With Spring (almost) here, I thought I would share this stupid mistake I made in translation with my boyfriend’s father’s girlfriend — that sounds more confusing than it really is.

We were having breakfast in their RV in Dresden one morning in October, when she wanted to show me her new clothing that she had just bought. She showed me brown sweaters and yellow t-shirts, a red scarf and a brown skirt.

“Schön!” I said to her, “Schöne Frühlingsfarben!” (Nice Spring colors!)

She just stared at me like I was an idiot for 10 seconds before reponding, “Ja, oder Herbst…” (Yeah, or Autumn)

She still always compliments me on my German whenever we talk to each other, but I think it is just to make me feel better about myself.