My German is finally to a decent level; I've taken various C1 classes so many times that it had better be! However, that doesn't mean that my vocabulary is always adequate, especially for topics that I don't deal with often (or ever) in German, and some topics are a bit too macabre for our textbooks to deal with in detail. Take this awkward conversation I had in German (translated into English for your enjoyment), for example.
At the thrift store
Me, in German : "is this card
for when someone dead is?"
Clerk: "um, yes."
Me, delighted: "Oh, good! I
mean, it's not good that someone is dead. It's good that it's a sad
card. My vocabulary is not so good for death."
He thought that was