Philip Newton (pne) wrote,
Philip Newton

Anglicisms FTW

It’s always fun to hear Anglicisms in Amy’s German—where her weaker language is influencing her stronger language.

This morning, about a toy “windmill” shaped like a ladybird: “Es dreht sich bei sich selbst, wenn der Wind bläst”, where I’d say “Es dreht sich von selbst/dreht sich selbst/dreht sich von alleine, wenn der Wind weht”; the “bei sich selbst” is clearly from English “by itself”, and while “wenn der Wind bläst” is not wrong, I think that “weht” would be better or more usual here.

Tags: amy, amyisms

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