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It’s time to sound more like a German — schon/noch

Picture that you’re watching a thriller movie and at a key moment, let’s say one of the female protagonists is alone and a tense string music score starts. You probably know what’s going to happen next. We’ve been conditioned what to expect. When that expectation is not delivered, we find it odd. The same principle […]

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Noch einmal — Danke schön!

When I studied in Germany I had a friend who would always say “Danke schon” when the waiter or waitress brought him his cappuccino. I’d always wait till the server left and tell him, “Danke schön”, emphasizing the o with the umlaut.  His retort was always the same, “That’s what I said.” We’ve moved. You’ll […]