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I think the wisest to do, is to keep cultivating your interst for those texts, even if that's not modern German. As far as you are aware of those differences pointed out in Takkat's answer, I think it might be rather helpful to have that motivation to learn German. But that doesn't mean you learn German from Bach's Cantatas. It's the other way around. You ...


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Religious verses in a language of around 1750. This language will hardly help you to read a novel, newspapers or to understand everday German.


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Bach used a German spoken at his time (1685-1750) which is considered as Neuhochdeutsch but it is not spoken any more today. Nevertheless it is still understood. In addition to this a lot of changes to grammar and spelling were done for rhyming so that stanzas fit to the melody. Example: O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden, voll Schmerz und voller Hohn, ...



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