Yes, I had this cunning plan. I was travelling to Germany to visit the Nolde Foundation in Seebüll – but I don’t speak German – so I’d learned one sentence which I knew would get me through any linguistically challenging situation.
The sentence was as follows: Ich spreche nur ein bisschen Deutsche – meine frau. This straightforward sentence means that I speak only a little German – so ask me wife. What could be simpler?
Unfortunately not so.
The first time I spoke this special sentence, they all started shouting at me in German! Not at all what I had envisaged. I was the one who drove up that one-way street (Einbahnstraβe) so they didn’t want to speak to Fionnuala – they all wanted to speak to me!
Anyway, once the dust settled, we decided that driving on the right side…
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