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    Posted January 22, 2014 by
    kurtbentzen
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    copenhagen, Denmark
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Beatlemania memories

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    From 'She Loves You' to a dictionary.

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     kurtbentzen told me, 'In those days communication from the UK to Denmark was a little slow, so we were behind regarding record releases and information about the Beatles in general.'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    It was summer in Copenhagen. I was 12 years old and knew maybe 10 words in English. I entered the school yard after a long summer vacation and heard a song from a transistor radio. I froze, it felt like I stood lifeless for a very long time. When the song finished I ran to the proud owner of the radio and asked: What was that? We agreed to investigate. After what felt like a very long day in school we went to the local record store (I miss you all so much) and asked unsuccessfully for a record called: Yeah, Yeah, Yeah! On our way out we heard the song from one of the music booths. We froze again. After listening to the song maybe 25 times we knew the lyrics by heart.
    We didn't understand the 'complicated' lyrics and we didn't have money to buy the single. We thought long and hard about a way to be able to do both. We came up with the brilliant idea to tell our parents we needed money for an English dictionary. We both succeeded and had money enough for the record and a dictionary. We played the record again and again and looked up every single word. It was a poor dictionary as we couldn't find a translation for the word 'yeah'. We could sing English long before we could talk. The lyrics got more sophisticated and so did our vocabulary. Years later we almost fainted when hearing: 'Penny Lane there is a barber showing photographs of every head he had the pleasure to know'......... Pure poetry. Which later paved the way to more 'established' poetry. Not better poetry just more mainstream in the eyes of some of our teachers. We took extra jobs to be able buy the total of eight hours of official Beatles music. My three children are all huge fans of the Beatles and were able to hear who was the lead singer long before I could. 'She Loves You' started it all. Beatles lovers got better grades in English and if you could quote and elegant Ringo line like: 'It has been a Hard Days Night' it wasn't difficult to get a date. So the first two positives were: better grades in school and more dates with the music loving female population. So far so good.
    Now many years later I have lived in eight different countries and professionally travelled the world. I got the jobs because during interviews my English was superior to other Danes - less inspired by The Fab Four and a second hand dictionary. From the back streets of Copenhagen to a Five Star Hotel in Hong Kong is a short journey..... 'with a little help from our friends'. Thank you for the music, humour and making this a better place.

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