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Old 07.08.2012, 21:35
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A common mistake Swiss people make when speaking English is their use of the "bekommen" verb "to get". Recently I called an online shop to ask about an order I made and the sales person tells me on the phone "When you become the email ..." I knew exactly what he meant but couldn't resist and replied "what do you mean exactly with that I become an email?"

Over my stay in CH I remember "becoming" several different things but maybe you "became" something more interesting lately?
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Old 07.08.2012, 21:38
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Re: have you "became" something interesting lately?

I don't get it.
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Old 07.08.2012, 21:44
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A common mistake Swiss people make when speaking English is their use of the "bekommen" verb "to get". Recently I called an online shop to ask about an order I made and the sales person tells me on the phone "When you become the email ..." I knew exactly what he meant but couldn't resist and replied "what do you mean exactly with that I become an email?"

Over my stay in CH I remember "becoming" several different things but maybe you "became" something more interesting lately?
Hell, I make loads of similar mistakes when I'm talking or writing in German. Never has anybody complained with anything more than a smile, and perhaps a polite correction. Therefore if I'm allowed to massacre the German language, then they can massacre the English language as far as I'm concerned. As long as you understand it's no problem.

Edited to add: Most swiss speak better English than I do German anyway, therefore I'm not complaining about little English errors.
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Old 07.08.2012, 22:01
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I don't get it.
The ability to turn someone into an email is a rare one I make many mistakes in German (and English) but this "become" one I find paticularly funny.
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Old 07.08.2012, 22:03
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Re: have you "became" something interesting lately?

I appreciate when people help me with the language, not make fun of me.
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The ability to turn someone into an email is a rare one I make many mistakes in German (and English) but this "become" one I find paticularly funny.
get = bekommen

spiel am worte ..... oder wortspiel
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Re: have you "became" something interesting lately?

Well, I guess I make the opposite mistake (though quite similar in context).

Because when I (try to) speak German, I sometimes make the mistake of using the verb "bekommen" to mean "becoming."
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Re: have you "became" something interesting lately?

I became a cigarette.
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Re: have you "became" something interesting lately?

This thread is not becoming me well.
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I became a cigarette.
Oh I remember I also became once a parking fine :P The police officer said "if you lose your parking ticket don't worry, you will become a fine to your home" of course in this occasion it didn't crossed my mind to ask "what do you mean exactly that I will become a fine at home"
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Re: have you "became" something interesting lately?

I've never heard this mistake before, but given the way I manage to butcher every sentence with "übercho" in it I would be inclined to let it slide anyway.
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Re: have you "became" something interesting lately?

Kinda like "I have to spend blood because a friend needs it" ("what do you mean spend blood is not correct?! you can spend money, no?")

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This thread is not becoming me well.
You then might state "es ist einfach nicht bekömmlich"
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