Improve your English - TV ad

Sunday 6 May 2007 @ 10:07 pm

A lot of Germans pronounce the English “th” as an “s”.

I love this ad *g*.

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How to appear to be German in 10 steps

Sunday 6 May 2007 @ 3:50 pm

1. Don’t smile. You don’t want to make a sale, you want to look German.

2. Fake a creepy accent. If you don’t know what a German accent sounds like, do an Arnold Schwarzenegger personation.

3. Don’t say “hi” or “hello”. Use “hallo” or “guten tag” instead (the a is pronounced like the u in “us” for “hallo” and like the a in “army” for “tag”).

4. Every American knows a couple of German words (e.g. Gesundheit). Use them whenever it’s possible.

5. Try to sound formally. Only use first names when it’s really rude not to.

6. When you visit a restaurant order a Jaegerschnitzel (DON’T order an Eisbein - you would have to eat it).

7. Whenever you have to throw something away, ask if there’s a special garbage can for plastic, metal, paper,…

8. No one will take you for a real German if you drive a non German car. Get a Mercedes star and super glue it to your car. If someone asks, tell them it’s a special model you’ve imported from Germany.

9. Houses are made of stone. Tell people that wooden houses are for dolls.

10. This is the hard part - Keep doing steps 1 to 9 while drinking lots of beer. If it’s not German beer, tell people how awful it tastes.

Well done, fellow countryman.

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Since when are the USA a free democracy?

Friday 4 May 2007 @ 2:07 pm

Preface: This post is in no way intended to insult anyone, hurt anyone’s feeling or put anyone down. I’m just asking a question out of curiosity. I’d like you to take it as it is meant - a simple, factual question for a historical date.

I was talking to a friend of mine about the election in 2008, when he asked me “Since when are the USA a democracy?”. I guess he was talking about the election in 2000, when the majority of the people elected one person and the other one was the winner.

Although I don’t quite understand that myself, I’m not gonna talk about it now. No, what came to my mind was something else.

The USA are always portrayed as a kind of “guardian of freedom and democracy in the world”. I’m German, so I tend to agree. I don’t even want to imagine what Germany would be like, without the support of the USA after WWII. Thanks to your country, I can say that ours is a free democracy. In fact I can say that we are since 1949.

Which brings me to the point of this post: What would you say - Since when are the USA a free democracy? Do you have a certain date in mind, or has it been a continuous process, that cannot be nailed down to a specific point in time?

“Free and democratic” to me means that every citizen is allowed to vote (with certain exceptions of course), and that the state does not discriminate people because of race, gender,…

1838 - The Governor of Missouri signed a military order that the Mormons be driven from the state or exterminated. It’s legal invalidity was officially recognized and the State of Missouri formally apologized - in 1976.
Go or die? Not really free, right?

1890 - 300 men, women and children of the Lakota Sioux are slaughtered at the Wounded Knee Massacre.
Uhm, no. Not free.

1920 - The 19th amendment to the US Constitution became law and women were allowed to vote throughout the USA.
Okay, no democracy without voting rights for women.

1964 - The Civil Rights Act made it illegal to force black people to use separate schools, theaters, restaurants, buses, rest rooms, and trains.

Could that really be it? 1964? That would mean that you have made us a free democracy without being one yourself. That sounds weird, and maybe I’m missing something.

What do you think? What do your textbooks say? Can you name a date?

Again - No offense meant.

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New hoster for this blog

Wednesday 2 May 2007 @ 10:19 pm

As announced on monday, “Tobsy says” is now hosted on a new server. I hope you didn’t experience any problems and it stays that way. If you come across any bugs, please let me know. Thank you :-)

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A site that gets me daydreaming

Monday 30 April 2007 @ 1:35 pm

Do you have a website that, as soon as you open it, jump starts your imagination and gets you daydreaming? I do.

Mine is Vladi Private Islands . As you can tell from the name it is a real estate broker, whose specialty are islands.

I’m kind of a loner and have a sentimental attachment to our coastal region. So, having my own little island might be a logical thing to dream about. Especially if you have a thing for Canada (although I’ve never been there *g*). That’s where a lot of the islands are.

If you’ve got some time to kill and share some of my preferences, have a look at the website and dream about the island next to mine. Hey, you could hop on your boat and come over for a cup of coffee :-).

Oh, and this is not a paid post, just in case you’re wondering.

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