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Posted by ChildeRoland (Member # 3880) on July 09, 2005, 20:39:
 
I've been posting for a little while, but haven't yet taken the chance to introduce myself. I'm a college student. I was studying Computer Engineering, then Electrical, now Civil Engineering. I speak German pretty well, kinda an interest of mine. I also try to program for a HL2 mod-- CarmaGordon (www.itsabeast.com/CG/) --when I have the time. I'm working as a mechanic in an industrial setting right now; I go back to school in mid August. I'm pretty shy in RL which makes it kinda hard for me to meet people. I don't really know what else to say, if you've got any questions feel free to ask.


On the origins of the name:
It's inspired from a Robert Browning poem (http://www.bluejo.demon.co.uk/poetry/poems/rol.htm) which takes its name from Shakespeare. Tales of a knight named Roland date back to the days of the Crusades under Charlemagne in the late 8th and early 9th centuries.
Many people think of the Dark Tower Series by Stephen King when they hear the name Roland. In my opinion, the first three books worked pretty well, but they went down from there. If you've read King's books you should recognize some themes (and even some names) in Browning's work.
 
Posted by Tom- geeking around (Member # 2876) on July 09, 2005, 21:14:
 
Hi dude!

/me is from Austria, which makes German my native language.
I also play a lot of HL2- especially CS-Source.. But I am afraid a retro wave of The Sims2 and the release of Battlefield 2 made CS-S vanish from my *hours played counter strike yesterday*-list.

Have fun at this board- enjoy the comics. But don't take everything TOOO seriously what a few people here say +g*

Otherwise: have fun!

Thomas
 
Posted by Jonathan (Member # 2724) on July 10, 2005, 12:23:
 
Welcome to the forums!
 
Posted by ewomack (Member # 3225) on July 10, 2005, 20:18:
 
Guten Tag!

I know almost no German apart from what I learned from the videogame Castle Wolfenstein: "Folgen!" "Halt! Kommen Zie! Eins Pass!"

But welcome here! POst!!!
 
Posted by csk (Member # 1941) on July 10, 2005, 20:30:
 
Welcome to the forums! I, also, know very little German beyond what I've picked up from Wolf 3D, listening to Rammstein, and watching Top Secret.
 
Posted by Tom- geeking around (Member # 2876) on July 10, 2005, 21:12:
 
Ewo-
sorry to correct you.
But that typo stung badly in my eye-
quote:
Kommen Zie!

It's supposed to mean "kommen sie!"- meaning as much as - come here!

THomas
 
Posted by Stereo (Member # 748) on July 11, 2005, 07:44:
 
quote:
Originally posted by ChildeRoland:
On the origins of the name:
It's inspired from a Robert Browning poem http://www.bluejo.demon.co.uk/poetry/poems/rol.htm which takes its name from Shakespeare. Tales of a knight named Roland date back to the days of the Crusades under Charlemagne in the late 8th and early 9th centuries.

Will you allow me to nitpick a bit? Charlemagne has nothing to do with the Crusades (the first happened in the 11th century). Rather, he tried to unite the European continent under a single empire - his. At that time, muslims were occupying parts of Spain, but it was but another kingdom to conquer. And the original Song of Roland is of unknown author, dating back to the 11th century. It's an interesting read, by the way. If you haven't yet, it should be pretty easy to find an annotated edition for next to nothing.

But I must say I first heard of that part of history while watching my brother play Marathon! [Big Grin] (I had a Wikipedia link, but UBB didn't like the parenthesis, even if they were coded [Roll Eyes] )

Other than that, welcome! [thumbsup]
 
Posted by magefile (Member # 2918) on July 11, 2005, 08:56:
 
Hallo! Ich bin Amerikaner, aber ich hat zum Deutsche Kindergarten [gehen|gegangen - ich weisse nicht). Mein Deutsch ist jetz sehr schlecht, aber ich moechte es studieren im Universitaet.

Welkommen sie hier!
 
Posted by ChildeRoland (Member # 3880) on July 12, 2005, 04:42:
 
quote:
Originally posted by magefile:
Hallo! Ich bin Amerikaner, aber ich hat zum Deutsche Kindergarten [gehen|gegangen - ich weisse nicht). Mein Deutsch ist jetz sehr schlecht, aber ich moechte es studieren im Universitaet.

Welkommen sie hier!

Ich *bin* zum *deutschen* Kindergarten gegangen. Jetzt ist mein Deutsch schlect, aber moechte ich es in der[?] Universitaet studieren.

("hat" is conjugated for the third person. "Ich habe, du hast, er/sie/es hat" If the verb is transitive, you don't even use haben, but rather sein.)


While not tuly one of "the Crusades," Charlegmagne was the first Christian leader to really begin taking lands from Moslims. It was not in the holy and, but rather right at his back door, in Spain.
 
Posted by Snaggy (Member # 123) on July 12, 2005, 19:51:
 
Hey howdi ChildeRoland!

Thanks for being here. [Smile]
 
Posted by ewomack (Member # 3225) on July 12, 2005, 20:02:
 
ooh! Nice catch on my Deutsch typing... It's been a while... I should've looked it up. Apparently I'm a total Schweinhund. [shake head]

But welcome nonetheless!!!!!
 
Posted by Tom- geeking around (Member # 2876) on July 13, 2005, 00:02:
 
AHHHHHH...

quote:
Ich *bin* zum *deutschen* Kindergarten gegangen. Jetzt ist mein Deutsch schlect, aber moechte ich es in der[?] Universitaet studieren.
As a native german speaker, I would put it this way:
Ich bin auf einen deutschen Kindergarten gegangen. Jetzt ist mein Deutsch schlecht, aber ich möchte es auf der Universität studieren..
If you wanna fine tune it, you would say:
Ich bin auf einen deutschsprachigen Kindergarten gegangen.

English speaking people tend to mess up the "ch", since they pronounce it just "c" in english.


Anyways..

Thomas
 
Posted by ChildeRoland (Member # 3880) on July 14, 2005, 15:08:
 
Is there a reason that someone gave me a ration of zero (0) stars? Did I say something offensive here, or was it just my bad german?? I know for a fact that none of you have known me long enough to get offended, yet for some reason someone chose to destroy my rating.
 
Posted by magefile (Member # 2918) on July 14, 2005, 17:01:
 
Well, I did say my German was bad ... as for ch, I think learning how to pronounce that sound is probably the thing that's stuck with me the most.
 


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