By Anonymous - 30/12/2012 19:21 - Germany - Neunkirchen

Today, I returned to Germany for a break from my studies abroad. I got lost while out for groceries, so I tried asking a guy for directions. I went totally blank and strained to think of the right words, prompting him to mutter about rude foreigners not bothering to learn the local language. FML
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I'm friends with a girl who was an exchange student from Germany in high school and after a few months of being surrounded by English all the time, she even had a hard time talking to her parents on the phone.

I often fumble over my words when I've been studying broads.

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How did that even happen?

Because when she went away she didn't use german as much thus the brain began to repress it.. Once she gets speaking german again it'll be ok...

Ugh, I know that. I was just surprised that going back to using what I assumed to be OP's native tongue was a difficult task.

That's usually the case when you stop using a certain language for an extended period of time. You just start forgetting words.

OP experienced reverse cultural shock.

You see, fluent people think in language they speak, so it is possible to "forget" portion of your native language if you only use another language all the time. Still, I'd expect it would take more time than a few months.

#22 I speak by experience here and I can tell it does happen. I am French and I have been living abroad for 9 years now (6 years in Ireland now) and I do struggle often to find words in my mother tongue, although I left France when I was 24, so not exactly as a child. My fiancé is Irish and does not speak French and I work in a multinational company where English is the common language. It has come to the point that I sometimes check online words from English to French because English seems more natural to me now and I am not sure if what I am writing is correct French or an Anglicism. :) Happens to all of us expats :) It’s a little drawback to a fantastic experience.

das ist nicht gut, OP ist sehr doof

I'm friends with a girl who was an exchange student from Germany in high school and after a few months of being surrounded by English all the time, she even had a hard time talking to her parents on the phone.

Das ist sehr interresant

Nein, es ist nicht!

Ahahahaha du sprechst keine deutsch!

Sprichst* ;)

Well, did you find the grocery store?

A riveting query.

I get flustered when I try to speak another language too. :/ That guy is a buttmunch.

I think German is her native language and she was just unused to speaking it thanks to her studying abroad

Buttmunch or cockmunch?

Regardless, at least she was trying. That guy didn't have to be so rude.

Didn't have to be polite either.

hopefully the next person you asked wasn't as rude

I often fumble over my words when I've been studying broads.

No he said abroad. singular.

36-Seriously?

36- ZOOM! Hear that? That's the sound of a joke piloting an F-18 Super Hornet going right over your head.

No my friends. That was a train and you both missed it. Look at the post again.

46-Do you just not understand the joke? Or are you trying to make a joke of your own?

The eternal question: how many broads does it take to make you forget? For some, just one. For others... they're still trying to count.

I'm wondering if maybe they were making the joke that its not broads, its a broad...? Either way, it fell flat.

It's ironic that all of you are criticizing him for missing the joke when you all missed his.

As long as you know you're in the right its okay. don't take it too hard, OP!

After spending a year in America I got teased relentlessly by my Israeli friends when I returned home for a visit. I starting saying "Um." And "Okay" all the time.

Ha! I'm a Hebrew tutor and most of my students go to secular schools and are native English speakers. It's so easy for me to tell if they've practiced; if they haven't, it sounds like they're trying to gargle hieroglyphics. German and Hebrew can both be considered "guttural" languages, which English certainly isn't. It's not easy to switch between them!

I do not know what is worse, getting teased for sounding too "American" by my Israeli friends or being teased for my accent and "freakish throaty sounds" by my American friends. Some English sounds come out a little more guttural as you say.

That's why it's very important to constantly practice the language, even if it is your native tongue! Hey, we forget. Don't worry though, OP, I've been through that and in a couple of weeks or months you should be speaking your native tongue just as you always did :)

Rude foreigners huh? So it's ok for them to treat us like crap but yet when they come to the states to visit we have to be nice. The hell with that. Mutual respect.

Sounds like someone's heavily xenophobic. I mean, that's quite the stereotyping you're doing there, nice straw man you've set up.

Generalizations are never good. I've had a couple of bad experiences in the US and in other countries a couple of times but that doesn't mean I go around saying they ALL treat tourists badly...

I visited the states on holiday a few months ago and I was met with nothing but kind, respectful people who were eager to help a lost Irish girl. Any Americans I encounter in my town I treat the same way.

12- Even mutual respect has to start somewhere. Try, Lead By Example, aka, act like a calm adult and not an overly defensive hothead when dealing with others, especially the rude ones. It's amazing the amount of respect you'll earn for yourself, from yourself, as well as from others, IMHO.

I've been to the united states a few times and I have only been spoken to kindly and asked about my canadian accent. I do have many friends that hate americans for being rude and I agree generalizations are not good and that's what I tell them