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10 May Posted by in Language | 2 comments

Deutsch Dienstags

Deutsch Dienstags

Today, while at Oma and Opa’s (we had to switch our regular Tuesday visit to Thursday due to a scheduling conflict this week) I was trying to make small talk with Opa by telling him we have a bird’s nest in our shed. I really hate it when I don’t plan out what I want ...

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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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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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22 Mar Posted by in Language | Comments

Paying it Backwards

Paying it Backwards

I can’t stress enough how much I love the neighborhood in which I live. Maybe the relationships aren’t always perfect between everyone, but the people I’ve encountered consist of individuals always willing to lend a helping hand. When I was pregnant and we had officially “moved” into our house (we were renting from the owner ...

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20 Mar Posted by in Language | 3 comments

Bilingual Baby and Deutsch Dienstags

Bilingual Baby and Deutsch Dienstags

Today my suspicions were confirmed. My son prefers German over English; at least he seems to understand more German than English. Our son, Fynn already knows the word “ball” and that’s pretty much where the English starts and stops. And that isn’t saying too much considering it is the same word in German just pronounced ...

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15 Mar Posted by in Family Life, Language | 4 comments

A message from George Michael? But I can’t Return to Sender.

A message from George Michael? But I can’t Return to Sender.

Today, I went to get the mail, which is normally always done by Kay. I hate opening mail, let alone touching mail and with everything being in German, I can’t read it any way. But today, I found a little surprise mixed in with our mail. Ok…so uh… Is this solicitation? Well if it is, ...

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12 Mar Posted by in Family Life, Language | 1 comment

Nuckin’ Futs

Nuckin’ Futs

When I was in high school, two of my close friends and I would like to take people’s names and swap the first and/or second letter of the first and last name around. So I became Harah Sauser. There was Hegan Mearn and Chirginia Vapel. I’m glad we found this so amusing then because now ...

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07 Mar Posted by in Language | 1 comment

Awkward Moments Overcoming Agoraphobia

Awkward Moments Overcoming Agoraphobia

After living in a foreign country for two years, I can understand what it feels like to be an agoraphobic. The fear of going out to the unknown and facing a person in which you don’t understand; there is always that moment of panic. What to do, what to say? Since moving to Germany, there ...

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29 Feb Posted by in Family Life, Language | 2 comments

Do I worry too much? – It’s supposed to be Play Time

Do I worry too much? – It’s supposed to be Play Time

If I have to ask the question, the answer is most probably yes. On Wednesday mornings I take my son to Spielgruppe, a local play group in my neighborhood. Last year, I tried going and became frustrated not knowing what was going on all the time with everything in German and just didn’t feel comfortable. ...

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27 Feb Posted by in Family Life, Language | Comments Off

I AM the StepMonster – How to communicate when we don’t speak the same language

I AM the StepMonster – How to communicate when we don’t speak the same language

Normally I try to keep my posts on the light side with a bit of humor, but today I want to delve into some of my experiences as being a Stepmom. Hey, don’t click away yet. I have included numbered bullet points below if you’re already bored. Being a step-parent in and of itself is always a bit ...

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