23557Re: OT Signers
- Feb 1, 2009Very funny, Nicholas!
When I traveled to Germany, seven years ago, I made a remarkable
discovery: that, oddly enough, Germans who live in Germany for some
inexplicable reason speak German, not English. I went there not
knowing how to say anything except "ich essen kein fleisch" (I'm sorry
if I'm misspelling anything here.) That means that I don't eat any
meat. When my waiter asked me if I wanted "gemuese" I didn't know
that gemuese meant vegetables!
During my trip, I went to a guitar/zylophone concert in Berlin. It
was fun. The guitarist was very skilled and talented, but he kept
getting drowned out by the maniacal zylophonist. Anyway, during the
intermission, I had a very nice conversation with an Ethiopian
gentleman who had immigrated to Germany many years previously. I
asked him at one point when was the last time he had had a
conversation with somebody in English.
"Oh," he said, after a pause,"about twenty years ago."
I mean, my English-speaking pride evaporated!
Anyway, come visit me in Chicago so that you can enjoy some sloppy
totally-to-die-for deep-dish pizza!
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