Christian, a tease about language construction:
It was announced that a famous German scholar was coming to give a lecture at an American university, but the lecture was to be given in German.
An American graduate student who was intensely interested in the scholar’s research couldn’t understand German, but persuaded a German friend to sit beside him during the lecture, take notes and keep him apprised of what the scholar was saying.
Came the day. The scholar was introduced and began his lecture. A minute passed, then two, then five minutes. The graduate student glanced at his German friend, who was attentively listening, pencil poised over a notebook. But no notes had been taken.
Finally, the graduate student lost patience. “What’s he saying?”
“I don’t know” his German friend shrugged, “he hasn’t gotten to the verb yet.” ;D