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maroule
26-06-2008, 07:45:05
the little story of lucie Mangan is especially funny

http://education.guardian.co.uk/schools/story/0,,2287330,00.html

Funko
26-06-2008, 08:39:59
Good article.

I am sure this visit is why I still have a French accent I can be proud of, but which sadly far exceeds my mastery of the language itself. The result, I have realised on subsequent trips to France, is that I am often taken not for an Englishman who is clever enough to speak French, but for a very stupid Frenchman.

:lol:

I went to Germany on an exchange, I guess when I was 15 or 16. It was bizarre, but kind of fun. Of course, all the Germans had been studying English for 10 years or more and were basically fluent. We had been studying for 3 years or so and were basically able to count to 10 and introduce ourselves.

(French started at 11, German started a year later and only if you were good at French I think, I didn't like French so I just continued with German).

Anyway, I o/c ended up with the only host family where none of the other family members spoke English, you would think this meant I had to speak German but acutally my German was so bad it meant my exchange partner got great experience as a translator. It did really help me understand German when I was listening to it though. And I learnt a good amount of swear words and obscenities.

On the few times I did end up speaking German I tended to be unintentionally hilarious. I remember walking around "Fort Fun" and being asked if I wanted something to eat. I responded "Ich bin voll" at which point they all fell about laughing. I never quite understood why, maybe Vinnie can explain. But although voll means full, it doesn't mean full like that. I can't work out whether it was the wrong word or something highly inappropriate.

I also remember a horribly embarrassing bit of the trip where we went into the school for a German lesson and the German school's English Teacher asked one of the English pupils to read. Greg Neil (who I think K_G will remember) volunteered and then proceeded to read so hesitantly, badly and inaccurately that you would have been surprised to find out he actually spoke English.

maroule
26-06-2008, 09:48:19
and he got on to become US president

Funko
26-06-2008, 09:49:20
Oh, much worse than that.

MoSe
26-06-2008, 09:52:49
he won the Eurovision contest?

Funko
26-06-2008, 09:53:23
He was English, I'm not that old.

King_Ghidra
26-06-2008, 10:05:03
the main thing i remember about greg neal was inflicting a tremendous midair nutshot on him in a 5 a side football game one time

i used to see him around town a few years back, haven't seen him for ages

good stories btw :D

Nills Lagerbaak
26-06-2008, 10:20:15
I think Ich bin voll means I am drunk.

So what you said was still applicable?

Funko
26-06-2008, 10:50:04
Sadly not. That would explain it though.

Dyl Ulenspiegel
26-06-2008, 10:54:09
It can mean what you intended to say, but I'd say only in the context of just having finished eating. The way you describe it it was most likely understood as "I'm completely and utterly drunk".

Maybe Vinnie can explain why they laughed.

Funko
26-06-2008, 10:54:27
:lol:

Funko
26-06-2008, 10:54:52
I need to go somewhere German speaking sometime soon.

Dyl Ulenspiegel
26-06-2008, 10:55:33
Rotterdam!

Funko
26-06-2008, 10:56:47
Ja stimmt.

MoSe
26-06-2008, 11:04:27
I could be your pen pal

MoSe
26-06-2008, 11:05:28
and Aredhran spoke a rather good german too, as a French Swiss

Dyl Ulenspiegel
26-06-2008, 11:08:39
He knows a lot about Flammenwerfer.

Funko
26-06-2008, 11:09:54
Mmm. Flame grilled whopper

http://www.mikesblender.com/burger%20king_whopper%20sign.jpg

mr_B
26-06-2008, 11:11:33
thank you

that will be my lunch, jj

MoSe
26-06-2008, 11:11:47
lol, he got "Erlichtung aus seinen eigenen Erlebnis"

Aredhran
26-06-2008, 11:30:25
Originally posted by Dyl Ulenspiegel
He knows a lot about Flammenwerfer.

:shoot: :gasmaske:

LoD
26-06-2008, 14:01:54
Flammpanzer :bouncmsk:!

MDA
30-06-2008, 12:20:10
nebelwerfer?

Greg W
30-06-2008, 13:02:26
gerbilnerfer?

Dyl Ulenspiegel
30-06-2008, 13:18:04
busfahrerwerfer

mr_B
30-06-2008, 19:14:04
Originally posted by Funko
Good article.

I went to Germany on an exchange, I guess when I was 15 or 16. It was bizarre, but kind of fun. Of course, all the Germans had been studying English for 10 years or more and were basically fluent. We had been studying for 3 years or so and were basically able to count to 10 and introduce ourselves.

(French started at 11, German started a year later and only if you were good at French I think, I didn't like French so I just continued with German).

Anyway, I o/c ended up with the only host family where none of the other family members spoke English, you would think this meant I had to speak German but acutally my German was so bad it meant my exchange partner got great experience as a translator. It did really help me understand German when I was listening to it though. And I learnt a good amount of swear words and obscenities.

On the few times I did end up speaking German I tended to be unintentionally hilarious. I remember walking around "Fort Fun" and being asked if I wanted something to eat. I responded "Ich bin voll" at which point they all fell about laughing. I never quite understood why, maybe Vinnie can explain. But although voll means full, it doesn't mean full like that. I can't work out whether it was the wrong word or something highly inappropriate.

I also remember a horribly embarrassing bit of the trip where we went into the school for a German lesson and the German school's English Teacher asked one of the English pupils to read. Greg Neil (who I think K_G will remember) volunteered and then proceeded to read so hesitantly, badly and inaccurately that you would have been surprised to find out he actually spoke English. :lol: :lol:

Provost Harrison
05-07-2008, 09:42:33
Originally posted by Funko
I need to go somewhere German speaking sometime soon.

I've been somewhere German speaking more than anywhere else recently...I can barely remember how to drive on the left :lol: