Category Archives: Expat

Failure of the 3 Month Language Challenge. Time to start over.

My ambitious challenge to become conversational in German in just three months failed due to one reason alone : I did not make learning German a priority. Yes, I went to my twice weekly classes, did all my homework, spoke … Continue reading

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A Very German New Year’s

This New Year’s, thanks to the hospitality of German friends both old and new, I was able to celebrate New Year’s Eve German style.  We ate an incredible amount of delicious food before the obligatory watching of Dinner for One. … Continue reading

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A Night At The Weihnachtsmarkt

My German class has a tradition (we’ve done it twice so it counts as a tradition, right?) that when the Weihnachtsmärkts open, we pick a date to head out after class to partake in a large quantity of Glühwein.  That … Continue reading

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This Is The Beginning

I was listening to Boy’s new album Mutual Friends last night and I actually paid attention to the lyrics of the first track of the album, This Is The Beginning.  They beautifully sum up the expat experience for me. Open … Continue reading

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Rock Out in German

As those of you who have been reading my blog for a while will know, I’m struggling to learn German.  One of my main problems is being able to understand what is being said to me. I’ve been told that … Continue reading

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Travel Time

Sorry for the lack of posts recently, I’ve just not been in the right headspace to blog and have been fighting a cold that seems to like to appear and disappear at random intervals. But on to more pleasant stuff, … Continue reading

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It’s The Little Victories

When I first moved to Germany a year ago and had to start functioning in German, it was being able to accomplish the little things that brought such joy. Things such as ordering lunch without having to switch into English … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Week One

I have now been speaking German in the office for one week. In that week, I’ve come to realised just how much German I need to learn.  It is a little daunting, but I always knew that the road ahead … Continue reading

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Day 1 of the Fluent in 3 Months Language Challenge

With the Tag der Deutschen Einheit (German Reunification Day) holiday on Monday, yesterday was my first day in the office speaking only German. The good news is that I survived it.  The even better news is that it was nowhere … Continue reading

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Fluent in 3 Months? My New Language Challenge

I’ve been really inspired by Benny The Irish Polygot’s blog Fluent in 3 Months (go read it now!) and now that I’ve decided that I’m staying in Germany, it is time to get off my butt and do something about … Continue reading

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