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One knows one has been studying German too hard....

One know one has been studying German too hard when one sees the movie title "Die Hard" and one grabs a couple German-English dictionaries to find out what the German word "die Hard" means.

I hate to admit it, but this happened to me.

1 year ago

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what the German word "die Hard" means.

Well, you may know that German pupils often talk about their teachers ( a little disrespectfully) using their teachers' last names with the definite article.

So, if we have a Mr Schulz, he will be called "der Schulz", and if we have Ms Müller, she will be called "die Müller". Example:

Drei Schüler unterhalten sich:
"Der Schulz hat uns zehn Rechenaufgaben gegeben!"
"Die Müller gibt uns nie so viele Hausaufgaben auf."
"Die Hard hat uns heute sogar früher nach Hause gehen lassen!"

;-)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SharasT

Die Trunchbull!!!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kl.estes

I remember one time I was watching this British documentary on a metal they were making that was very strong but expensive to produce. It was amazing! Halfway through I got to thinking...if it's an element, shouldn't we have it here in America ? Then I thought about the strangely familiar name "Al YOU mini um". When I realized what it was, the pain was unbearable.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lobsterism

On a similar note, I am currently learning a part in a shakespeare play. the line is "hast thou" in rehearsal i said....

Hast du..

1 year ago

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I remember thinking how well I was doing at Spanish and one of my all-time favorite singers, Lucero from Mexico, was on a Television program (saw clip on YouTube). Anyways, I was wondering why on earth I had SO MUCH trouble understanding her. I'd catch a word or two then....

While 20 minutes doesn't seem like long, it is when you're as confused as I was, and that's how long it took me to realize it was "The Noite" - a Portuguese TV show and Lucero was speaking Portuguese...

1 year ago

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This has happened to me; I was watching Heide made in Swiss German. I know this is supposed to also be German but I hardly understood a thing. I also started watching a Danish movie (it was supposed to be in German) and finally I typed in the title of the movie and found out that it was auf Dänisch.

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And the time I really liked what I thought was an Italian song but was actually Corsican! The title could be translated into Italian so it also kept me confused for some time...

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Fun story - thanks for sharing!

1 year ago

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I read it as Die (dee) Hard too haha

1 year ago

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The new German movie: THE HARD

1 year ago

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In fact the German name for that movie was "Stirb langsam", which means Die Slowly. Guess it's a bit jarring when you think on how fast-paced the movie is.

P.S. - I looked this one up, I'm not THAT into German movie titles translations.

1 year ago

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a translation could be "nicht (oder: schwer) tot zu kriegen" but that would sound strange. Germans like to translate movie titles (wrongly) sometimes they even use other ENGLISH words for it ;-)

1 year ago

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We here got the very prosaic "Assalto ao Arranha-Céus", or "Assault to the Skyscraper".

1 year ago

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and it sounds so friendly... i would have expected Sterben Sie lagsam.

1 year ago

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I had much the same experience a few years ago with a book called "Die Broke", about using all your money before expiring.

1 year ago

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a book called "Die Broke"

Oh! I thought this was a report about damage to a cubical toy. ;-)

1 year ago

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I tried searching that up lol

1 year ago

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One knows one has been studying German too hard when a friend tells you that something is "uber good" and you translate it as "across good". It gives me quite a laugh, but then gets annoying after a while.

1 year ago

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"Die Bart, Die" - Sideshow Bob (The Simpsons) ;-)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PaigeWillows

Ha ha

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PedroBaldessar

Lol, it's happening the same with me

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheHackKnight

Hahaha I did too! I guess I ought to stay on my Polish. ;)

1 year ago
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