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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (204 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Cathy Dobso Publisher: Red Door Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Mark Twain's classic satire on the German language. A must listen for anybody learning German or living in a German-speaking country.

The Germans have another kind of parenthesis, which they make by splitting a verb in two and putting half of it at the beginning of an exciting chapter and the other half at the end of it. Can anyone conceive of anything more confusing than that?

These things are called 'separable verbs'. The German grammar is blistered all over with separable verbs; and the wider the two portions of one of them are spread apart, the better the author of the crime is pleased with his performance.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Josh | 1/17/2014

    " It was ok. I didn't find it all that humorous as I was expecting. There were some funny parts as he pokes at the German language while ignoring English's own follies, but overall I just didn't really enjoy it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Aaron | 1/6/2014

    " It's a funny little mockery session on the frustrations of the German language. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Arthur Thomas | 12/9/2013

    " One of the funniest essays ever written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sandy Tjan | 12/5/2013

    " For anyone who has ever been forced to take German as a foreign language in high school. "

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