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craziness [Nov. 27th, 2001|10:25 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick

Let me reiterate once again how sleep is the Coolest Fucking Thing in the World.

I took a 4+ hour nap yesterday to prepare myself for Dante's and when I got home I wasn't even tired yet.

But I slept anyway because, well... see above.

So I had some fucked up dreams. The best one involved giving Joe and Travis a ride home, and then we got in a car accident when I-5 suddenly changed into F-Zero. We spun the car a few times and then kept trying to get it started again, but cars kept smashing into us going by.

I woke up at 4:45 am this morning, ready to start my day. But did I? Nope. I took my morning piss and went back to bed because, well... see paragraph 1.

I started to get my morning barrage of phone calls a little early today, at about 9. So I stayed up after that.

I'm thinking back to some things I talked about with a girl last night and I'm thinking she's perhaps 10x more clever/tricky than I imagined. She's been known to be like that, but I think I might've forgot. Must stay alert!

I made toast.

Ich werde meine Deutsche Hausaufgaben jetzt machen. Ich muß etwa[1] meine Wochenende in mein Journal schreiben.

[1] etwa oder über?

[User Picture]From: chran
2001-11-27 10:38 am (UTC)
Use "etwas ber":

"Ich mu etwas ber meine Wochenende in mein Journal schreiben."

By the way, the Germans just disbanded use of the "sigma" , in favor of ss.

Tell your teacher.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2001-11-27 10:43 am (UTC)
Disbanded universally? Was this very recent?

I know our book has an appendix that lists the new Spelling Reform spellings for a ton of words where the has been removed in favor of ss, but I thought it was still used in lots of words.
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[User Picture]From: chuck
2001-11-27 10:47 am (UTC)


you know those silly germans are just trying to get us to accept the term SS so we will be more open to an upcoming nazi and SS officer movement. I know the skinny, no nazis for me.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2001-11-27 10:58 am (UTC)

Re: SS

hahah... dumbass.
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[User Picture]From: chran
2001-11-27 03:31 pm (UTC)
To tell you the truth, I don't know exactly when it was. I just heard three weeks ago, that the Germans "had just" disbanded use of the �.

But you know, the � is still around. In place names and peoples names and stuff. It's probably gonna be around and used for a long time to come. You just don't go around changing a language around.

We had a spelling reform in (uhmmmm, google, google) 1948, where we went from using "Aa" to "�" <-- an A with a little circle on top. It has the same sound, it's just a different letter. But the double-as are still being used by old people and even cities.

People are crazy.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2001-11-27 03:58 pm (UTC)
Actually, I looked in my book today and noticed "muss" is one of the words that changed spelling.

It's just that half of our learning materials still use the old spelling, so I had seen it the old way so many times that I'd thought that was how it was.

I'll only use "muss" from now on.
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[User Picture]From: chran
2001-11-28 12:27 am (UTC)
Good deal.
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[User Picture]From: calliste
2001-12-03 09:21 am (UTC)
Actually, the spelling was reformed on August 1st, 1998 in order to make things easier. Until July 2005, I think, people can still use the old way of spelling things.

Now, it didn't really make things easier I think but nevermind. The "�" is not used anymore, or as Chran said, it is still there in names and that, but in words like "dass" or "muss" or "Strasse", it's not there anymore.

In case you haven't looked up the other changes, you can find them at www.duden.de. They simplified the spelling of foreign words, like Mayonnaise or Portemonnaie (don't even ASK how they are spelled now), the "ph" is sort of eliminated, so it's not Delphin anymore, but Delfin (which I think hurts the eyes).

What else. Oh, many compound verbs, like, zusammenh�ngen or gegensteuern (or whatever) are now spelled two words. So it would be zusammen h�ngen (strangely enough, it changes the meaning actually) and gegen steuern.

As for the question above:

"Ich muss etwas �ber mein Wochenende in mein Journal schreiben."

'etwa' means 'approximately' (He is about 5'10"),
'etwas' means 'something'
'�ber' means 'about', like in 'to write something about something'

I'll shut up now.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2001-12-03 08:47 pm (UTC)
All very interesting .... thanks! Feel free to comment on my German any time.
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[User Picture]From: christowang
2001-11-27 10:39 am (UTC)
I thought you couldn't spin the cars in F-Zero?

That game was a classic. I remember getting SNES for christmas and thinking Mario World was the bomb.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2001-11-27 10:59 am (UTC)

Anything's possible in dreams, y0.
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