Living abroad is amazing for so many reasons - it opens your heart and mind to new people and cultures, languages, climate, food... the list goes on. The things that seem mundane at home, going to work or running errands, for example, take on a whole new meaning as you have to figure them out from a fresh and exciting perspective.

Getting used to local customs is not only a fun challenge, but it can also be a good laugh too. Misunderstandings are bound to occur as you try to get to grips with a complicated new language and way of doing things, and the best way to deal with them is to try not to take yourself too seriously!

American English teacher and blogger Jessie Meier knows this all too well. Her witty and erudite observations about life in Germany encompass things like the endless joy and beauty of the German language, some lighthearted complaining about slightly odd local habits, and the funny everyday sightings and occurrences that living as an 'expat' can throw up sometimes.

Scroll down below to see what we mean for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

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Rue Granger
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10 months ago

What does it mean? 😂

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Falcon
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10 months ago

"Look and move on lady."

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Iris Jans
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10 months ago

Think you can even change that to "in Europe"

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GodOfHyperdeath
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10 months ago

Alpaca my stuff and go to Germany just to drink that

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Thyamath
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10 months ago (edited)

It's a very popular childrens book from Wolf Erlbruch. He taught illustration at our university. Considering most of his stuff aims at kiddos, he was a very... let's say difficult person! :D

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Bleh
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10 months ago

So is dog food

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Demonic Darkness
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10 months ago (edited)

Offenkar.. What a long word. What does it mean?

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Orillion
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10 months ago

Thing is, when men are drunk, everything looks like a urinal...

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Charlotte
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10 months ago

These are SO. EFFIN'. TASTY.

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Wil Vanderheijden
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10 months ago (edited)

But you do need a lot more education to be a busdriver then to be a blogger.

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Koalamonster
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10 months ago

In fairness there are weird lawn ornaments everywhere.

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Night Owl
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10 months ago

I love the animals ready to eat with knifes, forks, napkins and everything LOL

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Gregor Samsa
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10 months ago

Der Hinweis ist für die Amerikaner gedacht. Die könnten darauf kommen.

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Linda Something
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10 months ago

Yeah, she does have a slightly skeptic look on her face...

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Candace Fitzpatrick
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10 months ago

Special boner wax lmao

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Falcon
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10 months ago

clever sentence, the design on the other hand still requires a lot of work.

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Vex Boxx
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10 months ago

Maybe she's just tossing them all up in the air and then smiling as she walks off, not catching them but setting herself free.

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Mimis Nachbarin
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10 months ago

Ich finde den Begriff "Trend-Wasser" wesentlich bedenklicher...

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Tomáš Mesároš
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9 months ago

They have also Paper Jack and Soap Susi

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nala simba
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10 months ago

Diarrhoea while you dance?

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Szavics Daniel
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10 months ago

nein! run everyone run!

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Vicky Zar
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10 months ago

Itts just a name. Doesn't mean anything. Look up Hella von Sinnen

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Dynein
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10 months ago

I feel the need to add that the sign says : Will by gold fillings (also with teeth). Never seen that specification...

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Rissie
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10 months ago

Well Fuck in this context doesn't need to be blurred out, since it's not used as a profanity. And it's pronounced fook anyway.

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Koalamonster
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10 months ago

I can't get past that face... the other 2 the eyes are just kinda cute but THAT one creeps me out.

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krnr58
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10 months ago

Those are badass!! LOL

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spirit wolf
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10 months ago

Wait, let's talk about "mcenedy"

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Wil Vanderheijden
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10 months ago

But German kids don't need bulletproof schoolbags.

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Ellie Ragsdale
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9 months ago

I immediately thought of dank in another context... I guess this business is fine while people ar high?

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Demonic Darkness
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10 months ago

Americans = Ranch

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Jenny Wigmore
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9 months ago

Looks like Gary Lineker!

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Dirk Van Troyen
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10 months ago

It's French for tan. Also used in Dutch as a loan word.

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Stimpy
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10 months ago

... But even in America "bang" has other, more dominant, meanings than "fucking", right?

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Miklós Nagy
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10 months ago

It's actually really a ghost in the commercials.

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Joshi Doubleuu
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10 months ago

Go to aldi and get honey balls ..

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Candace Fitzpatrick
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10 months ago

Also 5 warnings for Germans and only 3 for English 🤔

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boredpanDaman
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10 months ago

well, it is nice to see

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May Day
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9 months ago

And the other Mondays?

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AJu
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10 months ago

Honoré de Balzac is a Frech writer. As far as I know, this chain of coffee shops was named after him

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Caridina Japonica
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9 months ago

Some kids play firefighter because they are big fans, some play family because they repeat their experienced family life, some play nurse or doctor because themselves or a kindergarden fellow is sick, there's nothing wrong with giving your kids (non-functional childproof) doctor toys.

Marnie
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9 months ago

I think she's chuckling because it says "I'm doctor" instead of "Doctor" or "I'm a doctor".

Miss Cris
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9 months ago

Thank you :S

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Jo Choto
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9 months ago

A lot of languages don't use the indefinite article when stating one's profession. I am doctor, I am mechanic, I am teacher. English is the odd language out in that regard.

boredpanDaman
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10 months ago

what?!

Sara Holt
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9 months ago (edited)

It’s a toy doctor’s kit. For ages 3 and up.

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Eli Lynch
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9 months ago

What is funny, here? It's a toy doctor's kit. Americans have them, too.

Jane Alexander
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9 months ago

Remember the toy/game called 'operation' A plastic man with it's insides showing and the game was to remove it's organs without a mistake? Yuck!

C V
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10 months ago

What

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AJu
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10 months ago

Those are Nike shoes. So actually American design

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Sanne H.
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10 months ago

I believe Follower is also plural in German?

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