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Do you really eat puppies for dinner?

  • Name: Barbara Pape Kilkka
  • Destination: Verden, Germany
  • When: Summer, 1970
  • Hometown: Farmington Hills, Michigan
  • Organization: YFU

 

Barbara Pape Kilkka with YFU host father

Barbara with her German host father

 

On the Fourth of July, I promised to make a secret American meal and holed up in the kitchen all afternoon. Little brother Schorsi kept pestering me about what I was making, and I finally told him, asking for a promise not to tell.

He looked at me horrified when I told him what we were going to have and asked if we really ate that in America. I assured him we did, all the time. When I brought out the fried chicken for dinner, he laughed in relief.

“Oh, haenchen, not hundchen.” (Chicken, not puppies.)

Just a typical and memorable pronunciation error for an exchange student!

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