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

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

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…

Reflection, Travelling

What to do (and not to do) in Germany

Including my year abroad in Hannover, I've now been living in Germany for over three years. Woah. Over these years, I've become accustomed to doing things that are accepted and expected in Germany. I've also got used to not doing things that are not accepted and certainly not expected (and I'm talking things that may… Continue reading What to do (and not to do) in Germany

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

German, Language

“That’s sausage to me!”: German Idioms Part IV

I've slowly become aware of how many idioms in German are to do with food. Too many, in fact, to fit into one post. So I've picked my favourite few, for now, which are actually not as useless as you may first think. Das ist mir Wurst. Literally: “That's sausage to me”. Translation: “I don't… Continue reading “That’s sausage to me!”: German Idioms Part IV

Britain, Travelling

A German’s first time in Britain

(Just to note, as per: This article is not meant to cause any offence - it's purely all meant as a joke, of course!) Ah, Germans. Aren't they great? With their Hausschuhe and their Brötchen... I wrote a nice little post about them a few weeks ago which you can read here. But, what happens when… Continue reading A German’s first time in Britain

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