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This is hilarious! She learned the worst sentence possible!
And I love the word “Berlin-itis” I think I should see a doctor to find out if I have it. ;) I have been living here for a couple of months and still love it.
Berlin ist great!
A doughnut is called a “Berliner” only in some parts of Germany and certainly not in Berlin. Kennedy said nothing wrong. “Ich bin ein Berliner” just means “I am a person from Berlin”. No native German speaker would have misunderstood him. The doughnut thing is just an American Urban Myth.
Maeve. Make sure to get yourself to the Russian disco— Cafe Moscow, if it hasn’t changed yet. And be sure to read either a. anything by Wladimir Kaminar, or Herr Lehmann ( don’t know who the author is).
People cheered because nothing was wrong with his statement. “Ich bin ein Berliner” is just what any German would say, to indicate that he is from Berlin. No one would even think of the double meaning of “Berliner”, especially since the context was clear.