Two questions I get often:
- Kommst du aus Holland?
- Do you like boys?
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:
- the guy who helped set me up for the shooting contest in Obwalden
- the man who served me pizza
- the random drunken kids at the Sarnen train station
- my friend's friend at that one meeting I was at
- multiple military encounters
- my friend's host parents
And the list goes on.
I am Margaret and I am from the United States of America.