Re: Do you ever say things in other languages?Dec 4th, 2004
Hey, first I have to warn you, this might sound weird. I noticed while walking the dog that I talk a lot of German to him - and the surprise is: I'm not German, I do have family in Austria but they are married into our family. It's not that I have complete conversations in German, but I say thinks like: "Kommen Sie mit" when my dog is sniffing everywhere; I call him "Hallo meine kleine Schlomo" (but Schlomo is not really German, I call him Schlomo because that looks at lot like the Dutch word of "sloom", which means "slow"). In the house, I often say "tschüss" or "Danke", such things. Most of the time I don't even notice it. Sounds weird eh.
So my question: are there others here who do the same thing, who - unnoticed - sometimes say things in other languages, to their pet or familymembers or just to themselves?
You speak German a lot? I didn't know, Dutch also gets "Germanized"?!
The only weird thing, I could notice, Rick, is - that you say "Sie" to your dog instead of du. *looool*
German btw is severely English-affected, we take over heaps and loads of English words all the time, it's incredible.
Funnily, these English words are inflected the German way though, e.g. the infinitive of the verb "to mail" is "mailen" in German, its past tense form is "mailte" (instead of mailed) and the past participle is "gemailt" (instead of mailed).