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Sep
20
comment Looking for large list of nouns with gender
That's a beautifully done piece of work. Thanks for pointing it out.
Sep
7
comment Anything like the NYT crossword in German?
BTW, thank you both for the pointer to Um die Ecke gedacht. It may be above my head at the moment, but that's fine. I prefer too hard to too easy. It gives me something to aim for.
Sep
7
comment Anything like the NYT crossword in German?
@Wrzlprmft: the NYT puzzle ranges in difficulty from medium (most educated people would be able to get at least half the clues) to hellish (few if any native speakers would be able to solve them without prior exposure to such puzzles). The difficulty level increases gradually from Monday to Saturday. (The Sunday puzzle is special: It is roughly at a Thursday-level of difficulty, but it is bigger.) At the beginning I could only nibble at the easier (Monday) ones. I still found them fun and full of interesting tidbits. I gradually worked my way up to the skull-busting Saturday ones.
Mar
15
comment Reference work on prefixes, suffixes, etc
@Emanuel: I was be-blown away by that blog post; but please, pace yourself, or you'll zer-burn yourself out well before you make it to zu... Heck, you won't make it to hinaus...
Feb
25
comment How does one say “illustrated dictionary” in German?
Thanks for the pointer. This is the only example I know of so far of the kind of dictionary I'm looking for. I'm amazed that Amazon.de does not sell it. Maybe it's out-of-print, or there's just no market for it.
Feb
25
comment How does one say “illustrated dictionary” in German?
@EugeneSeidel: thanks for the correction. Unfortunately, it made no difference. (Since my command of German is tenuous, I rarely use "double quotes" when I search for German words, to avail myself of the search engine's inexact matching capability. Therefore it's perhaps not surprising that fixing my error did not produce more hits.)
Feb
24
comment How does one say “illustrated dictionary” in German?
@knut: Thanks, but, as I emphasized in my question, I am not looking for Bildwörterbücher.
Jan
12
comment Looking for dictionary of synonyms *with usage notes*
@Em1 No, not quite. What I'm looking for could be called an "annotated thesaurus". In contrast to a typical thesaurus, instead of listing all or most synonyms, it lists only the most common ones, but explains the subtle differences that may exist among them.
Dec
26
comment Etymologie von “gemein”
Here's one way to look at it: one would expect that patricians and plebeians will attach rather different connotations to words associated with "the common people": derogatory ones for the former (e.g. "mean"=lowly,nasty; "common"=ordinary,vulgar;), and neutral/positive ones for the latter ("mean"=average,normal; "common"=ours, as in "commonwealth", "community", "common good", "common decency", etc.) The language retains all these echoes, even when they come from opposing camps.
Dec
26
comment Etymologie von “gemein”
FWIW, the same thing happens in English with "mean" (which can be taken either as "average", or as "base, vile, evil"), and even with the Latin-derived "community" and "common" (which can be used in the sense of "ordinary, vulgar, lowborn"). A historical connection between the two meanings seems quite plausible to me.
Dec
23
comment Looking for a collection of audio samples comparing German accents
In my Google searches I tried various combinations of Akzent, Vergleich, and Hörbeispiele... I could use better keywords...
Dec
23
comment What movies are good for learners who want to improve their grammar and vocabulary?
++This is a brilliant idea!++ What could be a more fun way to learn a new language than to watch the movies one loves (and probably already knows by heart) dubbed into the new language? I wish I had more than one upvote to give it!
Dec
23
comment On the dativ with and without “zu” (pt. 2)
You're right, this follow-up question here was largely the result of my incomplete understanding of your previous answer. Thanks for the clarification.
Dec
22
comment Which educative video series helps me in learning German?
@userunknown, arguably "to learn German" (as opposed to, say, "to improve one's German") suggests that the person is starting from scratch. That said, however, I think the thread would be useful to more people if it lists resources for learners at various levels. I, for one, am glad that you posted your answer. Thanks!
Dec
13
comment Looking for comprehensive list of Partikeln
That's very useful, thanks!