Saturday, May 1, 2010

Say WHAT?!

“Oh Sweetie, German is a language that people speak, not what germs speak.”

Background:   I have been trying to teach my son the few German words I can remember.  Since I used to speak German, I thought if I taught it to the kids it would come back more.  

I have tried to teach Cole a couple of words and every time I say that it is German, he flips out and yells that he doesn’t want to learn German.  His response was very strange and not his style.  He loves languages (he even makes up his own).  His response was so strong that I never pushed the subject or probed why he didn’t want to learn it.  

One day a couple of weeks ago, we were talking about Chinese (Mandarin) and how maybe we should learn it together.  I asked why he didn’t want to learn German.  

He looked at me with this sad look in his eyes and said, “Mommy, I don’t want to learn German because I don’t want to talk to germs.  They are bad and I don’t like them.”

My heart just melted.  How cute is that?  So I said the above sentence in reply.  Then we looked at maps and talked about German things.  I told him how I lived in Germany as a little girl.  I showed him pictures of Gemran castles on the computer.  He perked up.  Now he is interested. 

So now I have to brush up on my German, because it has only been 13 years (OUCH!) since I last took it in college.  I do not think I have uttered a single German word since then, so I have my work cut out for me. 

Chalk another one up to things I never thought I would say, or have to. 
What things have you said lately that you never thought would come out of your mouth?



  1. That is hilarious! Kids are so cute!

  2. Oh my goodness, that is the cutest thing I have ever heard! I would have died!
    I took a bit of German in high school and college and should try teaching what little I remember to my boys. Of course, my husband is fluent in Spanish so maybe we should focus on that route...

  3. Oh my, I can see why he was so confused.

  4. I thought about you yesterday when I told my son to "Go put that in the white trash."

    We have a blue trash can that is regular and a white can that is recycling......

  5. Adorable! I love the way kids interpret the world!

  6. I didn't know you lived in Germany and studied it on college! I studied German, too and did a study abroad in Vienna. I've only been able to travel in Southern Germany so far, but have high hopes of making it farther north someday. Where were you?

    And totally cute that he associated German with germs. Great detective skills.

  7. Ha ha! What a funny boy! I was born in Germany, grandma is full-blooded German and my dad is stationed there now (though he is in Afghanistan). Small world. I was never fluent, though. I remember a just a few phrases. :-)

  8. That is soooo cute!! Btw i love your blog! I am not a blog reader as most i believe are a waste of time but yours is amazing! Its the first blog i follow so far! Thanks for sharing ur adorable little boy and great ideas with us all!



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