So I am learning German.

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  1. Xtremevillan

    Xtremevillan im leaving ss.org Contributor

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    And here we are again.

    One MONTH bump.

    As I've been doing Japanese I have put German to the side, but I started again at 11:00. Did a quick review, quick review...haha! My mouth felt really weird after doing such, I was stumbling over words. Gonna do a more comprehensive review tomorrow. Hopefully my Japanese tongue don't fuck over though.
     
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    Ich lerne Deutsch aber ich bin schlecht, ich habe keine Vokabel und die Grammatik ist unübersichtlich, aber er ist spaß und ich gehen nicht auf!

    month and a half bump? If there's another 'everybody speak German!' thread around then I couldn't find it
     
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    Wir werden wieder versuchen zu helfen :D
     
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    Danke sehr! Ich haben eine kleine Frage-

    I was reading an interview with Michael Romeo and the word 'Aufnehmen' kept coming up in words like 'Aufnehmensweise' and 'Aufnehmenprozess', I gather that 'nehmen' is 'to take' and 'auf' is a prefix that means up or on, but I can't put this together into a meaning that makes sense. Verb prefixes confuse me, but I'm starting to pick it up.
     
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    Long story short, when a preposition is put in front of a verb, the meaning likely won't be a combination of the verb and preposition, or a logical extension thereof. Some are, but you can't bet on it. Aufnehmen as a verb means to pick up, I'd assume as in ideas or concepts, as far as I can gather.
     
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    So trying to make sense of verbs like that based on their components is a bad idea? I know there are some that are logical (aufhaben?) but in general they should be learned as another verb entirely?
     
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    Well, "aufnehmen" could also mean "to record" (musically) or to catch it on film with a camera... :)
     
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    Danke. I reckoned that from the context, but since I'm new to this it's possible to reckon anything so I wanted to make sure

    another question, how is 'zig' in numbers like 'zwanzig' or 'fuenfzig' pronounced? I've been pronouncing it pretty much like English, with a hard G, but am now hearing it with more of an english 'j' sound, is that correct?

    (I won't say what I was listening to that had that in it, too un-metal, I'll just say it's a song and the chorus contains 'neunundneunzig'...)
     
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    forelander you fail me

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    The zig is pronounced ts-ich, where the ich sounds just like the german word ich. As such it varies with the region you're in :lol:.

    As for your earlier question, yes, you're better off learning the verb as a new word, rather than figuring out it's meaning as a combination of its components. (Compound nouns, on the other hand, are usually a straight forward interpretation of the components...The difficulty comes when a verb (aufnehmen) has been used as part of a compound noun (Aufnehmensweise) and then you have to know the original verbs meaning and then combine it with the noun :lol:).
     

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