Talk about a rigorous language . . . it depends on the area, with the Rhineland having a fairly sing-song timbre to it and the guttural Bavarian areas etc etc. Speaking of rigorous . . . the Dutch excuse for a throat disease. I lived in Haarlem and they are supposed to have the most throat-clearing accent of all . . . yuck.aster wrote:Yes, very different. Apparently it's the language that's at fault here... with German being a more rigorous language and not as flexible as English. And language also shapes certain thought processes, but then that's all linguistic mumbo-jumbo...Vaucluse wrote: Hmm, could it be that their sense of humour is different? I am presuming you have first hand knowledge in being humorous with Germans in German?
As for the Dutch . . . five years of living there gives me a different opinion to yours, I find their sense of humour quite boorish
Since I sense a hint of disagreement on this one I can fully understand why you'd also have an opposite opinion about the Dutch.
P.S. Two absolute classics, enjoy:
Yes, the Berlitz clip is famous and very self-deprecatory . . . good humour . . . and the other a Brit sketch. For my money the Brits have the best sense of humour around, in all its shades and hues
Good on you, Ozchick. You will enjoy yourself