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Language: hell

When you say “It looks like hell outside”, it is not the same as a German saying “Es ist hell draussen”. The “hell” you are talking about is “Hölle” in German (hope you can see the Umlaut-O). The German word “hell” has a much lighter meaning – exactly that: light, bright. Unless he tells you […]

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U.S.A.

I hate: Your bickering over global warming

Nearly 20 years ago, when I was in 7th grade, our teacher told us about the greenhouse effect. It sounded logical, we didn’t doubt it. Today, many “Hottest blabla on record”-headlines later, it still sounds logical. And still there are many people who argue whether it is real or not. What most of them don’t […]

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I love: The sheer beauty and diversity of the American countryside

Hawaii, Alaska, California, Maine – four names you just have to read and *poof* an image pops up in your head. Become an icicle in the north or get barbecued in the south. There are regions in the US, where you can drive for hours without seeing a single house. That’s nearly impossible in Germany. […]

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Language: Gift

While it is a nice thing to bring someone “a gift” in America, a German might not be too happy when you want to give him “ein Gift”. “Gift” is the German word for “poison”. The English “gift” translates to “Geschenk” in German. A “present” on the other hand is simply “ein Präsent” (a small […]

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I don’t get: Being proud to be American

You’re American, I’m German. Both for the same reasons. Our parents had sex and about nine months later our mother gave birth to us at the right time and place. Don’t get me wrong – I’m extremely happy not to be born in one of the many countries on earth, where people struggle to make […]

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I like: Crazy American laws

Every now an then you can read about strange American laws in German newspapers. Not that we don’t have some ourselves, but yours are way better. I like them. I’m sure most of them are either outdated or simply made up, but they’re always good for a quick laugh. For instance: It is illegal to […]