Category Archives: German

2013 Week 38: Fearless learning, a lesson from my 2-year-old

I am a few weeks into German language lessons and I’m (surprisingly) loving it. I’ve studied French (high school) and Danish (abroad) and I’ve always been intimidated by the result of my efforts when practicing with native speakers: The blank … Continue reading

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Week 35: No more excuses. Language school.

I’ve been in Switzerland for more than a year now and have no idea how to introduce myself in German. I can’t order from a menu. I can’t count past four. I tried Rosetta Stone. I have no self motivation … Continue reading

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Week 12: Zürigschnätzlets, language and food

The first typically Swiss dish Dominique prepared for me was Zürigschnätzlets and Rösti. Veal in a mushroom sauce with potatoes. He cooked this for me when I was visiting him in Bielefeld, Germany, where he was working on a project. … Continue reading

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Week 6: My brain is warped

Learning grammar will be the death of me. Die, der, das. Feminine, masculine, neutral words for “the.” Somehow I’m supposed to know that the TV is masculine (Der Fernseher) and the TV’s remote control is feminine (Die Fernbedienung). I’ve been … Continue reading

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Week 5: German, I get the hint

I guess Dominique is tired of hearing me complain about not knowing German while my language resources collect dust. Tuesday he gave me a big fat hint. These sticky notes tagging pieces of furniture, such as “Der Stuhl,” and the … Continue reading

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Week 4: Midweek update on the Deutsch lessons … or not

Oh, how plans get tossed like trash. Week 4 decided to define its own challenge. Sleep. Sleep for Sophie. Sleep for me. Or should I say, seriously disturbed sleep. A major fail to sleep. I have been putting my head … Continue reading

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