove is a lesser known alternative by which the feral pigeon (normally just called “pigeon”) is also known. Just to spice things up, the feral pigeon is basically a re-habituated rock dove.

Miram Holt
Miram Holt

German is like a faithful dog! Faithfully hangs in to lingustic structures from the olden days, when German and English were much closer. Just as you are done krauling your dog’s tummy by the fireplace, the apartment goes quiet. All is well…until you find that man’s best friend has gotten into the trash in the bathroom and made a big mess, and that big mess would be strewn all over like damit constructions and side sentances. And odd little words like “doch” and “nach” and “noch” stuck like lego pieces under the bathroom door, preventing it from closing.
The next day you take the dog out for a walk and for a few moments, until the dog goes after a squirrel, yanking your arm right out of its socket, life is good!
With renewwd motivatiin you watch an episode of “Easy German” or “Froelich Deutsch” and somehow it all seems within reach–for a moment, until a really interesting looking article pops up on web.de–and the details are impenetrable!
Lovable and maddening, like a dog!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Hi! -and thank you så much for this site. Ich bin Deutsche und übe mein Englisch. Es ist immer wieder gut die Dinge gegen den Strich zu bürsten. Dein/Ihr Englisch ist wundervoll. Ihnen eine schöne Adventszeit Ruth

Cole
Cole

I’m really surprised about the ages! I’m 18 not and I’ve been reading since I was 12 or 13, but to see that (as of now) only 1 out of 169 voters is that age group is really surprising. I would have though a big component of the audience would have been students in high school German classes, and that college German students would be almost the rest of it. To see nearly half over 45 really shows that it is never too late to start learning!

Florencia
Florencia

I’m from South America and I couldn’t help feeling a lil bit disappointed when I realised that there are only few people from there!! Anyways, I’ve started my German course at the beginning of this year, so there’s still A LOOOOOOOOOT to learn. It’s somehow complicated for us, spanish speakers, but I’m not giving up! :) Nice work on all your posts, Emmanuel, they’re really helpful!!

Sheryl
Sheryl

The survey was tons of fun and thanks. Also fun to really think about how I feel about various aspects of German.

William Dornan
William Dornan

This was great fun. Some of the options were quite imaginative and quirky. Channing Tatum?? I actually picked City Dove for the animal. I knew you were referring to pigeons but I liked the imagery of the city dove and that is why I picked. We have a bird here in North America that is related to the pigeon called a Mourning Dove. They are quite beautiful and not surprisingly have a call that is rather sad.

Maryn Lyn Hoefer
Maryn Lyn Hoefer

Oh my! I stumbled onto this site wholly by accident. This is FUN here. Happiness and word fluff!! What does anybody think . . . I have never learned a language before, I am 67, this effort is self-study, and I am just completing A1 (Absolute Beginner). Is this site too advanced for me? Should I come back later? Or, soldier on? Thanks for your help. : ) Lyn

shauser31416
shauser31416

Hard to choose – but German is definitely my Mom. Funloving but strict. Forgiving. Instructive. Thoughtful. And a lover of RULES!

Berlin MP
Berlin MP

Deutsch ist für mich ein echter Raetzel. Ich lerne gern und mag die deutsche Sprache. Zuerst lernte ich 1971-1972 die Sprache als amerikanischer Soldat in Berlin. Ich habe als Militaer-Polizist am Checkpoint Charlie gearbeitet. Ich hatte mit deutschen Polizei- und Zollbeamten zusammengearbeitet und sprach täglich mit ihnen. Meine Deutsche ist größtenteils Autodidakt.

xenarose
xenarose

Berlin MP dein Deutche ist sehr gute! Ich bin stolz! Ein amerikanischer Soldat hast Deutsche gelernt. I visited Check point Charlie in ’88 and had started my life-long German lessons shortly before then teaching myself through a book and cassette tapes(Audio-forum) I came to Germany to visit 3 German exchange students and also cousins from my Dad’s side of the family. More recently, my son was in the Army stationed in Germany for 4 years and married a German girl so now she gives me lessons through What’s Ap, not ideal but ‘yourdailygerman’ sure helps! Vielen Danke Emanuel! Und Herliche glückwünsche Berlin MP!

Abgasstufe Es-Zett
Abgasstufe Es-Zett

Hallo Berlin MP,
eine Frage bitte. War es für Sie als amerikanischer Soldat möglich den Ost Sektor zu besuchen?

Haben Sie damals oft Kontakt mit den Ost Grenz Polizei oder VoPos gehabt? Wenn so, war es sicher etwas unangenehm, oder?

Ich war Aug. ’73 hinüber durch CC gegangen. Wow! Alles grau und vieles von dem Krieg noch kaputt oder verfallen.
Wirklich surrealistisch!
Es gibt einige DVDs über die Ost“Grenzler“ bei eBay zu kaufen. Sie müssen einen aufgesperrten Player für Region 2 haben.

https://www.uap-film.de/product_info.php/info/p92195_DDR-Grenztruppen-Geschichte-in-NVA-Originalfilmen.html

duuuudeZ
duuuudeZ

I would have expected to find unicorn on that list.

D
D

What about “German is my first language, but English has clubbed it and taken over”?

Derek Lutz
Derek Lutz

I didn’t want to change anything about German

patrik.osgnach
patrik.osgnach

Two quick clarification:
Why are you learning German? -: > I chose “for fun” because we speak english in the company, but I still feel that learning the language of the country is the right thing to do (BTW, I live and work in Austria)
If you could change one aspect of German, which would it be? -> I chose the cases, but I can’t really imagine a case system without endings. The answer I would have chosen would be the trennbare Verben. I wonder which kind of problem the old Germans had to solve to come up with such solution and what the other solutions were if the trennbare Verben won the competition. I would really like a dictionary that tells me that a verb means and what all its variants with prefixes mean (trennbare or not). I have bought Farrell’s Dictionary of German Synonyms but, while helpful, it is not enough

Chiarli

Dear Emanuel,
You are my favorite German teacher among those that I am following.
I really appreciate your lessons and the great sense of humor.
I would like to share with you one of my favorite joke about German language:
An 80-year-old man goes to a Latin language teacher and asks him for private lessons.
-Yes of course. There is no problem for me, but is not it too late for you? At your age maybe is better to read the Bible and think about the afterlife.
-That’s why I want to learn Latin. Imagine that I stand in front of Saint Peter and he tells me
something in Latin, and I cannot answer. What a shame?
– Yes. I understand. But this in a case you go to heaven. What if you go to hell?
– Do not worry. I have already learned German.

Amerikanerin
Amerikanerin

Ich habe ihn gefunden! Es ist Dr Hirschhausen, der redet über Pinguine. Deutsch ist ein Pinguin.

https://hooktube.com/watch?v=Az7lJfNiSAs

Xinsolem (Spanierin!)
Xinsolem (Spanierin!)

I needed to vote “the myterious stranger flirting with me” because I always argue this with my friends: German is REALLY SEXY and they don’t agree. Even my Spanish friends here in Germany (greetings from Bremen!) don’t think so. I don’t get it. The sexiness (does this word exist? lol) of German was the reason of my approachment. Now I am staying to go to the Uni, BUT…

Amerikanerin
Amerikanerin

Xinsolem! Yes, Deutsch IS Sexy! Finally, someone else also noticed!

German, in my ears, really is very sexy. The sexiest accents in English are Germans or Danes speaking English. Honestly, any German could stand on a street corner and just read out of the phone book and I’d melt.

I’m far too old to be engaging in the “intimate indoor sports” of my raging-hormonal youth, but any German can sit next to my bed and read me stories all night long! WhooHOO!

As far as WHAT German is: it is a Rube Goldberg machine, setting off all sorts of activity every time the ball hits another object in the machine .

German is the sound of a finely tuned V-8 engine.

German is the sound the door on a new Mercedes makes when it closes and you can “feel” the air-lock.

Swoon…