On one of our trips back to the states, we bought a card box with 1,000 German words, similar in size and style to the cards used for Pictionary or Trivial Pursuit. While we are eating, we pinch out about a dozen cards and study them. We’d also been watching some cartoons in German earlier in the morning. Here’s a conversation from lunch today between my husband and I.
Me: Ok, next one – “wissen” – it’s a verb.
H: No clue.
Me: It means to know, as in a fact or a skill.
Me: Ok, “die Wissenschaft” – noun.
H (without pausing): Witchcraft!
Me: Erm, no – Science.
(Note for those who don’t know him – my husband, who by trade is a project manager for an engineering firm, is a total science nut, and would be one of the last people in the world to say that science is witchcraft.)