Out of Curiosity...
So I have been learning German for a short time now, but the example of someone having a duck as a pet is coming up a lot. is this a joke or do a lot of Germans actually have pet ducks? (This is purely out of curiosity)
I found it. This is what Bilbo sings:
Old fat spider spinning in a tree!
Old fat spider can’t see me!
Won’t you stop,
Stop your spinning and look for me?
Old Tomnoddy, all big body,
Old Tomnoddy can’t spy me!
Down you drop!
You’ll never catch me up your tree!
@PresidentPeanut: not a clue, I haven't seen the films, but in the book Bilbo teases spiders by using a word for spiders that - I don't remember what it is actually, but it's very similar, I assume it's derived from one of the Norse tongues, because Tolkien knew a lot of and about those languages.
Speaking of ducks, there is this anime I liked to watch as a kid, Alfred j. Kwak. It's very clever, characters grow up, there is a bit of psychological insight and even a bit of politics and social matters, which is very unusual for a product targeted at children. Back then I watched it dubbed in my language, but the two original versions are japanese and dutch (the story is from a Dutch musical). It was quite popular in Germany, too and I am currently watching it again but this time dubbed in German (since it was a show for kids it is of course not that hard to understand).
You probably said what so many of us were wondering for a long time now. I've spent up to a year now using Duolingo to learn German, and when I have to say "Eine Ente ist ein Haustier" I'm thinking "Really?" I Doubt many Germans really have ducks as pets. Maybe people who live on a farm in the German countryside. But that would be it.