Posts by Andrew Heckman of no particular importance. In fact, I'm not even sure why you're reading this.
Hey, Hanty! We are back online! When I came back from France, THAT was when I got culture shock-- from the shallowness of American culture. How 'bout you? --Tavia
Hi, Tavia! Good to hear from you!Yes, it was quite a shock to be back in the US of A. One of the things that surprised me about the German language is that, while I wouldn't say it's a *pretty* language, it strikes me as very gentle. And Lisa and I both noted how quietly Germans tended to talk in public places.After I got back to America, I was waiting for a bus and a young woman was waiting at the same stop. Apparently, a boyfriend or acquaintance of hers happened by. The following shrill exchange took place:Her: "I don't appreciate you callin' me in the morning and talkin' shit about my friends!"Him: (Unintelligible grunting)Her: What'd you say to me!?Him walking away with dismissive hand-wave: (more unintelligible grunting.Her: That's it! I don't want you comin' round no more! You hear me?!Ah, welcome home.
Yes, thank you! For twenty-two years I have been trying to convince people that German is *not* a harsh or guttural language. It's completely some kind of WWII stereotype based on completely other non-linguistic factors, from what I can tell.
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