First Story: Butterbrezel

When I look back, i can recall so many pieces that basically carried towards the decision that I made. I even don’t have to use any extra creativity. These things, which we say that only happen in films do happen in normal life that is why people put them in films.

First years in Germany… I was in deep Bavaria, it was 5.35, I caught the first train that left the cold train station – Regionalbahn, every single station had to be seen. No ICE available at that time. A routine at those times, not yet had a drivers license, and funnily it is comparable to the US: if you don’t have a car in the countryside in Bavaria, you are doomed.

Anyways, I had bought a Butterbrezel in the main train station… this was my breakfast on the train. I once watched people what they buy most at the bakery, and just started imitating them. And it tasted good.

Again, I had to show what I wanted, the shop assistant did not understand what I was getting at, I could not pronounce the Brezel as they do. So it is confusing for them. – „Was wollten Sie nochmal?“- I laughed. One day, I would make it. German classes were doing well. I just have to put my confidence together. And just speak it. But people in real life spoke differently than the Frau Donhauser in the class. I have already begun to greet people with “Grüß Gott” but they still knew when I entered a shop. – „What can I do for you madam?“ – Gosh, it was hard to just start talking. I understood almost everything. I could even watch 8.00 pm news – “Tagesschau” they would call it here.

After 60 Butterbrezeln, at least 55 times having to show what I wanted at the bakery, after at least 68 days of frustration. Next day, namely on Monday I got to the station by tram.

Today, I was going to do it all in German…

Man, war das spannend.

Oh, there it was, my turn. “Was darf’s Schönes sein, junge Dame?” I took a deep breath and said: “Ich hatte gerne eine butter brezel haben, bitte.” The lady at the counter replied: “Sorry, I don’t speak English.”

Text: Eveline Goodman.

„Eveline Goodman ist Geschäftsführerin von EforP – English for Professionals, einem Sprachinstitut, das sich auf maßgeschneiderte Trainings – auf „Integrated Trainings“ sowie auf Sprachtrainings – für Unternehmer und deren Mitarbeiter spezialisiert hat.

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