I was told for the third time in the past few weeks that I speak German with little to no accent. This is very exciting! Of course, my accent varies wildly based on the setting. When I am very nervous and unsure of myself, I am fairly sure I have a strong American English accent. … Continue reading Speaking without an Accent
In my German class today, we talked about fairy tales. Our teacher brought up the story of „Rotkäppchen” (“Little Red Riding Hood”). After helping us describe the characters and the story, she asked us if we have the same story in our native languages. Everyone did, so we each wrote the title on the board—in … Continue reading Diversity in Germany
I hit a milestone today: I had an entire conversation with a stranger in German over the phone. You should know that I hate phones. Even in English, I dislike talking with strangers on the phone, and with friends I prefer face-to-face communication, whether in person or via Skype. So a phone call in German has … Continue reading Making Phone Calls in German
Today I finished the A1 module of my German course. It feels good to hit the first milestone! I was also pleased to find out that I finished at the top of my class. It isn’t too surprising, though, and not just because I am a language professional. Most of the other students are relatively … Continue reading Done with A1
Last week, we bought several new carpets for our apartment. We wanted one in particular that would be big enough to go under our dining table. After browsing several different online stores, we decided to head to the local Poco, a self-described superwohnmarkt (basically a furniture/household goods store) to look at their selection in person. I … Continue reading Interactions in German: Returning a Carpet
I love those moments when I translate a German word … only to be just as lost as I was before. A while ago, I discovered nice little boxes of frozen herbs in the grocery store. Parsley, dill, chives … The kinds of herbs I love to use but can never seem to use up … Continue reading Food Terminology: Herbs
I spoke with a very friendly woman from the Integration Office today. She informed me that not only am I eligible to take an integration course, I am obliged to take one! I have been in Germany for nearly five months, and this is the first time someone has told me this. (If only I had … Continue reading Integration Course: Time to Sign up!