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Richard in Cincy

It really is amazing the situations we can create because of language

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Posted to Thread #10416 at 2:10 am on Apr 20, 2008

When I first got to Austria for school, 3 years of college German under my belt, I went to the downtown department store to look around. In Austria, a clerk immediately approaches you to assist. I was a poor student and just wanted to look around. She asked if she could assist, and in my best "college" German said to her:

"I only see with my eyes."

She stared at me as if I had just got off the spaceship from Mars.

I was trying to say, "I just want to look around."

I learned more usable German in the next week than I'd learned in three years in college.



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