learning a foreign language


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 →

Etiquette Germany

    Drinking buddy etiquette Germany 101: Cheers! Prost! How to make German friends part III Yes, we all know the prejudices, German and their beer. But the German and their beer, also has its’ political correctness. And whether you belong to the right, left wing or democratic, republican party… you better know your stuff when it comes to making drinking buddies in Germany, because if there is a good buddy in Germany to have, it is a drinking buddy. Etiquette Germany: Drinking Buddies 101.     Etiquette Germany: Buying drinks Want to make a drinking buddy friend? Buy them a gosh-darn drink. But pleaseRead More →


    5 steps How to criticize like a German. As a German-American that has done business on both sides of the Atlantic, I am often confronted with how subjective, direct, indecent and down-right honest Germans give and take criticism. This may leave the communication partner on the other end quite frustrated, lost for words or lead to deal drop-throughs. No worries, big girls don’t cry. These 5 easy steps will help you criticize like a German in no time.     1.Your verbiage – Skip the shoulds, coulds, woulds Growing up in the America-nation, an individual walking on the street, going about their businessRead More →

Married to a German Marrying an American Germany

  Getting Married to a German Getting married to a German is no easy act, and you may feel like you are a hiker who is lost in the Black forest. Those who made it out of the Black forest haze are usually balding earlier than their peers and those who have it ahead of them. I wish you endurance. Marrying a German is no longer considered treason in a laws and regulations sense but you may be treated as such. The City Clerk may give you a schräg (skewed) glance. You may have difficulties finding an officiant and your family may not be totallyRead More →