Hot and bothered in German

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Grace, Cambridge, ON 2011-09-01

O.M.G. That is hilarious and horrible. This honestly happened?

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SK, South America 2011-08-19

This reminds me of when, while visiting my in-laws in Germany, I cheerfully told them that our neighbour back home was "eating" our dog while we were away. (Of course, he was "feeding" our dog in our absence, not "eating" it!)

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Liz, Canada 2011-04-07

While on my first exchange in Germany, I explained very enthusiastically to a fellow exchangee from Slovenia that I like to eat Spinnen, spiders, rather than Spinat, spinach. Our German friends laughed uproriously to hear newcomers say "gute nackt" instead of "gute Nacht". And don't talk about "breite Sterne", "wide" stars.

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Roger, Arizona, USA 2011-03-31

In a basic German class I was supposed to write on the chalkboard exactly what I heard another student dictating to me in German. There soon came a point where I heard "nächsten Satz" (next sentence) so I wrote that too which generated much laughter from the class and a red face for me.

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Dr.Ravikumar, India 2011-01-01

I teach German Language in IGNOU,Kerala,India. I am a Doctor by profession and i like teaching German. My students scored 100 out of 100 in their final Examinations(A1). I feel very happy..
They like German grammer too much..As a teacher I feel proud..wish u all Happy New year.. Thanks to BBC German.. I started French now...........

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Andrea, United States 2010-12-10

While living in Germany I was staying with a host family and I was trying to communicate that I fed the cat instead I said I ate the cat, ich habe die Katze gegessen instead of ich habe die Katze gefüttert, lol, and my host mom started to freak out and then I realized what I said and yeah it was epic...

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Gary Brown, Bielefeld, Germany 2010-12-08

I once went to the local goverment office to collect yellow refuge bags, used for recyclable waste. After being sent from office to office I realised I was asking for Gelbe Sachen, yellow things, instead of Gelbe Säcke, yellow sacks. I was too embarrassed to go back to the correct office, where I had started.

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Susanne, Germany 2010-11-16

One of our American assistants was sometimes taking her neighbour's dog for a walk and learned the proper phrase for that "Gassi gehen". Unfortunately she thought it just meant going for a walk and used it when walking without the dog, as in "Ich bin heute heute Gassi gegangen".

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Auri, Miami, FL, USA 2010-11-10

Hello...I lived in Munich many years ago and not knowing much German I thought that "Einbahnstrasse" (one way street) was a very important street, given that there were signs pointing in its direction all over the place. I finally asked a friend where this popular street was and she got a good laugh. So did I.

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Aram, Armenia 2010-11-08

Once I in a seminar in Germany I wanted to cut a piece of paper and asked for the "Schneider"(tailor) enstead of the "Schere" (scissors).

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