Wednesday, February 2, 2011

I Wreak of American

The other day I was out running as usual. Frozen hands and face included. I am not really sure if there is a German etiquette on snot rockets while running but if I don't launch the rockets they turn into horrifying snotsickles that freeze to your nose hairs and stab you in the nostril. You don't want ice on the wings right? I also find myself wanting to spit more with the cold so I really hope I am not offending anyone. I usually wait until I am deep into the woods before I turn into snot launching mucous producing machine but sometimes I forget where I am.
Anyways, I was about half way through an 8 mile run making a circle around the animal park.


I was right here to be exact. ( the weather obviously being different since I took these in the fall ).  During the week I usually see groups of children admiring the pigs and the buffalo, and the older folks walking around with their walking poles. ( Which are the same as ski poles ).


I continued to run on down the path and I passed an older gentlemen who had stopped to admire the buffalo. As I passed he smiled at me and said Morgen! He was so cheerful I couldn't help but try and return the greeting. But with the cold, my social retardedness, and lack of German all I could get out was. "Orgen" followed by a smile. Wow, what the hell did I just say? I brushed it off and turned the corner to the loop. I was at the half way point of the loop when I saw the old man again walking towards me. This time as I passed him he smiled at me and said "hi!" and let out a chuckle. I let out a laugh and a nod, still thinking I could get away with passing as German if I just didn't speak, but It was already too late. My cover was blown.

So now I have a new goal. Be able to properly greet someone in German without making a fool of myself.

Wish me luck.

8 comments:

  1. Oh, it's all about practice... and isn't it nice that you just have to say "Morgen" instead of "Guten Morgen".... totally fine. Actually makes you sound more like a German LOL

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  2. I find it really annoying when Europeans laugh at Americans trying to speak their language; I wouldn't make fun of them if they were butchering my language in their accent, which they do. Incidentally, the only German word I can carry off convincingly is "Tschuss" with that weird, wavering inflection.
    I will also try to refrain from teasing them about their "nordic walking" poles.

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  3. Ya, das ist der shyness talken. Don't worry about it, just say morgen with a smile and a wave and keep going. They don't sweat the small stuff and neither should you. You are a guest there, and they will cut you some slack, and even help you if you ask. :)

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  4. "Snot rockets" - thanks for the new word in my vocab. The German word (not very well-known even among the Germans) is "Kutschergru├č" which, literally, means "coachman's salutation". So, in a way, you are already quite profficient in greeting someone in German. :)

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  5. Aye dios mios! Que lastima! No puedo acer un booger. Hahaha!

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  6. A nod and a smile will do nicely. :-)

    As for the 'snot rockets': I don't even see many men doing it here in Germany so I wouldn't really recommend it. ;-)

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