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The Lernen to Talk Show: Episode 11 – Orchestra!

October 12, 2011

Hello from anything-but-sunny Duisburg! Week ten was a long one, ladies and gentlemen. Never in my life had I chased geese quite as wild as those I’ve been forced to pursue in order to enroll as a student here and find someplace to live. But despite the chaos, last night I managed to find (a somewhat reluctant) guest for Episode 11! This is a very notable episode, as it marks the first one to take place an entire week away from actual German language classes. Any improvements I may have made between 10 and 11 (and for all future episodes!) result not from instruction but from the tried and true method of simply trying to survive in another language. I have a lot more I’d like to say about the events surrounding this conversation, but I’ll save it for another post. For now, enjoy my latest attempt at a conversation!

Kansas Kate, if you’re out there, please weigh in with any errors in my speech subtitles. Ohne dich bin ich verloren.

0:00 – 0:03 – Ever wondered what happens during those few seconds before my awkward introduction? This is for you.

0:22 – Maybe I should write up a contract for people to read over before they appear…

0:35 – Seriously. She plays the solo in the first movement the best I’ve ever heard it.

0:44 – She taught me that one about twenty minutes before this video was shot. My short term memory is still struggling. But for what it’s worth, this is a particularly confusing phrase because it seems to leave the receiver of a compliment out. “Es hört sich gut an” literally translates to “it sounds good”.

0:51 – I think I was supposed to say “mit” when I said “in”. “With” this group vs. “in” this group…

1:08 – Again I think I bit off more than I could chew here… But that’s how I roll with foreign languages. Function over form!

1:24 – In earlier episodes I’d made the mistake of saying “Wochen”, meaning “weeks”, when I meant to say “Woche”, meaning “week”. In this case, “Proben” vs “Probe”. Same horse, different animal. Or something like that.

1:57 – Go see my brother Jimmy perform with MYA in Evanston on October 30th!

2:06 – Not sure if “Parte” is the right word. Actually, not sure if “Parte” is even a word.

2:12 – The conductor’s name was Johannes, too! Not even kidding.

2:15 – Very good question…

2:18 – …to which I reply by deftly changing the subject.

2:29 – Gotta love that pre-downbeat din.

2:37 – I think this pretty well answers her question.

2:40 – And yet somehow I managed not to get lost during the whole rehearsal!

2:47 – “Und die Pause ist schon gefertig.” I think I went a bit overboard on this one. Corrections, anyone? I think I could have just said “Und die Pause ist schon fertig.”

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Avital permalink
    October 12, 2011 00:25

    Yay! I’m so happy you found an orchestra to play with! You look so smiley in this episode. 🙂

  2. Carl permalink
    October 12, 2011 10:02

    Instead of Parte (which sounds strangely french?) you could have used the word (das) Teil.

    “und die Pause ist schon vorbei” would be best I think.

    nicely done though. Dein deutsch hat sich schon viel verbessert! Viel spaß in Duisburg!

    • October 12, 2011 17:17

      Thanks Kentucky Carl! I hope everything’s good bei dir! Remember, you can’t spell Rostock without ROCK.

  3. Adam Conrad permalink
    October 12, 2011 17:12

    You play the Oboe?!?!?!

  4. Kansas Kate permalink
    October 20, 2011 00:50

    Ah Mick, I just now saw the little part that asked me to weigh in! You’re doing great…I’ll look a little closer during my constant replays of the LTTS! But, what I really wanted to say, is that you look so happy in this episode and so confident with your German…it was really great!!! ohne dich bin ich auch verloren…liebe liebe Grüße an dich von auch nicht-so-schönes-(im Bezug aufs Wetter)-Hannover 🙂

  5. February 16, 2015 19:00

    You did a good job speaking, Mick, as it is one thing to talk about the weather but another to talk about technical stuff, like playing music …

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