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I’m getting within spitting distance of my Austrian Adventure (dun-dun-DAH!), and I’m not totally sure that it’s sinking in. I was proud of myself for not being overly anxious, but then I started having dreams in which I try to order coffee, but when I say, “eine Tasse Kaffee, bitte,” the lady at the counter gives me […]

How to Design a City for Women

How to Design a City for Women Excellent article about “gender mainstreaming” in Vienna. Basically, if you take women’s needs and opinions into consideration during urban planning, you get a better city for everyone.

Dirndl Drama

There’s trouble brewing in the world of trachten, the traditional clothing of German speaking cultures. For hundreds of years, these garments have been a regional, hand-made, craft industry. Each region of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein has infinitely detailed and specific variations. Traditionally-made tracht is beautiful and lasts for decades (which nowadays translates into some very expensive […]

Au Pairing by the Numbers

I found this infographic from fascinating–especially the variation in au pair salaries (or stipends, depending on your perspective) from around the world. Of course, this poster can’t give the whole picture. For example, although the USA appears to pay better than most countries, au pairs in the US are required to work up to 45 […]

Review: DuoLingo

This past week I had more of a part-time work schedule, so I thought I would get serious about reviewing German before my class starts in July. My friend Caitlin suggested that I try DuoLingo, a free language learning website that she is using to brush up on Spanish. I was kind of skeptical, because […]

Follow-up on Filler Words

Filler Words in German: The Discussion Many thanks to danilotambone in the comments for sharing this link! It seems like “so” and “also” are pretty safe filler words? Sehr interessant!