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Those of you who have been living a long time in the USA and speak now more English than German... do you also find yourself sometimes forgetting words in German?
 
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yes, but so what, i am american.
 
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Hi Heiner, Did you used to be German? If so and when you call your friends or family in Germany do you find yourself accidently using English words instead of German words when talking to them?
 
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Those of you who have been living a long time in the USA and speak now more English than German... do you also find yourself sometimes forgetting words in German?
Absolutely! And not just words. The other day I told my mom to turn the music down and what I said was....Mom, dreh die Musik runter;)
 
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I often mix the languages. It is so embarassing sometimes - especially when I call my parents in the USA. Sometimes I want to say something and the German word comes easier than the English word I want to say... my mind sometimes goes blank.
 
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Hi Heiner, Did you used to be German? If so and when you call your friends or family in Germany do you find yourself accidently using English words instead of German words when talking to them?
yap..yap..yap there are like 2 germans in my town, and when we see each other and talk, i tend to switch from the german language into the english language.
 
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And I thought it was just me... good to know I am not alone. :biggrin:
 
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No you're not alone. It used to be worse before I started to participate in the forums. It's good practice :onethumbup:
 
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Yes, the internet is a good way to keep in practice. I used to live in the south of Germany in Baden-Württemberg and had more English speaking people living where I lived. Since I have moved north to the land between the two seas, I have not met anyone who talks English. It is not like I am looking for any English speaking people... but I do kind of miss speaking my own language, sometimes.
 
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Yes, the internet is a good way to keep in practice. I used to live in the south of Germany in Baden-Württemberg and had more English speaking people living where I lived. Since I have moved north to the land between the two seas, I have not met anyone who talks English. It is not like I am looking for any English speaking people... but I do kind of miss speaking my own language, sometimes.
Which area exactly have you moved to? From my experience it's actually easier to find English speaking folks up North - especially Brits. Particularly around Hamburg and Kiel there are quite a few Brits and Americans to be found. Aussies, too. :)

As for your question: I am not forgetting any words ... YET. ;) And I don't accidentally mix German words with English ... YET. But I sometimes do experience that I talk in the "wrong" language. The other I was telling my boyfriend some story and I noticed that his eyes were getting bigger and bigger, and I thought to myself "Why is he looking at me like that - the story isn't THAT amazing". And eventually he blurted out: "I don't understand a word you are saying." Apparently I was talking in German and hadn't even noticed. :)
 
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Which area exactly have you moved to? From my experience it's actually easier to find English speaking folks up North - especially Brits. Particularly around Hamburg and Kiel there are quite a few Brits and Americans to be found. Aussies, too. :)

As for your question: I am not forgetting any words ... YET. ;) And I don't accidentally mix German words with English ... YET.But I sometimes to experience that I talk in the "wrong" language. The other I was telling my boyfriend some story and I noticed that his eyes were getting bigger and bigger, and I thought to myself "Why is he looking at me like that - the story isn't THAT amazing". And eventually he blurted out: "I don't understand a word you are saying." Apparently I was talking in German and hadn't even noticed. :)
...believe it, or not. :laugh::biggrin:
 
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Which area exactly have you moved to? From my experience it's actually easier to find English speaking folks up North - especially Brits. Particularly around Hamburg and Kiel there are quite a few Brits and Americans to be found. Aussies, too.
I live in a small town between Kiel and Lübeck. There are a few Portugese, Turks and Russians here but no Brits, Aussies or so. Down south I lived close to an American base and therefore it was easier to find English speaking people.

Every now and then I am in Hamburg and do hear English but assume that these people are tourists visiting the city as they are usually by the attractions.

One advantage of not having too many friends who speak your language is that it forces you to continue speaking the foreign language. I learned German in high school and did well... but really learned to communicate by having German friends who spoke no English.
 
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I live in a small town between Kiel and Lübeck. There are a few Portugese, Turks and Russians here but no Brits, Aussies or so. Down south I lived close to an American base and therefore it was easier to find English speaking people.

Every now and then I am in Hamburg and do hear English but assume that these people are tourists visiting the city as they are usually by the attractions.

One advantage of not having too many friends who speak your language is that it forces you to continue speaking the foreign language. I learned German in high school and did well... but really learned to communicate by having German friends who spoke no English.
Well, I moved away from Northern Germany about 14 years ago, so maybe things have changed. Kiel used to have quite a few native English speakers that were attracted by the university and the port as well as the "Kieler Woche". Have you tried to place an "activities/meetup" ad in one of the local city mags?

So if you are located between Lübeck and Kiel I assume you are about 1.5 hours from Hamburg. Hamburg is a very international place with people from all over the world living in this vibrant and creative city. You would definitely find native Americans up there. I know for sure that Hamburg has an "English Speakers" group on meetup.com - you might want to look them up: http://american.meetup.com/18/ Maybe that is something you would like to join. They only meet once a month - and Hamburg is certainly worth the trip every four weeks or so. :smile:
 
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Oh yes! German is getting fairly tricky for me :rolleyes: I just called my sister yesterday and as I was talking about the housing market around here I could not think of a German word for competitive ...any ideas? :confused::biggrin:
I talk English 99% of the day. I have like nobody German around me. I sure talk in German to my daughter but she replies in English and she's quite more fluent in English than German, still she understands my talking.
At work there are only Americans. I once called some family back in Germany from my cell at work and everybody looked at me totally surprised when I started talking since they never heard me talk in German before. It's been over 1 year by now and the phone call was recently.
I need at least like 5 minutes talking to find my way back to German and also think in German again then it works OK, but still I do a lot of "eh" "umm" etc. It's weird.
I sometimes am talking in English and catch myself adding German words but nobody really realizes it but me. And when I write emails I send it off and like 2 minutes after that I'm trying to remember if I just wrote it in German or English if it's not clear by the nationality of the recipient, mostly when they are German.
I doubt I'll ever loose it all, but I don't know if it can get any worse ...
 
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So if you are located between Lübeck and Kiel I assume you are about 1.5 hours from Hamburg. Hamburg is a very international place with people from all over the world living in this vibrant and creative city. You would definitely find native Americans up there. I know for sure that Hamburg has an "English Speakers" group on meetup.com - you might want to look them up: http://american.meetup.com/18/ Maybe that is something you would like to join. They only meet once a month - and Hamburg is certainly worth the trip every four weeks or so.
Oh, I live about 45 minutes from Hamburg. Close to Bad Segeberg. I will check up on meetup. That may be interesting for me. Thanks for the tip. I am often enough in Hamburg already for the shopping!:biggrin:

My daughter is at the university in Kiel. She is studying English and is so happy that she grew up speaking it as it is helping her a lot to have a feeling for the language. She said the most students in her class are German.

I need at least like 5 minutes talking to find my way back to German and also think in German again then it works OK, but still I do a lot of "eh" "umm" etc. It's weird.
I sometimes am talking in English and catch myself adding German words but nobody really realizes it but me. And when I write emails I send it off and like 2 minutes after that I'm trying to remember if I just wrote it in German or English if it's not clear by the nationality of the recipient, mostly when they are German.
I doubt I'll ever loose it all, but I don't know if it can get any worse ...
Yes! That is exactly what I mean. When I call my folks in the states, it is the same for me. And that is already happening to you after only one year. It is amazing how fast it can go.

Oh, competitive would be something like wettbewerbsfähig or maybe konkurrenzfähig. ;)
 
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Oh, I live about 45 minutes from Hamburg. Close to Bad Segeberg. I will check up on meetup. That may be interesting for me. Thanks for the tip. I am often enough in Hamburg already for the shopping!:biggrin:

My daughter is at the university in Kiel. She is studying English and is so happy that she grew up speaking it as it is helping her a lot to have a feeling for the language. She said the most students in her class are German.



Yes! That is exactly what I mean. When I call my folks in the states, it is the same for me. And that is already happening to you after only one year. It is amazing how fast it can go.

Oh, competitive would be something like wettbewerbsfähig or maybe konkurrenzfähig. ;)
I've been living in the States for 2 1/2 years now and I've been married to my husband for 5 1/2 years so I've been surrounded by mostly Americans for like 6 years. I further go to college and am working in American companies for about 2 years. I don't think it would have happened that fast without all the Americans around me ;)
But you know exactly how it just happens to you :laugh:
 
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I've been living in the States for 2 1/2 years now and I've been married to my husband for 5 1/2 years so I've been surrounded by mostly Americans for like 6 years. I further go to college and am working in American companies for about 2 years. I don't think it would have happened that fast without all the Americans around me
But you know exactly how it just happens to you
I agree! Did you speak good English before you moved to the USA? Your English writing is excellent... I do not "hear" an accent at all. :laugh:
 
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Oh, I live about 45 minutes from Hamburg. Close to Bad Segeberg. I will check up on meetup. That may be interesting for me. Thanks for the tip. I am often enough in Hamburg already for the shopping!:biggrin:
Hahaha - I am with you on the shopping part. :mrgreen:
Bad Segeberg ist actually very nice, and I would think that major companies such as Schwartau or Möbel Kraft would employ an international staff.
Oh, competitive would be something like wettbewerbsfähig or maybe konkurrenzfähig. ;)
In this case I would probably go with "umkämpft".
 
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I agree! Did you speak good English before you moved to the USA? Your English writing is excellent... I do not "hear" an accent at all. :laugh:
I had English in school for a little over 8 years before I met my husband. My English was theoretically present but practically not. I had a hard time speaking the language on the other hand I was very good in grammatically correct writing. The more I used it the more I picked up a lot of American "slang" and new words and they became part of my everyday English. My pronunciation improved and eventually I even got to hear that my English was close to perfect and that there's barely any accent.
I picked up English classes in college and after scoring into the highest possible class through the assessment test I even finished all my English classes with an A. Now in school I'm again being challenged since school English is still different to everyday English and I have to get accustomed to academical reading, writing, and talking. There are quite a few words I don't understand and I'm constantly looking up new words, but as I find the links to the actual topic I can understand them and eventually even use them.
I guess I'm also very lucky that I seem to have some skill in picking up foreign languages fast even if I was quite bad back in German school. I hardly passed my English classes. And I'm also very glad that it is English I have to learn not German. I get to hear a lot that German is one of the hardest European languages to learn and I admire every foreigner that actually gets to know it.
When I'm very sleepy or very upset my English goes downhill :laugh:
 
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I've been living in the States for 2 1/2 years now and I've been married to my husband for 5 1/2 years so I've been surrounded by mostly Americans for like 6 years. I further go to college and am working in American companies for about 2 years. I don't think it would have happened that fast without all the Americans around me ;)
But you know exactly how it just happens to you :laugh:
What on earth do you feel will happen to your German once you lived here for some 30 years or so, like several of us do?

We did not have an Internet, or could afford the horrendous cost of oversee telephone calls! Most of us are married to American spouses and use English as our language for our daily communication.
However, I feel that we still speak a reasonable German once we converse in that language.

Look at our member Karl-Heinz, he lives here since the early 50's and is still fluent in German!
 
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