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Dorothee
Germany

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| 11:57 AM Jan 07 2017

Dorothee

Germany

Oh! Sorry for not getting that joke! I guess one has to be very patient while telling me a joke, because
a.) I’m German and you should know that we folks either have a weird sense of humor or none at all.
b.) apart from the news and some documentary movies on the TV-channel “Phoenix” I don’t watch that much TV, making it unlikely that I understand a joke based on a movie or TV-show.
Thanks for commenting and reading my reply!

| 08:29 PM Dec 25 2016

WobblyJoe

United States

a joke I got from “Doctor Who”, there is no difference.

| 03:53 AM Dec 25 2016

Dorothee

Germany

Even though I don’t understand what you mean by “upside down” – I drew it myself according to the flag as it is depicted in a book I own – the rest of your two posts was interesting information for me to read! Especially the historical parts!
As for the accent, I learned that in school, too. Thank you! However in Germany there are many people who think that bear and beer are pronounced the same way or that month is pronounced like the German “Maunzi” or that impressing is almost pronounced as embarrassing. Thus sometimes I think it can cause confusion if you don’t know the precise pronunciation. That was my idea when I made this post. Merry Christmas to you!

| 09:45 AM Dec 20 2016

WobblyJoe

United States

It just occurred to me that maybe because the French and Germans were major settlers here, and because the French and Germans overran Great Britain in it’s monarchal history, that even England’s English has the same problems with some words that look like they should be one way but are pronounced a different way.

| 09:40 AM Dec 20 2016

WobblyJoe

United States

I read this with for some reason and got to your first post. Yep, what he says is pretty right.
There are variations of course, and we can hear the difference between deaf and death, I suspect the sounds are too close together in German but he’s right.
There’s not really much connection between spelling and pronunciation, so many of English words had foreign roots.
We might have gotten the spelling of Route from the French and the pronunciation from the Germans. And then there are the regional differences.
Everyone speaks English with an accent, even English people. Relax.
And your flag picture is upside down.