By nullroute - 16/02/2016 11:34 - Switzerland - Full
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Why would it take 6 months for someone to correct you? I can imagine you saying something like "last naked we went out to dinner" would make a person confused and then realize you meant night and would teach you how to say it correctly way before 6 months went by
Because it was probably obvious from the structure of the sentence that he was trying to say 'Nacht', not 'nackt' - many foreigners have problems with the 'ch' sounds, so Germans generally aren't confused when someone mispronounces them. Also, I bet a lot of the people he was talking to secretly thought it was hilarious.
Well, I've been living in Spain for 3 years now. It was only after 1 year and half that I was told that when I said "you are" (in the 4th person, when I am speaking to various people) was wrong. I was actually saying "six" (nothing ashaming) but people could understand and would not correct me, nor would I use the word so often for people to hear it.
I don't see why this was such a big deal. I'm German and of course there's a difference between "Nacht" (night) and "nackt" (naked) but no one should've had any problems understanding you. It's quite common for native English speakers to struggle with the ch-sound because it doesn't exist in English (except for Scottish English). These two words have a completely different semantic meaning, so everyone should grasp from context what you wanted to say.