I got up at 6:00 AM to leave the house by 6:30 for Geneva.
Left Geneva for Frankfurt.
Today we went to English with the bikes. As we went to park them she handed me the lock to the bike so I could lock it. I looked at her and told her I knew she could do it. She said that, no, she couldn't do it. I said she could and I would help her through it. Sure enough, she was able to do it. She wasn't very happy with me, though. I could see it was a bit frustrating at times, for her, as she tried to figure the lock out, but she got it. A lot of things aren't easy without practice, it all comes in time. But if I don't have her start the practice now, she'll never reach the point where it's an easy task that comes naturally.
If anyone knows a better way to say, "You can do it," in French, I'd love to learn.
I think this may have partially come from my upbringing. My parents raised me pretty independently, I think. I wasn't all that old before they started telling me that if I wanted something I could walk, bike, or bus to get it. I wanted eggs to bake with that moment? Well, the store was just 20 minutes away. That's what they would tell me. At the age of 16 they allowed me to go off and explore Switzerland for a year on my own. They used to give me a budget so that, while I still had their financial support, I could learn to manage my money. So now, as I help to raise and take care of a kid, I find myself wanting to encourage them to do things themselves.
Am I simply being cruel?
I am going to be focusing on question number one today.
Komme ich aus Holland?
"Do you come from Holland?"
I get asked that whenever I speak German with someone who doesn't know me.
Last night on the train, once again, surrounded by the military. After a while, Mossdorf asks me, in German, "Where do you come from?" I responded, asking, "Where do you think?"
"Why," he said, "you come from Holland, right?"
No. No I don't.
I am actually quite pleased everyone thinks that. See, I do have an accent when I speak my German, it's almost inevitable. But, my accent is not from America. I rarely have people guess that I come from the USA. I have a Dutch accent when I speak German.
I have a Dutch accent when I speak German.
Since I originally, back in 2006, only wanted to go the the Netherlands, this suits me even more.
I guess I would rather they thought I was from there than the United States. I am glad they can't pin down where I'm from because I speak the language with a strong accent.
Here are some other encounters I remember when people asked if I was from Holland:
And the list goes on.
I am Margaret and I am from the United States of America.