Some of you who know me might be wondering how the h-e-double hockey sticks I can possibly take it being Hausfrau. I have already turned a load of laundry so pink that my husband called them Barbie Pink socks. On some days, it is not so bad. Others, like today, not so good.
But today especially sucked because due to a family member visiting, I decided to try to attempt to clean. The apartment came furnished with some cleaning supplies left over from previous tenants. I have cleaned before but it was mostly spot cleaning. I began by looking at them trying to figure out which cleaning supplies go with which room/surface.
Some have pictures so it is easy to figure out. Some do not. I was finding it difficult to navigate between advertisements about why this product is great and the actual directions. So, I type in "directions" into translate and here is what I got. 14 DIFFERENT WAYS TO SAY DIRECTIONS???? Come on Germans - You have to be kidding me!!!
I can get by in German. By getting by, I mean I can make people understand what I want to say by substitution, not accuracy. The Scientist's German is also coming along nicely and now even he is teaching me a few words here and there.
I am looking forward to the possibility of even taking Deutsch Kurs myself. But alas, I am not certain I can ever get by well enough in German to like say, have a normal conversation with someone. What if the only word I know for directions is substituted by 13 other ways to say it? Then I have no clue what anyone is saying!!!
Reality hit me and it sucks...
UPDATE: Even with 14 words for directions, I still couldn't find the directions but I think this word, Einfache Anwendung, means easy application which I guess means directions.
It does score cute points though for having a duck on it but negative points for not having the title sort out at all what it is supposed to be used for!!! Ente Activ-gel? Maybe people clean their ducks here with this gel?
German duck at Lietzensee-he doesn't look like he wants to be cleaned!