Denglish 24: What Do You Call A Flip Book (Stop Motion Animation) in German?

I once described flip books to my wife; an animation method using sequential pictures drawn on pads of paper. By flipping each page in rapid succession, you can create simple, 2D movies. She had this to say about it:

THE WIFE: “It is like Thumb Kino!”

(Apparently, “kino” means “cinema” in German.)

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8 thoughts

  1. I’ve been thinking about starting my own “Germanglish” part of my blog for a while now, but never got around to it. I love your little funny blurbs! I wish I knew how to set up my blog like yours so that you could go to individual posts…mine is one long scrolling page.
    Anyway.. last night I had a funny “Germanglish” moment and I didn’t want to post it on my blog and embarrass my friend, but I wanted to share it with you:
    I was talking to my friend in Germany about a job interview I have coming up at a local brewery as a tour guide. I told her that my brother and father make beer and that I should learn a lot from them before I go. She thought it was crazy that people made their own beer here. I then explained that is how the brewery even started..with one guy in a garage. Then she said “well you can use that in your interview and tell them that them that you know how to make your own beer and want to know how they make their so much better.” I responded with
    “I don’t really know how to make my own beer, but I will have to at least ‘bone up’ on the process to help my chances.”
    and then she said “‘bone up’ – hihi! You just taught me a new word!!:) guess it means ‘make it up as you go along’ or something, right?!!;) I am sure you are a GREAT UP-BONER!!!:))”


  2. Funny blog, keep it up! Don’t get this one though, what’s so funny about the word “Kino”?
    And just to be precize (yeah, I’m german): “Kino” means “cinema”, not “movie” (=”Film”).


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