Sunday, 15 March 2009

I am not a doughnut

If you know any German then it is probably words like 'guten Tag' or ‘Ich heiße’ or even ‘wie geht’s’ There is also a good chance that you know the words ‘Ich bin...’ which means ‘I am...’ You can just add an adjective after this zB (zum Beispiel means for example) Ich bin traurig oder Ich bin glücklich. If you are busy you can say Ich bin beschäftigt. You could use any number of adjectives but if you are cold you have to say mir ist kalt. If you are hungry in German you have hunger. Ich habe Hunger.

If you want to say that I am from Berlin you would say Ich bin Berliner. In 1963 John F Kennedy told the Berlin crowd ‘Ich bin ein Berliner’ which means that I am a doughnut. Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt. A doughnut wasn’t called a Berliner in Berlin, only in other parts of Germany, and secondly he wasn’t saying that he was from Berlin. He was speaking metaphorically so ein could be added.

Bis bald

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