Category Archives: Education

My First Day at School

In Germany, on your first day of school your parents prepare a “Schultüte” for you, which is full of sweets and pencils and crayons and other useful stuff for school. This must have been in 1982.

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Dyslexia

Isn’t it funny how people who claim to be dyslexic never have any problem spelling “dyslexia”, not exactly one of the easier words in English, while they feign inability to grasp the difference between “there” and “their”? I can’t help but … Continue reading

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Is there a discount if I get MA and PhD at the same time?

You can tell that something is wrong with higher education when university degrees are advertised at “999 €” prices like bicycles or package holidays. (European University in Skopje, Macedonia.)

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Renting in Frankfurt, Germany

The people at the Students Office at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany are at least honest about the difficulties the incoming students will face with finding affordable accommodation: “It’s a tight rental market in Frankfurt. It is not easy to find … Continue reading

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The Vagabond

One of the best things about my childhood was that I always had enough books to read. My heroes were never the princes or princesses, sorcerers or knights, firemen or astronauts. Nor was I impressed by cowboys, bandits or sheriffs. … Continue reading

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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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An envelope in an envelope in an envelope

This morning I had a Russian doll experience. No, not that kind of Russian doll. The matryoshka one. I received a large envelope and opened it (of course). In it was a second envelope, also large and that one even … Continue reading

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