Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Building blocks: How are you? Good, thanks.

German:
Wie (vee): how
geht (gate): goes (think "goeth")
es (ess): it
Ihnen (ee-nen): (to or for) you
Wie geht es Ihnen? : How are you?

Dutch:
Hoe (hoo): how
gaat (khaht): goes (think "goeth")
het (heht): it
met (meht): with (cf Old English "mid")
u (ew): you
Hoe gaat het met u? : How are you?

Swedish:
Hur (hewr): how
står (stor): stands
det (de): it
till (til): to
Hur står det till? : How are you?

How are you?
German: Wie geht es Ihnen? (How goes it for-you?)
Dutch: Hoe gaat het met u? (How goes it with you?)
Swedish: Hur står det till? (Howdo things stand?)

Fine, thanks
German: Danke, gut! (Thanks, good)
Dutch: Goed, dank u. (Good, thank you)
Swedish: Bra, tack. (Good, thanks)

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