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July 8, 2017

a burg is a burg is a burg

Filed under: Germany, Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 2:28 pm

Years ago, a famous woman wrote a poem which had the words “a rose is a rose is a rose.”

Now I am proposing a poem that goes “a berg is a berg is a berg”.

The purpose of this new poem would be to teach Americans how to pronounce the word Hamburg. It is not pronounced like Hamburger, the meat that is eaten at McDonald’s.

Image result for big bang theory borg

The character on the right is dressed as a “Borg”, which is pronounced the same as the last syllable in Hamburg.

The following quote is from a news article, which you can read at

Begin quote from news article:

HAMBURG — President Trump and other world leaders on Saturday emerged from two days of talks unable to resolve key differences on core issues such as climate change and globalization, slapping an exclamation point on a divisive summit that left other nations fearing for the future of global alliances in the Trump era.

The scale of disharmony was remarkable for the annual Group of 20 meeting of world economic powers, a venue better known for sleepy bromides about easy-to-agree-on issues. Even as negotiators made a good-faith effort to bargain toward consensus, European leaders said that a chasm has opened between the United States and the rest of the world.

End quote from news article

I am proposing a new poem, designed to teach Americans like Donald Trump that the name of the town called Hamburg in Germany should be pronounced Homborg, not like Americans pronounce the word Hamburg. A person who lives in Hamburg is a Hamburger, but the word is pronounced Homborger, not like the American word Hamberger.


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    Comment by Brook — July 9, 2017 @ 8:59 pm

    • It’s spelled “UK”,not “you.k.” You piss ignorant inbred moron. What the shit does this have to do with the price of tea in China? Shut the f–k up! FG. You got another Jew on your hands. Instead of stealing pictures,she’s stealing your airtime.

      Comment by Tim — July 9, 2017 @ 9:51 pm

  2. Not sure where you get your ideas about common German pronunciation — following is a link to a video: NDR aktuell extra – G20 in Hamburg 09:30 08.07.17 — it’s a report by NDR = Norddeutscher Rundfunk about the G20 violence in Hamburg — she clearly says Hamburg, not ‘Hamborg’ — I have never heard anyone say ‘Hamborg’.

    German language Wikipedia page on Hamburg — there it suggests a niederdeutsch pronunciation is Hamborg — but as I said that is not the common/usual/normal pronunciation.

    Comment by eah — July 9, 2017 @ 1:21 am

    • The sound you hear depends on how your brain is wired and that comes from your mother tongue learning. the English / Americans pronounce burg as berg as in iceberg

      Comment by peter — July 9, 2017 @ 4:44 am

      • You wrote: “Americans pronounce burg as berg as in iceberg”

        When I lived in Germany for 20 months, I had to learn the difference between berg and burg. The German people would tell me that there is a big difference between these two words, and that I had to speak correctly so that I would be understood.

        Comment by furtherglory — July 9, 2017 @ 9:19 am

      • The sound you hear depends on how your brain is wired

        I don’t necessarily agree with that, but let me try again with ‘burg’ v ‘borg’ — it is true that when spoken by the average German -burg does not sound exactly like -berg — an analogy might be Köln (the city): it is very difficult for a native English speaker to correctly pronounce Köln; most end up saying ‘Coaln’, which when you compare to how Germans say Köln is not really correct — in the same way, -burg in Hamburg is different from ‘Hamberg’ — but again I do not think -borg is correct — that is not the way it sounds.

        Comment by eah — July 9, 2017 @ 10:21 am

        • The sound you hear depends on how your brain is wired.
          eg, the French for above and below is au dessous and au dessus. The English wired brain cannot tell the difference however Germans and of course French can hear the difference

          Comment by peter — July 10, 2017 @ 2:49 am

  3. Isn’t this along the lines of,”Burgomaster”? Over the years it’s got to where people pronounce it,”Burgermeister”and spell it as such

    Comment by Tim — July 8, 2017 @ 10:58 pm

  4. Interestingly the French spelling of burg is bourg and both French and Germans pronounce the syllable as ” borg ” . English speakers pronouce it as ” berg ” as in iceberg.

    Comment by peter — July 8, 2017 @ 2:58 pm

    • French speakers rather pronounce the word “bourg” (burg) as “boor.”

      Comment by hermie — July 9, 2017 @ 2:43 pm

      • Who cares how they say it . The French are assholes

        Comment by Tim — July 9, 2017 @ 6:39 pm

        • Tim wrote: “Who cares how they say it .”

          Peter seemingly does.

          Comment by hermie — July 10, 2017 @ 7:41 am

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