Wednesday, December 06, 2006
How Much Does America REALLY Know About Germany?
Germans think Americans know nothing about Germany and nothing about the German language, but not only is it not true, it's possible to learn something about Germany and German from Americans. I recently learned what "Ich habe genug" means. I learned it from Maira Kalman, the great artist, who has a brilliant blog on New York Times website that consists only of paintings with captions.
I always thought, like Maira Kalman, that it means "I've had it up to here." In fact, Germans today think it means that and use it like that. But it doesn't. Or at least not always. Or at least it didn’t in the 17th century. Read her blog: http://kalman.blogs.nytimes.com/