German, Language

“I think my pig’s whistling!”: Bizarre German animal words and phrases

It's been a long time since I wrote a language post, but I've been collecting words and phrases over the months and could quite a few posts at long last! I have noticed that a few of the words and phrases I have collected use animals, yet - most of the time - the words… Continue reading “I think my pig’s whistling!”: Bizarre German animal words and phrases

Language

Funny Things Germans Say In English: Part II

Ever since my previous blog post listing funny things the Germans I know have said in English, I've been keeping track - both secretly and also just bursting out laughing say "I need to write that down for my blog" - of more things Germans have said to me in English that they haven't got… Continue reading Funny Things Germans Say In English: Part II

German, Language

“To make an elephant out of a mosquito”: German Idioms Part V

It's time for another German Idioms post, after having collected quite a few good ones over the past few months. I've filtered down to some of the best ones, and will perhaps use the rest for another post some time. Enjoy these fun German idioms! etwas in petto haben Literally: "to have something in petto" Translation:… Continue reading “To make an elephant out of a mosquito”: German Idioms Part V

German, Language

Mistakes I still make in German

I have technically been learning German now for 14 years (woah). But, I will never be able to master the German language. Punkt. I can sometimes feel on cloud nine, breezing through a conversation, when BOOM I say the wrong gender for a word or a use the wrong type of word, mistaking verbs and… Continue reading Mistakes I still make in German

Language

Have you ever learnt two languages at once?

This is the first time I've done this kind of blog, in that it's an open question to all of you who read. I'm not sure I've mentioned it in a previous post, but I'm learning Spanish. I'm about level B1 and go to a weekly two-hour course. I started properly learning in September 2013.… Continue reading Have you ever learnt two languages at once?

German, Language

7 Useful German Words that English doesn’t have

We all know German does nice, big, long words. Sometimes those words don't actually exist in English, in that there's no way to translate a German word into one English word - often you have to say a whole English sentence just to translate one German word. Over the years I've noticed there are words… Continue reading 7 Useful German Words that English doesn’t have

Frankfurt, Home, Language

December 2016 in pictures

December is over and with that another year! After a delayed flight (i.e. two flight cancels and another 105-minute delay) I finally made it back to Germany a day later than planned on the 31st and got to spend my first New Year here. I also celebrated into my birthday at the start of the… Continue reading December 2016 in pictures

German, Language

Genders in German: A small rant

This is definitely a post for the language lovers out there. We're very lucky in English to not have genders for words. Whenever I ask Germans what they find easy about English, 9 times out of 10 I'm told it's because you don't need to worry about remembering what gender words have. In German, you… Continue reading Genders in German: A small rant