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Old 27.09.2012, 11:54
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you can always make fun of your own

(( ok,no, this is not a grammar question or any question really but as it is regarding language I'll place it here ))

I just had coffee with a German friend and standing in the doorway of the cafe saying our goodbye's someone came towards us and my friend grabbed my shoulder and said
"come on, someone wants to take over"
then he thought for half a second, corrected himself and said
"no, I mean overtake, take over is what we tried to do"

I nearly spit my coffee !
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Old 27.09.2012, 12:06
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Re: you can always make fun of your own

The favourite around here is the pregnant women saying they are "Becoming a baby"

My favourite is:
translate "If you put the flowers on the radiator they will die"
result "If you turn up the heat, the flowers will push up the daises"

and never, ever translate "I feel hot" as "Ich bin heiss" or worse still "Ich bin warm" (Korrekt, mir ist es heiss / warm)
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Old 27.09.2012, 12:08
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That made me laugh, grynch, especially as the more common usage would have been "someone wants to get by".
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Old 27.09.2012, 12:10
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That made me laugh, grynch, especially as the more common usage would have been "someone wants to get by".
again tho he's German mother tongue so is prone to a few mistakes in English, but how he corrected this one made me howl.

Lord knows I've made more than a few grammatical mistakes in French ( I don't speak a word of German myself )
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The favourite around here is the pregnant women saying they are "Becoming a baby"

My favourite is:
translate "If you put the flowers on the radiator they will die"
result "If you turn up the heat, the flowers will push up the daises"

and never, ever translate "I feel hot" as "Ich bin heiss" or worse still "Ich bin warm" (Korrekt, mir ist es heiss / warm)
And, as I learned last weekend, never ask "Bist du fertig?" when asking someone if their beer is finished and they need another.
Everyone at the table collapsed in laughter and spilt their drinks!
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Old 27.09.2012, 12:12
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Re: you can always make fun of your own

My Australian friend always pissed herself laughing about the way I say "focus", which apparently comes out as a naughty word.
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Old 27.09.2012, 12:16
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Re: you can always make fun of your own

I want to meet your self-critical German friend, a very rare specimen of this glorious nation
(on the other hand maybe he wasn't being self-critical, just stating the facts to his his semantics right?!)

EDIT: oh dear, before all the germans bash on me can I add that I have a biography-related natural sympathy for everything german?! just kidding, of course!!!


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(( ok,no, this is not a grammar question or any question really but as it is regarding language I'll place it here ))

I just had coffee with a German friend and standing in the doorway of the cafe saying our goodbye's someone came towards us and my friend grabbed my shoulder and said
"come on, someone wants to take over"
then he thought for half a second, corrected himself and said
"no, I mean overtake, take over is what we tried to do"

I nearly spit my coffee !

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I want to meet your self-critical German friend, a very rare specimen of this glorious nation
(on the other hand maybe he wasn't being self-critical, just stating the facts to his his semantics right?!)

EDIT: oh dear, before all the germans bash on me can I add that I have a biography-related natural sympathy for everything german?! just kidding, of course!!!
Just to redress the balance. I have a German friend who is the only person on this earth that has made me laugh so hard I snorted beer out of my nose.

Believe me, that hurt a lot more than the last time I did it, aged about 9, with a strawberry ice lolly.
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Old 27.09.2012, 12:25
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Believe me, that hurt a lot more than the last time I did it, aged about 9, with a strawberry ice lolly.
until I finished reading that I thought you were knocking back the beers pretty early.
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Re: you can always make fun of your own

Am I right in thinking that 'Ich bin voll' doesn't mean 'I am full', but 'I am pregnant'?
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Old 27.09.2012, 13:27
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Am I right in thinking that 'Ich bin voll' doesn't mean 'I am full', but 'I am pregnant'?
Ich bin voll means I am bloated, I am stuffed. I never heard of pregnant nor sexual meanings used.

British are tired of some US phrases, now it seems some US linguists do not find British sayings acceptable,

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19670686
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Old 27.09.2012, 13:30
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Ich bin voll means I am bloated, I am stuffed. I never heard of pregnant nor sexual meanings used.

British are tired of some US phrases, now it seems some US linguists do not find British sayings acceptable,

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19670686
British phrases appearing in the US? ,
why bless their cotton socks , they must be taking the piss, thats just not on, they'll get their comeuppance !!
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Old 27.09.2012, 13:34
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Re: you can always make fun of your own

aboslutely! some of the finest (male and female) comedians and imitators in europe are german, in fact.
it's a shame that due to the "exotic" language they will never be popular outside of germany. I'm sure if they had tried that take over technique nobody would have stopped them


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Believe me, that hurt a lot more than the last time I did it, aged about 9, with a strawberry ice lolly.
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Am I right in thinking that 'Ich bin voll' doesn't mean 'I am full', but 'I am pregnant'?
It can also mean 'I am drunk'.....
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Old 27.09.2012, 13:49
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Am I right in thinking that 'Ich bin voll' doesn't mean 'I am full', but 'I am pregnant'?
Maybe you're getting that idea from the French "je suis pleine".

I always liked it in Spanish... I once had to say I was embarrassed and instead of saying "tengo vergŁenza" I say "estoy embarazada" (I'm pregnant). I did tener vergŁenza after that.
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Old 27.09.2012, 14:18
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Maybe you're getting that idea from the French "je suis pleine".

I always liked it in Spanish... I once had to say I was embarrassed and instead of saying "tengo vergŁenza" I say "estoy embarazada" (I'm pregnant). I did tener vergŁenza after that.
I think you're right, I did French O level at school, a long time ago, so I'm not great at it (or German!) and find myself getting confused quite often .

Btw, your anecdote about your Spanish 'faux pas' ...(see, I'm mixing up my languages again)

made me....

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