23 February, 2017

An Update: Moving, Writing and Job Hunting



Hello, dear readers! Today I'm bringing you an update about what's been going on in my life. The last time I wrote an update I had just started my fourth semester of grad school, and since my fourth semester is now swiftly coming to a close I figured it's time for another one. Things are moving forward in my life in an exciting way, so here's a look at what's happened recently and what is coming up in the near future.

10 February, 2017

Everyday English in Germany


I've written a few times about how English words and phrases are used quite frequently in German and that I see and hear English every day. Well, today I'm going to give some concrete examples of what I mean. I've already listed some examples in my previous posts about Denglisch (part 1 here and part 2 here), but this time you get even more examples from my everyday life in photo format.

29 January, 2017

I'm Turning Into a German!


When I first moved to Germany I noticed a lot of German habits, customs and mannerisms that didn't really make sense to me and that made it obvious I was in a "foreign" country. Germany, like any other place, has its own set of quirks and cultural peculiarities that make moving here from the US an interesting experience. But now that I've been living here for more than three years,  some of these things not only seem logical but I've even adopted them myself.

25 January, 2017

Denglisch Redux: The Frustration Continues

Image: Pixabay
I've written before about Denglisch, or the mixing of English words into German, but it's such a fascinating and frustrating topic that it deserves some more attention. In my previous post I focused on the phenomenon of Denglisch in general and gave a few examples of English words used incorrectly* in German. In this post, I'm going to talk more about incorrectly* loaned English words, and while I'll try not to spend the whole post complaining, my frustration will almost definitely sneak in a bit. Instead of basing the post on an article, like I did last time, I will focus on examples of Denglisch I've come across in my everyday life, whether it's in conversation, on product packaging, or in entertainment media.

08 January, 2017

"Where Are You From?"

Can I just say "Earth"? (Image source: Pixabay)

"Where are you from?" It's a simple enough question and one of the first that people ask each other when they meet. But for me, answering this "simple" question has become increasingly complicated in the past few years.

29 December, 2016

Reevaluating My 2016 Blog Goals

Image source: Pixabay

Here we are at the end of another year. In honor of the approaching new year it's time to look back at the blogging goals I set for myself at the beginning of 2016.

21 December, 2016

Expat Holiday Blues


The holidays are a special time of year for most people. Christmas (or another winter holiday if you don't celebrate Christmas) is a time for family, gift-giving and, hopefully, good cheer. But for expats like me, this time of year can come with conflicting feelings.

08 December, 2016

Favorites: November 2016

Photo: Pixabay

I've decided to try something new for today's blog post, based on several inspirations. As well as being an avid blog reader I also follow many wonderful creators on YouTube (including Robowecop, Michael Aranda, Hannah Witton, Abi, Ash Hardell and more), several of whom are participating in Vlogmas, in which participating creators make videos (vlogs) every day in December (or maybe it's only up until Christmas). While I'm certainly not committing myself to blogging every day, I've decided to use their inspiring energy to motivate myself to simply blog more often in December. You'll notice I got my first post in a month and a half out a few days ago, and now I'm riding the wave of accomplishment that publishing a post always brings in order to work on the next ones.

04 December, 2016

7 Things I Loved About Copenhagen


Happy December, everyone! In honor of the final month of 2016, I've finally decided to write about an event that happened four months ago: my trip to Copenhagen!

23 October, 2016

An Update and a Success Story

Photo: Pixabay

It's been quite some time (even longer than usual) since I've sat down to write a blog post. I can't really explain this extended dry spell, except that it's simply due to a lack of motivation. Writing isn't something I like to force myself to do when I don't feel enthusiastic about it, so I cut myself some slack and let it slide.