Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Learning Dutch ...

I've been at work all day but this stuck me as amusing.

My granddaughter creature was giving me a rather powerful face massage and I asked her what it was about ... as I was reading her her bedtime story at time.

She explained.
'I'm pushing Dutch into you Granma!'

But of course, why didn't I know.

16 comments:

furiousBall said...

she's going to put Rosetta Stone out of business.

Di Mackey said...

She may. She distracts one and seems believable, what with the cuteness and all ...

Manictastic said...

It's about time your granddaughter started raising you :D

Di Mackey said...

I guess there has to be some way of me becoming fluent in Flemish ;)

Manictastic said...

A massage = een massage
A facial = een gezichtsbehandeling
A sauna = een sauna
a pedicure = een pedicure
a manicure = een manicure

See now u know how to order spa treatment in Dutch :D

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

ah HA! that's the way to learn...

Raf said...

don't want to be a pain, but I get the impression she needs to push a little harder ;-)

Di Mackey said...

Dank u wel, Manic ;)

Well Gary, if Raf is to be believed, her technique needs some work.

Raf, it might be that there was an explosion of laughter both when I read your comment, then again when I relayed it the others here ...

It could be that you're right, although one of the train ticket sellers at central station has decided to immerse me in nederlands and tonight, one of the green aldermen also decided immersion is the key to Di's improvement.

Sigh ...

Suzanne said...

Don't be too hard on yourself Di, think about how long it takes a new born child to speak even some sense with full immersion...you are doing well.

En ik ook!

Goeden avond uit Oman. Ik heb nieuw werk. Drie weeken om de firma bekijken in Muscat - heel warm!

V-Grrrl said...

Laughing in America over Raf's comment. Can you hear me?

Di Mackey said...

Dank u wel, Suzanne and alles goed, I could read your Dutch :) It's the speaking but perhaps I'll soon be shamed into making the leap.

Oh I can, Ms V. I can :)

Peter said...

You know Di, everything you ever told me in Dutch sounded just fine.

I believe immersion is indeed a preferred approach, but I think you already master Dutch on a level that is quite good.

Guess you only need that little push to use what you already master on a daily basis ;-)

Di Mackey said...

Dank u wel, Peter.

Everyone's pushing these days ...I tried to blog about the guy selling me my train ticket at Central Station, he must have remembered me from my once weekly trip ... he decided it was time to immerse me and showed no mercy. I couldn't believe it and he was mostly serious with just a bit of a smile.

PEACE said...

Aren't grandkids the best?

Suzanne said...

I must admit I have only made the leap out of necessity - and unfortunately it is not often necessary as they are so quick to speak English...

Di Mackey said...

They so are, Peace. They're like the kids you're responsible for but less responsible for ... so you just get to enjoy their wickedness.

I know Suzanne, with me my use of Dutch usually earns a 'Wablief? Oh, you speak English. Let's talk English.' I admire that kind of thinking in a Flemish person but I get off the hook so often ;)