german ice cream shop
this won't be the coolest story ever like some people post on here? it's not anything like "oh i had the deepest conversation with a ukrainian woman on the bus!" or "i went on a trip with some spanish friends and could actually speak to them!". it's just some dumb thing that i'm proud of.
so i was on google earth and since i don't have the money to actually travel anywhere, i was getting my sightseeing done over the internet. i went to germany and france and italy and south korea and even belarus, it was pretty great. i was trying to find a place in germany that wasn't "pretty" (don't ask for my reasons it's complicated) so i just started clicking on random parts of the map. in one part, i landed in front of a little shop. upon further inspection, it was an icecream shop, and guess what? my clever little "haha i've been learning german for like fifty days" eyes picked out the words "eis" and "erdbeer" which mean "ice cream" and "strawberry" (duolingo says it's erdbeere with an e but this was munich so i think it's a little different).
and yeah that's it. if i ever go to a really specific icecream shop in munich then i'll be able to order strawberry ice cream so that's cool. this was a very underwhelming story but like, you're the one who clicked on the post so this is your consequence or whatever.
thanks for reading about my crazy adventure in germany that lasted for like five minutes okay bye.
"duolingo says it's erdbeere with an e but this was munich so i think it's a little different"
German native speaker here, Duo is right, "Erdbeere" is the correct form, but when used to describe something (in this case strawberry icecream) the "e" is often dropped. AFAIK nobody in Germany says "Erdbeere-eis", we all just say "Erdbeer-eis" (hyphen added for clarity).
A cool little story nonetheless! I wish you best of luck on your journey to mastering the german language :)
Native German Speaker here too and I can confirm what Tobinatore said. The fruit itself is called Erdbeere with an -e but when used together with another noun like ice cream or cake for example the -e is dropped and the correct words are Erdbeereis or Erdbeerkuchen. And to make it even more confusing with lemon there would be an -n added (!) in between. So it would be Zitroneneis and Zitronenkuchen.
No one ever said german was the easiest language to learn, I'm afraid. ;-) Keep it up and have fun exploring.
At least most words are well-behaved and once you know one compound, like Erdbeereis, you can form lots of other compounds starting with the same word. Erdbeergeschmack, Erdbeerjoghurt, Erdbeerpflanze, Erdbeerblüte, Erdbeerfeld, Erdbeerernte, Erdbeertorte, Erdbeersoße...
I've been learning German for a long time now and I've found that I've never needed to study how nouns form compounds, I just got a feel for what sounds right from exposure to enough words. I really wish I could say the same for genders and plurals!
That's a brilliant story!
I, too, love to wander the streets in Google Earth. For a while I subscribed to a gardening forum in Spanish, and I learned to say "bee hive" (which I've now forgotten but it starts with a "C" I think and I would probably recognize it in a story or in context).
Every little adventure helps! Thanks to the Internet, we don't have to physically travel to enjoy our new language skills :)
I'm german and can explain to you why it was Erdbeer and not Erdbeere. When you want to say what icecream flavour you'd like to order the two words (the flavour and the icecream) become one. So it's Erdbeereis or Kirscheis (Kirsche= cherry), but there are no rules to that. You would say Vanilleeis (vanilla icecream) or Schokoeis (from Schokolade = chocolate) but then let's say there would be a pear (Birne) icecream flavour you would have to add some letters: it would then be Birneneis not Birneeis. So yeah honestly I'd never study german unless I had to if it wasn't my native language :'D
Actually, that sounds like a great way to have a language adventure. In Google Earth, go into street view and go down the streets, reading street and all manner of signs. Or you could buzz the people with airplane mode and stop the action when you see a sign.
That is actually a great story. You know exactly what you have to do now, don't you? It is in your head now.
Do not fret about the expense. You will find the money somewhere, and it will be part of an epic/mini adventure. You will spend much more money than that on much more pointless things during your life.
Enjoy your trip!! ;)
What a poor little story. You went into an ice cream shop and all you got was strawberry ice cream? Where's your imagination, dude? There are shops who sell way over thirty different types of ice cream. Try again, I know you can do better!
Sorry, just kidding. In ancient times we did this "mit dem Finger auf der Landkarte" (with our fingers on the map). It was great fun then but we never had the chance to find anything smaller than cities. Anything you can think of that makes your learning more interesting is great. Keep going and enjoy your imaginary ice cream ;-)
Great story! It isn't dumb. It is always rewarding when you understand words in another language. Now, don't mind me as I go steal your idea and go to Google earth in Japan....
I can't wait til you post one day you are eating your strawberry ice cream in Germany in a corner Eis cafe. Dream big, these little steps make it happen. Thanks for the story...I think I'm going to visit some countries via Google earth!
You should go....Ice cream is delicious in Germany. Es ist wie 'gelato' und ist sehr lecker. You should have your Erdbeereis with Erdnuss on top.
Wow, that's cool. You can get ice cream in Germany now! Also, that's a good idea. Like, GOOD. Okay, excuse me, I'm going to Google Earth to try this out...
Lol I laughed to myself while reading this. It's cool how now you can order Strawberry ice-cream in German.
You never know when you need to order strawberry ice cream in German haha.
This is the kind of world traveling and sightseeing I do, too :) I like it a lot.
I can totally relate to you!!! It's very surprising with little knowledge we have, we can understand simple lines like this. I sometimes browse the Trending Youtube Videos from Germany and when I understand the title completely, I feel like I have come a long way!!
I love to do this, too! Have you ever played the game where you drop yourself on a random spot on the map and try to find an airport? I like to practice my language skills that way. I'll pick a country that speaks the language I want to practice and write down a list of important vocabulary (airport, exit, etc.) before I begin. Plus, you get the little victories like recognising "Erdbeer-eis".
heyyyy!! cool story, I really liked it ... I was just wondering, are you a fan of cavetown? ( username :) )
I've once seen a big, pink road sign saying "Erdbeermund". It took me a moment to read it and put it together, as I knew "Erdbeer" and "Mund" before, but never as in one word. It took me another moment to get, what is this place about :) Never went in, though.