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Re: A little warning to parents of very small children about "three kings bread"...

My 2 yr old got the prize today, nobody got hurt
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Ah,.but can 2.5 year olds read it? That's the important thing.
Probably not, it's wrote in German.
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Re: A little warning to parents of very small children about "three kings bread"...

http://www.newlyswissed.com/three-ki...baking-recipe/

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Re: A little warning to parents of very small children about "three kings bread"...

New Year rice cakes kill 9 in Japan.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/30678628

It looks as though it could happen to anyone!

Seriously. I don't 'understand' the OP's story, I found out about the figurine hidden inside Kings bread within months of arriving in Switzerland; there were enough clues about the custom on the wrappings and so on to tell me that there was something special hidden inside.

Pancakes has lived here for over five years and has a swiss husband but I'm beginning to suspect she's making very little effort to integrate properly, the thread about having a word with her neighbours over a relatively small noise issue seems to point in that direction anyway.
After all that time I would expect her to read and speak german (or french/italian) well enough to manage basic day-to-day things, having a child isn't an excuse; if fact it should help as you need to speak to child-minders, teachers, shop assistants, etc.
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Re: A little warning to parents of very small children about "three kings bread"...

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New Year rice cakes kill 9 in Japan.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/30678628

It looks as though it could happen to anyone!

Seriously. I don't 'understand' the OP's story, I found out about the figurine hidden inside Kings bread within months of arriving in Switzerland; there were enough clues about the custom on the wrappings and so on to tell me that there was something special hidden inside.

Pancakes has lived here for over five years and has a swiss husband but I'm beginning to suspect she's making very little effort to integrate properly, the thread about having a word with her neighbours over a relatively small noise issue seems to point in that direction anyway.
After all that time I would expect her to read and speak german (or french/italian) well enough to manage basic day-to-day things, having a child isn't an excuse; if fact it should help as you need to speak to child-minders, teachers, shop assistants, etc.
1) Is having a small child and a job (as she does) an excuse? Me, I have small children and no job, and I struggle to find the time to fix myself lunch let alone work on my language skills. YMMV.

2) Having a local spouse (or even a non-local who speaks the language better than you do) can actually be a hindrance to language learning as there is a strong temptation to let that person handle all the phone calls, teachers meetings etc. that you'd otherwise be forced to muddle through on your own.
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Re: A little warning to parents of very small children about "three kings bread"...

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1) Is having a small child and a job (as she does) an excuse? Me, I have small children and no job, and I struggle to find the time to fix myself lunch let alone work on my language skills. YMMV.

2) Having a local spouse (or even a non-local who speaks the language better than you do) can actually be a hindrance to language learning as there is a strong temptation to let that person handle all the phone calls, teachers meetings etc. that you'd otherwise be forced to muddle through on your own.
1), Sadly you'll often hear the 'I have small child/ren' excuse used.
I just think that after five years here enough german (in her case) should have rubbed off to be able to speak to the neighbours and be able to read the wrappings on a loaf!

2) He's presumably not at home all the time, mine certainly wasn't!
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Re: A little warning to parents of very small children about "three kings bread"...

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1), Sadly you'll often hear the 'I have small child/ren' excuse used.
Although unless you have small children, you cannot possibly imagine how much of your time they take up.
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Re: A little warning to parents of very small children about "three kings bread"...

There are worse things to be found baked in bread than a plastic king. Here is an example of an undeclared ingredient . . .
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Although unless you have small children, you cannot possibly imagine how much of your time they take up.
Well, they're not small any more... but I have been through it and know how time consuming and exhausting it can be, got two small grandchildren now so the cycle continues!
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Re: A little warning to parents of very small children about "three kings bread"...

One is supposed to eat them on the 6th so plenty of time to warn everyone
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Re: A little warning to parents of very small children about "three kings bread"...

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One is supposed to eat them on the 6th so plenty of time to warn everyone
... except those who didn't know in the first place who thought it was just fancy bread with a crown.
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Re: A little warning to parents of very small children about "three kings bread"...

I bought the bread today. The wrapper says, in three languages:

Bread contains plastic figure. Not suitable for children under three.

Are we going to have a thread for every occasion when someone cannot understand the local language?

Shall I start?

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Lawinengefahr

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Re: A little warning to parents of very small children about "three kings bread"...

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I bought the bread today. The wrapper says, in three languages:

Bread contains plastic figure. Not suitable for children under three.

Are we going to have a thread for every occasion when someone cannot understand the local language?
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Except if you buy it at the bakery - you get it in a branded paper bag with no warnings. (trying to find an excuse)
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Be aware that there are actually two figurines (either plastic or ceramic) in the bread, not just one.
Poor mama, she must have had such a scare
Hmm, must be a PR issue by your bakery. I never had one with more than one.

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Actually this is a good reminder to anyone to eat this bread very carefully so as not to break a tooth if you bite into the figure in the bread.

Here is an explanation in English about Three Kings Day celebrated on January 6.

http://deutschdrang.com/dir/german-c...ree-kings-day/

In our household even if I had the good fortune of finding the figure in my bread and being "queen" for the day, I don't recall ever being able to delegate my chores for the day.
Well, then I advice to fight for the strength of the tradition! It is really time for it, especially after 44 years after 1971!!

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I did warn my children but I should have warned my wife as well! I bought my first one yesterday morning. My wife was busy doing other things. I told the kids there was a king and maybe a queen in the cake.

Side note: the kids are somewhat familiar as we always got a king cake for Mardi Gras in the States. Instead of a king, there is a baby somewhere in the cake.

Back to the story. We each had a piece but no king found. Oh well, we'll find it tomorrow. However, my wife decided to have a piece after the kids went to bed; she comes out of the kitchen and tells me she hurt her tooth biting into the cake. I forgot to warn her it was a king cake. To make matters worse, it wasn't even a king, just a cow. Does that mean she gets to be a cow for a day? If so, I think it best I forget to tell her that as well.
How dare you to eat it earlier than on the 6th!

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Let me rephrase that: "most foreigners that I know here".

But, of course, foreigners were more integrated back when I moved here.

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Well, in those lucky, earlier, gone days people also tend to speak to each other regularly.

Well, it was probably easier those days, since there were fewer of them (1.3 million in 1700, or 3.9 million in 1940) and only a few foreigners (2% in 1700). Defenitely no "Dichtestress" (it has nothing to do with poetry!), not even in their throat.
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Re: A little warning to parents of very small children about "three kings bread"...

You guys are harsh!

I know we can argue about how someone should be integrated enough to know or have time to learn the language to be able to read labels etc. etc. But the OP's original post was simply a friendly note to anyone who didn't know about the bread...
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... except those who didn't know in the first place who thought it was just fancy bread with a crown.
Oh! I never thought of that.
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My 2 yr old got the prize today, nobody got hurt
One year the kids found two! They like to keep you guessing.
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You guys are harsh!

I know we can argue about how someone should be integrated enough to know or have time to learn the language to be able to read labels etc. etc. But the OP's original post was simply a friendly note to anyone who didn't know about the bread...
I thought the OPs post was fair enough and a good warning to people new here.

The problem is that in some other countries where some of the posters come from, the aforementioned bread would be banned. people can't quite seem to cope when other countries have slightly more relaxed or different laws than their own home country.
For example, the indignation in the naked sauna thread from some of those coming from countries where a lot of people have a more fundamentalist religious outlook such as the U.S. is hilarious.
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You guys are harsh!

I know we can argue about how someone should be integrated enough to know or have time to learn the language to be able to read labels etc. etc. But the OP's original post was simply a friendly note to anyone who didn't know about the bread...
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I thought the OPs post was fair enough and a good warning to people new here...
+1 for these posts. There is nothing wrong with suggesting people be careful, especially as many members here are foreigners that might not know how to read the label on the bread (or know the tradition behind it).

Where I come from you don't bake things into your bread if they're not edible. It would never occur to me to be on the lookout for non-edible stuff in my bread...until someone pointed it out.

Thankfully the first time we bought the bread, my Swiss OH explained the tradition and suggested breaking the bread apart, to avoid any unpleasant surprises for my teeth. I got the king in the first roll. He was so jealous.
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