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General => Café => Topic started by: Bullit on August 27, 2013, 11:17:17 pm

Title: Introduction
Post by: Bullit on August 27, 2013, 11:17:17 pm
Hello friends,

First, I couldn´t find a rubric for introducing myself. I hope it´s allowed to do that in this way. I´m Günter from Germany, 52 years old and unfortunatly not so safe in english speaking :(. Last week I visited Lydbury and stayed for 1 week in the school of Rita and Duncan. I´m very glad and happy that I could meet these two very kindly people  :D. Thanks for everything from here again.

I´m going to learn more and better english. This is the plan. I hope to get more practice here in your forum and help for my questions of course.

Also I would like bringing posts and threads for your entertainment if you are interested. I have some hobbies like cicling, I´m interested in mechanical watches, travelling (mostly Italy :-)). I like the italian way of life.

Ok, that should be all for tonight and see you again.

PS: Sorry for my mistakes  ::)

Günter
Title: Re: Introduction
Post by: Darryl on August 28, 2013, 12:01:40 am
Gunter,
Welcome to the forum. I know you would have enjoyed your stay at Lydbury. My wife and I have also enjoyed the hospitality and company of Duncan and Rita.
And here on the forum we are all happy to help you in your quest for better mastery of English. Questions welcome.
Title: Re: Introduction
Post by: Bertha on August 28, 2013, 12:31:59 am
Welcome to the Lydbury Language Forum, Gunter!  We are all here to help, so post your questions and also your other interesting items. 

Bertha
Title: Re: Introduction
Post by: davel on August 28, 2013, 09:17:32 am
Hello Günter!

I have also met Duncan and Rita at Lydbury so know you will have had a great time there. I was born in the USA but have been living in England for 16 years (I am 55).

Don't worry about making mistakes in English - we all do that. We are here to help one another, and often have long "discussions" about different ways of saying something. This includes the differences between the English spoken in Britain, the USA, Australia, Canada, etc. I hope you don't mind if we make corrections to help you. I can speak a little German and one German friend said I speak enough to get what I want, but I know I make many mistakes in grammar (der / die / das / den / dem is just one example!).

Welcome!

David
Title: Re: Introduction
Post by: JTL on August 28, 2013, 09:33:39 am
Welcome Gunter! 

As of today, members of this Cafe:
Germany 2
USA 2.5
UK 2.5
The East 3

JTL



Title: Re: Introduction
Post by: JTL on August 28, 2013, 09:36:03 am
Oh my, I thought David was a different person from Davel.  My figures were wrong then.  The East still dominates though.  ;D

JTL.
Title: Re: Introduction
Post by: Bullit on August 28, 2013, 09:47:38 am
Thank you all for the warm welcome.

I don´t mind if you will make corrections. That´s the sense why I am here.

@David: ... and the most Germans have problems with our grammar .... e.g. "das" and "dass" use the most people wrong :-). So don´t be worry about some wrong articles :-). I will make much more mistakes in grammar and word order at the first time. But I have a great motivation to learn more.

@JTL: Do you have half people here?  ;)
Title: Re: Introduction
Post by: Bertha on August 28, 2013, 12:15:14 pm
Welcome Gunter! 

As of today, members of this Cafe:
Germany 2
USA 2.5
UK 2.5
The East 3

JTL

I'm not sure how you are counting, JTL.  Am I a .5?
Title: Re: Introduction
Post by: Darryl on August 28, 2013, 01:41:55 pm

I'm not sure how you are counting, JTL.  Am I a .5?

Bertha, I don't think anyone would class you as .5! You are 100% U.S.A!
No, I think JTL's reckoning includes Davel as the .5 in each, since he has connections to both U.S. and U.K.
And she's including me in the East, which I guess is geographically correct. Or maybe I should be south, as the only representative in the southern hemisphere.
(But then, I don't think we ever determined which side of the equator JTL is on. She might have a foot in each camp!)
Title: Re: Introduction
Post by: davel on August 28, 2013, 03:54:58 pm
Hi Everyone

JTL - sorry for the confusion: David and davel are one and the same - ME! My surname is Lloyds (begins with L) so long ago when I lived in the USA and needed an ID for a new application, I came up with "davel" = Dave (short for David) and L (the first letter of my last name). It was meant to be pronounced to rhyme with gavel or gravel, not to rhyme with navel !!! (Since it is my name, I can decide how to pronounce it!  ;D ) Legally, I am both UK and US as I have two passports.

Günter - Never hesitate to ask a question, even we ask questions of each other sometimes.
Title: Re: Introduction
Post by: Darryl on August 28, 2013, 11:14:46 pm
Gunter,
Perhaps you could tell us the significance of your avatar. As a person interested in vintage vehicles, I would like to know about the truck. I tried enlarging it but it was pixelated. Looks like an old Ford or Chev, but perhaps it's a German make?? Is it yours?
Title: Re: Introduction
Post by: Britta on August 29, 2013, 07:43:51 am
Wow! I haven't been looking for just one day and already I need to scroll and scroll...  8)
 
Hi Günter, welcome to the Lydbury forum. Apparently I'm the only person who has NOT been to Lydbury yet.
Where in Germany do you live? I'm from the Frankfurt area myself, pretty much in the middle of the Germany I gew up in  ;)  and rather much in the west of the Germany we know today.
Title: Re: Introduction
Post by: Bullit on August 29, 2013, 08:42:02 am
Hello Darryl,

I´m afraid, I can´t tell anything about the vehicle. I found it in a parc at Lydbury last week together with some other old cars.

Another passion of me is taking photos and during a walk through this parc I found the car and took a picture. That´s all. I just liked this szene. The old vehicle with these different weathered colors in front of the red wall. It looked just beautiful.

Alltogether I like old cars very much, but I don´t have one. Maybe you can see more at these pictures.

(http://up.picr.de/15656447by.jpg)

(http://up.picr.de/15656449bx.jpg)

The photos would have taken with IPhone and therefore the quality isnt the best.

If it´s possible and allowed I could show more pictures of cars in the mercedes museum. And if you´re interested of course.

 
Title: Re: Introduction
Post by: Bullit on August 29, 2013, 08:49:35 am
Hi Britta,

oh, you live in Frankfurt. Then we are neighbours  :). I live near Würzburg. The small pretty City is called Tauberbischofsheim. It´s not so far away from Frankfurt ... 1 to 1,5 hours.
Title: Re: Introduction
Post by: JTL on August 29, 2013, 09:20:16 am
@Davel
Thank you for the clarification on your name, Mr David Lloyd. 
Without consulting the dictionary, I wouldn’t dare to pronounce your surname in public.  But now I have listened to an online dictionary, and know that it is just like Loyd – no need to give the L a tremolo effect.   ;D

@Darryl
You cracked me up for STILL not knowing whether I am from the north or the south.  After all these years!  The fact is, I have never been to the southern hemisphere even for a visit.  You are safe with your uniqueness!   :D

After seeing Gunter's last post, I really wonder WHY westerners always like old things?  I like new cars -- the newer the better. 
Title: Re: Introduction
Post by: Bullit on August 29, 2013, 09:30:58 am
I like new cars -- the newer the better.

New cars would be better but old cars should have much more charme and you can repair it himself ... if you can  ;)
Title: Re: Introduction
Post by: Darryl on August 29, 2013, 12:21:19 pm
Hello Darryl,

I´m afraid, I can´t tell anything about the vehicle. I found it in a parc at Lydbury last week together with some other old cars.


Ah! The low camera angle and the distortion gives the impression of a much bigger vehicle than the Morris Minor 1000. I'm surprised that no-one has grabbed it for a restoration project, especially since it appears to be an ex-police unit. Anyway, an interesting camera subject.
Title: Re: Introduction
Post by: Darryl on August 29, 2013, 12:43:17 pm

@Darryl
You cracked me up for STILL not knowing whether I am from the north or the south.  After all these years!  The fact is, I have never been to the southern hemisphere even for a visit.  You are safe with your uniqueness!   :D


So, JTL, we are to assume that you live north of the equator. My guess is you are in Sarawak (or perhaps Sabah?), or Brunei perhaps. It looks like the southern part of Malaysian Borneo is only a hop step and jump away (well, a couple of hundred kilometres) from the equator, so I am surprised that you have never ventured to the southern hemisphere.
Title: Re: Introduction
Post by: admin on August 29, 2013, 12:44:51 pm
Welcome here Gunter!

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I'm surprised that no-one has grabbed it for a restoration project,
The owner just buys and buys prospective restoration projects. They just never get done ;)
Title: Re: Introduction
Post by: davel on August 29, 2013, 02:26:47 pm
Hello again JTL - My last name causes many, many problems! Many people spell it incorrectly - it actually has an "s" at the end, but so many people forget to add the "s" that one of my uncles had his name legally changed to remove the "s". But my name has it. A German colleague used to pronounce both "L"s so it sounded like L-Loyds. Many people think that it is a Welsh name, as the Welsh language has many words that start with two occurrences of the letter "L". That is what I had thought, too, but in doing family research, I discovered that that is not true for my name: my father's family comes from Kent, the county in SE England, and the spelling of the name has changed over the centuries. It orginally was Leeds or Lydes but became Lloydes (with "es" at the end) and my great-grandfather took out the "e". End of my story!
Title: Re: Introduction
Post by: Gene on August 29, 2013, 04:19:47 pm
Darryl:

As a person interested in vintage vehicles

Why don't you show us that beauty that you restored. I thought it lwas really elegant.............................GG
Title: Re: Introduction
Post by: Britta on August 29, 2013, 05:41:04 pm
After seeing Gunter's last post, I really wonder WHY westerners always like old things?  I like new cars -- the newer the better.

We like to look at them, not HAVE them. The point is: we see shiny new cars on the street every day. These old cars are oddities and therefore much more interesting.
Title: Re: Introduction
Post by: Darryl on August 29, 2013, 10:59:25 pm
Darryl:

As a person interested in vintage vehicles

Why don't you show us that beauty that you restored. I thought it lwas really elegant.............................GG

I think my old Chev has graced these pages before, but here is a more recent shot taken last month. The lady in the passenger seat is holding the iconic Melbourne Cup, solid gold - $175 000 worth! A nice honour for a 1927 Chevrolet.

(http://nimga.com/m/rxH4R.jpg) (http://nimga.com/v/rxH4R)
Title: Re: Introduction
Post by: Gene on August 30, 2013, 12:09:50 am
Darryl:

Being a money grubber, I am curious about that $175K Melbourne cup. Was that your prize for winning the contest........or do you just have the honor of holding it for awhile?.................................GG

P.S.  If the $175K is yours to keep, I am currently investing in a gold mine in Arizona.........you might be interested......................GG ;D
Title: Re: Introduction
Post by: Darryl on August 30, 2013, 01:00:25 pm
Darryl:

Being a money grubber, I am curious about that $175K Melbourne cup. Was that your prize for winning the contest........or do you just have the honor of holding it for awhile?.................................GG

P.S.  If the $175K is yours to keep, I am currently investing in a gold mine in Arizona.........you might be interested......................GG ;D

I wish!! No, we only had the honour of carrying it in a procession across the suspension bridge you can see behind. The Melbourne Cup (sponsored by Emirates) does an annual tour of Australia and New Zealand. Small communities are encouraged to apply for it to visit their town. It helps if the community has some strong (in our case historical) connection with the horse-racing industry and also that the funds raised from the attraction benefit a community charity.
The tour is explained here:
http://melbournecup.com/racing/melbourne-cup-tour/
Title: Re: Introduction
Post by: JTL on September 01, 2013, 10:06:11 am
So, JTL, we are to assume that you live north of the equator. My guess is you are in Sarawak (or perhaps Sabah?), or Brunei perhaps. It looks like the southern part of Malaysian Borneo is only a hop step and jump away (well, a couple of hundred kilometres) from the equator, so I am surprised that you have never ventured to the southern hemisphere.

I live in Sabah, so I am quite "far" from the equator.  The place you thought I should have ventured to is Kalimantan (belonging to Indonesia) and in my imagination that is as frightening a place as the Amazon.  I read that there are carnivorous plants, and former head-hunting tribes.  Shudder, I won't go there!

BTW, Brunei is another country.  It is a small wealthy country whose citizens don't have to pay income tax.  Some time ago Gene said that he thought I didn't have to pay income tax.  He must have heard that about Brunei. 

JTL
Title: Re: Introduction
Post by: Darryl on September 01, 2013, 12:53:26 pm
A Sabahan! Thanks for the clarification, JTL. I now understand why you have not been south of the 'line'.
I'm not sure which district of Sabah you are from, but it's interesting to note that Australia's Finance Minister, Penny Wong, was born in Kota Kinabalu in 1968, and moved to Australia at age 5.
Title: Re: Introduction
Post by: Gene on September 01, 2013, 10:58:29 pm
Darryl and JTL:

After reading your conversations about exotic people and places, I couldn't help but post a note about a computer technician who came to my home today to solve a technical problem for me.  Would you believe he is from Kurdistan. Came to the States at the age of 5, attended public schools. Mother and father don't speak a word of English. This guy is so smart he frightens me. He has the ability to mentally crawl into a computer's brain and solve the problem. We need more Kurds like him...........................GG
Title: Re: Introduction
Post by: admin on September 02, 2013, 03:07:53 pm
My son is in Brunei at the moment. They don't have pavements apparently. Petrol is so cheap that you drive next door!
Title: Re: Introduction
Post by: Gene on September 02, 2013, 03:41:24 pm
Duncan:

Since he is in Brunei, he is close to JTL. Perhaps he can have tea with her and check her out for us????............................GG ;)
Title: Re: Introduction
Post by: JTL on September 03, 2013, 03:57:46 pm
My son is in Brunei at the moment. They don't have pavements apparently. Petrol is so cheap that you drive next door!

Drive next door -- LOL!
What is your son doing there?  Has he tried durian?

JTL