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Nadine Kahn  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 21:18
English to German
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Jul 26, 2007

You separate your trash into more than five different bins.


Your front door has a sign with your family name made from salt dough.


You carry a "4You" backpack.


You eat a cold dinner at 6pm.


You call your cell phone "handy" and a projector "beamer".


You have no problems with nude beaches and saunas.


You have asked your Asian-American friend, "No, but where are you *really* from?"


You have gotten splinters from environmentally friendly toiled paper.


You call an afternoon stroll "Nordic Walking".


You are shocked when you have to pay for dental care.


You own a pair of jeans in a color other than blue.


People start talking about Hitler and Hofbräuhaus when you tell them where you're from.


Tenth grade was all about dancing lessons.


You work 40 hour weeks and have 6 weeks of vacation a year, but complain about hard times.


Your childhood diet consisted of Alete and Zwieback. Your college diet consisted of Miracoli and Döner.


You were educated about sex by Dr. Sommer.


You yell at people for jaywalking.


You grew up watching "Löwenzahn" and "Die Sendung mit der Maus". And Baywatch.



You think college tuition is an outrage.


You routinely go 100mph on the highway and tailgate heavily.



On your last day of high school you made your teachers sing Karaoke and jump through hoops.


You wear brown leather shoes.


Your first audio tape was Benjamin Blümchen and Bibi Blocksberg.


You have ended an English sentence with "..., or?".


You can tell at least one Manta joke.


You're a college student in your 11th year.


Your first sexual experience was on Sat1, Saturday night at 11pm.


You spent hours in school learning to pronounce "th".


You expect chocolate in your shoes on December 6th.


You complain that in other countries everything is dirty.


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RobinB  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 21:18
German to English
Could I please add.... Jul 26, 2007

And you think you can English better than the native speakers.

Thanks a lot!

Robin


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Lawyer-Linguist  Identity Verified
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Priceless Jul 26, 2007

RobinB wrote:

And you think you can English better than the native speakers.

Thanks a lot!

Robin


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sylvie malich
Germany
Local time: 21:18
German to English
I think you've covered just about everything... Jul 26, 2007

except maybe...

You are at a crossing and there is not a car in sight. You wait for the light to turn green before crossing. (See also: original post, jaywalking)

You ride against oncoming traffic on the bike path and yell "Augen auf!" to annoyed bikers.

You argue for keeping the shops closed on Sundays so that those poor cashiers and shop workers can keep the sacred "family day" (even though you know they would rather have the extra shift and money).

You think smoking is an expression of freedom.

It is 36°C in the subway. You go around and close all the windows because of the breeze.

You eat something called a "Currywurst", which has nothing to do with curry.

You have a guest and the phone rings. You talk for 45 minutes to a friend while your guest waits.

You are obsessed about protecting your private data... but answer the phone with your last name.

The computer is part of your job. You type 100 words a minute. With only your index fingers.

Your interational friends are annoyed that they are still described as an "acquaintance" after you've long been introduced as a "friend".


[Edited at 2007-07-27 09:31]


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Thomas Pfann  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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;-) Jul 26, 2007

RobinB wrote:
And you think you can English better than the native speakers.


I sink zett's not quite correct - should it not be "...think you can speak English better..."?


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NancyLynn
Canada
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It was intentional I'm sure Jul 26, 2007

Thomas Pfann wrote:

RobinB wrote:
And you think you can English better than the native speakers.


I sink zett's not quite correct - should it not be "...think you can speak English better..."?




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Thomas Pfann  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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It was a bait Jul 26, 2007

Yes, I thought it might have been a bait

Anyway, after reading both Enkay's and also Sylvie's lists I must say there can no longer be any doubt: I am as German as a Nuremberger bratwurst.


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Nadine Kahn  Identity Verified
Germany
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*eek* Jul 26, 2007

sylvie malich wrote:

except maybe...

You are at a crossing and there is not a car in sight. You wait for the light to turn green before crossing.

You ride against oncoming traffic on the bike path and yell "Augen auf!" to annoyed bikers.

You argue for keeping the shops closed on Sundays so that those poor cashiers and shop workers can keep the sacred "family day" (even though you know they would rather have the extra shift and money).

You think smoking is an expression of freedom.

It is 36°C in the subway. You go around and close all the windows because of the breeze.

You eat something called a "Currywurst", which has nothing to do with curry.

You have a guest and the phone rings. You talk for 45 minutes to a friend while your guest waits.

You are obsessed about protecting your private data... but answer the phone with your last name.

The computer is part of your job. You type 100 words a minute. With only your index fingers.

Your interational friends are annoyed that they are still described as an "acquaintance" after you've long been introduced as a "friend".



[Edited at 2007-07-26 16:08]


Well, some of those things are definitely cruel, yet I wouldn't categorize them as "Typisch Deutsch".


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Alexander Onishko  Identity Verified
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And your family name starts with Dipl.- Jul 26, 2007

Or am I mistaken ?

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Deschant
Local time: 20:18
Reply Jul 26, 2007

And when writing in English, you separate every subclause with a comma, be it necessary or not.

Regards,
Eva


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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 13:18
English to German
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You know you are German* Jul 26, 2007

when non-Germans* seem to know your traits and habits much better than you.

(*insert random country)


)))))))



[Edited at 2007-07-26 19:13]


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Nadine Kahn  Identity Verified
Germany
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haha Jul 26, 2007

Nicole Schnell wrote:

when non-Germans* seem to know your traits and habits much better than you.

(*insert random country)


)))))))



[Edited at 2007-07-26 19:13]


Good one, Nicole!


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Mandy Williams  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:18
German to English
Obsession... Jul 27, 2007

You forgot the obsession with asparagus and marzipan. (Not together though that wouldn't surprise me

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Jalapeno
Local time: 21:18
English to German
... Jul 27, 2007

sylvie malich wrote:
You eat something called a "Currywurst", which has nothing to do with curry.


[Edited at 2007-07-26 16:08]


I don't know where you get your Currywursts, but every Currwurst I ever had was smothered in curry powder ...

@Mandy: Have you never had the famous Regensburger "Marzipanspargel"? Delicious!

(I'm kidding, though it wouldn't surprise me either ...)


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sylvie malich
Germany
Local time: 21:18
German to English
eek indeed! (C; Jul 27, 2007

Enkay wrote:

Well, some of those things are definitely cruel, yet I wouldn't categorize them as "Typisch Deutsch".



Enkay, you made me smile. Perhaps "Typisch Berlinerisch"?

(@ Jalapeno: I've never in my life eaten a "Currywurst"! Just the sight of all that unidentifiable orange powder...)

sylvie

[Edited at 2007-07-27 12:38]


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