In Heidelberg, the leaves have turned into fiery reds, brilliant yellows and smoky corals. The sky is robin egg blue and a refreshing, crisp breeze is collecting the smells in my area which are—to name a few—wood smoke, horse hair, hay and ...onion cake.
Our neighbors have invited us over for onion cake and new wine. It is a regional favorite at this time of year. I hope if you know someone who is new to Germany you will share this tradition with them. It is a wonderful part of German culture that I always find to be interesting to us newcomers: German cuisine.
coral: a deep or strong pink to moderate red or reddish orange
cuisine: a style or manner of cooking; French cuisine
Many of my student's stories resonate with me as a ex-patriot living in Germany. I also have confused my German speaking partners because my German sounds like I'm chewing on cardboard while I speak. It was hard to understand me.
I have worked on my German and I am at a intermediate level, but it has given me a peek into the classroom of a 2nd language learner. I understand, you want to speak, but it seems the instructor is only interested in getting the lesson they have chosen for you over. Where is the give and take, the conversation- sometimes it gets lost in translation.
I have a lesson plan also, but I don't forget that you are coming to me because you want to use your English actively, not simply work with grammar sheets.
ANNABELLE B-BAUMANN, Communication Coach
"Annabelle I've learned alot from you .....with your friendly art and your diversified lessons... it is never boring!!!" -Doris, BASF
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