Denglish 73: How to Really Listen to Your Spouse, According to My German Wife

As I’ve said half a dozen times before, my wife speaks fantastic English. Better than any other German I’ve met. However, there are times when I am uncertain she truly understands everything I’m saying. I suspect my points are sometimes lost in translation, and other times she is outright ignoring me.

My latter suspicion was plainly the case back in early 2012, when I finished an impassioned monologue concerning the expected advantages of Adobe Creative Suit 6 over version 5.5:

ME: “… and that’s why in CS6 you will be able to… hey, are you even listening to me?”

THE WIFE: “I heard you. What’d you say?”

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11 thoughts

  1. I had a shitty call center job repping Adobe products back when Creative Suite was first launched… In fairness, even *other professional Adobe users* started to zone out when you describe the upgrade path.

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  2. Hahaha, love your wife! I suspect she is just taking advantage of English not being her first language in order to avoid having to listen to you. I bet millions of wives all over the world envy people like her and me because we have this option while they don’t. Eat your heart out bitches!

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  3. Beats complete, unanswering silence and a blank stare, I suppose. Or a question or statement completely unrelated to your monologue. I get that a lot. Sends me around the bend.

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