"Kannitverstan" (was: Funny words)
|From:||John Cowan <jcowan@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, January 8, 2003, 17:19|
> Yes, one could make up a long list of such words in Dutch and German. I've even
> seen a story (in German as spoken by a Dutch person who doesn't know German
> well), which was really funny. Perhaps I can find it and post it later.
From the other side there is Johann Peter Hebel's classic 1809 tale
"Kannitverstan" about the moral reflections that mutual incomprehension
can arouse in a young German who is in Amsterdam for the first time:
Here's the story in English:
And here it is in Latin:
And here's the story in Ido (I think):
I wonder if there is a Dutch translation anywhere.
I suggest you call for help, John Cowan
or learn the difficult art of mud-breathing. email@example.com
--Great-Souled Sam http://www.ccil.org/~cowan