It’s day two of the one month blogathon! We’re onto rule 2, a personal favourite of mine. Comment and enjoy!
Rule the Second – Never attempt to speak foreign languages you haven’t spoken since school. You may be more rusty than you think…
Many winters past, there was a school on a ski trip to Austria. The students, a collection of Catholic girls, went to visit a ski resort to learn the delicate art of skiing. Broken down in terms of ability, they were assigned instructors and gradually they began their lessons.
For English schoolgirls, the experience was also a chance to test out their language capabilities, to see how much their studies had taught them about german life and culture. They made frequent statements to each other in the native tongue to grasp at the wealth of experience that could be obtained from such an excursion. Friendly appreciations of “danke!” and the hilarious giggles of having to say “ich verstehe nicht” to many of the locals helped broaden their horizons and learn more.
One particularly sunny day, a girl was wandering around with her group of friends. She jokingly said to them “ich bin sehr heiss!” and as they walked past a group of Austrian boys, the boys burst into hysterics. The girls looked at them, puzzled and confused but they laughed it off and continued off on their way, blissfully unaware of the true state of affairs of what had just taken place.
Several years later, a girl is speaking to a german friend she has made over a bottle of vodka. She recounts the story and how she hasn’t ever dared try to speak german again since that trip, but as she is drunk and thoroughly inebriated, she turns to the boys she is with and repeats the phrase “ich bin sehr heiss!” The german friend bursts into hysterics and then she dares to ask what on earth is so funny about what she has said. He responds,
“In England, it would be like you going up to your friends that are girls and being like ‘I’m like, so hot!’.”
It hits her like a ton of bricks. She clues everything together, The joke, had always been, on them.
Check back tomorrow for Rule the Third – Despite what you may be inclined to believe, that is NOT a woman! You can find the full list of the Rules of Life HERE. And if you fancy popping over to see experimental creative writing, be sure to check HERE. As always, thank you for reading!
Until next time!
- Cath xxx