Mini-epiphany of the day :)
I started the German tree a couple weeks ago. Thanks to you all and your thoughtful comments on the forums, I have learned a lot about the language and its evolution in relation to other languages. It has also given me the chance to learn more about the English language (I'm not a native speaker) and other cultures --for instance, look at the comments on the "Idoms & Proverbs" skill!.
Anyways, I learned the word Luft a couple days ago and I did not think much about it. Today I told myself "die Luft ist kalt"... then I thought about Lufthansa, and found this in Wikipedia:
"The name of the company is derived from Luft (the German word for "air"), and Hansa (a Latin term meaning "guild" most commonly used historically in reference to the Hanseatic League)."
And that's why a Duo lesson can sometimes take more than an hour! I l read your comments, go to beolingus, reverso, forvo (don't trust the robot voice too much), and other resources that you guys have mentioned in the discussions.
Thanks again :)
How about "Luftwaffe," "air + weapon." It's a generic word for "air force" but many people associate it with WWII. The modern German Air Force is still called "Luftwaffe."
That's the one I always think of to remember that Luft=air. I'm watching too much "Hogan's Heroes" again... :-)
And how cool is it that I can understand a lot of the German phrases they throw in every so often? "Noch einmal" and "Sie mussen mir glauben" come immediately to mind. You don't need to understand the words in order to follow the plot, and of course they're not subtitled, but I get a kick out of it.
All I remember from Hogan's Heroes is "Achtung!" and "Schnell!" When my German is further along I will have to go back and see if I can follow along with the German bits!
I remember watching the episode where Lebeau was pretending that an agent was a little old woman. She was really a young, beautiful Dutch woman. Anyway, they had to hide her from the Gestapo and the drop off point was a florist. There was a sign in German in the background and I just had to know what it said. "Flowers for Funerals"