If you could wake up tomorrow and be fluent in any language you don’t currently speak, which would it be? Why? What’s the first thing you do with your new linguistic skills?
Oh easy – German.
German is a language that I’ve always wanted to learn… just for the sake of learning a language. It’s something that is also part of my family. A number of my Aunties and Uncles were born in Germany, and my mothers parents were German. Although I’ve never been to Germany, I would love to go one day. No particular reason other than to just see where our family came from.
…and then I could go exploring all over the rest of Europe!!
One of my favourite things about the German language, is that everything basically sounds quite nasty and intimidating, even if you’re saying something sweet. Especially if you shout it. You could tell somebody that you love them; that you simply cannot live without them; and that you would give your heart to them and follow them to the ends of the earth… but if you shout it in German, it would probably be quite frightening.
On the flip-side, you could probably tell a person that you’re going to beat them with a tyre iron until they’re unconscious, then break every single bone in their body individually before slowly cutting off each finger and toe until they slowly die from shock and blood loss, before burying their body somewhere that it’ll never be found… but if you said it in a quiet, sultry kind of voice, somebody would no doubt think that you were quite possibly trying to pick them up.
This is what I love about languages other than English – they can convey the complete opposite emotion of what they’re saying, depending on the tone used when speaking.
I think if I just woke up speaking German, I would probably use it to weird my friends out, and only speak German around them. Or remove myself from conversations completely until I was expected to chime in with something like a comment or a opinion… and then do so in German.
Now, you didn’t specify can we only speak this language, or can we read it as well? If we can read the language, then I’d be on a flight to Queensland to my cousins place and start going through all the boxes of my grandfathers books and journals that he had, which are all in German, so that I’d be able to translate everything into English so we could then share it with the rest of the family. They don’t really speak German, and probably only know a few key words / phrases, and being able to translate everything grandpa had would be quite an incredible gesture to everybody. Also, it would give me more insight into who this man was – unfortunately he passed away before I was born, so I never met him. He was big into astrology and was one of the few re-founders of Uranian Astrology. He was also some kind of scientist, but I don’t really know much about him other than that.
Also, I picked German because Lady Gaga has a song entitled Scheiße which I absolutely love and secretly wished she released as a single. OMG… imagine the remixes. THE REMIXES!! Musical magic!! Plus, I went to her Born This Way Ball three times when it was in town and it was my favourite part of the whole show, hands-down!!
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Fun question! I would pick French as I took in 30 years ago in school and can’t speak it and wish I would have kept with it. I would love to be able to visit Paris again and actually speak the language well or at least enough not to look foolish. My late hubby and MIL used to speak German so I have rubber stamps for Christmas cards in the language.