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Re: German-speaking "in-laws"

Dear all, thanks again for all the advice and suggestions.

A quick update: I brought two bottles of Italian wine (one Cannonau and one Morellino di Scansano) and Sprungli champagne truffles. Somehow, I pulled out of the hat some knowledge of German that I never knew I had in me, and we talked, and talked, and talked

His mom is a sweetheart, and while I made an effort to speak German at all times, she made a big effort to adjust to me - spoke slowlier, no "regional dialects", and so forth. We talked about classical music, Goethe, cooking, traveling, and her son (all things we love and we have in common).

Apparently, she bought me a gift (that my OH will bring back when he returns) and an invitation to come back. I will send her a thank you card for her wonderful hospitality. I feel I want to really learn German just to talk more with her

Other friends and family - also smooth. And the city was fun and interesting, I liked it. I am very happy, except every time I come back from Germany, wherever I have been, I am a bit sad to leave...

Oh, and of course I had spectacular nails, thanks to Coconut, very talented forum member, who gave me a pedicure and manicure that rock!!!
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Re: German-speaking "in-laws"

I'm sitting at home with some kind of awful sore throat/cold thing going on so I am not in a particularly good mood but your short report back on how well things went really cheered me up. So happy you had a great time!
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Re: German-speaking "in-laws"

well done federica, I knew it would be a success. now they know what they'd been missing all the time in leipzig
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Dear all, thanks again for all the advice and suggestions.

A quick update: I brought two bottles of Italian wine (one Cannonau and one Morellino di Scansano) and Sprungli champagne truffles. Somehow, I pulled out of the hat some knowledge of German that I never knew I had in me, and we talked, and talked, and talked

His mom is a sweetheart, and while I made an effort to speak German at all times, she made a big effort to adjust to me - spoke slowlier, no "regional dialects", and so forth. We talked about classical music, Goethe, cooking, traveling, and her son (all things we love and we have in common).

Apparently, she bought me a gift (that my OH will bring back when he returns) and an invitation to come back. I will send her a thank you card for her wonderful hospitality. I feel I want to really learn German just to talk more with her

Other friends and family - also smooth. And the city was fun and interesting, I liked it. I am very happy, except every time I come back from Germany, wherever I have been, I am a bit sad to leave...

Oh, and of course I had spectacular nails, thanks to Coconut, very talented forum member, who gave me a pedicure and manicure that rock!!!
I am so glad to hear that it went well! and YAY for another classical music fan
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Re: German-speaking "in-laws"

That is so nice to read!
Sometimes we under-estimate our communication skills.
Congratulations on the success! And thank you so much for the nice words I'm glad you enjoyed the mani/pedi!
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Re: German-speaking "in-laws"

oh cool, we were going to send out search party! Remember I said to you, don't worry about it and with your personality, you will be able to pull it off! So, you just talked the hind legs off a donkey but not danced on the table, right?

We want all the details on Thursday! and we got an event to plan for!
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Old 01.11.2011, 13:50
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Re: German-speaking "in-laws"

If you have an IPhone or Android you can download Babelfish apps where you type or speak your own language and it translates and pronounces what you want to say.
It only works translates one way, but it's a fun (okay geeky)way to communicate with a Stephen Hawking kind of way. I look forward to trying it on my in laws when they visit next.
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