Per David’s question, I have no idea how to say that in Low German (I expect Sydney will get back to you), but I did manage to learn how to say a few things in Low German while I was visiting Sydney’s parents. The young female cousins thought it important I know how to say “I love you,” which I promptly said to Sydney and he responded by laughing and saying “I think I know what you’re getting at.” Mushy stuff aside, “I love you” also gets me halfway to “I like/love strawberries,” which is much more useful.
Another female cousin taught me words for “rooster,” “hen,” and “chickens.” I’m sure they’ll come in handy in my classroom this fall.
Also, after watching some young moms instruct their kids at a picnic, I now know how to say (emphatically) “No, dirty!” and “Yucky!” Finally, something truly useful!
As you can see, I’m learning by leaps and bounds, half-a-dozen words in the last two years. I’ll keep you posted on my development. I wonder if my advisors will see learning Low German as sufficient to fulfill my language requirement . . . I mean, who can resist the awesome knowledge of “chicken”?