German as a foreign language dictionary. Photo copyright dpa
I recently returned to Germany for the first time since moving and it felt as if I never left. I was speaking German, indulging myself in good food, and surrounded by familiar brands and sights. Even though I haven’t missed speaking German, it felt good to know I could still carry a conversation in a foreign language – especially since my command of Dutch is non-existent. To honor what Mark Twain eloquently described as “the awful German language,” here are my 10 favorite words (in no particular order):
Expat blogger Liv Hambretty contemplates a recent move and the meaning of home:
“Comparing Weiden to Kiel, where we have just spent 6 months and comparing both of them to Münster, my first home here and indeed Sydney, my ‘home home’, has given me the opportunity to really look at what I want from a home, and I use home in the sense of location I live, my town/city/place of residence. There’s what I’d prefer, versus what I need and it’s the latter that is perhaps most revealing. We don’t often think about what we need because, for the most part, we are fortunate enough that our needs are met, and then some. It’s when those needs aren’t met that you really start thinking, that’s what I depend on, oh so that’s that creates that happy ripple effect and that’s the lynch pin that holds all of that together. Huh.” You can read the rest of the blog here, and watch the YG blog in the coming weeks–Liv will be guest blogging here as well.
This is a preview of The Week in Germany: Moving to Germany.
Though most people tend to think of beer when they think of Germany, the country is quite famous for its wines as well. Right now the harvest is on, and in Rheinland-Pfalz you can get a glass of the new wine known as “Federweisser” at stands around most towns. It is the perfect time for a glass raised high and a celebration of German wine culture. Cheers!
A vineyard around Trier, Germany. Photo (cc) flickr user Jim Linwood
Federweisser, or new wine, is quite a treat in season. Be careful if you buy it though: the cap won’t be closed if it is the real thing! Photo (cc) flickr user elmada
A vineyard in Bad Salza. Photo (cc) flickr user crafterm
Wow, Germans really let you know if a product isn’t good quality! I giggled for a good couple of minutes in the shop about this. Not only did the the “Bad” which in German means “Bath” label amuse me, but the fact that all the sponges were exactly the same anyway. Endless sources of amusement abound in foreign countries.
Why did the blonde’s boyfriend blow into her ear?
She needed a re-fill.
You see sometimes we call dumb people ‘airheads’ back home and since blondes have a reputation for not being so smart, and she has air in her head that periodically needs re-filling and…
Oh, I see! Oh yah, that’s funny.
This is a preview of Expat Life: Am I Funny in Germany?.
Reason to improve your German skills #1 – Not mistaking a clothing store (Passion for Fashion) for a sex shop.
So, you think you want to keep on learning German? Well then you’ve progressed a lot further than many expats living in Germany (I won’t tell you how much…or how little German I’ve studied the past few weeks…) Yes, it takes courage, determination, much intelligence, and some very very patient and slow speaking Germans to keep you going, but don’t give up. One day…..maybe thirty years from now, you will be able to order your meal using the right articles. Anything is possible.
This is a preview of Learning German: 15 More Fun Words and Expressions.