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Old 16.01.2008, 10:49
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Re: Words used by Swiss which come out wrong

Mis-translating "Strassenarbeiter".

Instead of "road worker", sometimes you get "street worker" which has a completely different meaning.
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Old 28.03.2008, 16:02
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Re: Words used by Swiss which come out wrong

One of our village farms sells "spare rips"
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Old 30.03.2008, 01:39
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Re: Words used by Swiss which come out wrong

I have an English teacher who, when asked what the english for "Unternehmer" is, replied "undertaker".

And another who once uttered the immortal sentence:
"These industries have never asked themselves why they locate where they locate."

Normally I'm not one to pick on germanisms considering the british attitude towards language learning, but both of these came from English teachers.
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Old 30.03.2008, 10:31
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I have an English teacher who, when asked what the english for "Unternehmer" is, replied "undertaker".
An Unternehmer can be your employer or an undertaker, either way both will send you to your grave..
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Old 30.03.2008, 13:12
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One that still makes me smile: I become a pair of socks for my birthday.
The word bekomme meaning get .

Many years ago (2000 or 2001) the Swiss Post ran a very funny advertising campaign. The campaign was called "We speak English" (If I remember correctly) and it was to advertise the fact that they were working together with Easyjet. Scattered around Zurich were posters with German colloquialisms directly translated into English. The 2 I remember:

You can blow me in the shoes (poster showed a man blowing into the shoes of a woman who was sitting down)
Translated from: Du kannst mir iin die Schuhe blasen meaning leave me in peace or yes, you're right now leave me alone

Another poster had the words A cock in a basket
Translated from: Hahn im Korb meaning one man amongst several women/thorn among roses

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Old 30.03.2008, 17:19
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You can blow me in the shoes (poster showed a man blowing into the shoes of a woman who was sitting down)
Translated from: Du kannst mir iin die Schuhe blasen meaning leave me in peace or yes, you're right now leave me alone

Another poster had the words A cock in a basket
Translated from: Hahn im Korb meaning one man amongst several women/thorn among roses
In a moment of rage, a german friend in London shouted at her mother "You're going on my alarm clock!!"

Translated from "Du gehst mir auf den Wecker," meaning you're annoying/irritating me.
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Old 05.05.2008, 09:16
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Re: Words used by Swiss which come out wrong

I don't have anything that bothers me at all, if someone says something incorrectly in english I correct them, of course if its everyother sentence then it would be harder but a word here or there. I expect to be corrected to how else would anyone ever learn the language correctly
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Sports shoe shop in Paris called "Athletes Foot"
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Old 05.05.2008, 17:01
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Twisted knickers instead of 'knickers in a twist'
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Re: The Wrong Word(s) [non-native speaker slip-ups]

Here is the classic.

A female colleague of mine thought 'shag' means to 'hit'. I overheard her saying to a male colleague that she would shag him if he doesn't shut up.

The male colleague replied that he was all up for it
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Seen in France at the weekend a German coach with F U C K E R written down the side of it in big letters.

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Old 05.05.2008, 18:04
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Seen in France at the weekend a German coach with F U C K E R written down the side of it in big letters.

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I automatically thought 'coach' referred to a man and got befuddled.

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Old 05.05.2008, 23:39
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What am I offered for the charming japanese woman who claimed her hobby was "praying the fruit"?
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The main dish in my canteen today was "Leather Jacket".
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Re: Words used by Swiss which come out wrong

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wictory, wersion...ect.

Pretty much all the v's come out as a w. I wonder why that is.
this is my favorite..i sit across from a swiss at work and keep a running list of all the words that he pronounces with a w instead of a v..walley, wictory, enwironment, inwitation..
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this is my favorite..i sit across from a swiss at work and keep a running list of all the words that he pronounces with a w instead of a v..walley, wictory, enwironment, inwitation..
I have problems with this one too I spend 1hr last night tutoring my German housemates on words beginning with V. Seems to have sunk in now, but I reckon a slip back to the norm will happen soon!
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Old 09.05.2008, 15:30
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I have problems with this one too I spend 1hr last night tutoring my German housemates on words beginning with V. Seems to have sunk in now, but I reckon a slip back to the norm will happen soon!
Yeah, around about Vednesday...
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Old 09.05.2008, 15:41
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Biggus Dickus.

Why are they laughing ?

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