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The French have a different word for everything

The title of the post is taken from a 1978 Steve Martin stand up comedy routine on the Wild And Crazy Guy album.  This, and Martin’s first album, Let’s Get Small, are highly recommended if you are of a certain age or temperament, although beware of going to back to past and spoiling it by paving over the old memory.

I found this language observation funny then and happily it’s still funny to me now.  What’s better is that Martin goes on to observe that when you are here visiting and want to speak to someone and don’t speak French, then Continue Reading

Ich bin Berliner

The title of this post is the proper way to say it. When JFK said “Ich bin ein Berliner” he said “I am a jelly doughnut”.  These details are important. Be careful when you use the indefinite article in German, especially if you are from Frankfurt or Hamburg. In proper French fashion we went someplace… Continue Reading