Grüß di Time for a confession! Since I arrived back home over a month ago, I thought I had already nicely wrapped up this blog. Whoops. Technically speaking, my year abroad isn’t over yet: I’m heading to Munich for a month in August for a German course. Munich is my favourite city in Germany so I’m… Read More Year Abroad Bloopers
Here’s a tongue-in-cheek checklist for anyone working abroad as an English language assistant – how many of these can you relate to? 1) You’re expected to know everything about the English language and the culture of every English-speaking nation of the world “Why is necessary spelt like that?” (That’s a question I want to know… Read More You know you’re a language assistant when…
So far during the second part of my year abroad, I have learnt that it is a cardinal sin to walk into a shop and fail to acknowledge every single member of staff, including the pet cat. Another grave error is to understand the phrase “staff meeting” as a serious gathering of teachers, when in… Read More How do you solve a problem like… the travel bug?
My machen is morphing into mochen, hallo has been replaced with griaß di and I no longer commit the cardinal sin of using Brötchen to describe bread (Semmel is the way forward, guys). Am I Austrian yet? I’d like to think so, but I’ve still got a fair way to go in terms of both… Read More Teaching and travels: These are a few of my favourite things
I used to think I was a morning person. That was until Monday morning, when my alarm bleeped at 6 o’clock and I thought someone had played a practical joke on me. Alas, my sleep-addled mind soon remembered that it was my first day of school and I was expected to teach my first lesson… Read More Call me Helen von Trapp! First week at school
When I told people that I would be spending part of my year abroad in Austria, it was terrifying how many people responded with “Do you speak Austrian, then?” *eye roll* It’s a lot easier to travel to Austria than it is to, say, the United States, so why is this stunning Alpine country apparently… Read More And so it begins: Ich liebe dich, Kitzbühel
[I actually wrote this while I was still in the UK, but due to not having any internet until today I wasn’t able to upload it. So here you go! Servus from Kitzbühel!] As the second half of my year abroad begins, I figured that it’s time for a little story. Are you sitting comfortably?… Read More From Anfängerin to Austrian: An ab initio year abroad