Re: me, the tourist.

    Miguel> It remains a mistery how am I supposed to get from
    Miguel> Frankfurt to Koeln if I dont speak a word of German, I
    Miguel> guess this is a chance to practice my mute language.

    raster> dont' worry... nearly all germans speak very good
    raster> english.. :) you can get by wiht english quite nicely in
    raster> germany if u need to.. :) Aber ein bisschen detautsch
    raster> waere ein vorteil.

Yeah getting around in Germany will be very easy, especially since the 
Germans are making some customizations of English which will make it
easier for them:

                 ---------- Euro English -----------

The European Commission have just announced an agreement whereby English
will be the official language of the EU rather than German, which was
the other possibility. As part of the negotiations, Her Majesty's
Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement
and has accepted a 5 year phase in plan that would be known as

In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c".. Sertainly, this will
make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard "c" will be dropped in
favor of the "k". This should klear up konfusion and keyboards kan have
1 less letter.

There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the
troublesome "ph" will be replaced with the "f". This will make words
like "fotograf" 20% shorter.

In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted
to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible.
Governments will enkorage the removal of double letters, which have
always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the
horible mes of the silent "e"'s in the language is disgraceful, and they
should go away.

By the 4th yar, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing  "th"
with "z" and "w" with "v". During ze fifz year, ze unesesary "o" kan be
dropd from vords kontaiining "ou" and similar changes vud of kors be
aplid to ozer kombinations of leters.

After zis fifz yer, ve vil hav a reli sensibl riten styl.  Zer vil be no
mor trubls or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech

                           ZE DREM VIL FINALI KUM TRU!!

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