ˈˈˌən-dər-ˈstand ˈthis?


  1. I'm afraid I don't.
    I am not sure it can be understood. The top would seem to be the German pronunciation for innovation in the International Phonetic Alphabet, and the bottom is the French pronunciation of the word tradition. The inscription is to be found in the railway station and I guess it must have appeared around the time the new high speed train to Paris started running. It must, therefore, be intended to make all the extra newcomers think what a great place the Saarland region is. I wonder, however, how many of those newcomers are bilingual in French and German, have the time to decipher the phonetic alphabet and want to meditate on the relationship between innovation, tradition and the Saarland.