Generally I avoid those Brits who keep on about the second world war as though it were only yesterday. But every now and then, a little piece of history pops up on the radar… and needs to be shared.
In this case, it is the final answer to all those rumours about Adolf Hitler. You know… the ones which formed the basis of scurrilous songs in the school playground.
*Clears throat and sings to the tune of “Good Luck, and the same to you…”*
Hitler has only got one ball
The other is in the Albert Hall
His mother, you’ve gotta love her
She cut it off when he was small…
Here, readers, is the truth of the matter….
However long I live in Germany, it seems that people spot me for a foreigner the moment I open my mouth.
The problem is that I speak a fairly accent-neutral grammatically correct German. Stop sniggering at the back there! This of course, is a dead give away. Real Germans just don’t talk like this.
The trick is to find something other than Hochdeutsch to have as your accent.
This blog already suggested that famous dialect: Imbißdeutsch as a way of passing off as a local.
To complement this, I’d like to suggest another form of German which will allow us to blend in – this time with a group which we really wouldn’t want to spot us as being foreign. The neo nazis.