59 – Berliners Part II –






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10 Responses to “59 – Berliners Part II –”

  1. berlinist Says:

    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!

    • maeveclancy Says:

      I’m only here on a holiday, and I definitely have it. Thankfully, I know more Deutsch than Shelly, so won’t be saying that in the near future!
      Ja, Berlin ist wunderbar!

  2. TUG Says:

    Nowt wrong with beer for breakfast especially in Berlin!

    Ich bin ein berliner! Which apparently means: “I’m a sausage!”

  3. TJC Says:

    That would be a doughnut!

    • maeveclancy Says:

      I thought it was something else all right!


    • berlinist Says:

      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.

  4. Peter Says:

    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).

  5. maeveclancy Says:

    have a day and a half left here; will try make it there before I go- thanks Peter!


  6. TUG Says:

    Damn you people and your accuracy… I knew it was something silly alright… Why did everyone cheer then? More innocent times, I guess…

    • berlinist Says:

      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.

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