I tried baking cookies yesterday, but they fell flat. Literally. I had a recipe (from the US) for sugar cookies, and on my last trip to the grocery store I picked up some Natron (baking soda) and Backpulver (baking powder). I have already explained that baking powder here is different and thus tricky for baking US recipes. … Continue reading Adventures in Baking: Flat Cookies
Before arriving in Germany, I mentioned that I was using Mango Languages to learn an assortment of useful phrases and vocabulary. Mango tends to focus on topics that a tourist may want to know: asking for directions, going out to eat, meeting people, shopping, etc. It is great for quickly learning the essentials. However, it is … Continue reading Several Approaches to Learning German
Hey, did you know that a red circle with a white center means ‘Road closed’?” “Didn’t we drive past one of those signs earlier? Thanks to a generous moving package, we were able to ship our car from the US to Germany. I probably would have been happy with my bicycle and public transport, but … Continue reading Learning to Drive All Over Again
As translators know, a translation is never just about the words. Translation requires understanding the meaning behind the words and then expressing that meaning in another language. As I discovered recently, recipe translations are no exception! I don’t normally translate recipes in my daily life as a translator, but I work with recipes all the … Continue reading Baking US Recipes in Germany
A photo of the sunset from my balcony. We are getting a break from the completely overcast and rainy weather of the past month, and one benefit has been a series of beautiful sunsets!
I may be fluent in Spanish and English, but my German is still at a very basic level. I am so grateful to the many Germans here in Aachen who speak English with me. However, I am determined to learn German while living here. Of course, my German is so limited that I find myself … Continue reading Tiny Linguistic Stumbling Blocks – Language Interference
I wanted to document some of the last-minute activities surrounding our move, but of course there was no time for it. Instead, I will offer some reflections on the experience: 1. Go with the flow. One of the best things I did was to just let go of my expectations and just go with the … Continue reading Post-Move Reflections