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Friday, August 26, 2016

Good morning crew,

My wife is beginning to hate me.

Like all zealots, once I determined to teach myself German in preparation for our upcoming European adventure, I decided that the people around me should share my enthusiasm; and the person who is around me the most is the wife.

So toward this end I began writing German words and phrases with their English translation on little pieces of paper and taping them in obvious spots around the house.

One morning a piece of paper would appear taped to the fridge with the personal pronouns on it; Ich, du, er, sie, es, etc...

Another morning the translation for, "I would like to order a beer" would appear on the bedroom mirror.

Or, "Where can I buy clean underwear" would end up on the bathroom mirror. You know, common phrases that are most likely to come up.

After a while I began quizzing her, because being married to me is like living a really annoying trivia game.

She tolerated this pretty well for a while, but as the weeks trickled past she became less and less willing to play my little game.

Finally she came up with a solution (that didn't involve divorce).

"We're not just going to be in German-speaking countries," she said, "so why don't you learn German, and I'll learn some French. That way we'll have two counties covered."

"Yeah, that would be a pretty good strategy," I admitted. So I started to ease up on my assault of pop German language quizzes, and we went to the used book store so the wife could pick up a 'French for Travelers' phrase book.

But I just couldn't leave her go on her own initiative. After a little while I started asking her how to say this or how to say that in French. At first she was a little vague with her answers, but finally I challenged her with the simplest most common phrase we are likely to use.

"How do you order a beer in French?" I asked.

After a moment of knitted brow and chewed lip she offered, "Ein bier, s'il vous plait?"

"That's just German with 's'il vous plait' tacked on the end!"

She countered with, "Yeah? Well, it doesn't matter. Everybody over there speaks English anyway."

I shook my head at her. "With that attitude," I cautioned, "you KNOW they're going to spit in our Vichyssoise."

Laugh it up,

Joe

joe@gophercentral.com

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