“Don’t be such a plague!”: A Selection of German False Friends for English Speakers

I wrote about false friends way back when in a post in 2016. You can read up on it here. In that post, I went over some basic words you that you might hear in Germany, such as Handy (mobile phone) and Gift (poison). Seen as I haven’t wrote a language post in a while, I thought … More “Don’t be such a plague!”: A Selection of German False Friends for English Speakers

Becoming a German

It is official: I am German! Or, at least, half German. Thankfully, the process of becoming a citizen went relatively quickly and I managed to become a German citizen before Brexit. Phew! Thus, 11th March will now be known as Tag der Deutschen Danheit! After a week of celebrations including German breakfasts, sausages and potato … More Becoming a German

“Kölle Alaaf!”: Useful Words and Phrases for the ‘Fifth Season’

Tach! The time for Karneval is upon us again so I thought it would be fitting to give you a few words and phrases that you might need to use, or at least understand, if you found yourself celebrating what is known as ‘the fifth season’ this year. Pretty much every year, I head to … More “Kölle Alaaf!”: Useful Words and Phrases for the ‘Fifth Season’

“Kokeln” and “herumgurken”: German Verbs with no English Translation

You may know German as the language with really long words. Well, that part is true, but what I have noticed over the years is that German also seems to have many words that are simply not literally translatable into English without having to use loads of words to describe exactly what’s going on. A … More “Kokeln” and “herumgurken”: German Verbs with no English Translation