I am to be the best man at a wedding of a German and Italian (the bride). I have been asked by the couple to speak in English on the day. Most people attending should be able to understand some English but unfortunately there will still be a number who will not understand.
Any clever ideas on how to bridge the language barrier?
German humour and Italian humour - what are they? Are they compatible? How could I work them together?
As I am British, I don't know the different customs and practices at Italian weddings and German weddings. What are the things I should really make a point of doing and not doing? Are there some finer touches that would really go down well? [more inside]
posted by BritishBestMan
on Mar 7, 2006 -
A long time ago, I was given to understand that there was a German word to denote "the sheer cussedness of things"... [more inside]
posted by Chrischris
on Mar 1, 2006 -
GermanLanguageFilter/TheologyFilter. What is the correct pronunciation of the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr's name? Definitive opinions sought. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog
on Feb 26, 2006 -
I'm trying to find a link that was (I think) posted on MeFi 2 or 3 years back, but my searches have been fruitless. It was a flash 'game' that taught handy German taunts for lan parties. [more inside]
posted by starscream
on Feb 22, 2006 -
I'm currently in a long distance relationship with a beautiful German woman (hooray). However, with Valentines day coming up is there anything I need to know? [more inside]
posted by prentiz
on Feb 10, 2006 -
GermanActressFilter: Looking for the name of a german actress. I only have some vague info :-/ [more inside]
posted by slater
on Dec 25, 2005 -
Name that book: It's a German language novel in which several heavyweights of science address nuclear proliferation. [more inside]
posted by FissionChips
on Dec 1, 2005 -
How difficult would it be for a married couple (1 german, 1 english) currently living in london - to move to live and work in US - for example to san francisco [more inside]
posted by Svea
on Nov 25, 2005 -
I need some help finding online images of newspapers written in German from the 1800 or early 1900s. [more inside]
posted by rokabiri
on Oct 25, 2005 -
I've decided that I would like to learn German from my best friend, who is Austrian. We have no idea how to go about doing this. We're thinking that I need to learn basic grammar and syntax first, but I'm not terribly concerned with reading or writing German. I'd like to get some textbook and curriculum recommendations and hear from anyone who has taught their native language to a friend.
posted by lunalaguna
on Oct 20, 2005 -
How do you force a German company to pay a bill? I.e., what is the German equivalent of a civil suit and how hard is it to bring one? (Details inside, if you want the full scoop.) [more inside]
posted by harrietwrath
on Jun 30, 2005 -
A friend was telling me that the test to get a driver's license in Germany was incredibly difficult, much more so than in the U.S. Has anyone taken it, or heard similar tales?
posted by dearleader
on Jun 14, 2005 -
What sort of daily time commitment is required to make strong progress in picking up a language? Granted, this varies greatly from person to person, but I want to hear about your experiences. I can only muster 45 minutes of German grammar a day. Will this get me somewhere, or am I chasing after wind?
posted by ori
on May 17, 2005 -
German scholars, historians, copyeditors, and anyone else: Can someone explain to me why an author whose book I'm editing has cited Hitler's Mein Kampf as "Mien Kemp"? Google doesn't elicit much in English, and I'm unilingual, alas. As far as I know, American English is my author's native language. Is he just a lousy speller? (Looks like it could be Dutch, but that's just a guess.)
posted by scratch
on Apr 4, 2005 -
There's a wonderful liqueur that I'd like to buy as a gift, but it's only available from a distillery in Germany. I contacted the distillery, and with my somewhat limited German, was able to ask about shipment to the US. They can ship it, but don't accept payment via credit card, but rather "mit Rechnung." This I believe to be "by check," but I'm not sure. Has anyone had experience with this kind of transaction? Some German sites I saw which also require that kind of payment have forms that ask for a password. Is this an EU thing only?
posted by icetaco
on Dec 3, 2004 -
I'm moving to Germany from the U.S. in six weeks, and I'm looking for advice from anyone who has done something similar. This thread
has been somewhat helpful, but a little too focused on immigration issues (I don't expect a problem with this). [more inside] [more inside]
posted by moonbiter
on Jun 10, 2004 -
I have spent the last day looking for information in a particular set of records I own. They are in perfect condition, 1968 Bach's Messe in H-Moll. It is first run, original. More inside. [more inside]
posted by Keyser Soze
on Apr 19, 2004 -
Put forward to action by this catty thread
but with different reasons and intentions, does anyone have recommendations for excellent Metafilter-like sites or even personal weblogs...in German
? I have very high fluency in German, subscribe to a few of the default German weblogs in NetNewsWire lite, but blogging culture in the hunosphere (I kid, I kid) just doesn't seem to have much presence. Maybe because everyone can speak English? I'd like to keep up my German with one of my favorite time-wasters while living outside of a German-speaking country. Anyway, almost all input welcome!
posted by Gnatcho
on Apr 7, 2004 -
I'd like some help identifying an empty flask I found in a drawer.
It's from Germany, and bears the inscription "Herrenberger Blutwurzelansatz / Weinhaus Gläßer / Brennerei Herrenberg / Deutsches Erzeugnis
The bottle is at least 10-12 years old, and doesn't mention any overseas distributor. Could it have held an herbal wine, or a liqueur?
posted by Smart Dalek
on Jan 12, 2004 -