Tuesday, June 08, 2010

The 10 Steps of Learning German in Switzerland

There is a clear progression of how English-speaking foreigners deal with learning German in Switzerland. It goes kind of like this:

1. Grüezi. Sprechen Sie Englisch?
2. I'm so excited to learn a new language!
3. I'll be fluent in no time!
4. Hallo, Schweiz! Der, Die, Das, ich kenne etwas!
5. Was? There is also a Den, Dem, Denen, and Des? Echt?
6. Now I'm too scared to talk. I'll get it all wrong.
7. Fine I'll talk. I'll just turn every der, die, das, den, dem, denen, and des into a "duh".
8. I can talk now! I'll go to the flea market and show off! Was kostet das? Was? What is this "foyf" you're saying? I know my numbers, dang it!
9. Crap. I took three years of German and still understand nothing on the streets in Switzerland.
10. Grüezi. Sprechen Sie Englisch?


Jenna said...

LOVE IT! So true!

Chantal said...


Kathy said...

LOL. Right on target. I'm thinking about just going back to studying French :)

JuanitaTortilla said...

Right on, Chantal :D

Chantal said...

I thought about French too. Sigh.

swisssidejewelleryetc said...

Oh Chantal, so funny and so true! What about when the English speaker learning German proudly tells a friend she has even started to dream in German. "Oh, what was the dream about?" enquired the friend. "Dunno, I woke up before I got to the verb" :)

Chantal said...

That's hilarious!

Caitie said...

"I know my numbers!" hahaha, I feel like that when I go shopping!

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