Ulrich Flemming
Publisher: Amazon.com Services LLC
Pages: 57

Wild Things in the German Language is a book for people interested in German who want to increase their vocabulary, as language lovers or students. It's also a book for people who know that words linked to images find their way into long-term memory without repetitive or boring drills.I focus in the book on one of the real strengths of the German language, its use of compound words to evoke common experiences or states of mind. In particular, I focus on compound words that attach a certain feeling, character trait, attitude, or habit to an animal (or, in a few cases, a plant). An example is "Dreckspatz," which combines "Dreck" (dirt) and "Spatz" (sparrow) to refer to a person, especially a child, prone to get dirty, for example, by playing in the mud, all the while showing little interest in cleanliness. Another example is "Rabeneltern," which identifies the kinds of parents who are ...
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