Deutsch, english, German, Language

10 Food Idioms in English

I write a lot about the German language in my blog, but whilst reading an article the other day and seeing the phrase "He was egged on", it occurred to me how much fun the English language can be, too. To a non-native, you might look at the egg-sentence and wonder what the hell happened… Continue reading 10 Food Idioms in English

Reflection

You can take the man out of Britain…

... but you can't take the Britain out of the man. I've been in Frankfurt for over two years now. There are many things I've had to get used to living here, but there are some things, bar my slight British twang in my German accent, that would make anybody notice a mile away that I'm… Continue reading You can take the man out of Britain…

Language

Funny Things Germans Say In English

I do try to speak as much German as possible here in Germany, and I'd probably say I speak German more than I do English. Sometimes, however, I either get lazy or a German wants to practise their English with me. The level of English I hear is varied - some Germans have perfect American… Continue reading Funny Things Germans Say In English

Deutsch, Language

“You’ve got a pickle on your face”: Some common false friends in German

False friends. Aren't they fun? They either make you sound daft when you're speaking (in this case) German, or make Germans sound daft when they're speaking English. In this post, I'm going to tell you some simple and common false friends which you may come across and may lead you to confusion. Smoking Translation: tuxedo This… Continue reading “You’ve got a pickle on your face”: Some common false friends in German

Language

I beg your pardon?: German words that sound a little bit rude in English

When I started learning German back in 2003, I came across some words that, as the 11-year-old that I was, I couldn't help laugh at. Sometimes, 13 years later, those words still get me. Let's start with a nice, calm one. The word for 'shower' is Dusche. Pronounced just like the word 'douche', but with… Continue reading I beg your pardon?: German words that sound a little bit rude in English

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Deutsch, Language

German: The aggressive language

If you can't speak German, there's a chance you might think of it as an aggressive language. You may think it sounds aggressive because you make links to certain people from the past, but, funnily enough, no, it's not an aggressive language. You could easily make English sound aggressive, for example - it just depends… Continue reading German: The aggressive language

Frankfurt, Reflection

What have I had to get used to living in Germany as a Brit?

Today marks the day that I've been living in my second Heimat for exactly 22 months (I do love numbers). That is, of course, not including the 13 months I lived in Hannover before moving back to England for a year to finish my studies, but nevertheless - 22 months is quite a long time! I… Continue reading What have I had to get used to living in Germany as a Brit?

Travelling

16 years later…

After being in Germany a good 11 months, it was finally time for my dad to come and visit me in Germany. The plan was initially for him to come to Frankfurt and then for us to go and visit his friends in Wolfsburg for a long weekend, but with the possibility of me having… Continue reading 16 years later…

Language

“Musician bones” and “muscle hangovers”: Fun ways to say stuff about the body in German

To start off this post, I think it's worth saying a little thank you to the Facebook page "Learn useless German" for sharing one of my language-related blogs - much appreciated! Anyway, in the meantime I've been writing down funny words and phrases I've been learning (or reminded about), and I noticed a trend with certain… Continue reading “Musician bones” and “muscle hangovers”: Fun ways to say stuff about the body in German