Sunday, June 12, 2016

[Sunday in Switzerland] A short rant about apartments and English

We are still (!) searching for an apartment.  We've had two verbal agreements back out on us.  We have several lined up to apply for if we get rejected again.  The process is excruciating.

My workplace conducts daily work in English.  It was one of the reasons I could transfer here without first having to learn German.  (Ich lerne Deutsch und spreche ein bisschen.)  I had the fun experience of having to explain to one of my coworkers, who is not a native English speaker, that "won't" is a contraction.  He was confused why "will" becomes "wo" in the contraction since "wo" isn't a word.  I had to explain that there isn't a good reason, it just is.

Now, when I learn rules for German like "the verb takes the second position" with no rationale, I have to sigh and accept that almost all languages have some rules that you just have to memorize.

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