Time seems to be flying by, and my to-do list is only getting longer. Here is what’s on my mind: 1. Arrival: We have set our arrival date and bought our plane tickets. Thank goodness for that! We are wishing now that we could push back the date, but in reality having a set date … Continue reading Moving Plans: One Month
One of the most perplexing issues I have come across so far is finding new insurance. Health insurance is legally mandated in Germany, so there isn’t any getting around the issue. To get a residence permit, you need insurance coverage that meets the government’s requirements. Employees in Germany, including immigrants, are automatically placed in the … Continue reading Health Insurance in Germany
Between studying German and making arrangements for the move, I have been daydreaming about life in Aachen. For the past 4.5 years, Argentine tango has been a big part of my life. (At one point I was dancing 5 days a week!) So, of course, tango has been on my mind. Thankfully, there is a … Continue reading Argentine Tango in Germany
We are six weeks away from our moving date, and I am starting to organize our time between now and then. We have started learning German (with Mango Languages and Teach Yourself), and I wish that were all I had to do! The two biggest things on the to-do list: Settling on the exact departure … Continue reading Moving Plans: 6 Weeks
After talking about Germany with a couple friends the other day, we walked away with another language-learning resource: Teach Yourself Instant German. The cover promises that with 35 minutes a day, in 6 weeks we will speak German. It focuses on basic grammar and a foundation of 356 useful words. Having started the first lesson, … Continue reading Crash Course with Teach Yourself Instant German
Given that I am a translator, you shouldn’t be surprised that I love languages. I started learning Spanish as a child, in a before-school program at my elementary school. I studied Spanish through college, where I also picked up Japanese and Catalan. More recently, I began learning Farsi. I have tried just about every method available … Continue reading Learning a New Language with Mango Languages
Update: I’m no longer living in Germany, and I’m not working as a professional translator anymore. Want the newest details? Check out my About page. My name is Rachel. I am a professional Spanish to English translator from the U.S., and I am about to move to Aachen, Germany. Yes … Germany. Our move is scheduled … Continue reading Who is the Expat Translator?