Barbara’s Tiny Cheat Sheet to Austrian German

Barbara's Tiny Cheat Sheet to Austrian German

Before moving to Austria, I remember trying to learn as much German as possible. I had beginner German CDs. I used Duolingo, and I listened to songs in German. I even read books that were set in Austria. I stuffed the German vocabulary into my head. And then, when I arrived in Austria, I realized that “willkommen” was not “you’re welcome”. Sure, in English, we’d translate “willkommen” as “welcome.” But in Austria, you would not use it in response to...
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Kind vs. Nice

by Barbara Brutt @BarbaraBrutt @cordiallybarbara   A month ago, I started to be irritated by the word “nice”. Is it because I’m not a nice person? People almost always use “nice” interchangeably with “kind“. Are they the same? Calling a man a “nice guy” is the kiss of death to his dating life. What is it about nice that makes us cringe? “nice guy” is the kiss of death to a man’s dating life. Why’s nice makes us cringe? Click To...
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10 Tricks to Leading Cross-Cultural Childcare

Two months ago, I filled out a volunteer form, and the in the experience section, I bragged that I was the “baby whisperer aka basically good with kids.” Friends, if you ever brag, make sure it’s not an empty brag. The leadership of this event (for which I planned to volunteer) asked me if I would consider leading the children’s program. If you don’t think that’s a daunting task, let me tell you a bit more. 7 different countries. Ages...
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A Friday Fiasco: When German Sticks in My Throat

“Are you going to learn German?” It’s been asked of me many times in the last three months of living in Austria. Well, I’ve finally cashed in (seriously though) on my answer of “Yeah, I’m going to take a month-long course in the summer.” 450 euros exactly. When it comes to learning languages, I am not a natural. I have to work at it. I still can’t tell the difference between Austrian German, Swiss German, Germany’s German, Czech, or any...
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