1. German is a very logical language.
It's true, German has some grammatical rules, but only a few exceptions. Once you learn the rules, you are unlikely to have any unpleasant surprises.
2. There are only a few pronunciation rules
Apart from the difficulty of the sounds mentioned above, German cannot be said to have strict pronunciation rules. Unlike, for example, English, where every word is pronounced in its own way, or French, where the rules are so strict that dictation is done even in the most advanced course levels. In German, only certain diphthongs change (e.g. eu= oi and ei=ai) and the v, which is read as f, otherwise pretty much all words are pronounced as they are written. And that is certainly something worth mentioning....
3. German nouns are recognised by the capital letter.
Even if you've never studied the German language, you've probably noticed that some words in German are capitalised in instruction manuals, for example. These are nouns: whether they are general or abstract, they are always capitalised in German. This spelling goes back to the time of Luther and has been controversial for a long time, but has never been abandoned: Germans are also convinced that a text with capital letters for nouns is easier to read.
4. In German there are rules you have to stick to, whereas in English the grammar is more "flexible", so to speak.
Although English is one of the most learned and used languages in the world, English grammar remains a mystery to many native speakers and foreigners alike. To this day, English has no academy, and debates about the tenses of verbs are very much alive. In German it's easier, you have the rules and you should follow them. They may not always "make sense", but after a certain point, the internal struggle subsides.
5. German doesn't have the gerund and the duration form.
In English, the dilemma of whether or not to use the gerund (e.g. "What do you do"? vs. "What are you doing?") is unresolved. The lack of one in German simplifies our lives, not to mention the absence of the (in)famous duration form. So if you've eaten in the last hour, just say "“Ich esse seit einer Stunde“". Simple and concise -> German
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