It's only natural that we want to know more about the person behind the blog posts - I'm exactly the same! After years of sharing my experience of living in Frankfurt and being in touch with so many of you, I've put together your FAQs, so that the answers are all in once place 😊... Continue Reading →
What does it mean to be fluent in a language?
I'd always aspired to be fluent in German. And then the more fluent I became, the more I realised there was another linguistic challenge waiting round the corner. There was always something else I could improve on. The Oxford Dictionary defines fluent as "able to speak, read or write a language, especially a foreign language,... Continue Reading →
Being a woman of colour in Frankfurt
After being asked about what it's like to be a woman of colour in Frankfurt, specifically a black woman, and if I have experienced any racism, I've decided to share my experiences with you. I always start by saying that I don't work in a strictly German environment, in fact, due to the nature of... Continue Reading →
Struggling with German in Frankfurt
I definitely had an advantage when I moved to Germany. In hindsight being able to speak German before I got here was actually a huge advantage and I wasn't quite aware of how much my German language skills contributed to the ease of settling in in Frankfurt. Yes, there were times when I needed to look... Continue Reading →
Struggling to show your true personality in a foreign language
One of the beauties of speaking another language is that it allows you to express yourself through different words and concepts that don't exist in your native tongue. Never did I think though, that it could make me (loud, outgoing and laughs all day Alisa) appear to be shy and reserved. Why is it so... Continue Reading →
How to perfect all 16 ways to say ‘the’ in German
“Memorise the definite article table!” Yes, everyone says that, but the question is how? At first, I avoided learning the ridiculous number of definite articles in the hope that I’d just pick it up over time, but I soon gave in when I realised that my optimism wasn’t getting me anywhere! 15 years of speaking... Continue Reading →
Do you dream in German?
To answer simply - yes. But what I actually find interesting is how I dream in German. I work in a bilingual environment, meaning there are some words that I only really use in German and others that I only really use in English, depending on what I am speaking about. Sometimes I even have to... Continue Reading →
How to learn a language from beginners whilst working full-time and maintaining a social life
How long have you wanted to learn a new language? How many times have you wanted to start but never found the time? How is it actually possible to accomplish such a big task with so little time? One word: integration By this, I don't mean that you should integrate into the culture or integrate... Continue Reading →