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12 Summer survival tips: Things to do in Germany Geographically speaking, Germany should have the same climate as mid-Canada. Meteorologically speaking, Germany is much like the Midwest/ Mid-plains USA, regarding temperature and precipitation. So everybody has a tornado hide-out? Nope. So let’s just turn our Air conditioner up a notch, buy mosquito repellent and go to the local Italian ice cream shop. Lemonade stands? Good luck. Summer survival tips for Germany.     1. Order An Extra Side Of Ice Cubes If you don’t order it, it’s not standard. Ice cubes in your drinks. If you are an American in Germany, you get used toRead More →


5 clues that you have an Allerweltsgesicht Now let’s forget about the pronunciation on this one and cut to the chase. I usually try to write non-personal blog posts, but after a few encounters of people calling my face an “everybody’s face”… I just had to get my experiences out into the world. It took me awhile to figure out that my face is considered an “Allerweltsgesicht”…. Which is a face that has no unique characteristics. So now that, that’s taken care of: Here are 5 ways to tell if you have an Allerweltsgesicht.   1. Strangers claim to recognize you Of all my encountersRead More →


    Speaking German – German language basics Flights booked: check. Car rental: yup. Hotels: you betcha. German language basics: uhhh… I have German ancestry, is that sufficient? OR – I had two and half years in High School, is that going to be enough? Well, fact is, you can definitely get by and survive Germany with English language skills, but that isn’t the point here. It is always more satisfying to go abroad and be able to at least express yourself when you “need to go” or not make a fool of yourself for using the ladies room or pulling on a door thatRead More →


  Debunked! 3 Myths and Misconceptions about Germany The Berlin Wall still exists, Are the Germans proud to be Germans and Beer, German Beer. Three misconceptions about Germans and Germany debunked.     1.The Berlin wall no longer exists Just smack yourself in the face already. If you didn’t pay attention in Social Studies during European History and such, then, just… please. I couldn’t believe it myself as a good German friend of ours had to explain the wheres, whats and hows of the Berlin wall to a fellow Americanite. Try this: open a new browser in google. Please start typing: “Does the Berlin Wall…”Read More →

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  Germany and social media I never wanted to sign up. I never wanted to become a social-media addict. I never wanted to have to deal with facebook discussions, facebook relationship statuses, facebook job information, facebook “which party are you visiting this weekend” events or facebook messenger groups. Yes I must confess that facebook is winning this war, but still losing the battle – in Germany. Germany still never wants to use facebook and here are 4 reasons why: Even this word document is forcing me to capitalize the word Facebook, since when has facebook deserved capitalization? Sue me Mark.   1.The Germans already hadRead More →