I'm spending entirely too much time this holiday with work. There are the test papers I have to mark, there are lessons to be planned and then there is also the distracting presence of the internet. I've just been doing a English grammar101
course - don't know why, but these interactive tests where you click on the answers just fascinate me, even when they're very very dull. I came across it while trying to find some teaching material about the play I will have to teach soon. We've recently changed to centralized exams which means that we've got set texts now and while I've been teaching most of the set texts anyway, this one is new for me and probably a fairly hard sell.
Also, this is amusing me: Someone has unearthed a Neue Deutsche Welle hit and claims it sounds a bit like the Buffy tune
. I was already around when that song came out and I don't think there's much of a resemblance. Anyway, getting your information from google-translated webpages produces even more oddities. The commenters are rather amused at the lyrics as google has kindly translated the verb form "düse
" from düsen
, which basically means to travel or run fast and derives from compound words like Düsenflugzeug
(jet plane) with "nozzle" which is a fairly accurate translation for the noun Düse
which is most frequently used in compound words where it means jet. Now we're back at grammar 101. It's a bit like my students who are so happy that they're now allowed to use German-English dictionaries during tests which means that some of their sentences read like google translations. It's not really their fault that the German noun Ziel
can mean destination, aim, target or goal (which again might mean something else altogether). Sometimes it takes quite a bit of time and dictionary research until I find out that looking up the verb ansprechen
can produce to respond
, because brakes respond and in German we use ansprechen
in that context, but the word they had been looking for is actually to address
or speak to someone directly. So somehow they've managed to come up with a word that has the opposite meaning of the one they're looking for. Another puzzle was the student who wrote about the second counterfoil
instead of the second paragraph, because yes, Abschnitt
, literally off-cut
can also be the ticket stub that is returned to you after it's been checked. Mind-boggling!