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Traditional Bavarian Weißwurst

by California Globetrotter

Weißwurst. Photo copyright dpa

Weißwurst. Photo copyright dpa

Bavarians are proud to eat their Weißwurst – a soft white sausage usually eaten for breakfast with a salted pretzel and a glass of beer. There is a saying that the sausages should never hear the chime of the 12 o’clock bells, therefore, they are to be eaten only in the mornings.

If one is to learn to become a true Bavarian, then one needs to learn to cook, peel and eat a Weißwurst like real Bavarian. Although, when I say eat, I really mean the traditional way. The traditional way, called “zuzeln” is by sucking the wurst out of the skin. But, I will save that for only diehards looking to do things the traditional way. I know my Bavarian family would be ashamed of me for saying this, but I will stick with slicing, peeling and then cutting my Weißwurst into pieces like a normal person. :)

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Learn German With Music

Music can help you learn a foreign language faster.  Photo copyright dpa / picture alliance

Music can help you learn a foreign language faster. Photo copyright dpa / picture alliance

Combine youtube with music videos and language learning.  Mix.  And *bam* you have Lyrics Training.  I’ve written about the theoretical side of musical language learning before, and it is well known that music can be a helpful tool in acquiring foreign languages skills.  Lyrics Training offers a free option for those interested in putting the theory to the test.

Geek Mädel, an Aussie expat blogger, drew my attention to the service in her own quest to master the German language.  And off I went to try it out.

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Expat Life: Who Would I Have Been Without Travel?

by California Globetrotter

Photo: Death to Stock Photos

Photo: Death to Stock Photos

I found myself sitting here on my couch this morning sipping on my favorite English tea from Yorkshire Gold thinking back on my life and wondering how different my life would have been if my parents had not taken me with them on their travels when I was a young girl. For starters, I wouldn’t be sitting here enjoying a good cuppa tea in my fancy teacup perusing my newest issue of National Geographic’s Travel magazine with my Europe guide-book sitting next to me and my desktop open to a last-minute flight search engine.

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Wordless Wednesday: Let’s talk…GERMAN

Lass uns reden CD Lass uns reden CDWhy are these CDs so interesting? Because they were designed to help you learn German by listening to music, and we are giving away 12 copies on Young Germany right now. Enter to win here.

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The Week in Germany: Expat Life, Getting a Job at a Start-Up, Studying in Germany

The dog days of summer. Photo copyright Karl-Josef Hildenbrand, dpa

The dog days of summer. Photo copyright Karl-Josef Hildenbrand, dpa

Expat life: Going “home” for the holidays is stressful

As in, going on a trip to visit all of your family at breakneck speed is not a holiday.

“Going home* (i.e. going to our birth countries) is important to us to reconnect with our families and friends and for our children to get to know them, learn about the places their parents come from and learn the languages. Yet, going home is not a holiday. It is not a vacation. It is not like sitting on a beach in Florida or like visiting Barcelona for a weekend.” Read more here.

How to work at a start up

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Expat Life: Things I Miss Now that I’ve Moved to Germany

by California Globetrotter

Photo: Public domain. Photographer: Matt Hobbs

Photo: Public domain. Photographer: Matt Hobbs

While it is an amazing, once in a lifetime experience to get the chance to live abroad in a country other than America, there are aspects from home I will always miss. At the time, living in the States, you take it for granted and don’t appreciate it quite as much at 2am as you should. Now that I have lived in Germany for almost 3 years, I realize now, just how much I miss many things in the States.

1. No-Smoking Sections

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