Beautiful German words not for Anki

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Beautiful German words not for Anki

Postby patrickwilken » Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:40 am

I came across this one my daughter's children's book "Heute ist Lucy Piratin" last night:

Himbeermarmeladenhandelsschiff

Any others?
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Re: Beautiful German words not for Anki

Postby Hashimi » Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:54 am

These are three or four words, not one.
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Re: Beautiful German words not for Anki

Postby Kat » Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:03 am

Hashimi wrote:These are three or four words, not one.


Maybe in English, in German it's one. :D

@Patrick: I have another one for you: Traumzauberbaum.


You daughter might enjoy this if she doesn't know it yet. It's a beautiful collection of stories and songs for kids.

PS: There's probably one "n" to many in your Himbeermarmelandenhandelsschiff. In German you could say "der Fehlerteufel war am Werk". ;)
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Re: Beautiful German words not for Anki

Postby Lawyer&Mom » Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:38 pm

Die neugierige kleine Hexe had a lovely Raketenbesen, which probably isn’t an Anki word.
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Re: Beautiful German words not for Anki

Postby Stefan » Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:44 pm

German is kind of cheating though.

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Re: Beautiful German words not for Anki

Postby gsbod » Wed Sep 12, 2018 5:59 pm

Die Sendung mit der Maus taught me all about the wonderful Gleisschotterbettungsreinigungsmaschine
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Re: Beautiful German words not for Anki

Postby Saim » Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:24 pm

Kat wrote:
Hashimi wrote:These are three or four words, not one.


Maybe in English, in German it's one. :D


I don't know of any meaningful definition of "word" that would count "raspberry jam trade ship" as being a different number of words to "Himbeermarmeladenhandelsschiff". The fact that we don't write Raspberryjamtradeship (or maybe we could use Hungarian conventions and write rasberryjam-tradeship?) is just an arbitrary writing convention.
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Re: Beautiful German words not for Anki

Postby Ani » Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:10 am

Saim wrote:
I don't know of any meaningful definition of "word" that would count "raspberry jam trade ship" as being a different number of words to "Himbeermarmeladenhandelsschiff". The fact that we don't write Raspberryjamtradeship (or maybe we could use Hungarian conventions and write rasberryjam-tradeship?) is just an arbitrary writing convention.


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Re: Beautiful German words not for Anki

Postby Kat » Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:59 am

Saim wrote:I don't know of any meaningful definition of "word" that would count "raspberry jam trade ship" as being a different number of words to "Himbeermarmeladenhandelsschiff".


I'm confused.
Are you saying that you'd count "raspberry jam trade ship" as one word? If so, what do you call the four different parts it's made up of? :?
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Re: Beautiful German words not for Anki

Postby zenmonkey » Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:12 am

Saim wrote:
Kat wrote:
Hashimi wrote:These are three or four words, not one.


Maybe in English, in German it's one. :D


I don't know of any meaningful definition of "word" that would count "raspberry jam trade ship" as being a different number of words to "Himbeermarmeladenhandelsschiff". The fact that we don't write Raspberryjamtradeship (or maybe we could use Hungarian conventions and write rasberryjam-tradeship?) is just an arbitrary writing convention.


Like everything else about language is just an arbritrary convention.
Yet we understand that in English it is 4 words and in German it is a single word.
Because that is the conventional definition of what a word is.

a single distinct meaningful element of speech or writing, used with others (or sometimes alone) to form a sentence and shown with a space on either side when written or printed.
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