Comments: Ich sprache alem�n

Hehe. I know exactly what you mean. I've been trying to learn Spanish for years now (which is a mere necessity these days if you live in South Florida). But I just can't do it. Well, I can can order food in Spanish so at least I won't be starving... ;)

Posted by JJ at June 19, 2005 08:57 AM

Our brains are weird. I moved four years ago to Germany after spending 25+ years in California, with workable Spanish. I now speak OK German. But when I go back to the States, and go to a Mexican Restaurant, ONLY German comes out of my mouth, as I know I need to use a foreign language, but I now know only one.

The same thing happened to me in Scotland last month. I heard people speaking Scottish (i.e. English with a Scottish accent), and automatically, I was guten Tagging.

Even worse, we had a chinese American visitor at our office in Germany. Strong Chinese accent. I spoke German, to the amusement of my German colleagues.

Posted by Joe in Hannover at July 20, 2005 10:50 AM

Our brains are weird. I moved four years ago to Germany after spending 25+ years in California, with workable Spanish. I now speak OK German. But when I go back to the States, and go to a Mexican Restaurant, ONLY German comes out of my mouth, as I know I need to use a foreign language, but I now know only one.

The same thing happened to me in Scotland last month. I heard people speaking Scottish (i.e. English with a Scottish accent), and automatically, I was guten Tagging.

Even worse, we had a chinese American visitor at our office in Germany. Strong Chinese accent. I spoke German to her (she understood nothing), to the amusement of my German colleagues.

Posted by Joe in Hannover at July 20, 2005 10:51 AM
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