just this

Nothing to report except for a day of perfect weather, so here’s a filler-anecdote.

Disclaimer: I do not laugh at people who make mistakes in a foreign language. Living in another language is really hard, and anyone brave enough to try it gets an A for effort. But languages are tricksy, mistakes will get made, and while I don’t laugh at the people who make them, the mistakes themselves are occasionally entertaining.

So the main train station in Munich has a Burger King. Since it’s in a travel hub, it gets a lot of foreign customers. Once when I was there with Ignatz, I heard a young American guy order a Whopper “mit zunehmen”. Yeah, prepositions are a bitch. What he wanted was “zum mitnehmen” – to take with. What he said he wanted was a Whopper with weight gain. Haw.

Song du jour of the day: the Pogues’ Bottle of Smoke. The song that taught my four-year-old to say “Twenty-fucking-five to one, me gambling days are done…”


3 responses to “just this

  • James

    I understand the frustration and horror of learning a foreign language. Am I ever going to learn German. The structure is so difficult. How can I translate in my mind the English version of what I want to say into German? The end of the longest sentence in German can change with the simple word or the beginning of a trennbar verb—-an. UGHHH!!!!

  • ~d (tilde)

    Spreck-en Zee Doi-tch ?

  • KimberlyDi

    A whopper with weight gain. How true is that?

    I took 2 years of Spanish and nothing stuck in my brain. I was better at sign language. The signs for whole words, not finger spelling. I’m ADHD and forget the first letters by the time you are at the end of spelling a word.


    I do admire people who can speak more than one language.

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