Welcome to the latest in our series that pokes its nose into what fascinating reading matter the great British public are pondering on their way to work. This week, some bloke on Southeastern Trains learns German.
Learn German in 30 days? What’s the rush? Don’t know. But books are always promising mastery of a language in a ridiculously short timeframe. As if people are always waking up and thinking: “My God, I must learn Finnish…. BUT IT MUST BE WITHIN THE NEXT MONTH.”
How many days into the 30 do you think he is? About 80.
What’s the earring all about? Experimentation. He’s piloting it on the train each morning. If no-one makes any sarky comments he might roll it out to friends and family.
Hit me with a phrase in German. Ihr Hund ist auf meinem Stiefsohn sitzen
Come again? Your dog is sitting on my wife.
Useful. Tell us a joke. Okay. Wo Hitler hat ja sein Armeen?
Where did Hitler keep his armies? Hmmm, I know the answer to this... Okay, I give up. Die Ärmel hoch. Up his sleeves.
His sleeves? It gets a bit lost in translation, doesn’t it? Ja.
What do the experts say? If you mean what does the only review on Amazon say, it’s: “Excelente! Es más de lo que esperaba. Lo recomiendo! Me ha facilitado el aprendizaje del Alemán y, a la vez, mantener mi nivel de inglés.”
That’s in Spanish. Those crazy Spanish. Okay, then, tell us another joke. Mein Hund hat keine Nase hat.
Ah, how does it smell? Sleevies.