Friday, 24 October 2008
A statement any German laughst about. Because in Germany people in Berlin are well known for beeing rude.
However, back in Moscow I tasted the difference. I staied in line for the passport control after arrival when a guy came up and just stayed with his family in front of me just when it was my turn to be checked.
So I asked him 'vi shutite' means, 'are you jocking'.
He holded up a green passport right before me and told very rude 'do you see this passport, I am a diplomate' with a strong I-am-better-than-you-attitude.
I replayed polite: 'from which country you are'
He said: 'Russia'
I said: 'I see, in other countries diplomats are supposed to be polite'.
His wife was pretty embarrased and did event want to let me go first. I doubt he got the point, the concept to have a status and to be polite is to far from him.
Anyway, i know I am back home.
Wednesday, 1 October 2008
Nomen est omen
After 5 years traveling to Lithuania I just realize a great feature in their language.
They distinguise in the family name 3 forms, males. Female married and female single.
While german and english don't change the family name according to the sex..
Mr. And Mrs. Smith
Russian for example has the difference between the gender:
Mr. Ivanov and Mrs. Ivanova
But Lithuaniasn distinguished in between 3 forms:
Mr. Rimdeikas, Mrs. Rimdeikene (male, married) and Mrs. Rimdekeite (fenla, unmarried).
This is fantastic, just imagine a meeting where the business card tells you her status. Or even better, a conference/exhibition where already the name tage tells you how to allocate resources ;)
How is it in latin, as that Lithuanian has here strong influences
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About this blog
I would anyway fail. I am too long here. So beauty & decay, education & corruption, high culture & kafka-style administration are meanwhile normal for me.
So this blog is like a painting from from Roy Lichtenstein... when you are with your nose on it :) You will just see the dots, not gaining any understanding of the whole.
Most things will look strange in this blog. But you can be sure, I would not live here, if there would not be a lot of great things here. Unfortunately, the weired stories are more interesting to tell & read.