Thursday, July 01, 2010

Berlyn is lekker

Berlin is Great

Hier is 'n uittreksel van ‘n blog boodskap deur my vriend Alexander wat ook Afrikaans leer. Dit is die grootste vertaling wat ek probeer het. Ek het nog ‘n woordeboek nodig gehad vir woorde soos teleurstel, vloek en orals, maar ek is bly dat ek die meeste van die woorde en sinne sonder hulp verstaan het. Ag, en ek hou van die Tolkien verwysing :).

Here is an excerpt from a blog post by my friend Alexander who is also learning Afrikaans. It’s the biggest translation that I’ve tried. I still needed a dictionary for words like disappoint, curse, and everywhere, but I’m happy that I understood most of the words and sentences without help. Oh, and I like the Tolkien reference :).

Klik hier vir die volteks in Afrikaans op Alexander se blog.
Click here for the full text in Afrikaans on Alexander’s blog.
Ons is nou terug van Berlyn af en ek wil sê dat Berlyn so ‘n mooi en interessante stad is. Ons het baie lekker gekuier want Berlyn is ‘n stad vol geskeidenis en kultuur. Dis nie een van die meeste populêr toeriste stede in Europa nie maar ek hou baie daarvan. Dis goedkoop, vriendelik en dit herinneer my aan my jeug buite Köln.

We're now back from Berlin and I'd like to say that Berlin is such a beautiful and interesting city. We had a great visit, for Berlin is a city full of history and culture. It isn't one of the most popular tourist cities in Europe, but I like it there. It's affordable, friendly, and reminds me of my youth outside of Cologne.

I think many people forget that if you're going overseas for a few days, then you're usually a tourist. It's easy to believe that you're not and to say, "I don't like touristy things, I'm going wherever the local people go, to the non-tourist bars, shops, restaurants, etc." and to believe that you're other than your usual tourist. Yes, maybe you do it all, maybe you have friends that live there, but the fact that you're overseas, in a different country means that you're a visitor. If I go away, I enjoy being a tourist. I want to see and discover a city's or country's tourist attractions, I want to be amazed and learn new information, and feel a foreign experience, both in the UK and overseas. And yes, I want to take a lot of photos.

It was my third visit, but I was a true tourist and wanted to see everything, but unfortunately didn't have enough time. Friday, we walked around a little in Friedrichshain and Berlin, then met a German friend for a few drinks. Saturday I made it to the “Third Reich in Berlin” tour, which was really interesting, especially since I studied modern history at university, but I wasn't so impressed with the young English tour guide. Other than the fact that I don't think his information and interpretations were always correct, he also swore a lot, which wasn't necessary. It gives the wrong impression of English people and isn't professional. He was probably trying to be everyone's chum; I don't want a new chum, I want to learn! Then I went to Kreuzberg to watch my wife's rollerderby match. Her team beat the Berliner team and then we partied on a boat on the Spree river.

Sunday I walked around alone and visited the German Democratic Republic (GDR) Museum, but I was a little disappointed with it - not as disappointed as I would have been had I actually grown up in East Germany. It didn’t look fun, and I'm certainly happy that we lived in West Germany. I also saw a few parts of the Berlin Wall, parts that still remained. It's difficult now to believe that the city was split in two halves and that the border went by houses, buildings, and streets. People could look over the Wall to the other side, but couldn't go visit their neighbors. Not far from the old Wall stands the Fernsehturm (television tower) that looks out over the whole city. You saw it everywhere and it saw you everywhere. If you were in West Berlin, it was a symbol of East Germany, a bit like the Eye of Sauron! I also visited the New Synagogue, which is quite beautiful with its Byzantine-style dome.

Sunday, England played against Germany in soccer and there was a really amazing atmosphere with vuvuzelas and a thousand people. I read that there more than 200,000 people in the Tiergarten watching the match on bigscreens, but I also read that more than 500,000 fans were in the city center. Unbelievable! England played horribly and Germany was much better, so no one complained with the outcome.

When we flew back, there was a beautiful view out of the window over the Netherlands, and I could see Lake IJssel, Flevopolder and Northeast Polder (Flevoland), the Afsluits Dam and the Houtrib Dam. They look so beautiful and impressive. I must definitely go visit.

I really enjoyed being able to speak German again, but I forgot a lot and owing to my CIMA studies, I don’t know when I will learn it again. I spoke it a bit and I remembered a good deal, but sometimes I began muttering in Afrikaans, so I must try to find a little time to continue learning.

Like always, let me know if I made hideous mistakes above, and below are a few photos.

-- Alexander

Dieselfde vir my.
The same for me.


Alexander said...

Dis 'n baie goeie vertaling en soms sê jy dit beter in Engels as ek sou sê! Jou kennis van Afrikaans is uitstekend.

Net een kommentaar, "beslis" beteken ook "definitely".

Johan said...

Ek is baie beindruk met jou vertaling, sal beslis meer hier n draai kom maak in die toekoms !

Verdant said...

Dankie albei van julle!