chapter is an introduction. In it you will
not learn anything important. Here we will
show you that German does not always sound
the same by giving you some different voice
Some comments on beauty in general.
You often hear that German sounds ugly.
The author has to admit that if you are
referring to the sound of the German language,
it hardly passes as a beautiful language.
However, language is an instrument of communication,
something that is to be used on an everyday
basis; and things of everyday use usually
lose their aesthetic value. Imagine you
have a house at the sea. Everyone just says:
Oh, how nice it is, how beautiful to live
there! But you have lived there for 10 years.
Would you still think that it's so wonderful?
What's the point of this little side trip?
Well, it's not really important how a language
sounds. Take marriage as another example;
it's nice to have a beautiful husband or
wife, but it is better to have someone with
whom you can live your entire life. It's
not that easy to get divorced from a language.
We can assure you that as a language German
is just fine. We Germans are able to clearly
express ourselves, and in our feelings and
poetry we can even express things that have
no words. So, come on and find out the inner
beauty of this language!