Humor of German Buying Food

A German Buying Food describes the humor of language learning after coming to America from Germany at age 16 with only a little high school English.

Humor of German Buying Food is a true story.

[From the book Between the Lines, by Tom Frazier]


“Mother had decided to do all in her power to become American.

Her first effort was to pronounce an edict that we would not speak one word of German when we were sitting together at the dinner table, so it was

‘Gif mee zee salt’


‘Muzer, zee dinner was verry goot.’

And sometimes we sat silently rather than attempt to speak.”

“I just did not know there was such a difference between knowing a language slightly, and being able to speak and read it properly.”


“I went shopping at the Piggly Wiggly supermarket across the street, where mother sent me for some Cream of Wheat and corn.

I asked for

‘GRIES’ (Cream of Wheat in German, pronounced ‘grees’)


‘MAIS’ (corn in German).

“The clerk tried to help me and we ended up at the car lubrication shelf looking for


and then at the mouse traps

(MAIS is pronounced ‘mice’ in German).

"We easily found the corn, but for the Cream of Wheat I had to return home for the dictionary.”




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