Oct. 16th, 2008 07:10 pm
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My German is not very good at all, but I clearly know a whole lot more than I did last year. As before, I'm delighted by how much I learned just by being in Germany for a few weeks. There is really nothing like being there.

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I have below the cut a photo of some bread I purchased recently. I guess I'm just going to have to admit to being a sucker for anything with German printed on the packaging. Which means I'm in trouble next time I visit Germany, I guess.

photo )
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“Test: Der, die, or das? Choose the correct article.”

*runs screaming into the night* Gah!

Also, is it OK that I tend to giggle when I see words like die Lebensmittellieferung? A “sesquipedalian” word is a long one, a foot-and-a-half long, to take the meaning literally. I guess in German one-and-a-half feet long is just getting started.
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For Dienstag, 7 Februar:
“Deutsch ist eine schöne Sprache.”
Just so you all know...
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I hope everyone survived the New Year parties. Joyce and I went to the party at Lytheria in Milwaukee. The annual ritual of the funny TV commercials video, an hour or so of the best, or sometimes worst, of the art, was enjoyable as always. Lots of food, as always. Lots of people, many of whom I see pretty much only at these parties.

We had a nice little filk circle on the third floor, with Emory, [ profile] tigertoy, Art, Sue, Jim, Barisha, Joyce, me, and various listeners dropping by from time to time. Phil and Art got into a Longcore dual, to see who would run out of Moonwulf songs first. I think it was pretty much a tie.

In an effort to do something completely different, I sang the Hockey Monkey Song. In German. Thanks to Urban Tapestry and [ profile] aryana_filker for making that possible. I have, by the way, a handy tip for any of you considering singing a song in a language that you have been studying for about two weeks and which you, essentially, don’t speak: Pick a slower song! Still, it was tons of fun. Also fun, and well-received, was Aryana’s Lullaby for Larean, which I also (what the heck) sang the first verse to in German. I have an adorable little niece, just five weeks old, who, like me at that age, sleeps occasionally but mostly cries, so I’ve been looking for lullabies, on the theory that I’m going to end up needing them someday. A bilingual lullaby is great. My goal is to eventually teach little Heidi to sing songs in languages that her parents don’t speak. Crazy Uncle Mike, indeed.

Since Joyce was away in Louisiana over Christmas, we delayed the opening of gifts until today. I now have Das Keyboard, a computer keyboard with no markings whatsoever on the keys. It is an all-black keyboard (“Darth Vader approved”), the only markings being the labels for the three lights and the “Das Keyboard” in the corner. You can’t get much cooler than this. It’s a pretty nice feeling keyboard, too.

Joyce likes her fancy Lamy Pico tiny ball-point pen, her very bright LED flashlight, and her puzzle of an origami-style folding plastic drinking cup.

There is turkey in the oven now and a nice dinner planned.
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They tell us that studying languages can help us communicate with our fellow humans. Sure, but sometimes you don’t want to communicate. Do you really want to communicate with that panhandler asking for “spare change?” I don’t, but I tend to get sucked into lengthy discussions with them. Sometimes I’m just to polite to tell them to buzz off. I tried a different approach today on the streets of Milwaukee. The encounter went something like this:

Begger: Excuse me....
Me: Guten Tag!
I don’t mean to be any harm I’m just looking for some change to...
Wie geht es Ihnen?
Wie geht es Ihnen?
Wie bitte?

At this point, I had successfully achieved my goal, which, you’ll recall, was to fail to communicate, but to do so in a creative manner.

I suppose it’s unnecessarily cruel to cheerfully speak to someone who probably has mental health issues to begin with in a language I chose to use specifically because I doubted he had any knowledge of it, but it was way more entertaining than these encounters usually are.


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