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The Lernen to Talk Show: Episode 18

December 5, 2011

This week’s episode gets to the heart of some serious issues. Both of my guests are typically very very busy, so I was very lucky to get them on the Lernen to Talk Show. Filmed last Sunday, on the festive first day of Advent, please enjoy Episode 18!

Thanks to Eryn for the camerawork, and to Rena for the subtitle help!

0:25 – I just realized Linnea’s name is an anagram of last week’s guest’s name. I wonder who I’ll interview next week. Nilean? Lannie? Nilena?

0:41 – Literally translated, here she says “Since my birth”. I am told that’s the normal way to say this.

0:42 – “Seit dein Angebort”, I say, having never heard the word for “birth”. Saying the phrase “Since I was born” would go something like this: “Seit ich geboren wurde.” This apparently would sound totally weird.

1:01 – I correct myself here from “ich spriche” to “ich spreche”. Textbook conjugation failure.

1:09 – “Habte” doesn’t exist, as far as I know. The correct word is “hatte”. This is a case of me assuming a regular conjugation for an irregular verb, despite my knowing full well that “haben” is conjugated irregularly. I guess the part of my brain that actually moves my mouth hasn’t caught up with the part of my brain that learns grammar quite yet.

1:46 – I meant to say that I traveled from Disney World… not that that would have necessarily made any more sense.

2:30 – Check it out! Although I should note it did NOT come from the Deutsche Bahn, it came in fact from the Eurobahn, its chocolatey competitor.

2:51 – Today’s episode is brought to you by Filly. Type in the code “lernentotalk” at the checkout to receive 10% on all purchases of €95.00 or more.

3:42 – “Das ist was Ana gerade gesacht!”, I say. I’m missing a “hat” at the end of that sentence.

3:45 – I said “Du hattest Rechs” on accident, when I should have said “Du hattest Recht.” These two found this extremely hilarious when I played it back to them. I don’t know why. Some people can be so insensitive.

4:04 – I’m pretty sure Ana is better than me at Spanish, too.

4:28 – I have a funny feeling this is the facial expression most Germans are repressing every moment I speak to them. The word I say here, “gezeicht”, should have been “gezeichnet”, which I should have remembered from Episode 3.

4:59 – She even knows the word in English!

5:01 – The word for Squirrel Monkeys is “Totenkopfäffchen”, which means “skull monkey”, or literally, “dead head monkey”.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Priya permalink
    December 5, 2011 03:57

    Mickey, that was really awesome. These might be my favorite guests, no offense to all your other excellent ones! 🙂

    So I always thought St Nikolaus was different from Santa Claus, because Nikolaus comes on December 6th to fill your shoes with candy (Nikolaustag). Is that not right? Are they the same person?

  2. Avital permalink
    December 5, 2011 05:35

    The best. Ever. Can you please do a dolphin impression a la Linnea in the next episode?? 🙂

  3. Enza permalink
    December 5, 2011 18:25

    Suuupeeeeeeeer!!!:D Dies ist mein Favorit!! Wie geht es dir? Wie ist Deutschland in den Winter? Ich denke, es ist schön!!!Tschussss 🙂

    • December 26, 2011 19:10

      Enzaaaa! Es freut mich, dass es dir gut gefallen hat! Es ist auch mein Lieblingsepisode bis jetzt. Ich hoffe, dass du ein schönes Weihnachtszeit hast!!!

  4. December 6, 2011 20:31


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