Pete's Log: Wie geht es Dir?

Entry #1511, Thu, August 30, 2007, 08:29 CEST (Life in General)
(posted when I was 29 years old.)

I just left a voice mail on Mamie's Korean cell phone. At the end, the recorded voice told me "Thank you for going" and hung up.

Diana is taking German classes at MSU. She's the only one my siblings who doesn't remember any German.

[18:31] junodog18: guten tag!
[18:31] junodog18: wie geht es Ihnen?

She's asking me how I'm doing. But using the formal you. German classes generally teach this form first, because you can hardly go wrong being more formal than need be. Toytown holds a German-speaking Stammtisch every other week, and a lot of newbies come to practice their German. We tend to confuse them by telling them they can use the Du (informal you) instead of the Sie (formal you).

Recently, a German girl explained to some of us it may be easier for them if we just let them address us formally, so they can get the one form down and save the other form for when they learn it in class. She says when her American boyfriend started learning German, she just went along with using the formal you with him until he knew better, just to avoid confusing him.

I figure I'll give this theory a chance.

[18:34] prijks: sehr gut, danke
[18:34] prijks: und wie geht es Ihnen?

It does feel odd, though, to address my younger sister in the formal manner. And now if she reads this, perhaps I won't have saved her from confusion after all.

Of course, she deserves confusion, after the unwarranted attack she made on ND football in a comment to my last entry. We'll be having words, Diana. Don't you worry.

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Du,Dich,Dir by Nairubi (Sat, September 01, 2007, 13:15)
When I learned German, I was told that I would not need to know the familiar form so I was not taught it. This made it difficult for me when I went to work in Germany and everyone at the office used the informal. Many would be offended when I used the formal because I didn't know the informal. They got so they tolerated my switching between the two.

hey, now... by junodog (Sat, September 01, 2007, 17:26)
It wasn't on ND in particular, it was football in general.

And here I am, listening to The Aquabats and thinking about how much I love my brother, and you think you can be cruel because I made a comment on your blog. Well, you know what? YOU CAN'T DO THAT TO ME. I'll send my army of ducks after you if you ever try anything. THE DUCKS WILL COME FOR YOU. THEY HAVE POWERS.


I shall have proof by the end of the month, I can guarantee that.

FIGHT THE POWER! by junodog (Sat, September 01, 2007, 17:28)