- What is “Denglish?”
Denglish is the accidental combination of Deutsch (German) and English words. This term can also be applied to those glorious mishaps occurring when expressions from one of these languages is translated directly to the other without benefit of cultural context. (My wife is fluent in Denglish.)
- What is “Culture Shock?”
Culture shock is a feeling of disorientation experienced by someone who is suddenly subjected to an unfamiliar culture, way of life, language or set of attitudes. Posts in this category describe my new and often painful experiences functioning in Germany. (I am the poster child for culture shock.)
- What’s the deal with your wife?
On a daily basis, my wife rattles off some of the funniest shit I’ve ever heard in my life. Sometimes the things she says are funny because she’s German (and Germans are hilarious), but most of the time they’re funny because she’s a huge dork and can’t help but act dorkishly. This is why I often use the term “Denglish” to title posts in which I quote something she has said, even though the term is being applied loosely at best.
- Will you ever post pictures of you or your wife?
Haw haw! …No. Just imagine Shannon Elizabeth from American Pie (minus the fake hoots), married to that kid Taylor Ball from Still Standing.
- Can you speak German?
Ich lerne momentan Deutsch. I took a beginning German class at Portland Community College, bought a book called German Phrases for Dummies, then purchased Mango Passport German. I’d say I can speak German at a severely handicapped, 1st grade level. Also, I regularly make my wife angry enough to swear in her native language, which totally counts as my homework.
- Why did you remove all of those funny picture galleries from your blog?
I talked to a lawyer specializing in online intellectual property rights, and she informed me I was doing a fantastic job of tempting people into suing me.
- Why are you such a dick to your German wife?
Because it makes her laugh, and although I maintain this blog for the benefit of all humankind, really, I write it just for her.
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