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Old 13.02.2019, 17:35
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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I did a beginners' German course before I moved here, and the participant who struggled most was an Afrikaans speaker. He complained that the languages were close enough to be confusing, but not close enough to actually wing it!
I can second that. The confusion starts with pronunciation traps (that which is a phlegm-spreading guttural cough in Swiss German (K) is a clean consonant in Afrikaans, and an innocent G in Swiss German becomes a contagious health hazard in Afrikaans; compare the respective pronunciations of the word "Kindergarten") and multiplies with vocabulary "false friends" and grammar pitfalls.
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