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Smalltalk auf Englisch - Andreas falsche Freunde

Schlagwörter: Smalltalk auf Englisch, Small Talk auf Englisch, Englisch Smalltalk, Englisch Small Talk, Englisch plaudern, Plaudern auf Englisch, Englisch Unterhaltung, Englische Unterhaltung, Englisch unterhalten, unterhalten auf Englisch

One morning, Miranda Sweeney returned to her desk after her coffee break. To her astonishment, a pink slip was lying on her desk. “Well. That’s it”, she thought to herself. “That’s how 10 years of dedicated work end: not even a thank you or a hand shake.” The text on the slip was clear: “We ask that you collect your belongings and leave the building by the end of the day.”

Not knowing what to do, Miranda collected the few private possessions she had on her desk, stuffed them into her purse and went to the coffee lounge. She found Andrea Pelzer sitting at the small coffee bar in the corner of the room. A large box of objects was on the floor at her feet.

“Good morning, Andrea, how are you today?” she asked. Andrea pointed at her box and said: “Better than ever. I’m free!” After a moment she added: “Pink slip.” Miranda responded “Me, too” and sat on the stool next to Andrea.

The woman running the coffee bar asked Andrea and Miranda what they would like. “I become a latte macchiato”, said Andrea. The woman looked puzzled but seemed to respond to the words “latte macchiato”. Miranda was used to Andrea’s rather strange expressions and said nothing. Her native language, after all, wasn’t English.

“I love this coffee bar”, said Andrea, stroking the smooth wood with her hand. “A massive oak bar like this must cost a fortune”, she continued. “And they play one evergreen after another. I decided to have a quick cup of coffee and say my goodbyes. Then I’ll go home. For once I’ll be there when my son comes back from the gymnasium.”

Miranda thought Andrea’s comments were nonsensical. Hoping to prevent the conversation from dying as a result, she tried to expand her last comment into small talk. “What’s he doing at the gymnasium?” Miranda asked.

Andrea thought Miranda’s question was nonsensical. “He’s 16. He HAS to go, of course. He goes to the Forrester Heights gymnasium just around the corner by the dome. He’s a clever, brave boy. He always does everything you ask him to do.” Miranda smiled. She hadn’t understood a word Andrea had said, but it didn’t really matter, she thought. It wasn’t worth straightening out.

Andrea suddenly sneezed, causing her to lose control of the latte glass in her hand. “Mist!” she exclaimed, “now look at what I’ve done. I’ve got coffee all over my new hose. They’re supposed to be stainresistant, though. If the stain doesn’t come out, I’ll have to reclaim them.” She smiled at Miranda and said, “It doesn’t pay to get upset by the little things in life, does it?” Miranda laughed and responded “Andrea, you always have such an interesting way of saying things!”

Andrea’s nonsense

In the story above, Andrea’s innocent use of false friends makes her impossible to understand. Miranda knows Andrea is German, but doesn’t recognise where German words are being used and doesn’t know their meanings. She can’t figure out what Andrea is saying.

Here’s the text again, commented to help you understand what went wrong:

One morning, Miranda Sweeney returned to her desk after her coffee break. To her astonishment, a pink slip was lying on her desk. “Well. That’s it”, she thought to herself. “That’s how 10 years of dedicated work end: not even a thank you or a hand shake.” The text on the slip was clear: “We ask that you collect your belongings and leave the building by the end of the day.”

Not knowing what to do, Miranda collected the few private possessions she had on her desk, stuffed them into her purse and went to the coffee lounge. She found Andrea Pelzer sitting at the small coffee bar in the corner of the room. A large box of objects was on the floor at her feet.

“Good morning, Andrea, how are you today?” she asked. Andrea pointed at her box and said: “Better than ever. I’m free!” After a moment she added: “Pink slip.” Miranda responded “Me, too” and sat on the stool next to Andrea.

The woman running the coffee bar asked Andrea and Miranda what they would like. “I become a latte macchiato” (Ich werde ein Latte Macchiato), said Andrea. [The correct way to ask in this context is “I’d like a …”] The woman looked puzzled but seemed to respond to the words “latte macchiato”. Miranda was used to Andrea’s rather strange expressions and said nothing. Her native language, after all, wasn’t English. “I love this coffee bar”, said Andrea to Miranda, stroking the smooth wood with her hand. “A massive ( riesig ) oak bar like this must cost a fortune”, she continued. [We have just learned that the bar is small. Andrea should have used the word solid.] “And they play one evergreen (Tannenbaum) after another. [The correct expression is golden oldie.] I decided to have a quick cup of coffee and say my goodbyes. Then I’ll go home. For once I’ll be there when my son comes back from his gymnasium (Turnhalle).” [The correct phrase here is secondary school ( BE ) or high school ( AE )]. Miranda thought Andrea’s comments were nonsensical. Hoping to prevent the conversation from dying as a result, she tried to expand her last comment into small talk. “What’s he doing at the gymnasium?” Miranda asked.

Andrea thought Miranda’s question was nonsensical. “He’s 16. He HAS to go, of course. He goes to the Forrester Heights gymnasium [ should be secondary school or high school ] just around the corner by the dome (Kuppel) [the correct word here is cathedral). He’s a brave (mutig ) boy. [The correct word here is well-behaved.] He always does everything you ask him to do.” Miranda smiled. She hadn’t understood a word Andrea had said, but it didn’t really matter, she thought. It wasn’t worth straightening out.

Andrea suddenly sneezed, causing her to lose control of the latte glass in her hand. “Mist! (Nebel!)” she exclaimed, [Correct expressions here – from strongest to weakest – would be “Shit!”, “Damn!” and “Oh, shoot!”] “now look at what I’ve done. I’ve got coffee all over my new hose (Schlauch). [The correct word here is pants.] They’re supposed to be stain-resistant, though. If the stain doesn’t come out, I’ll have to reclaim (Zurückholen) them.” [The correct phrase here is return them.] She smiled at Miranda and said, “It doesn’t pay to get upset by the little things in life, does it?” Miranda laughed and responded “Andrea, you always have such an interesting way of saying things!”

Schlagwörter: Smalltalk auf Englisch, Small Talk auf Englisch, Englisch Smalltalk, Englisch Small Talk, Englisch plaudern, Plaudern auf Englisch, Englisch Unterhaltung, Englische Unterhaltung, Englisch unterhalten, unterhalten auf Englisch

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