Everyday Misunderstandings for Foreigners

Did I say that properly? It sounded ok to me.

A ski-teacher gave a lesson to a small child.  The child was freezing and her toes were cold.  

Ski instructors are multi-jobbers; they are baby- sitters, motivators and sometimes nurses. 
The instructor offered her best medical advice, she told the child to wiggle her “Zähna”.
The instructor watched with great confusion as the child moved her jaws back and forth and from side to side. 

Oh the Swiss dialect. What difference does an “ä” make? The difference between teeth (Zähne) and toes (Zehe)!
It all sounds the same to us.

 © Copyright Vicki Gabathuler, 2016


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