Vices we love: English..German...same-same, nu?

Sunday, March 19, 2006

English..German...same-same, nu?

Just suppose that you are a heart surgeon, a possibility we discussed not very long ago. And suppose that you are told that you have a two hour procedure coming up in an hour. And suppose that you prepare as best you can and enter the operating room to find that it has been converted to a vet's office and you are asked to help in removing the wisdom tooth of an iguana. Not very realistic, true, but if I were a heart surgeon I probably wouldn't have time to blog. Or my blog would be way different. It would probably have pictures of hearts and stuff.

Anyway, in my case I entered with a one hour notice to find....German students. Sweet, well-behaved, non arm-hair pulling German students, but still, you know...German students. German is not a well-liked language in the Asiatown household and I never learned it. (I gave Russian a try but nowdays think that Spanish and Mandarin Chinese would suit me better. And a bit of Polish may help.) Stubborn in my insistance that a teacher should, like know the subject (an insistance that kept me from applying as a Chemistry teacher in Beijing despite the eye-popping salary), I gamely tried my hand at the Queen's English as filtered through east-European/New York/Southern/Southwestern linguistics. It didn't take and we got to the point where one of the students called up her German roomate, desperate for help. And you know what she said?

I am a jelly doughnut

That's what.


Blogger peemil said...

"I am a donut?"

11:24 AM  
Blogger asiatown77 said...

Legend has it that everyone's favorite Irishman stepped off the plane in Berlin and declared "Ich bein en Berliner" which was supposed to be "I am a Berliner" except that Berliner is German for jelly doughnuts. Ain't foreign living fun?

6:56 PM  
Blogger peemil said...

Jeez... Two comments in and no Adalmin?

Must be slipping.

11:33 AM  
Blogger asiatown77 said...

Three. Soon to be four. I'm qute concerned. Also, today I was supposed to morph into a teacher trainer. Next up: seven words you can't use in a classroom.

1:06 PM  
Blogger peemil said...

"Bollocks" is always a handy alternative to swearing.

"Sod it" is always good too.

7:13 PM  
Blogger Adalmin said...

*kicks both of you*

Never shall manhood triumph!

7:49 AM  
Blogger asiatown77 said...

Bollocks and sod it? That'll come in handy. And Peemil, excellent classical music on putfile.
And adalmin owww...hey that felt kinda Yeah.

10:48 AM  
Blogger peemil said...

Oh say can you see...
The pa-tri-ar-chy-
That just knows- it shit-
Quiet or you'll get a fat lip.

12:56 PM  
Blogger peemil said...


You still about?

11:07 PM  
Blogger Adalmin said...

The vodka thing.

5:22 AM  
Blogger asiatown77 said...


1:28 AM  

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