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From: Carla Wills-Brandon <>
Subject: Re: [GV] Becoming a US citizen 100 years ago
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 19:49:55 -0700 (PDT)
I remember being in the 6th grade at Thomas Elementary School taking German from a Volga German man named Mr. Franz. Because I didn't keep it up, I lost most of it.
My grandparents NEVER spoke German publicly. But I would here them speaking German in the other room!
Me too! I'd love to be able to speak German...as it is I learned from my daughter, who took German language classes in high school, how to say "I live for weekends!" in German, "My cat scratches me sometimes", and I know "vegates" (as you can see, I have no idea how to spell German words!) I should have demanded to be taught by my mom & my grandparents, but as they say, "We grow too soon old, and too late smart!"
---- "Reeves-Marquardt wrote:
If you think of "Book German," you might still encounter polite "Wie geht es Ihnen?" in Book German, as well as familiar "Wie geht es Dir?" Both are acceptable. Book German is often refered to as High German. This is the language of the theater, radio and TV.
If you think "Home German," you think of dialects, often quite different from Book German. Here it helps to know the International Phonetic Alphabet because there are innumerable and subtle differences. And it is here that you might encounter high German dialects (southern) and low German dialects (northern). This is the study which continues to interest professors as they seek to describe the language used by our people at home, because it is geographically conditioned.
On other occasions, High German is considered Book German, because it became, more or less, the standard language in the sixteenth century. The standard language enveloped characteristics of middle and southern parts of the German-speaking area.
Low German (north) continued to be used--at home and to a lesser degree in literature even until today. But it is not the standard literary language.
"High" and "Low" are geographical terms and have nothing to do with social standing.
And I wish my mother had taught me her dialect--or any other German!
Have a great day :-)
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Carla Wills-Brandon, Ph.D.
"Angels are everywhere!"
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