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Is it just me who feels this way..? -_- I don't know, I respect other people's opinions and all, and it's fine if you don't feel what I'm feeling. Now please understand that this journal expresses MY opinion on this matter, and that it is pretty strongly worded in doing so. I sincerely do apologize if you are offended by this journal.

[VENTING MODE ENGAGE]

This is a rather unimportant subject, but is anyone else somewhat annoyed when the German accent is written into Germany's dialogue? I mean, I see this EVERYWHERE. :iconraegplz:

EXAMPLES:

The becomes "zhe".

That becomes "zhat".

Will becomes "vill".

What turns into "vat".

NO. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. NO. :iconpleasenoplz:

*apologizes* Now please, hear me out.

No, I do not find it annoying when the German language is used in his dialogue, I only find it annoying when the German accent is WRITTEN INTO the dialogue(meaning that saying that he is speaking in a German accent isn't really annoying to me). I mean, I understand that people might want the readers to be thinking of Germany's /attractive/ accent when he's speaking or that the readers may want to think of his accent while reading, but I don't think that writing so much of the accent into his speech is really necessary. I am pretty sure most of us can imagine what he would sound like while talking. A lot of times adding this to his speech just makes the character of Ludwig to look rather odd and quite frankly, stupid. I mean, sometimes this accent is so heavily implied that it even makes the reading almost impossible to understand. Example below:

"I vill... I vish zhat it did not have to end zhis vey. I just know zhese zhings…Feliciano. Now, do not cry anymore for zhe sake of me, ja? Only von more day left, and ve vill be free... free to love each other. Yes, ve vill..."

Wat. Do people find this sexy? :iconwatplz:

Putting this accent into Germany's own THOUGHTS just make this matter even more irritating to me. Sometimes this becomes such an issue to me that I have to stop reading a fanfiction because it makes Germany look so bad it's ridiculous. And Germany is my favorite character and my favorite character to read about. ;A;

Oh yeah, and a protip: Please don't use this in erotica. It looks bad. It isn't sexy. No. It isn't.

*main point aside* Also, am I the only one who finds it rather odd when Germany is referred to as, "the German"? I have also found that this is really commonly used in Germany fanfictions. Are you trying to exoticize him? I don't understand why people use that. I find it kind of weird. :I

Thank you for reading this journal, and comment whatever you feel you should. :iconthankyouplz:
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nightembersglowing Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh my gosh, I am so glad that it is not just me that feels like this! :iconsupertighthugplz: I also have this issue with Kiku/Japan fics, where 'v' is replaced with 'b' and 'l' with 'r'. I know what a Japanese accent sounds like, you don't need to patronise me or make the fic hard to read!

Oddly, I don't mind France/Francis' occasional missing of an 'h' at the start of a word...but then I love French accents, so...*shrug* But yes, phonetic accent writing is a bitch =.=
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DocileGloom Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Student General Artist
I actually really like it, same with all the other characters. To be fair, it's far different from writing America to call everyone "Bro" and "Dude" or England to say "wanker" and "spiffing" ect. (Which, as an English person, I can frankly that most of the words used by England are either not used at all nowadays or rarely and dependent on which accent you have)

I think it's mainly due with trying to in keep with the dub of the anime. Don't get me wrong, I love the sub but the dub at least highlights the differences in accent. So people write it in (well, at least I do) so that if you read it back it would be similar to if you heard it in the anime if that makes any sense at all :'D

I get where you're coming from though - The thing with it too is by having those two extremes (so one with an accent wrote in and standard English) everyone else who doesn't have an accent you can really write in, like Spain, just sounds like he has a neutral English accent by comparison.

I guess moderation is the best key. Don't do it on every word perhaps?
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gir131 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I don;t know about other people, but I sometimes use 'The German' when I write, just so I have a little variety for the words. Just saying Germany sat down, Germany pulled out a book.... gets kind of repetitive, right?
I do this with most if not all Hetalia characters, actually.
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Morecowbellisneeded Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just find random rudimentary German words sprinkled into a fan fiction distracting. Kind of different from what you're saying but whatever. :I
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aniloverji12 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Student Writer
Well the thing with referring him to as "the German" is not trying to exoticize but rather to identify who is speaking or doing what. It would be quite boring if every sentence said "Ludwig did .....", " Ludwig smiled...." and so on and so forth. ^^ It's a style or syntax thing and it can seem strange sometimes.

And the thing with the accent, I use it sometimes but only in the context of Ludwig being somewhere else than America and he hasn't quite mastered the English language yet.

I'm talking about general fan-fiction, not reader-inserts.
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spirtofthedevil Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i agree with some of what your saying but it goes make the fanfic more real if you wite him with his german accent i love then people do it, but i do see how you can get annoyed with this t=z w=v etc, if you dont know how to wirte in his accent (or read it) , but me i find it better when people write him with an accent. (and easyer to read)
my opinion
sorry if i sound bichy cuz sometimes i do when i stress my opinion
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CarrotSoren Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually kind of agree, as I'm English and I'm sure people from other countries think I have an accent but I'd hate to have the English accent written down. But I do like it when people write 'Veeeh' for Italy :3
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AkikoGurl Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
Aaaaaah~ I feel this way for all the Hetalia characters o3o

"Herro ____-san. I rike to watch Hetaria."
WHAT. AND
"Veeeh~~ Hello-a bella~~" whurt is that ever correct just omg just I HATE it when people type people's accents into stories and stuff >.< It's irritating D: (no offence if any of you like that stuff)
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LightKitsune7890 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
hahaha i hate all of that *high-fives*
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AkikoGurl Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
/high fives back (ouo)/
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