The Awful German Language

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

If you’ve ever studied German (and maybe even if you haven’t), you’re likely to find this short essay to be hilarious. Published as Appendix D from Twain’s 1880 book A Tramp Abroad, this comedic gem outlines the pitfalls one will encounter when trying to wrap one’s mind around the torturous German cases, adjective endings, noun genders, and verb placement.
(Summary by Kara)

Genre(s): Humor, Language learning

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Part 1 Rainer
Play 02 Part 2 Rainer
Play 03 Part 3 Rainer