Today Sarah of workingberlinmum talks about life without a cell phone and watching soccer with her son. You can find her here every Thursday.
Today Milo and I, completely ignoring the lovely weather (I had for some reason thought it would be raining when making my plans for the weekend!), headed past the queues for the zoo, and instead made our way into the darkness (but oh so lovely emptiness) of the aquarium instead. Firstly, I need to point out that this is a review of the aquarium located near Zoologischer Garten train station, not the one near Alexanderplatz or at the East zoo. I don’t want that to get muddled up.
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Today’s guest post comes from Jalees Rehman, a German fellow currently residing in America. You can read more of his writing at Fragments of Truth.
“Shorter sentences and simple words!” was the battle cry of all my English teachers. Their comments and corrections of our English-language essays and homework assignments were very predictable. Apparently, they had all sworn allegiance to the same secret Fraternal Order of Syntax Police. I am sure that students of the English language all over the world have heard similar advice from their teachers, but English teachers at German schools excel in their diligent use of linguistic guillotines to chop up sentences and words. The problem is that they have to teach English to students who think, write, and breathe in German, the Lego of languages.
Today Sarah of workingberlinmum is guest blogging here at YG about her experiences with the issue of women in the workplace in Germany. You can find her here every Thursday writing about her experiences as a single mother of two living in Berlin.
A friend recently sent me a link to an article in The New York Times titled ‘Women Nudged Out of German Workforce’. It was rather appropriate timing as I have spent much of the last week and a half in my German class discussing the issues that women regularly face here in Germany in business and what causes them.
Here in Berlin we have something fabulous. Something that saves many a frustrated parent on a rainy or super cold afternoon, a chance for a place to go where you can either sit, slowly building your senses back whilst your child for once entertains his/her self at a slight and much needed distance from you (let’s face it, us parents ALL need this every once in a while!), or a place where you can meet fellow parents who are just as desperate for a respite from their own four walls of home. I introduce you to the ‘Eltern Kind Cafe’ phenomenon. I don’t believe it is a purely Berlin thing, I’m sure there are plenty spread around Germany and also in other countries but all I know is that I have heard the words ”now, why isn’t there anything like this where I come from?” leave the lips of many an expat, Berlin-based, or visiting parent.
I once compared my experience learning German to dating a guy that I really want to like, but I just can’t seem to click with. We keep going out, because it seems like we should get along great, but he just doesn’t really do it for me. Everyone tells me he’s actually a really good guy, once you get to know him. I’ve never been a quitter. Ever. In fact, I once won a trophy for “Perseverance” in my 4-H Horse club back in my youth. I also won an award on my field hockey team for “most determined player.” Like I said, I’m not a quitter. But German, well, trying to learn this complex and challenging language has made me want to throw in this heavy, hyper-structured linguistic towel almost every other week, or sometimes every other day.