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Questions tagged [germanic-languages]

Questions about Germanic languages (e.g. English, German, Dutch and Danish), a branch of the Indo-European language family.

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Resources for learning Texas German

The German language arrived to Texas in the 1840s, and, amazingly, the language has stuck around with a few thousand people. Here is a fantastic video of a woman speaking Texas German for six straight ...
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Understanding word placement in German [migrated]

I am confused as to the placement of “noch” in the sentence : “Aber ich will noch nicht schlafen”. I’m aware the whole sentence means “but I don’t want to sleep yet” but putting “noch” in the middle ...
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Can I read nynorsk due to learning bokmål?

Suppose I learn enough Norwegian bokmål to be able to read books and newspapers well enough to follow what is happening, even if I would miss nuances and occasionally misunderstand something. I'm ...
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Predicting language interference between Danish and Norwegian

I am presently learning Danish, but will soon move to Norway. The languages are very similar, to the level that I can read both without ever having studied Norwegian. Norwegian pronunciation is likely ...
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What are the differences between High German and other dialects? [closed]

I am going to either Germany or Austria to study German. I have been told there are differences in the German spoken in different regions, and would like to know what these were before choosing the ...
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What are some recommended iPhone apps for learning German?

I already use Duolingo, but feel as though it's not enough to propel my language skills and learn even more. Are there any German apps that are more grammar-based than vocab-based in the App Store (...
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What is the significant difference between the Germanic language group and the Romance group? [closed]

People classify English, German and Dutch into Germanic language group and French, Spanish, Italian into the Romance language family. I learned English and the others before, but I still don't ...
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Swiss German Learning

Can anyone suggest any resources for learning Swiss German? Since Swiss German is not an official language but a dialect it is very hard to find any resources. Ideally targetd for beginners with no ...
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Why is Icelandic considered harder to learn for English speakers than other North Germanic languages?

Multiple sources, including this website, claim that Icelandic is a particularly difficult language to learn for native English speakers. Of particular note, this source claims Icelandic is ...