Donnerstag, 2. April 2009

*Thank You*

I guess like in any language, there are a lot of ways to thank people. I just happen to think that one of them in German is really weird.

There's the basic thank you: "Danke schön," the "I thank you" ("Ich danke dir"), and the one that can only be semi-translated as "I thank myself" ("Ich bedanke mich"), even though it means that you're thanking others. I don't get it.

Kommentare:

Francy hat gesagt…

I'm not sure but I think "Ich bedanke mich" originates in "sich bei jemandem bedanken"... Using it right this would mean we ahve to say: "Ich bedanke mich bei dir." I believe we just left out the "bei dir" eventually.
Do you know what I mean? Grammar isn't my strong side at all...

Michemily hat gesagt…

Thanks, Francy. I didn't know that! It makes sense, and I think I've even heard the whole phrase before. It still sounds interesting to an American ear. :D

theriddle hat gesagt…

Hey thanks for reading my blog! I did tell my German students about the segregation. They thought it was funny and felt silly they never realized it. I told them on April Fools day so it was good timing.

Did you read back through my last summer in Leipzig blog? I sure miss Germany! Although Greece is better. Enjoy conference!

theriddle hat gesagt…

Yes Russia...our husbands were worried we would be kidnapped. but Greece was worth it. I'm pretty sure Julie knows I have the picture. We were pretty tight back in my sister days when she was a rebellious little teenager. Don't worry about not remembering meeting me it was brief. I found your Blog because Jaz of American Dresdener is a friend of mine. Thanks for all your comments! Your life in Leipzig sounds so exciting!

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