Archive for the ‘General’ category

Im Deutschunterricht hat die Klasse meiner Tochter beschlossen, in diesem Jahr das “Ich weiß was über-Projekt” weiterzuführen. Im vergangenen Schuljahr hatte meine Tochter über die Grundschule in Deutschland berichtet. Dieses Jahr schnappte sie sich das Heft als Erste, um dann nach langem Überlegen ihr Thema auszuwählen: (Klick auf das Bild zum Vergrößern)

A dress doth not a princess make

February 24th, 2015

During school holidays, our 4½-year-old daughter attends the centre de loisir in her school building. On the last day of the week, there is usually a party, and kids can come in costumes. Last Friday when I picked up my little witch, I met her BFF S. about whom I’d already heard a lot. She […]

Mommy’s a swimmer

August 27th, 2014

Last week, during the European Aquatics Championships in Berlin (BLN 2014), I tried to watch whatever race I could catch between coming home from work and bedtime. I don’t follow any swimmers in particular, so when a race came up where I didn’t know a single name, I said: “I don’t know anyone there, I’ll […]

More on money

July 29th, 2014

When we’re in Germany, I have a tendency to raid bookshops, much to the delight of my 4-year-old daughter (she always finds something by herself there). The other day, after our second raid in three days, we passed the bookshop we’d just left a little earlier. My daughter: “Können wir da nochmal rein?” (Can we […]

Two suns

February 15th, 2014

This week, my daughter came home from school and showed me a drawing she had made. I noticed she had drawn two suns side by side, and the inevitable comment escaped my lips. Today, the drawing was still lying in the living room when she saw it, picked it up and asked me: “Mama, comment […]

Olympic comments, part 2

February 13th, 2014

A few days after our skate at the City Hall skating rink’s children’s rink last Sunday, where gloves are compulsory, we again watched figure skating in the Olympics, a male skater’s short program. She watched a while, then asked. “Why doesn’t he wear gloves?”

Olympic comments, part 1

February 13th, 2014

Last Sunday afternoon, we went ice skating at the City Hall skate rink’s children’s rink: That evening at home, we watched the highlights of the day at the Olympics, figure skating among them. She watched wide-eyed, then said: “I can’t do that!”

I’m German!

December 29th, 2013

In case there has been a doubt about my daughter’s nationality, and based on these words of wisdom, here is final proof:    

They understand me here

December 29th, 2013

One aspect of going home when you are the minority language parent is realising that “people understand me here”. By that I mean that I’m so used to no one around us understanding what I say to my three-year-old in public that I have to do a double-take when I’m back home and suddenly remember […]

You don’t like sausages?

November 7th, 2013

Yesterday we participated in the annual lantern walk (Laternelaufen) of the bilingual school an older friend of my daughter attends. Following the walk, I was queuing for sausages, enjoying the unusual situation of being surrounded by German speakers on all sides, when I overheard three girls (I guess they were about 9 years old) talk […]

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