17 Apr

Alternative German Linguistic History

Every language learner who has delved into the morphological depths of German struggles with a linguistic jungle of random articles ready to put you to shame whenever you have to choose among a handful of declensions in a conversation. But there’s one thing German is great for: inventing words! Can you add any to the list? :D

Expat Gone Foreign, tXc, comics, word composition, German

27 Mar

Raw Animal Phraseology

If something isn’t good to begin with, there’s not much one can do to improve it.

Literal translations – Dutch: A monkey may wear a gold ring, but it stays an ugly thing. | Spanish: The money may dress in silk, but it stays a monkey. | German: One can’t cut a diamond out of a pebble. | Irish: Dress a goat in silk, but it still remains a goat. | Romanian: One can’t make a whip out of shit. | Russian: One can’t make candy out of shit. | Finnish: Many cakes may look beautiful on the outside, but be shitty in the inside. | French: One cannot make a race-horse from a donkey. | Turkish: You may put a golden packsaddle on a donkey, but the donkey is always a donkey.
 

Expat Gone Foreign, tXc, animal phraseology, idioms

28 Feb

Busy as a bee!

Exciting news! I have embarked on a few new projects: turning my PhD thesis into an accessible manual on phraseology learning, volunteering teaching German to other expats and helping them with the acculturation process, planning some workshops for language instructors and also dealing with a bunch of bureaucracy regarding dual citizenship. All that while carrying on my regular job and being my wonderful self. All that to say that I might not be able to commit to my weekly Sunday strip, but I’ll definitely do my best!

And last but not least, I want to thank everyone for being there every week, engaging with the content and sharing experiences. I still can’t for the life of me grasp how EGF went beyond my circle of family members and expat friends, and I’m so glad it has allowed me to meet so many amazing people worldwide. So this time I’m giving you all a huge thumbs up!

Fun fact: If bees earned minimum wage, a jar of honey would cost $182,000.

Expat Gone Foreign, tXc, air travel experience, bee, busy, hive

07 Feb

The Adventurer’s Map for Spanish Learners

English had its Great Vowel Shift and left us with its devious vocalic pronunciation, Finnish has been making fun of us for decades with its many cases, German wanted to drive us insane with its convoluted syntax and trennbare Verben…

But we avenged ourselves by creating the subjunctive mood to mess around with Spanish learners.  : ]

Expat gone foreign, tXc, Spanish learning, subjunctive