|Finding a Job in Germany|
As a Canadian who has worked both in Canada and the USA, finding a job in Germany is turning out to be quite the experience.
First of all, Germany has the same 'economic crisis' as North America. At the end of 2008 I turned a job down here because I wanted to learn more German and do some more travelling. After all, I had just arrived a few weeks prior. Now, in the summer of 2009 it's very hard to get even a nibble.
Second is the resume (Lebenslauf or Bewerbung). Although you technical ..
|Saying hello in Switzerland|
I'm sure you're familiar with using Du (informal) and Sie (formal). To say hello in Germany informally, you can just say 'Hallo!', while formally it's of course 'Guten Tag'. You can use 'Tschüß' to say goodbye to everyone, though I've heard it wasn't always the case, but rather a recent trend.
However, this isn't the case in Switzerland - 'Tschüß' should be used only informally, and is considered rude otherwise. Better to say 'Ade' instead (for example when leaving a shop). The inform ..
|Culture shock? Not really...|
At least for me, that is! I learned a few key phrases as soon as I arrived:
- how to ask for something 'Ich hatte gern...'
- please and thank you 'bitte', 'danke schöne'
- my German isn't very good 'Mein Deutsch ist nicht so gut'
Anticipation is key in everyday shopping. When I ask for a 'Bratwurst' (sausage) or 'Fleischkäsebrötchen' (meat loaf sandwich), I know they'll ask if I want 'Senf' (mustard) or 'Zwiebeln' (onions). At the bakery after I order a loaf a bread, I'm always asked ..
|Greetings from Germany!|
Hello, my name is Dave and I recently moved from Canada to Germany. My wife is Swiss, and German is her first language. As we first got to know each other, I took a few evening courses in Beginner German, and tried some language software at home. Needless to say, without daily practice, neither the courses nor the software was enough!
Courtesy of the German Integration program, I've been learning German for 3 hrs/day, 4 days/week. While not enough to make me feel comfortable in, say a job ..
|German's Treasure Trove of Words|
Anyone who lives in a German-speaking country and is still trying to learn the language knows how long it can take to reach fluency. Long after coming to terms with the challenging grammar (e.g., three genders for nouns, adjective endings, all those trennbare verbs), or the unusual word order of a typical German sentence, many still find themselves on an uphill road. The reason? German's huge vocabulary.
The average German Aktivwortschatz, that is, the active vocabulary that native speakers u ..
"Entschuldigung mein Deutsch ist nicht so gut." This phrase got me through my first few months of living in Germany. Everything was difficult, from visiting the butcher to navigating visa procedures. Some days I wanted to hide under the covers and pretend I was still in America.
I had never studied German prior to a one-month panic before our move to Munich. After arriving I found that the vocabulary that stuck was what I used in every day life. I learned all manner of grocery store word ..
|Long German Words|
One of the more noticeable aspects of German is its apparent love affair with long words. Instead of using two or more augmentative terms in isolation, German will happily bolt them all together, creating long and seemingly impenetrable words that look and sound deceptively technical. Where English might talk of a new 'hospital financing reform act', Germans would casually acknowledge the 'Krankenhausfinanzierungsreformgesetz'. And why not?
For language lovers, really long words can be a s ..
|An Expat's Experience in Germany|
Usually, childhood memories don't quite match reality. However, my memories as a child growing up in Wiesbaden were verified as an adult working in Rottweil. Albeit in different parts of the country, the beer was just as good as I remember, the scenery is just as spectacular and the Autobahn was just as fast (despite the speed limits here and there). The difference that I find most prevalent is the number of Germans that speak English now and the traffic increase. My German counterparts info ..