Losing my languages

I was asked to translate something quickly at work today, from German into English, and I completely froze. The words jumbled on the page. I looked at certain capitalised German nouns and it was like I knew what they meant but I had no idea how to express what the word was in English. "So what's …

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Visit these Winter Wonderlands!

Hello and merry christmas eve to you all! I am currently writing from the comforts of my English home after having spent many days doing the tree (for it to fall down twice and smash everything) and made our gingerbread house (and again my hand got burned). About a year ago for my student newspaper …

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Things I’ve googled since moving to France

As I am leaving Strasbourg in two weeks (Time flies doesn't it?!)  I am gearing up to write some  non-listy, serious articles for you.  I will FINALLY tackle a city review and talk about the Christmas markets, as well as do a guide to French universities.  If there is anything else you would like me …

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Mistakes I’ve made in French

I've been living in Strasbourg in France for almost three months now and still haven't quite got the lingo down to pat.  My biggest struggle recently is differentiating between similar  sounding words. Why do VERY different words sound familiar?! And, conversely, why do similarly spelled words sound so different?! (Just think of 'Through' and 'thorough'  …

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PDA: is it OK?

Now, I don't know about you, but I've never really been fond of public displays of affection.  A hug to say hello, a kiss to say goodbye, the occasional hand holding... these, in my opinion, are fine.  But since I've been in France the people here take it to another level. In France I have been …

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What to do when you don’t understand French and you live in France

I am currently living in Strasbourg as part of my Third Year Abroad, and have to say I've learned a jolly lot.  Here is my handy guide to ex-pats, erasmus students and au pairs who are now living with the cheese eating surrender monkeys... 1)  Don't know what the shop assistant is saying?  Just say …

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