Grüezi, weider!

Daily Prompt: Take That, Rosetta! April 16, 2015 — If you could wake up tomorrow and be fluent in any language you don’t currently speak, which would it be? Why? What’s the first thing you do with your new linguistic skills?

Daily Prompt: Take That, Rosetta! February 10, 2014 – If you could wake up tomorrow and be fluent in any language you don’t currently speak, which would it be? Why? What’s the first thing you do with your new linguistic skills?

It’s a dream to wake up some morning able to speak and read several dialects of German and read it like a native speaker. Then I could translate my novel, Martin of Gfenn. I would also be able to go to the village of Gfenn and do a reading for some people who wish very much I would do that. My novel would reach the market it was written for and everyone would live happily ever after.

However, in the case of this prompt, déjà vu seems to be the operating principle, so maybe I should learn French?

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7 thoughts on “Grüezi, weider!

  1. Oh Martha I am tempted, really, but I make mistakes in the german grammar. Mr. Swiss makes no mistakes, but he is busy with other things and we might have a little misunderstanding if he helps me. Had a quick look in Amazon and found it – 324 pages. I read the first paragraph and asked Mr. Swiss what a Provost is in German, his answer was “something religious”, so there we have it, but who knows.

    • Wow. I appreciate the thought very much! A provost is just the guy who runs the Canons. I don’t even know really what it is other than he’s the boss. Several English speaking Swiss have read it and liked it, so I don’t think the English is difficult. I think it might have the same problems for a Swiss reader it has for an American; terms like “provost” that are just not understood any more in the sense they were used in the middle ages (or in Catholic countries today…)

  2. My mom made me take Latin in high school so I never learned a spoken, modern language. Latin helps my English, though, and helps for reading Spanish. I’m married to a Colombian born German and Spanish bilingual guy. Amazing to hear him talk German with his mom and Spanish with his friends.

  3. Back briefly in the land of the living …
    Yes, that’s an obvious choice for you, Martha. And completely logical.
    And the DP is, as usual, one that can be responded to only by clever people without its seeming inane …
    :/

  4. I took Latin, too. I always do a great job of learning phrases for the country we are visiting, but when called upon to use the language, I always choke. My brain doesn’t go fast enough to relay a message to my mouth in real time.

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