Main Gratuitous German Discussion

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01:32:30 AM Oct 14th 2014
"Orphan" picture: The trope page has a picture referencing a work, but the work does not appear in the example list...
08:39:36 PM May 5th 2014
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Question: Does Everything Sounds More Threatening In German? Or is that the domain of another language?

Or is it Everything Sounds More Militaristic In German?

Now that I think about it, is it possible that Everything Sounds More Scientific In German?

No, I'm not proposing alternate Trope names; I'm proposing Sub Tropes.
01:51:19 PM Oct 20th 2013
Although there are some examples of correctly used German in the Main page, some are so bloodcurdling that something like a proverb we have in Germany becomes applicable for them: "Your Denglisch makes you nobody so easy after!" (note that this is a literal(!) translation of "Dein Denglisch macht Dir so leicht niemand nach!", plus note the deliberate replacement of an adverb with an adjective in the "translation"), with "Denglisch" being a portmanteau of "Englisch" and "Deutsch".

Correctly translated, that would be "Nobody's going to reproduce your Denglish that easily!"

Could be a sub-trope of Gratuitous German and could be applicable for any other language (which then would become a sub-trope of "Gratuitous <insert language name>").

Usually the literal translation describes a German using English in such a bloodcurdling and/or ridiculous fashion that you start wondering what that person wanted to tell you in the first place - especially when it affects idiomatic expressions that are translated literally more often than not.
05:09:50 AM Jun 23rd 2013
Why isn't Shingeki No Kyojin mentioned here? Damn, the opening lives from it. "Sie sind das Essen und wir sind die Jäger!"? Even the protagonists name: Eren JÄGER! Verstanden?^^
03:34:33 PM Feb 26th 2013
Stoker's Van Helsing isn't listed here or on Surprisingly good foreign language.
03:32:01 PM Feb 21st 2013
Is "Webcomics" really German for "Webcomics?"
11:26:54 PM Feb 21st 2013
06:49:15 AM Feb 23rd 2018
But "Ringen" is not at all Wrestling! (To put it politely, no Kayfabe in Ringen.) Unfortunately, Wrestling should be translated as Wrestling...
11:57:36 AM Apr 28th 2011
In Pokemon Black and White US Version Theres a NPC who Speaks German
11:36:53 PM Dec 19th 2010
I'm a bit puzzled as to why the description makes it out to be an anime trope. I suppose if anyone ever launched Gratuitous Swahili it would go on about how Swahili is used in Japanese culture or whatnot.
06:29:59 PM Feb 15th 2011
Likely because the largest set of examples on the page are from anime/manga and video games (a good portion of which are Japanese ones). Not to say that the description couldn't/shouldn't be changed.
02:31:19 PM Dec 18th 2010
this sucks shit from a silly straw - drake clawfang
10:45:41 AM Feb 9th 2012
Cool story, brony.
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