Saturday, September 13, 2008

German v. English, One-on-One: Part II!

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Today marks our two-year anniversary in Germany. We arrived in Heidelberg on September 13, 2006. What an innocent post I wrote that day, wondering why there were two buttons on the toilets and no screens on the windows!

In other news, I am now only 6 pounds away from my pre-Germany weight. The new jeans I bought on the day I felt like the fattest chick in Heidelberg are too big. And I'm still eating Eis and regional specialties, just being more careful about it!

To celebrate these events, how about round 2 of German v. English? (Here's round 1! It was a tie!)

Which of the following words do you prefer - the English, or the German? There will be a food theme this time. Submit your ballot in the comments!

1. ginger v. Ingwer
2. cloves v. Nelken
3. potato v. Kartoffel
4. bean v. Bohne
5. mustard v. Senf
6. cinnamon v. Zimt
7. garlic v. Knoblauch
8. lemon v. Zitrone
9. cumin v. Kreuzkümmel
10. coffee v. Kaffee :)

Edited! I've added a photo of Kreuzkümmel (cumin) next to Kümmel (caraway) to show they both exist, since there was some confusion. :)

16 comments:

  1. What's your secret for loosing weight? I am still +20 pounds from when I came here 5 years ago and I gave up hope that I will ever fit in clothes again that I brought with me.

    Ok, here are my votes:
    1.ginger
    2.nelken
    3.kartoffel
    4.beans
    5.senf (I used to confuse mustard with mustache)
    6. cinnamon
    7.knoblauch
    8.zitrone
    9.?? I only know the word Kuemmel.
    10. kaffee

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  2. Here are my votes --

    1) ginger (it sounds better to me)
    2) cloves
    3) Kartoffel
    4) Bohne
    5) Senf (hands down, much better)
    6) cinnamon
    7) Knoblauch
    8) lemon
    9) cumin
    10) Kaffee

    I guess I am split!

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  3. 1. Ingwer - because I never ate ginger so much prior to living in Germany, so the word 'ginger' is an abstract thought to me vs the concrete 'Ingwer' which I know.
    2. cloves
    3. Kartoffel
    4. bean
    5. Senf
    6. Zimt
    7. Knoblauch
    8. Zitrone
    9. Kümmel - in my cabinet the package has this name rather than Kreuzkümmel?
    10. Kaffee

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  4. 1. ginger
    2. cloves
    3. Kartoffel
    4. bean
    5. Senf
    6. Zimt
    7. garlic
    8. Zitrone
    9. cumin
    10. coffee :)

    Maybe it would be interesting to look at the progression of how long we have lived in Germany vs. words we choose to use. :)

    BTW: I LOVE the word Senf-it seems more like mustard to me than mustard almost immediately when I learned it.

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  5. Thanks for the votes so far!

    Here are mine:

    1. Ingwer. This is a hard one because ginger's a pretty cute word, too. But I love words starting with I. Ingwer sounds so exotic.
    2. Nelken. This was hard too because I don't really like either word. The Clo sound is kind of gross. Nelken sounds kind of sweet and diminutive, though it reminds me of the word milk which I don't like.
    3. Kartoffel! This must be one of the coolest German words out there.
    4. Bean. It's such a cheery word. Bohne is kind of clunky.
    5. Senf. It's pretty sharp. Perfect.
    6. Cinnamon. Another hard one! Both are great words for what they describe, but cinnamon is one of the most fun English words to say, so it wins.
    7. Knoblauch. I don't like either word here. Knoblauch is sometimes shortened to Knobi, which gives it an edge, since I never hear anyone refer to garli. :)
    8. Zitrone. An easy one. Lemon just sounds blah. Zitrone is snazzy.
    9. Kreuzkümmel. Cumin is a cozy word, but I don't like that it's sometimes said cyoo-min and sometimes coo-min. Kreuzkümmel sounds really ancient and mysterious.
    10. Coffee. This one's kind of silly because they're practically the same, but I like the nice round o sound over the a, and I find c more pleasant than k in general.

    Yes, I do always think about words this way....

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  6. 1. ginger
    2. cloves
    3. Kartoffel
    4. bean
    5. Senf
    6. Zimt
    7. garlic
    8. Zitrone: What are oranges?
    9. cumin
    10. Kaffee: English might be improved if we got rid of 'c' (except maybe in conjunction with 'h')

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  7. Does Kreuzkuemmel taste different than Kuemmel? I try to avoid Kuemmel since I don't like its taste at all.

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  8. 1. Ingwer
    2. cloves
    3. (the awful) Kartoffel
    4. bean (beans are too small for one syllable)
    5. Senf
    6. Zimt(sterne)
    7. garlic v. Knoblauch
    8. lemon (due to possible confusion(s?) with Limone)
    9. Kreuzkümmel (but I hate the possible confusion with the spice you put on Sauerkraut)
    10. Kaffee (easier to say multiple times in a row when you need a fix)

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  9. Does Kreuzkuemmel taste different than Kuemmel? I try to avoid Kuemmel since I don't like its taste at all.

    Heck yeah it does. Kreuzkümmel — cumin — gives Tex-Mex food its flavor. Seriously, it's the driving force behind any decent salsa or spiced ground beef seasoning. Kümmel on the other hand is just caraway seeds — which you're likely to find in your sauerkraut, as Damon pointed out.

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  10. Bek, I missed your earlier question about the losing weight. I have been using sparkpeople.com every day to count all the calories and nutrition in everything I eat. It's kind of time consuming but really helps get an idea of what's going on in my diet and keeps me from eating too much or too little. Also I don't cut out things from my diet, I just eat them anyway and calculate them into the diet. That way I don't get all cranky and miserable.

    I hate Kuemmel too! I actually hid it in my office for a while to keep Damon from putting any in our food after there was a little soup accident. But Kreuzkuemmel is one of the most delicious things in the world!

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  11. I guess it shows I'm not big into spices;) Thanks for the weblink. Maybe I push myself to try it out:)

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  12. 1. ginger
    2. cloves
    3. potato
    4. bean
    5. Senf — (same as comment #1/Bek: mustard/mustache) ;-)
    6. Zimt
    7. garlic
    8. Zitrone — "Limone" v. "Limette"
    9. cumin — sounds less scary
    10. Kaffee — "coffee" is ridiculously often overused in German(y)

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  13. I love the word Zimt! Something about the crisp "ts" sound at the first makes it sound spicy and exciting... Being a summer girl I'm not looking forward to cold weather, but I can't wait until Zimt Sterne make their appearance around town! YUMM!

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  14. I *love* German words in general, but "ginger" is an awesome word too...

    Cxx

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  15. Hmmm...I don't have much of an opinion on some of these. But kartoffel definitely wins, and I like cumin better (but only if you say "coo" and not "cyu").

    My real problem is that now I have a Decembrists song stuck in my head, thanks to considering the word "cinnamon" for too long. The people in the workroom are going to wonder when I start singing at them.

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  16. can i submit the word "Grumbiera" for 3. (potato)? xD

    (and no, there's no way one can pronounce that properly unless they know the intricacies of Swabian compound vowels)

    other than that, i'll go with the german... except for cumin.

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