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DID YOU KNOW...?

that German declines?

If you have ever studied Latin you will know what the terms decline and declension mean. For the Germans declension is not something that is reserved for the classroom.

Many argue that German is the natural language of philosophy, hence the large number of important German philosophers in Western thought. There is no telling if it is because of the weather conditions, the history and idiosyncrasy of the German people, or the structured nature of their language, or maybe a mix of all of these things.

What is certain is that German declines nouns, adjectives, personal pronouns, articles and numbers in four different grammatical cases: nominative, accusative, dative and genitive. To make it even more difficult to study this language, German has three genders: masculine, feminine and neuter. Besides which, if you think it follows some kind of logic based on the reality you soon learn that this is not the case. For example, "das Mädchen", the German for girl, takes the neuter form.

If you have studied Latin, and ever wondered what the point of it was, you'll be pleasantly surprised that you can put your knowledge into practice to learn German. Without a doubt, the existence of declension in German is highly complex and requires a great deal of effort when learning this language. However, it is a characteristic that gives the language a synthetic nature and makes it possible to eliminate ambiguities that require additional effort in other languages, supporting the idea of those who believe that German is perfect for philosophising.