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David D. Levine
02 May 2012 @ 07:45 am

If you are a native speaker of a language other than English, particularly German, Czech, or Italian...

What do you call out if you enter a shop or restaurant and don't see anybody at all?

Is it the same thing you say when you answer the telephone?

 
 
David D. Levine
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Awake 7:00. Very nice breakfast provided by hotel, table service with choice of Continental, British, American, French, and "Fitness" (muesli, yogurt, corn flakes, fruit). "Butter is 'maslo' and cream is 'smetana'. What's yogurt, 'nietzsche'?" "Yogurt is 'yogurt' in every language. It's a loan-food." There's a huge disparity in size between teaspoons and tablespoons (all over Europe, but really noticeable here).

The overall flavor of Czech is not that dissimilar to German. I keep feeling at some level that if I just listened harder it would start to make sense.

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