Kids say the darndest things!

I was asked to translate this post from German into English. It’s tricky, because the punchline involves some unintentional German/English wordplay. You need to know that Essen is the name of a city in Germany – a large-ish industrial city, of little interest to tourists. However, the word Essen is also a noun meaning food and a verb meaning to eat. Anyway, here goes:

When our daughter was born, we named her Katalin. It’s a Hungarian form of Katherine, quite common in Hungary, and we liked it. Little did we know how much trouble non-Hungarians would have pronouncing it. It was bad enough in Germany, totally hopeless in the US.

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September 11th

HGerlöserkircheAmong our neighbors in Bad Homburg was the minister of the protestant Church of the Redeemer (Erlöserkirche). One day, he asked for our help with a special event at the church. He was planning a memorial service to mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. He already had a speaker lined up to talk about the meaning of the attacks in the greater historical context, and he wondered if I would be willing to represent the point of view of the victims.
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