Teach Yourself Japanese
Subject: Re: German and Japanese
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2003 13:02:52 GMT
References: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
> > German must be freaky for foreigners.
> I recently learned the intriguing idea that German is an SOV language in spite of its superficial SVO order. That has made me interested in German because I speak Japanese, whose basic word order is also SOV. After a week of studying, I found German to be closer to Japanese than English is. It's not freaky at all.
I think German word order is easy for native English speakers due to the "helping verb" (e.g. Ich habe ...) It makes us feel happy to have a verb in there after the subject for some reason.
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