November 19, 2007

Sarah: Hot like Fiya

In honor of my German test today, for which I was awake until 4 am studying, I present a discussion of temperatures from class last week:

Professor: 'I am hot' is 'Es ist mir heiss' or 'It is to me hot.' You wouldn't say 'Ich bin heiss' (literally, I am hot), because... that has sexual connotations.
Student: I said that in a paper once. He pulled me aside. So. Awkward.

Posted by sarah at November 19, 2007 03:30 AM

hee hee hee French is the same way!

I'm hot= J'ai chaud (I may have spelled that wrong.. cut me a break its been five years. but literally translated to mean I have hot)

Ich bin heiss=Je suis chaud

Posted by: Mallory on November 19, 2007 09:31 AM

I seem to recall that in French you don't say "I'm full" when you can't eat another bite, because that phrase is used to connote pregnancy.

And speaking of pregnancy (or not), I never got used to English women telling me to knock them up when I was in the area.

Posted by: Dave on November 19, 2007 01:53 PM

Dave- could be worse. They could say "Knock me up when your in my area"!

There I go again- always in the gutter! I need help!

Posted by: Jen on November 19, 2007 04:08 PM

in austria, if you say "ich bin voll" that means you are fat. so you say "ich bin sat" which means i am done (eating). luckily, if someone knows you are american, they give you the benefit of the doubt when you say "ich bin heiss" or "ich bin kalt" (cold meaning stand-off ish). german is a fascinating language. sarah, i had no idea you were taking german! but i didn't start reading your blog again until today. its now my homepage. love you!

Posted by: stace on November 23, 2007 03:09 PM

Aw, thanks for making us your homepage!
I am struggling through my German classes to take care of my required Foreign Language courses. At least now maybe I can fake my way a little bit when I move to Austria to be near you, Staci!

Posted by: sarah on November 26, 2007 11:09 AM
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