Am 12.04.2008 um 14:28 schrieb Rickard A. Parker:
> Carrol Cox wrote:
>> USC is closing its German Dept.
>> Can even the largest university teach _every_ 'major' language?
>> How does
>> one define "major" in the preceding sentence?
> THE LOST SWISS GUY
> A Swiss man is looking for directions, and he pulls up at a
> bus stop where two Americans are waiting.
> "Entschuldigung, können Sie Deutsch sprechen?" he asks.
> The two Americans just stare at him.
> "Excusez-moi, parlez vous Francais?" he tries.
> They continue to stare.
> "Praat julle Afrikaans?"
> The Americans just look at each other.
> "Parlare Italiano?"
> No response.
> "Hablan ustedes Espanol?"
> Still nothing.
> Disgusted, the Swiss guy drives off.
> One American guy turns to other and says,
> "Y'know, maybe we should learn a foreign language."
> "Why?" says the other.
> "That guy knew five languages and it didn't do him no good either."
Nice on, Carrol!
Except that he would have asked:
"Sprechen Sie Deutsch?"