The Unforgettable Capital Cities of Slovenia and Lithuania (Part 2)

The amazing Vilnius, Lithuania

Effective Tips ~ Language Learning

The closer the target language is to your native language, the easier it will be to learn. Don’t get discouraged. It takes years to get really good at a language. You’re not bad at languages. You just need to step out of your comfort zone and go all in 🙂

Let’s Talk Money ~Studying Abroad in Germany~

This post is going to be short and sweet. Let’s talk finances. How are the prices in Germany? What are my expenses? Getting a residence permit/student visa.. how much per month do you need?

What I’ve Learned Living Abroad on My Own

“When it seems like no one cares what you’re doing with your life, you have to be there for yourself…”
And much more! Here are ten things I’ve learned during my time living alone in Germany.

My Goals for a Year-long Exchange in Germany (A Bilingual Text )

This essay was the final step in the application process at my university before I was officially nominated to study at FAU in Erlangen, Germany. I share how I studied German back home, what my goals were for studying here, what I may want to do in my future and how I will make the most of my time here.

How to Prepare for an Exchange in Germany

How can I meet people abroad?
What do Germans think about Americans?
What is it like living in Germany?
Three of many questions addressed in this post about studying abroad in Germany for American students!

Nazi Past in Nuremberg (Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände)

Dear readers, This post will be about the Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände  in Nuremberg, Germany. Also know as  the “Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds” in English. If you are interested in the Third Reich, want to know more about German history, and are interested in how museums portray historical events, this will be an interesting read for you.Continue reading “Nazi Past in Nuremberg (Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände)”

Getting Started with Studying Abroad

Dear readers, I would like to discuss “studying abroad” for American college students. Studying abroad is a rich experience to undergo during your college years. The first time abroad is life- changing. You see yourself and your native culture with different eyes. You get to experience everyday life of those who live thousands of miles awayContinue reading “Getting Started with Studying Abroad”

First Time Visiting a Concentration Camp (August 2017)

Dachau was the model for other camps. It was first. The quote on the front gate of the camp reads “Arbeit macht frei.” Working was supposed to “rehabilitate criminals and other wrong-doers.”

How I learned German (A Bilingual Text)

This is a text I originally wrote in German and translated into English. It’s about how I learned German (before I began my year-long study abroad here).

English tutor in Germany~ the program, what I do, and my current thoughts

I have already given ten lessons to the original group of students as well as three lessons with a newly-organized second group of students. When I first arrived in Erlangen, I had a lot of free time and wanted to make use of it. I also wanted to find some experience as an English teacherContinue reading “English tutor in Germany~ the program, what I do, and my current thoughts”

New language, new life

For instance, the beginning of your foreign language-learning journey is similar to the first time you hear a beautiful song where you are first captivated by the overall sound; then, you develop the ability to slowly pick out words, next grasp a gist of the meaning, and then, finally, the philosophical richness of the language.

A mini “interview” written Spring 2017

Stephanie Ford German Literature Major, Junior This was required by university housing as a way for the RA (resident adviser) to check-in with the students. It was also meant to be beneficial for Freshman students to reflect on how university has impacted their lives. Yes, I wrote this as a Junior. If you keep reading, you willContinue reading “A mini “interview” written Spring 2017″

A December Excursion to Switzerland

an excursion—to Zürich, Switzerland! I hope everyone has had a nice holiday season so far and will be able to rest for the upcoming year. Keep reading to the end to get an idea about what travelling means to me.

Marxism (Film Discussion & Review)

“Marxism- The Theory That Split a World” (Part of the “Shaping  theWestern World” film series on Kanopy) Part I Discussion: Karl Marx was born in 1818 in Trier, Germany. He attended university in Bonn and Berlin, where he studied law, poetry and academic philosophy. During the Victorian period (1837-1901), Europeans began to question their originsContinue reading “Marxism (Film Discussion & Review)”

Bamberg Ausflug (2. Oktober 2017)

Bamberg is described as one of several of the most beautiful cities to see in Germany. Its close location to Nuremberg makes it a great day trip for those who like visiting historical cities. A large part of the city is a UNESCO heritage site. My first impression of Bamberg when walking from the trainContinue reading “Bamberg Ausflug (2. Oktober 2017)”

Was ist Deutsch? (What is German?)

Liebe Leserinnen und Leser, Heute versuchen wir die Frage “Was ist Deutsch?” zu beantworten. (Today we will try to answer the question “What is German?”). We will cover historical information as well as modern thoughts from several people–including myself. The magazine “Deutsch perfekt” put together an interesting article on the topic (September 2017) that IContinue reading “Was ist Deutsch? (What is German?)”