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Stone Soup by Jan Eliot for November 27, 2011
Stone Soup by Jan Eliot 4 CANDY Mother: Nein Girl: Bitte! Alix: Mom? Are they speaking another language? Val: It sounds like German. Alix: But I can't understand them. Girl: !! Val: Well, they understand each other. Alix: THEY must be really SMART. Holly: Why? Alix: They speak a foreign language! Holly: Alix - Mother: ! Girl: ? Alix: I mean, that little girl knows German?! That's INCREDIBLE! Val: She learned it just like you learned English. Alix: There's no WAY either of US could've learned German at her age. Holly: AURGH Val: Leave it! Girl: Wie geht's?
All this talk of languages reminded me of a British sitcom that used to be shown on local TV in the ‘70s/’80s. Set in WWII France mostly at a little cafe run by plump Rene and his wife, who had an awful voice but loved to sing. They, her senile mother and the waitresses spoke ‘French’. Nazis,speaking ‘German’ and crashed British pilots, who were in hiding, spoke English. Plot involved the French Resistance movement and a valuable painting they all hoped to sell after the war. The viewer had to remember that the different groups were speaking languages although we only heard English. You had to keep track of who was who. Witty and funny. But what was it called? No one can remember the name, but they can’t forget the show.