Thursday, February 05, 2009

Speechless in Switzerland


Another installment from my Expat Adventure column in Swiss News has made its way into the hands of the public. Maybe some of you can relate to this one. It's called "Speechless in Switzerland," and it's all about my love/hate relationship with language here. After two years of dutiful German language study, suddenly I've become more tongue-tied than ever before. Den, dem, der, are you kidding me? I guess the more German I learned, the more I realized how many mistakes I could make and that really silenced the linguist lurking within me. Maybe someday it will reemerge.

Until then, you can read all about why I'm still limited to my status as a one-language wonder in Swiss News, available at any Kiosk in Switzerland or by clicking here.

7 comments:

juanitatortilla said...

Hell-lo-O... You summed up the story of my life in Zürich!

It is ONE HUGE RELIEF to know that a German-speaking expat is caught speechless after all.
On the down side, I have given up the idea of pursuing learning the German language anymore. Will just do it as a hobby, if I must.

Swiss Miss said...

Great to hear that you can relate. I don't know if I'd call myself German-speaking, but I can get by when I have to. I just usually prefer to take the 5th :)

Ritsumei said...

That article was great! I really enjoyed reading it!

Swiss Miss said...

Thanks. Glad you liked it.

Mike said...

DOOD! The FAT KID EPIDEMIC has hit Switzerland!

With the buildings made of chocolate and all, I'm surprised it took this long.

Swiss Miss said...

Ha, yeah, that's funny about the fat kid thing. Still no fat adults yet...guess that will be in a few years.

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