A Small Embarrasing Lie, also known as my start in business

Up the Learning Curve

My first business lunch after graduating college took place at the Harvard Club in New York.  This would be part of my indoctrination into the world of high profile business affairs.  The meeting would afford us the opportunity to find out about the computer services being offered by one of the premier companies in the United States.  For them it would be a way to pitch the company’s services and secure our lucrative business.

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My first error was in expecting Harvard Club to be in Cambridge, MA.  I fancied flying by shuttle in the morning, and back that afternoon.  Alas, the club was only a taxi ride away from our offices in downtown Manhattan.

My big error came during lunch.  The menu was in French, a language completely foreign to me.  Rather than admitting ignorance, when John, my boss, volunteered to help me navigate my way through the choices, I…

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Green behind the ears

A little story that fits my “I Can English Wednesday” Event… Thought that was funny 😉

Up the Learning Curve

After a year of learning English something unexpected and embarrassing happened at school.  Another Spanish-speaking student had just arrived to our school, and Mrs. Brown assigned me to be his interpreter.  Our school’s gym class consisted of square dancing in the basement to the sound of 78-rpm vinyl country music recordings.  Jorge and I went downstairs, and were encouraged to join the group.

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In South America we had never seen square dancing, and had no notion of promenade or dosey-do.  Whereas the scene totally confused me, Jorge found it immensely amusing.  He began smiling ear-to-ear.  Mrs. Brown saw us frozen at the entrance and sternly commanded to Jorge “Wipe that grin off your face!”  Since Jorge did not understand I stepped in and said to him “Quítese el verde de la cara“, which means “wipe the green off your face”.  I did not know the difference between grin…

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Would You Like To Share Your Story? – I Can English

It is probably because my first language is not English that I find myself very often in situations, where I just use words in a way they should not be used and that creates some strange moments and some laughter.

I thought, why not making a reoccurring event out of my stories and hopefully you will join in on them. I know for some of you the first language is another one than English or you live in another country and the different language might lead to funny situations…

How about you join me and write a post about something you experienced, link it back to this page and tag it with “I Can English”

Check out the stories so far here.

Thank you so much for you participation 😉

I Can English – Mixing It Up

While chatting to my husband about a story I’ve read my brain played another trick on me.

This time it was not a wrong sentence and it was not an entire word in the other language.

Instead of saying “I was overwhelmed” I said “I was überwhelmed”…

So for a change my brain combined the two languages in one word. You gotta mix it up 😉

I Can English – When You Suddenly Don’t Find The Words Anymore

I remember friends of mine who lived abroad trying to explain something to me and not finding the right words in Swiss German anymore. Back then I sort of found it rather annoying. “Stop showing off, we all know you live in an English speaking country now” was what I thought back then.

Today, it is different! And you know what? I found that not only am I struggling to find the right words in Swiss German, but some of the Swiss German words suddenly find their way into an English sentence in the middle of a conversation. Which would sound like:

“Oh, I totally agree… Weisch no (Remember) when we went to the beach?”

And oh my, does that feel weird. It is as if my brain is kind of having its own little revolution… Trying hard to hang on to the first language but not wanting to give up on the one used the most at the moment…

Did something like that ever happen to you?

I Can English Wednesday

It is probably because my first language is not English that I find myself very often in situations, where I just use words in a way they should not be used and that creates some strange moments and some laughter.

I thought, why not making a reoccurring event out of my stories and hopefully you will join in on them. I know some of yours first language is another than English and I also believe (or hope) that it does also happen to English speaking people…

So every Wednesday I will post a little story about a little mistake I made or one of my little family members made. If you want to join in just write a post about something you experienced and link it back to this page and also tag it with “I Can English Wednesday”

And guess what: If you have a story to tell about another language, just feel free to share it too. In the end it is the same issue, right 😉

Thank you so much for you participation 😉

And here is my story for today:

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