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Old 27.08.2014, 12:51
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[German] Phonetics puzzle, can anyone work this out!

My son is 4, and has a slight speech impediment, which is slowly improving all the time (used to be so bad I had to translate to others! Now he is coherent to most native English speakers) but still a few words he will not pronounce quite correctly. He has a new word today from Kindergarten that I don't know, I tried looking it up but all I have to go off is the way he is pronouncing it, which might be incorrect.

Sounds like "D'Losstick" (i tried to write that as phonetically as I could!)

It's a noun, the name of a place he went to on a "trip" today, and it's the building where my daughter sometimes has Gym at school. She thinks he is just saying "Gymnastics" like in English but not pronouncing it but he is insisting that's not it
He surprised me last week when he asked for his "Leuchtgürtel", rather than "my orange thing" and pronounced it perfectly!

D'Losstick... what could he be saying??!
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Old 27.08.2014, 13:01
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Re: [German] Phonetics puzzle, can anyone work this out!

hmm, tough one there. Why not have him take you so you can see what it is? (if it is at the school, that is, not sure where this trip was that was mentioned!) Or do you know where it is and are not sure its name?

Gym class would be in a Turnhalle, so that isn't it...
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Old 27.08.2014, 13:08
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Re: [German] Phonetics puzzle, can anyone work this out!

Der Lostag? Not a place, but might fit?
http://dict.tu-chemnitz.de/deutsch-englisch/Lostag.html

The pronunciation could work, for sure, as it's quite common to shorten der (or die) to d' , and ...tag endings are often pronounced ...tig
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Re: [German] Phonetics puzzle, can anyone work this out!

Not "lustig" as in fun, enjoyable etc?
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Re: [German] Phonetics puzzle, can anyone work this out!

I was thinking "lustig" would fit the sound, but that means funny...

edit - hey PaddyG - great minds, eh?
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I was thinking "lustig" would fit the sound, but that means funny...

edit - hey PaddyG - great minds, eh?
..and fools seldom differ, aye

Lustig is an adjective though.
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..and fools seldom differ, aye

Lustig is an adjective though.
I'll stick with the "great minds" version, which might just prove the fools saying to be true...
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Re: [German] Phonetics puzzle, can anyone work this out!

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Not "lustig" as in fun, enjoyable etc?
My thought as well

Perhaps a small child, learning German, could mistake the adjective for a noun? "Das ist lustig" ? "Ist dad lustig?" ... Die/Der/Das being the object, mistaken for being called lustig?
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Re: [German] Phonetics puzzle, can anyone work this out!

Der Lostag as Ace1 mentioned is correct but I highly doubt that they will use such difficult word in a Kindergarten with 4-year-old kids even if most of them are native.

So I think PaddyG, drMom and smoky are right.

Perhaps something like:

Der lustige [put your masculin substantiv here] ...
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Re: [German] Phonetics puzzle, can anyone work this out!

Die (ist) lustig - perhaps, she is funny.
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Re: [German] Phonetics puzzle, can anyone work this out!

Thanks everyone! Something about having fun would make sense.
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