5 Years of German
JS - TRUE STORY: One Sunday morning, a distinguished looking couple from Germany came to our Church. In greeting and chatting with them after the service I made a very big mistake. I told them that I studied German for five years in High School.
In their lovely thick German accents they said, â€œoh how nice. Please tell us something in our German language.â€
I said, â€œoh no, its been so many years since I studied German and I have forgotten most of what I have learnt. All I can remember now are little phrases that are quite useless.â€
â€œNo, please, Pastor John,â€ the lady said with an eager smile, â€œwe have been away from Germany for 3 weeks and have not heard any German at all â€“ please, Pastor John, tell us â€“ please tell us something in German.â€
I was more than a little suprised with their insistence. They seemed very determined for me to say something in their language.
â€œO.K., hereâ€™s something I rememberâ€ I said, â€œbut I do warn you, it is not a very useful phrase.â€
â€œWe donâ€™t mind,â€ the husband said, â€œjust tell us something in German.â€
O.K., I said, â€œIch kannst nicht ins kino gehen aber ich bin nur dreizein jahre alt.â€
The German couple looked completely stunned for a brief moment. Then they looked at each other. One started smiling, the other started laughing, and then they both started laughing in unison, to such an extent that their laughter became loud.
Others in the room stopped their own conversations and began turning around to find out where the big noise was coming from.. and as they looked, they saw this visiting German couple holding each other up as they were almost falling down because their laughter was so pronounced.
Amidst their gasping for air, the husband said, â€œYou are right, that is totally .. ridiculous..â€ as he tried to breathe through the laugher againâ€¦ â€œWe thought you would quote a Scripture or have at least something profound to say, but that was one of the funniest things Iâ€™ve ever heardâ€¦â€
Why would they be laughing so much?
Well, in their imagination, they could see me in Germany, perhaps in one of the big cities.. perhaps I was driving a car and it broke down and I needed help.. finding someone on the sidewalk I rush up to them and say:
â€œI CANNOT GO TO THE MOVIES BECAUSE I AM ONLY THIRTEEN YEARS OLD!â€