Reply to post: Re: Mijn grootvader is een schaap

Loose tongues and oily seamen: Lost in machine translation yet again

MonkeyCee Silver badge

Re: Mijn grootvader is een schaap

Based on the attitude of my male Dutch classmates, some of them genuinely believe that a) English has a correct form and b) that is what is taught in Dutch schools.

Explaining why using Dutch/German sentence structure, then re-arranging it with a dozen commas per sentence doesn't look right, and having the blokes correct me was pretty funny. Had the lecturer come over, listen for a moment, and say "Would you trust an Englishman to tell you how to write Dutch?".

I've also joked that I speak about five versions of English, British home countries, upper class USA, working class USA, Indian trade English and antipodean potty mouth.

Groot vader? Weird. Hardly ever heard vadar (my brat calls me papa or dad, depending on language) maybe in more formal situations. Certainly never heard groot vader, only opa :)

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