2014-08-24 04:19 am (UTC)
I don't know if it's true or not, but my teacher used to say, when it's alive it's Germanic; when we serve it it's French and if you fall into the water you scream HELP (hilfe) not AID (aide(z)).

I just choked on my tea laughing.

My language is the bread and butter of English (and still the more phonetic :)

I took a semester of German in college and it was like a reverse Capgras sometimes; nothing quite makes you doubt your hold on textual reality like the cosmic horror of recognizing immediately all the words in a beginner's sentence when spoken but not when seen. Or much worse, only three of them.

I'm assuming this is what it feels like to meet your soulmate after a bout of reincarnation when you didn't believe in either one and they capitalize all their nouns in the bargain.
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