I make a habit of seducing my wife with honeyed texts and come-hither emails, and I know I’m doing it right when she replies with perplexing German expressions like these:
“Totally… I’m red like a tomatoe in front of my computer, and I am smiling in circles.”*
*From the German expression: “Lächelnd in Kreisen,” which literally means, “to smile in circles.”
Making my home in Italy and choosing to write text messages in a second language…I can only imagine the mistakes I make. Believe me when you write in a second language – it seems perfect when we hit send, its the end audience (normally my boyfriend) that always the fun job of interpreting.
I love that! I often thing that other languages are far more poetic than ours is anyway.