Category Archives: German Language

A Family Reunification

Today is the 3rd of October, a German national holiday celebrating the country’s reunification in 1990. The pictures we’ve all seen of Germans tearing down the Berlin Wall or crying with joy as they easily cross over into then West … Continue reading

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Language Salat(d)

Language salat(d) is commonly served up at our house. It’s colorful with heavily-accented English words thrown randomly into German sentences. Or in my case when an English word hides somewhere in the chaos of my brain, the German word steps … Continue reading

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Heart Language

When I’m at the soccer field cheering for Liam in English, it’s not unusual to hear other comments being yelled in Albanian, Dutch or Turkish. While skipping around the gym during our weekly mother and child fun exercise hour, I’m … Continue reading

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Hard Work Birthdays

Birthdays are hard work in Germany. Hard work? How can a birthday possibly be hard work? Given it has been a few years since I celebrated a birthday in the States, but I remember friends baking cakes, parents treating me … Continue reading

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With Conviction

As my friend said with conviction, “Being at home is the best place for me, and I am so glad that I can do it. It’s so important for me to be there for my family,” I noticed the hurt … Continue reading

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Seeds at the Altar

Tuesday was Liam’s first day of school. An exciting event for any child, but in Germany, it is also a celebrated one. On my first day of school, my mother took a picture of little dark-haired Dora with her red … Continue reading

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The European Adventure

It seemed when our first family guests arrived on that Tuesday, marking the begin of a three-week adventure, we were prepared and ready for anything. The house was immaculate, the cleanest it’s probably been since we moved-in eight years ago; … Continue reading

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