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17 Oct Posted by in Food & Drinks, Language | Comments

Death by Cupcakes

Death by Cupcakes

Our trip back to the US last October included a stop in Orlando to an Aldi Süd, a well-known store here in Germany. Kay was not only excited to learn that there even was an Aldi Süd where we were headed, but also that they were having a special on Halloween items. Before we left Germany, ...

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19 Sep Posted by in Expat Emotions, Language | Comments

My Warning Label for Native Speakers

My Warning Label for Native Speakers

I am fortunate to live in an extremely supportive neighborhood. And I think most neighbors realize that my German language skills vary per day. But I was thinking that perhaps it might be easier if I could somehow warn them in advance when I am having a rough Deutsch speaking day. Much like a name ...

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Online Shopping Ain’t What It Used To Be

Online Shopping Ain’t What It Used To Be

Kay jokes that I have ruined outlet shopping for him in Europe because US prices are so much cheaper. I can now safely say that he has ruined online shopping for me in Germany. I used to be the queen of online shopping since I hate going to the mall. Especially around Christmas time. I ...

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20 Feb Posted by in Language | 1 comment

Learning the German Language

Learning the German Language

It wasn’t until I moved to Germany that I was reminded of the fact that as Americans we are cheated of our second language schooling. A minimum two-year requirement in high school doesn’t come close to providing the tools needed to understand, let alone communicate in a second tongue considering Germans now learn English starting ...

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An Unexpected Visitor

An Unexpected Visitor

Everyone deals with being an Expat differently and yet we still have fundamentally the same human emotions. There are lonely days, days of yearning for something or someone from home, days you don’t want to hear a foreign language let alone try and speak it. And then there are days when the unexpected happens. Sometimes ...

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09 Feb Posted by in Language | Comments

Madonna, Please forgive me. It was only a typo.

Madonna, Please forgive me. It was only a typo.

So either, everyone didn’t notice, didn’t read, or didn’t mention the big, whoppin’ error I made in my last post. Well, one new reader did notice and didn’t mention directly to me; I saw it posted on their personal FB page. Just like the German government, I too am watching. Mwuahahahahaha! It’s ok though. It ...

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10 Jun Posted by in Family Life, Language | Comments

I’ve Got Issues

I’ve Got Issues

I thought living in Germany heightened my anxiety level. Well, of course it did. Attempting to assimilate in a foreign culture while hearing a foreign language and having absolutely no idea what anyone was saying greatly affected my psyche; especially considering I am the type of person who always wants to be in the know ...

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25 May Posted by in Culture, Language | 1 comment

Would my son get kicked off the flight for wearing this? – Just wondering if it is offensive in Germany

Would my son get kicked off the flight for wearing this? – Just wondering if it is offensive in Germany

This past week, a woman missed her connecting flight on American Airlines because she was asked to change out of her shirt that said, “If I wanted the government in my womb, I’d F*ck a Senator.” The airline deemed the shirt too offensive. I’m not saying whether I agree or not, but it just reminded ...

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21 May Posted by in Culture, Language | 3 comments

Presumptions – Are there ever any appropriate times to make presumptions?

Presumptions – Are there ever any appropriate times to make presumptions?

Often times I have heard that the younger people in Germany should have no problem speaking or understanding English, but no such luck with the older crowd. I don’t find this statement to be true in every situation. For the number of times I have gone into our local Subway which is staffed with students, ...

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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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