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Old 08-15-2010, 08:58 PM   #1006
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How does your son like being here? Does he speak German and English?
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Old 08-15-2010, 09:54 PM   #1007
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If he was young and lived in Germany for a while, he probably speaks at least two languages because communication is important even if not taught formally.

Younger people will gladly accept a different language. My daughter had a Spanish class in the first grade in Minnesota and a few years later can help out her parents if necessary and they bother to ask.

Language (especially European ones - German, French and Spanish) is not a barrier if you have an open mind. I never had a language lesson but survived well in 37 countries, but Russia, Greece and China were tough for a few days, but I knew enough to ask a young person for help or translation. Some places, like India are no problem because Hindi is the official language, but English (either "British" or "American") is the business language and everyone speaks it because the Indians shift into that when they travel in other areas of the country and travel into one of the 17 different regions. - It is a small world and getting smaller because of communication.

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If he was young and lived in Germany for a while, he probably speaks at least two languages because communication is important even if not taught formally.

Younger people will gladly accept a different language. My daughter had a Spanish class in the first grade in Minnesota and a few years later can help out her parents if necessary and they bother to ask.

Language (especially European ones - German, French and Spanish) is not a barrier if you have an open mind. I never had a language lesson but survived well in 37 countries, but Russia, Greece and China were tough for a few days, but I knew enough to ask a young person for help or translation. Some places, like India are no problem because Hindi is the official language, but English (either "British" or "American") is the business language and everyone speaks it because the Indians shift into that when they travel in other areas of the country and travel into one of the 17 different regions. - It is a small world and getting smaller because of communication.

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This is one area where we lag sorely behind in the US. In many countries its mandatory to teach school children a second language. Most Germans I met over there spoke English and sometimes a third language like French or Spanish. They don't even start teaching a second language until 4th or 5th grade in my area.

I was wondering how long it would take for someone to break 1000 on this thread.
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Old 08-17-2010, 07:01 PM   #1009
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You hit it on the button - The U.S. is either 12th or 15th in education in the world. We become too provincial and closed.

When looking for help, look to teenagers for assistance if no one else speaks English/American, but they can understand it thanks to the internet, satellite T.V. and the fact that the teachers are multi-lingual. In Germany, English is the second language and it is very common in the Dorf Dude's area. they have an open mind and are very open to learning.

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I will speak from my experince due I do speak both Engish and French and I do grow up in Paris area and got fluent in both langunge I know it not easy to master it but over the time it become second nature plus what more I allready know sign langunge for the deaf as well { due most of my family members are deaf and they are trilangungel a well }

But for normal hearing part in Paris area it kind mixed bag engish and French however in other are it strictly French but there are few engish speaking peoples around to help.

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Grew up in Quebec Canada, and can speak both English and French fluently. So helpful. Learned French when I was kind playing with friends in the neigborhood, best and easiet way to learn.
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Grew up in Quebec Canada, and can speak both English and French fluently. So helpful. Learned French when I was kind playing with friends in the neigborhood, best and easiet way to learn.
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Old 08-20-2010, 08:39 AM   #1013
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I'm back on German soil now. It was over 18 hours but we made it. I did not get the picnic table completely finished but very close. My brother wanted to do things a little different so I left it for him to finish up. It's his table anyway. I just knocked out the big work. Here is a pic of it and the stain I used. The sun has washed out the table pic but it is dark brown. Thanks for your coments while I was away. I had basically no internet conection while I was home but I'm back now. How did I drop from a 5 star thread to a 4 star in the time I was gone? Something is not right here. Kind of fishy . dorf dude...
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Glad you made it back safe. Did your son enjoy the trip?
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We spent the last day on the lake boating, temps were just below 100. Syd and his wife came for 2 days and it was a blast! This picture sums it all up.
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Here is the last sunset we enjoyed. What a fantastic day drinking beer with old friends and just chillin out. It don't get any better than that. dorf dude...
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Beautiful picture, thanks for sharing.
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Here is the last sunset we enjoyed. What a fantastic day drinking beer with old friends and just chillin out. It don't get any better than that. dorf dude...
Shu, that is one gorgeous sunset...mind if I ask where you took it? Thanks.
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I'm back on German soil now. It was over 18 hours but we made it. I did not get the picnic table completely finished but very close. My brother wanted to do things a little different so I left it for him to finish up. It's his table anyway. I just knocked out the big work. Here is a pic of it and the stain I used. The sun has washed out the table pic but it is dark brown. Thanks for your coments while I was away. I had basically no internet conection while I was home but I'm back now. How did I drop from a 5 star thread to a 4 star in the time I was gone? Something is not right here. Kind of fishy . dorf dude...
Two quick things Shu...it has been 40 years since I used that Cabot stain, and it was the best I ever used. I did try to locate some up here when we first came to the island, but no luck. Where did you manage to find yours?

Congratulations on getting back to five stars, what a strange coincidence that just you and I both dropped to four at the same time.

Now I just need enough kind souls to vote me back up again!
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The Cabot stain was on the shelf in my dads shop. It was probably 20+ years old. When you enter that house its like a time capsule back to the 70's. The carpet, paneling and cabinets all scream 70's. My brother is slowly updating it. Thanks for following along, dorf dude...
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