German Studies



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  • The average number of meanings per word in German (and maybe English too)

    by Ray

    Based on a study of the evolving number of words in the successive editions of our German-English Literary Dictionary, we can safely venture to say that: for GERMAN
    there are about 2 meanings per word on average for the 10,000 or so most commonly-used words (such as those listed in the (...)

  • "The Awful German Language", by Mark Twain

    by Mark Twain

    Mark Twain concluded this very entertaining overview of the German language with the statement: « . . . a gifted person ought to learn English (barring spelling and pronouncing) in thirty hours, French in thirty days, and German in thirty years. .(!!)
    His reflections on the particularities of (...)

  • A German-English literary dictionary (with German-language definitions)

    by Ray

    Nov. 10, 2017: new (and definitive) 34,000-word edition, with 2,000 new entries taken from previously-undefined words in the definitions and examples of the previous edition. The core of this bilingual literary dictionary consists of all of the words looked up in various dictionaries while (...)

  • German Literature - a personal survey

    by Ray

    Being able to read texts in the language of Goethe and Schiller has certainly been an advantage in my long-standing quest to better appreciate the literature of that mysterious land on the other side of the Rhine, as many works that are well-known or even famous in the German-speaking world are (...)