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    sunsunmoon is offline Member
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    His father, who knows schoolboy German, translated the letter...

    Baltic Sea letter in a bottle found 24 years later - Yahoo! News
    His father, who knows schoolboy German, translated the letter, carefully wrapped in cellophane and sealed by a medical bandage.


    I don't understand what knows schoolboy German means. Isn't this sentence correct without the "schoolboy"?

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    Re: His father, who knows schoolboy German, translated the letter...

    He knew the language at a beginners' level.

    You could say basic German.

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    Re: His father, who knows schoolboy German, translated the letter...

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    He knew the language at a beginners' level.

    You could say basic German.

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    ... but maybe not even that much. 'Schoolboy <language>' is both basic, perhaps partially understood, learnt by rote, and long-forgotten.

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