Some Extra Language Notes for you…
One of my students asked me to make a few notes on German language. I thought I’d share them with you guys, mit Euch, my mailing list recipients, present and past Studentinnen und Studenten.
Every week I’ll include one of my photos of German language signs.
And here’s a sign I saw underneath the emergency brake on an S-Bahn train in Hamburg. Actually I changed the wording in Photoshop!!!
die Bremse = brake
Benutzung dringend nötig = use urgently necessary
die Benutzung = use, it comes from benutzen which means to make use of, e.g. a tool for a purpose
dringend = urgent – nötig = necessary
benutzen is the normal word for ‘to use’ with the meaning of ‘for a purpose’
The population of the world has already used up the resources for 2018.
And returning back to the photograph, the ‘undoctored’ version is below
der Missbrauch = misuse
die Strafe = penalty
strafbar = punishable
Note, it’s the old spelling – Mißbrauch – new spelling Missbrauch – The spelling reform began in 1996.
Remember – ß (‘ess tset’) comes after a long vowel ss double s comes after a short vowel.
If you found this interesting, let me know and I will send out more Extra Language Notes on weekly basis.