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German  // Posts tagged as "German"

26 Sep Posted by in Culture, Driving, Family Life | Comments

When Germans Visit America

When Germans Visit America

I married a smart man… a very smart man (after all, he did choose to marry me, right?). Unfortunately he is not modest about his intelligence. And as such, I have no reservations holding back the chance to make fun of him when he makes a culturally stupid mistake. Thankfully he is a good sport ...

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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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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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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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German Birthday at Pocket Money Prices

German Birthday at Pocket Money Prices

After receiving my first official Taschengeld/Pocket Money in Germany, I thought, “What better way to spend it than on my husband for his birthday?” I started to try and think of things I might be able to buy with 2€… The intent wasn’t meant to be facetious; I was dead serious. Shopping for Kay is ...

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04 Mar Posted by in Culture, Food & Drinks | 6 comments

Ladies’ Night – Minus the Ladies

Ladies’ Night – Minus the Ladies

This past weekend my husband indulged in two all men’s nights. Here is a look into some typical male activities and celebrations in Germany. Skat Night Friday night was Kay’s monthly Skat night. I’d compare Skat to Poker night where the ritual of playing cards, drinking beer, and gambling money occurs, but the game is ...

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03 Mar Posted by in Technology | 5 comments

This Blog is a Miracle…

This Blog is a Miracle…

It’s a miracle I can type on a German keyboard, navigate through Word and Photoshop in German, and surf the Web with a German IP address. Remember those children’s picture games where you had to spot the differences between two drawings?Based on the pictures provided, how many differences can you spot between the German keyboard ...

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24 Feb Posted by in Food & Drinks | 3 comments

The Beer Debate Begins – Two Beer Nerds and an Expat (Part I)

The Beer Debate Begins – Two Beer Nerds and an Expat (Part I)

A couple months ago, two of my closest friends visited from the US, both of which are beer fans and one of which is a complete beer nerd (I can call her that because she is a self-proclaimed beer nerd). Hm? Now that I think about it, my second friend might be offended if I don’t refer to them ...

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15 Feb Posted by in Tops & Flops | 5 comments

Top 10 Most Difficult Transition Issues When I First Moved to Germany

Top 10 Most Difficult Transition Issues When I First Moved to Germany

Language Barrier – They tell you that everyone learns English in Germany. Well, they do. But one would never know. Germans may know English, but not everyone wants to speak it. How come no one ever told me the Germans rank just under the French in not wanting to speak English? I would estimate that ...

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