Die Arschscheibe | Mistranslation Monday

My parents were visiting over the last two weeks, and during that time, we made a nice tour through Germany. This tour included a trip to visit the German boyfriend’s dad and girlfriend, who live near Nuremberg. Being the gracious hosts they are, they treated my family to a delicious barbecue, which included grilled bacon, sausage, pork chops, and chicken breasts. The highlight of the barbecue, however, was the beef tenderloin.  The next day, when visiting Nuremberg, we were all still talking about the delicious tenderloin.  “Es war nur eine Arschscheibe übrig! (only the ass-slice was left over)” exclaimed the Continue Reading

My 1 Year Expat Anniversary

Today marks the one year anniversary of my move to Germany. This has been a very big year for me, and a lot has happened. So, I figured I would take this time to reflect on my expat life so far. July 2013 On July 24th, I flew to Germany on a one-way ticket from Chicago to Hamburg August 2013 I won the HGTV Globe Traveler competition for my picture in Lüneburg am Stintmarkt Marco and I went on a nine-day Italian vacation September 2013 I applied for the German language course visa I started taking a C1/C2 TestDaF-prep course at the Continue Reading

How Germany Changed Me in the Bathroom

When you move to a new country, there are certain changes that you expect. The food at the grocery store will be different. The shows on TV will be different. The way people talk on the street will be different. Still, there are always some little things that surprise you. That is why I have decided to start a new little series called “How Germany Changed Me…” Since this idea came to me as I was taking a shower one day, we will start in the bathroom. From personal care products to hygiene habits, here are some parts of my Continue Reading

Book Spines | German Problems

Today, I would like to talk with you about a very serious issue. I first noticed this problem my senior year of high school when my friend gave me three old German books that she found on sale at the library. As a new German-learner, I was excited to receive the books. After stepping back from placing them on my bookshelf at home, however, I noticed something horrible: the titles on the spines of the German books were facing the wrong way. I put together a small selection of the German boyfriend’s and my books to show you just how Continue Reading

Lauenburg Day Trip

When the German boyfriend and I left the apartment last Sunday, we didn’t plan to go on a sightseeing trip. Rather, we were hoping to find some new summer clothes in Hamburg since it was a Verkaufsoffener Sonntag, meaning that all of the shops were open. Unfortunately, the shopping trip turned out to be an overwhelming failure, and after about 3 hours, we started driving back home with nothing but 3 pairs of socks. To make matters worse, we realized that the entrance to the Autobahn was closed. So, we were reading the road signs, trying to find a different Continue Reading

Top 5 Novels for Learning German

If you are learning German, language tools such as Duolingo or Rosetta Stone can only take you so far. During my 5+ years of learning German, I have found that immersing myself in German films, TV shows, and books is a great way to improve language skills outside of the classroom. Now, this list is not for those new to the German language. If you have been learning German for a few years now and consider yourself at the B1 level, however, then German novels can help you broaden your vocabulary, learn new phrases, and improve your overall reading comprehension. Here are Continue Reading