No country is more beautiful than my own country. Isn’t it? What do you think? Are you from a country where the water is bluer than in Germany? Where the houses are more colorful and the climate less humid? What are people like? Are they friendlier and warmer? Does the food taste better than here and are the portions smaller or larger? Does Germany have nicer castles and are the leaves more colorful in autumn?

In Rome there are more people who drive scooters. There are more cyclists in Frankfurt. You ride a bike in almost any weather. This is unusual for many newcomers. In Germany, people are less afraid of the cold. They often dress up warmer automatically when it gets cooler. Germans are more distant than others, they may speak less and are more direct in their choice of language. There is a different choice in groceries than in American, Italian or Turkish supermarkets.

In the German course we often hear: Traffic here is much more organized, working conditions are better, you don’t have to worry if you are sick and can’t go to work. There are more rules and this is better for living together.

Comparisons are important to make us aware of the differences. But don’t we often tend to judge people, the country, the new life with these comparisons ? We often find the New “strange” at first. Because it is not (yet) part of us.

But what if we just say: It’s different here. It’s different there. And I can get to know everything else. What if we just met the people, learn their language and get to know their life and culture? No matter in which country. What would it be like, then?

A short grammar introduction to the “comparative”

For the comparative, we need an adjective: groß, klein, dick, dünn, kalt, warm etc.
Each adjective has to be appended with a comparative: größer, kleiner, dicker, dünner, kälter, wärmer etc.
The vowels “a, o, u” become an Umalut in most cases:”ä, ö, ü”, especially in adjectives with one syllables.

Also, there are some very irregular a forms:
viel – mehr – am meisten
gern – lieber – am liebsten
kalt – kälter – am kältesten

Then, we need a second element: als
größer als, kleiner als, dicker als etc.

Das Wetter in Griechenland ist wärmer als in Deutschland.
In Rom gibt es mehr Motorroller als in Frankfurt.

Exercise

Find all comparative forms in the text “Everything is different here” and send us your answers. We’re happy to give you feedback!

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The idea to write an article on the comparative…

… came from the German evening course A2. Dongnyeong, Patricia, Ernest, Fernando and Denis analyzed the comparative in such detail and discussed the structure that I was absolutely amazed : )

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