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Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Good morning crew,
I had a lovely conversation with my dear mother the other day.
I was telling her all about our upcoming European trip, and complaining about the difficulties I was having learning German.
I knew I was never going to become fluent in a few months, but understanding the idioms, inconsistencies and contradictions I have been encountering have proved to be more of a challenge than I expected. There is only so much I can unravel using a phrase book and Google Translate.
But since Mom is a native German-speaker, even though she hasn't actively spoken the language in 50 or so years, I thought she might be able to provide some insight into some of these problems.
For example; I keep coming across two different words for elevator; 'aufzug' and 'fahrstuhl'. Is one more common than the other? Is one slang? Am I going to sound like a complete 'Auslander' using 'fahrstuhl' when the entire native German population says 'aufzug'?
So I asked Mom about it.
"I'm sorry," she said. "I don't know. When I was a little girl in Germany there were no elevators."
Laugh it up,
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