Linux, musical road-dogging, and daily life by Paul W. Frields
“Look kids, it’s the ring strabe.”

“Look kids, it’s the ring strabe.”

The last time I used my German language skills regularly was about twenty years ago in college. I was good enough at it to read “die unendliche Geschichte” in the original German in high school, and only had to take a single semester in college to fulfill my graduation requirements.

Since then, though, I haven’t used it at all, and like any unused muscle group, my German has atrophied to the point of uselessness. I can manage easy things like “Es tut mir leid,” but that’s about all I remember. So when I get on a plane for Germany a few hours from now, it will be with enormous excitement, tempered with a bit of regret that I couldn’t do better than be Just Another Dumb American Abroad.

So for my German friends I will soon be meeting: Bitte entschuldigen Sie meine Scheitern zu sprechen gut Deutsch zu Ihnen, während ich in Ihrem Land.

(And yes, I had to resort to Google for part of that. *sigh*)


  1. @Bastien: See, what’s funny here is that you thought I *didn’t* know that. 😉 The caption for the post is a line from an old comedy, “National Lampoon’s European Vacation,” in which (supposedly) funny man Chevy Chase points to a sign for the RingstraÃ?e and says the line in question. So is this metahumor or metametahumor?

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