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17 May Posted by in Family Life, Language | 2 comments

My Husband and I have a Secret Language

My Husband and I have a Secret Language

When Kay and I first starting dating, he had read an article online giving a piece of advice to native English speakers and also Germans. For the native English speakers: Speak slower. You don’t have to speak louder, but at least slow the tempo and annunciate better. This goes also for Americans who may run ...

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17 May Posted by in Family Life | Comments

Friendships that Transcend Language Barriers – Oh, and movies help too

Friendships that Transcend Language Barriers – Oh, and movies help too

The night before “Father’s Day” in Germany and as I was sitting in front of the computer diligently typing away on the newest blog post (Not really. I’ve kind of had writer’s block because either I am becoming too accustom to Germany and not noticing so many astounding differences, or I just need to get ...

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11 May Posted by in Family Life | 1 comment

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Before posting this article, Kay mentioned that as a German, the whole military concept can be summed up as, “Citizens in Uniform.” Being in the military has a completely different connotation depending on the country in which you live. I’m not trying to point out what is right and what is wrong because I am ...

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03 May Posted by in Family Life, Reviews | 2 comments

Preggers in Deutschland – What to Expect when you are Expecting… In Germany

Preggers in Deutschland – What to Expect when you are Expecting… In Germany

I was so excited to recently hear that a couple of my friends are pregnant. Some in the US and some in Germany. In speaking with my Expat friend here, it became apparent that there are many questions about giving birth in Germany. As such, here are my top 10 things to know about giving ...

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01 May Posted by in Family Life | 3 comments

Sibling Rivalry Abroad – The Distance Brings Us Closer

Sibling Rivalry Abroad – The Distance Brings Us Closer

Today is a national holiday in Germany, Labor Day. As such, because there was no work for any of our neighbors today, we made a spontaneous barbeque last night, which is part of the reason nothing was written or posted on Expat-Mom last night. And the other part was a sick baby (who is a ...

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29 Apr Posted by in Family Life, Language | 6 comments

The weight of words… in a foreign language.

The weight of words… in a foreign language.

When learning a new language, we spend most of our time focusing on word order, grammar and pronunciation. At the beginning, words in a foreign language just don’t seem to hold as much weight as they do in our native tongues. And then, gradually, our vocabulary increases, and we start to not just understand the ...

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26 Apr Posted by in Family Life | 1 comment

How to build your foreign language skill confidence

How to build your foreign language skill confidence

Sometimes it totally pays to be an American in Germany. And if you really want to build your language skill confidence, just start watching game shows in Germany… for children. Unfortunately, for these students, I was not in attendance to help out. As such, they answered that the city of Santa Fe is in state ...

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24 Apr Posted by in Family Life, Language | 2 comments

The mind of Expat-Mom… Things go full-circle, I promise. Not like crazy coo-coo circles, just like Lion King circles.

The mind of Expat-Mom… Things go full-circle, I promise. Not like crazy coo-coo circles, just like Lion King circles.

Today’s post is brought to you by my indecisiveness… Because I can’t narrow down one thing to write about, today’s post reads kind of like Pulp Fiction or The Big Lebowski where nothing really makes sense; the ending is at the beginning, chronologically events aren’t in order, but it gives you a confused idea of ...

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23 Apr Posted by in Family Life | 4 comments

The Science Dummy is Once Again in the House – Flora and Fauna?

The Science Dummy is Once Again in the House – Flora and Fauna?

I’ve always found that any time I use the word “bug” (as in insects) when speaking with Germans, they seem to be a bit perplexed and always give me an, “I’m not sure I understand what you mean,” look. Eventually the conversation ends in them saying, “Oh, an animal.” And I am left thinking, “No, ...

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22 Apr Posted by in Family Life, Religion | 3 comments

Awkward Moments – Why do we self-inflict the awkwardness?

Awkward Moments – Why do we self-inflict the awkwardness?

When a long-term couple separates, it is always difficult for everyone involved; the couple, their family members, and the children. And when you have children, these two separated people are actually still forever tied. Organizing overnight stays, vacations, and holidays can be done separately by taking turns. Ok, maybe a little rocky at times, but ...

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