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February 2, 2010

The Wall Street Institute used to advertise English classes around Berlin with a pretty conventional subway poster that depicted a gang of businesspersons in silhouette, heading for a bright future on The Wall Streets. The implied message: “Come join the crowd!”

Recently though, they’ve flipped the script and gone all negative, calling out members of the as-yet-untapped non-anglophone demographic, or “turkeys”. Yes, you know who you are, even though you probably have only a vague idea of what is being said about you.

Turkeys. Excellent point. Whenever Germans aren’t speaking English to me, all I hear is unintelligible gobbling sounds. Come on, Volks. You’ve lived in Germany your whole lives; I’ve been here 18 months and my English is almost perfect.

Get with the program.

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