As many of you know, my daughters and I are trying to learn German. We just completed our A1.1 course and next week we move on to A1.2. This essentially means that we are now able to tell people our names, where we are from, and that we speak English “und ein bisschen Deutsch”. We can also count….. somewhat. I feel fairly confident saying my numbers up to nineteen, and then I must stop. The German number for 20 is, zwanzig. This seems simple enough. However, for some reason I tend to say another word, Schwanzig. It sounds similar to my ear. The meaning is NOT similar. Schwanzig means “cock like”. Not the best word to say when at the grocery store and trying to communicate with the grocery clerk. Hi, my name is Cherie and I would like “cock like” tomatoes please, or I would like “cock like” brötchen, bitte. So, many new ways for me to say embarrassing things. With German skills like these, I may never make any friends here.
Here is a picture of our group of future German speakers. Wish us luck as we head into the next class!
For those of you that are bilingual, what crazy things have you said to others as you tried to learn their language?