Questions and Answers – The Gold at the Bottom of the River

The name of the river which flowed through Worms was the Rhine.

1. Have you seen the film: “The Name of the Rose”?

Yes, I have.
No, I have not.

2. Are you a humanitarian?

Yes, I am.
No, I am not.

I try to be but one can only do so much.

3. Are there fairies at the bottom of your garden?

Yes, there are.
No, there are not.

I don’t believe in fairies.

Do you mean gay men?

4. Have you ever worked for a security company?

Yes, I have.
No, I have not.

Actually I am a security guard and I am at work right now. I am doing this lesson at work on the night shift. I have to stop in a moment and do my rounds.

5. Do you know Wagner’s music and opera which includes this scene?

Yes, I do.
No, I don’t.

Wagner was anti-Semitic wasn’t he?

6. Is beauty more important than truth?

Yes, it is.
No, it is not.

7. Did you say that you knew the story of Snow white and the Seven Dwarves, or that you didn’t?

I said that I did.
I said that I did know it.
I said that I do know it.
I said that I already know it.

Everybody knows that story. (Everybody includes me so I know it too: yes.)

I said that I don’t know it.
I said that I didn’t know it.

8. Can you do backstroke?

Yes, I can.
No, I can’t.

Swimming Strokes

breast stroke
freestyle – the crawl
dog paddle

9. Is rejection more painful than loss?

Yes, it is.
No, it is not.

Do you mean loss of a family member (through death) or loss of a tooth?

10. Are you better at singing or dancing?

I am better at singing.
I am better at the former.
I am better at the former of the two.

I am better at dancing.
I am better at the latter.
I am better at the latter of the two.

I am not very good at either of them.

Informal Language

I am crap at both of them.

11. Is love the most powerful force in the universe?

Yes, it is.
No, it is not.

I said that it was. You keep asking that question.

12. Have you ever eaten chicken in lemon sauce?

Ye, I have.
No, I have not.


A chicken is a coward.

To run away is the work of a coward.

To fight is the work of a hero or a warrior.

Colour Association

Lemon is yellow.
Lemons are yellow.

Taste Association

Lemon is bitter. (the substance)
Lemons are bitter. (the individual pieces of fruit)

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The Story of Siegfried the Dragon Slayer and of his Beautiful Wife, Kriemhild and of his Tragic Murder and of her Terrible Revenge

Title Page
1. Nibelung’s Gold
2. Siegfried the Dragon Slayer
3. Kriemhild’s Dream
4. Siegfried’s Trip to Worms
5. The Plan to win the Hand of Bruenhild
6. Bruenhild’s Suspicion
7. Hagen’s Plan
8. Kriemhild’s Revenge
9. Epilogue : The Gold at the Bottom of the River and the Ring of Power

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