Category Archives: Language

How to annoy people who study languages

Somebody proudly showing off: “I am making good progress with my Greek. I am already at B1 level.” Me: “Do you study north or south Greek?” They: “??” Me: [speaking several sentences in German] “Did you understand that?” They (insecure): “No.” … Continue reading

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Italy Reading List

To me, travel would only be half as much fun without taking the time to read books. I am even happy about long train rides or ferry passages because they me the time to sit down and read for a few … Continue reading

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“The Cold War Swap” by Ross Thomas

There is probably no better time than now to read a novel about two NSA employees who have absconded to the Soviet Union and about the US government’s attempts to get them back. Yes, I wrote Soviet Union instead of Russia, … Continue reading

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Don’t be stingy with the translator!

Sometimes, or more specifically when I am about to run out of money, I work as a translator (for English and German). Although I’d much rather translate spy novels, as a lawyer I am of course most qualified for legal … Continue reading

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“half-German”

Not least due to my FAQ on German citizenship law and my corresponding infographic on German citizenship law, which have established this blog as the no. 1 resource on the internet for questions on German citizenship, I receive a lot … Continue reading

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“I ran Iraq for 24 years, and all I got was a port named after me?”

When I saw this in Tallinn, I wondered why on earth any city would name its harbour after Saddam Hussein. Especially so far away from Iraq. Until I realized that “sadam” is Estonian for “harbour”. (Zur deutschen Fassung dieses Fundstücks.)

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Easily confused (30) Brothers

The Brothers Grimm: Grim brothers:

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Language Game

If you need to procrastinate but still want to (pretend that you) do something of educational value, I recommend the “Great Language Game”. You listen to short clips and have to identify the language of the recording. At first you … Continue reading

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Poetry Slam (5) Edward Snowden

“Hi”, said the guy, “I am the spy from Hawaii, but I had to get away.   I went to Hong Kong, but I couldn’t stay long.   I am still a spy and I would like to fly to … Continue reading

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Poetry Slam (4) Running

Excuses? None. So I will go for a run in the sun. That should be fun!

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