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  • Quick, read it out-loud, German sounds kinda like English!

    • reynard61

      Having listened to a lot of German in my time (War movies, mainly, and German classical music) I can tell you that German does *NOT* sound like English. However, there are a few cognates (words that sound similar enough and share the same meaning) that an experienced listener can get the gist of what is being said. In this case, though, I would strongly recommend picking up and making use of a good German-English dictionary.

      • bob the 6th

        inverse, some English sounds like German, so we know that English and can understand the German it came from…
        It is more noticeable with romantic languages, like Spanish or french…

      • Lleyn

        I’d offer to translate it for them, but unfortunately, I’m not a comic character ;)

        As to similar-sounding words: Yes, there are quite a few, like costume – Kostüm, the only problem in understanding them is that English speakers pronounce them with a different emphasis than German ones: catAstrophe versus KatastrOphe. Then again, there are also those which sound similar yet mean different things: brave is not the same as brav (= well-behaved), sympathetic isn’t sympathisch (= likeable, unless in a medical sense).

        So in this case, I’d really recommend a good bookstore or a good summoning spell! :)

    • EDIT: I keep forgetting that my very small Latin background probably helps me since I honestly do seem to get the gist of a lot of basic German just by reading it out loud and seeing what it sounds like.

  • wanderingdreamer

    Quick, read it out-loud, German sounds kinda like English!

    • reynard61

      Having listened to a lot of German in my time (War movies, mainly, and German classical music) I can tell you that German does *NOT* sound like English. However, there are a few cognates (words that sound similar enough and share the same meaning) that an experienced listener can get the gist of what is being said. In this case, though, I would strongly recommend picking up and making use of a good German-English dictionary.

      • bob the 6th

        inverse, some English sounds like German, so we know that English and can understand the German it came from…
        It is more noticeable with romantic languages, like Spanish or french…

      • Lleyn

        I’d offer to translate it for them, but unfortunately, I’m not a comic character ;)

        As to similar-sounding words: Yes, there are quite a few, like costume – Kostüm, the only problem in understanding them is that English speakers pronounce them with a different emphasis than German ones: catAstrophe versus KatastrOphe. Then again, there are also those which sound similar yet mean different things: brave is not the same as brav (= well-behaved), sympathetic isn’t sympathisch (= likeable, unless in a medical sense).

        So in this case, I’d really recommend a good bookstore or a good summoning spell! :)

    • wanderingdreamer

      EDIT: I keep forgetting that my very small Latin background probably helps me since I honestly do seem to get the gist of a lot of basic German just by reading it out loud and seeing what it sounds like.

  • steelraven

    Quick, find a German! Preferably Wolfie!

  • steelraven

    Quick, find a German! Preferably Wolfie!

  • Sir_Krackalot

    Quick Ben, put your wizard skills to use! Summon a spirit of Understanding!

    • KomiIsDrawing

      Ah, but you need a strong sense of the spirit you’re wanting to summon, and, well.. These two are out of luck on that score. If you wanted a surly spirit or perhaps a fussy one, you’d be golden!

      • Nonesuch

        No, no, wait…! Mal can talk to the spirits, and we know that Big Blue Blob loved Wolfe’s music! If Big Blue Blob can speak and read German, and I assume spirits have the gift of tongues, then they’re in luck!

  • Sir_Krackalot

    Quick Ben, put your wizard skills to use! Summon a spirit of Understanding!

    • Ah, but you need a strong sense of the spirit you’re wanting to summon, and, well.. These two are out of luck on that score. If you wanted a surly spirit or perhaps a fussy one, you’d be golden!

      • Nonesuch

        No, no, wait…! Mal can talk to the spirits, and we know that Big Blue Blob loved Wolfe’s music! If Big Blue Blob can speak and read German, and I assume spirits have the gift of tongues, then they’re in luck!

    • sargothwise

      Summon the übermensch!

  • PraetorDragoon

    Shocking, Sherlock! How about following the bread crust trail?

  • PraetorDragoon

    Shocking, Sherlock! How about following the bread crust trail?

  • Name

    I really like this story! I’ve read the other Widdershins comics also, and IMO this one is the best – both drawing and story. Thank you! :)

  • l33tninja

    lol “it’s in German”

  • lara

    They stole your Wolfe Mal, What are you gonna do? >:D

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