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8 Sentence Sunday Blog Hop

Today’s snippet is from Chapter Two of my Swiss boarding school memoir, “Internat Adventures”.

Preamble: Sept. 1968, day one. I was an independent, rebellious 13 year old who had just discovered that freedom of movement was completely curtailed here. The bars on the windows sent me into a fit of despair and I flung myself, sobbing, onto the bed. The young housemother, “Fraulein Karin” came to my room to escort me to the dining hall. She comforted me and managed to assuage my fears, somewhat. The story picks up on day two:

The remaining students arrived the next day, including my two roommates. Jeannette was a quiet, petite Swiss-German girl and Armida, a jovial Italian. The company helped and I started to feel somewhat less morose. Communications were interesting. Jeannette didn’t speak English at all, but she and I were able to converse in formal German, (“Hochdeutsch”). Good thing, because the Swiss-German dialect is difficult to understand and one of the few that is actually written, as well as spoken. Armida was uni-lingual, but she did know a few English phrases. There was a lot of miming and sign language but, we had our own little United Nations going on and taught each other.

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Debbie D.

Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as “The Doglady”. Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal “hippie/rockchick”. Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!

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40 thoughts on “#8sunday WEEKEND WRITING WARRIORS; MAY 12/13

  1. Hey Debbie! Just a quick shout from me so you know I’ve been browsing the internet and discovered your blog – I believe from a comment you made on janbierens.com. Anyway, I like what you’re doing here!

    1. Thanks Mike and welcome to The Doglady’s Den. 🙂 Wondering why you picked such a random old post. Not spamming me, are you? …..

    1. It really was! Students came from all over and many different languages were spoken. Glad you liked it. 🙂 Thanks for visiting.

  2. Haha! Your own little United nations. 😉 The visual was funny! It did make me wonder about the different dialects and just how different they are. Nice 8, Debbie! 🙂

    1. Glad you enjoyed this, Teresa. 🙂 Many different dialects abound! My husband’s, from Bari, sounds NOTHING like Italian; it’s a whole other language. Swiss German is a far cry from standard German as well.

  3. Love your interactions with the other girls. It really is like a mini United Nations. Good thing body language can go a long way. 🙂 Great excerpt, Debbie!

    1. Cool! 🙂 This is the first time in 9 years the Leafs have made the playoffs. Shame about the Sabres this year. I always cheer them on, too. (As long as they’re not playing the Leafs, that is. 😉 )

  4. I’m relieved that you became friends with your room-mates! It must have made so much difference. I’ve never been exposed much to speakers of other languages beyond my family; now that I’m older, I’m sorry I didn’t learn more Polish. Ah well.

    1. Yes, having friends certainly did help. I was fortunate to have grown up with more than one language. It’s not unusual for Europeans, because the different countries are all so close together. Thanks for reading Marcia!

  5. Great Snippet! I love how you put me in the emotional state of the protagonist straight away and I feel what she feels.

  6. At various points in my life, I’ve been blessed to have wonderful roomates from both Germany and the Netherlands. I’m suddenly very glad that all of them were fluent in English. Great snippet, Debbie!

    1. I was fortunate that I could speak more than one language, although Swiss-German and Italian were not the ones! Thanks for visiting, Jess. 🙂

    1. It sure did seem strange, Gemma, especially those bars on the windows. Freeked me right out! Yes, it did help to have friends. Thanks for visiting. 🙂

  7. Getting to know you a little bit, I’m really glad that your experiences with the Internat didn’t kill the Wild Debbie spirit. 🙂 Plus it seems like you weren’t alone in this – camaraderie tends to grow strong in these kinds of environments. It’s an interesting read!

    1. Glad you’re enjoying it, Dana. Once a wild spirit, always a wild spirit, no matter what! 😉 Yes, it did help to have company in this situation. Thanks for visiting. 🙂