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My Girlfriend is foreign exchange student from Germany. She doesn't understand my humor...

 
phoenixe

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02/23/2013 07:59 PM

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maybe it is the language barrier that makes different nations incompatible regarding humor.
if one know a foreign language as good as their mother tongue, jokes and humor come naturally and easy to understand.
i personally like how, in english, can be played with words and pronounciation, we don´t have this in german.
 Quoting: phoenixe


You mean, you don't have puns in German?
 Quoting: Vision Thing


we do have them, but not as much as you have.
it is really difficult to find them in german language.

we have ambiguity, of course, but it is different.. it does not come from the similar sound while pronounciating a word, but from the exact same word with a different meaning in a different context. difficult to explain, i am lacking of examples.. i have a not so good one:
in context of "easter" in german the sentence "ich gehe meine eier suchen" would mean
"i go looking for my (easter)eggs" as well as " go looking for my balls".
(but most of us don´t assume the second meaning when someone says this sentence).
so it is the same word "eier" with different meanings, one the "real" meaning, one the "casual" one.

but in english, i noticed there is many ambiguities by different words but with a similar pronounciation. which makes it sometimes difficult to understand a joke.
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lol the OP is funny...

OP: Sarcasm is a dying art. NOBODY gets it anymore, not just Germans. Everybody takes things so seriously today.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 25413197


people losing their humor.

especially in a "serious" nation as germany.

i know many really sarcastic people, but sarcasm is "negativity".

and many as well don´t understand it here, but from my experience, it´s the dumb ones who don´t understand it, as "brain" and the ability to think "around the edge" (as we say here) is needed to understand sarcasm.
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American sarcasm?


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Germans are reknown for having no sense of humor, bro.
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Germans are reknown for having no sense of humor, bro.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 32129936


we don´t laugh all the time, correct.
but we have humor. maybe not as much as others, and for sure a different kind of.
anyone of you know our famous "Loriot" ?
"no sense of humor" is not correct. it is different.
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02/23/2013 08:13 PM
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Germans are reknown for having no sense of humor, bro.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 32129936


we don´t laugh all the time, correct.
but we have humor. maybe not as much as others, and for sure a different kind of.
anyone of you know our famous "Loriot" ?
"no sense of humor" is not correct. it is different.
 Quoting: phoenixe


Yes, I sould have said little sense of humor. And German humor is just not funny, sorry. I suppose I don't have any sense for German humor, lol!

Then again, German engineering, discipline and organisation is übergood!
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This girl, who comes from Frankfurt, and I have been dating a little over two months, since she came to the US to study this semester. I really like her. She's everything I want in a gf... sweet, determined, sincere, beautiful...not a fake like so many girls I know. The only problem is She's Like seriously gullible and doesn't understand American sarcasim. I am trying to help her but im getting tired of having to explain Myself all the time as if im talking to a 6 year old! Plus my friends have noticed and Im afraid shes going to get strung along and hurt. Parties are dangerous affairs for her and I hesitate to take her... How can I help her understand American culture better? Will she learn? Will she always be kind of "magoo?" (for lack of a better word)
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1530426


Does something get lost in the translation? I don't know how I would do, if I was learning a foreign language and trying to understand jokes. Is she fluent in English?
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If she's hot then who gives a fuck?
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If she's hot then who gives a fuck?
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that's cuz the germans killed all of their funny people 70 years ago...
--"In this era of great big brains anything that can happen will. So hunker down." -- Kurt Vonnegut, JR. -- Galapagos.
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02/23/2013 08:32 PM
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that's cuz the germans killed all of their funny people 70 years ago...
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it is wrong of me but I involuntarily chuckled at this
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Re: My Girlfriend is foreign exchange student from Germany. She doesn't understand my humor...
This girl, who comes from Frankfurt, and I have been dating a little over two months, since she came to the US to study this semester. I really like her. She's everything I want in a gf... sweet, determined, sincere, beautiful...not a fake like so many girls I know. The only problem is She's Like seriously gullible and doesn't understand American sarcasim. I am trying to help her but im getting tired of having to explain Myself all the time as if im talking to a 6 year old! Plus my friends have noticed and Im afraid shes going to get strung along and hurt. Parties are dangerous affairs for her and I hesitate to take her... How can I help her understand American culture better? Will she learn? Will she always be kind of "magoo?" (for lack of a better word)
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1530426


Does something get lost in the translation? I don't know how I would do, if I was learning a foreign language and trying to understand jokes. Is she fluent in English?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 32938997


She takes courses in English and can follow the instructor She understands formal written English well. She is more flient than most mexicans around here! But she is not good with idioms, banter and slang. when she speaks fast, to keep up, She will confuse her syntax, leave out crucial words and end her sentences awkwardly. Im helping her!
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This girl, who comes from Frankfurt, and I have been dating a little over two months, since she came to the US to study this semester. I really like her. She's everything I want in a gf... sweet, determined, sincere, beautiful...not a fake like so many girls I know. The only problem is She's Like seriously gullible and doesn't understand American sarcasim. I am trying to help her but im getting tired of having to explain Myself all the time as if im talking to a 6 year old! Plus my friends have noticed and Im afraid shes going to get strung along and hurt. Parties are dangerous affairs for her and I hesitate to take her... How can I help her understand American culture better? Will she learn? Will she always be kind of "magoo?" (for lack of a better word)
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1530426


Does something get lost in the translation? I don't know how I would do, if I was learning a foreign language and trying to understand jokes. Is she fluent in English?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 32938997


She takes courses in English and can follow the instructor She understands formal written English well. She is more flient than most mexicans around here! But she is not good with idioms, banter and slang. when she speaks fast, to keep up, She will confuse her syntax, leave out crucial words and end her sentences awkwardly. Im helping her!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1530426


Try to be more understanding then.
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She takes courses in English and can follow the instructor She understands formal written English well. She is more flient than most mexicans around here! But she is not good with idioms, banter and slang. when she speaks fast, to keep up, She will confuse her syntax, leave out crucial words and end her sentences awkwardly. Im helping her!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1530426


she lucky madchen to have you as boyfriend for to help with the englisch her - soon she being speaking flient!
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She takes courses in English and can follow the instructor She understands formal written English well. She is more flient than most mexicans around here! But she is not good with idioms, banter and slang. when she speaks fast, to keep up, She will confuse her syntax, leave out crucial words and end her sentences awkwardly. Im helping her!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1530426


she lucky madchen to have you as boyfriend for to help with the englisch her - soon she being speaking flient!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 2836766


spell
--"In this era of great big brains anything that can happen will. So hunker down." -- Kurt Vonnegut, JR. -- Galapagos.
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02/23/2013 08:41 PM
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Just buy her some nice jewelry. Now, THERE'S a language every woman across the globe can understand.
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She takes courses in English and can follow the instructor She understands formal written English well. She is more flient than most mexicans around here! But she is not good with idioms, banter and slang. when she speaks fast, to keep up, She will confuse her syntax, leave out crucial words and end her sentences awkwardly. Im helping her!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1530426


she lucky madchen to have you as boyfriend for to help with the englisch her - soon she being speaking flient!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 2836766


Its difficult to type on this cell. Im typing quickly and it randomly capitalizes words and ill hit the wrong button occasionally. Of course its fluent the post before me had The word in it lol. Much easier to have this conversation on my laptop. Thanks for the help and support though, from some of the people here.
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Name one famous German comedian....


The "Hoff" doesn't count.
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Okay, here's a question, do German people think this is funny?
Personally I think it's the most hilarious thing ever.


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Okay, here's a question, do German people think this is funny?
Personally I think it's the most hilarious thing ever.

 Quoting: Vision Thing


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"She doesn't understand my humor"

You are mistaken.
But it is a common mistake so not really your fault.
The truth is GERMANS have no humor!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 2836766


you are mistaken as well.
maybe it is the language barrier that makes different nations incompatible regarding humor.
if one know a foreign language as good as their mother tongue, jokes and humor come naturally and easy to understand.
i personally like how, in english, can be played with words and pronounciation, we don´t have this in german.
 Quoting: phoenixe


he's right, Germans have little to no humor. it's not a language barrier. they don't understand why Americans laugh and smile so much. not that they don't enjoy themselves, they just enjoy life in a different way than we do, which doesn't result in laughing and smiling.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 25780009


where do you morons come up with the "fact" that germans have no humor? they were voted funniest europeans several times. just saying. you probably just dont get it thats all. and they might think your humor isnt really humor but just rudeness probably
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Germans are reknown for having no sense of humor, bro.
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Maybe they will find this funny

bushhitler1
 Quoting: Open Your Eyes


thats not funny. its cute tho. seeing as bush wished he would have had that much power and that much of a following :D
sucks that the people he had to work with are lazy as hell tho
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That's some good head right there my friend.

Just sayin'.
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Re: My Girlfriend is foreign exchange student from Germany. She doesn't understand my humor...
This girl, who comes from Frankfurt, and I have been dating a little over two months, since she came to the US to study this semester. I really like her. She's everything I want in a gf... sweet, determined, sincere, beautiful...not a fake like so many girls I know. The only problem is She's Like seriously gullible and doesn't understand American sarcasim. I am trying to help her but im getting tired of having to explain Myself all the time as if im talking to a 6 year old! Plus my friends have noticed and Im afraid shes going to get strung along and hurt. Parties are dangerous affairs for her and I hesitate to take her... How can I help her understand American culture better? Will she learn? Will she always be kind of "magoo?" (for lack of a better word)
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1530426


Try to explain the way we are here in the most simple of terms that you can muster, but by no means attempt to change her. She can do that on her own if she so chooses.

German chicks are freaks though, so ya know. Where she is lacking with American sarcasm, she is making up for with Deutch' skat fetish.

Explain yourself and OUR culture.

Then....

Take a poo on the chest during coitus.

It's all relative man.

Be cool and be cool to her.

hf
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02/24/2013 06:52 AM
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Begging you're pardon.

I just spoke with your girlfriend.

It is NOT that she doesn't understand your humor.

It turns out you're just not fucking funny.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 2836766


Isn't it supposed to be, "She always laughs at my jokes when I'm banging her. In fact I just asked my football team on twitter, and they all said that she laughs at their jokes while they are banging her to".
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Re: My Girlfriend is foreign exchange student from Germany. She doesn't understand my humor...
This girl, who comes from Frankfurt, and I have been dating a little over two months, since she came to the US to study this semester. I really like her. She's everything I want in a gf... sweet, determined, sincere, beautiful...not a fake like so many girls I know. The only problem is She's Like seriously gullible and doesn't understand American sarcasim. I am trying to help her but im getting tired of having to explain Myself all the time as if im talking to a 6 year old! Plus my friends have noticed and Im afraid shes going to get strung along and hurt. Parties are dangerous affairs for her and I hesitate to take her... How can I help her understand American culture better? Will she learn? Will she always be kind of "magoo?" (for lack of a better word)
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marry her and get her american citizenship-it might cheer her up
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Okay, here's a question, do German people think this is funny?
Personally I think it's the most hilarious thing ever.

 Quoting: Vision Thing


sillywalk
 Quoting: Mordier L'eft


yes. you found at least one german who dearly loves all monty pyton connected stuff.
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i lost my sense of humor when my grandpa died in Auschwitz.




he was drunk and fell off the watchtower...

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