About

I am a European who has lived, gone to school, and worked in the US for over 13 years now.  I came here assuming that 1) I spoke very good English (which if standardized tests are any indicator I did) and 2) the cultural difference between my native Germany and the US very minuscule at most.

I was wrong on both counts.  Yes, my English was good enough to (mostly) follow the demanding classes in school but often I found myself with a group of my American buddies, everybody laughing and I didn’t have the first idea what they were  talking about.  Discussing microeconomics and marketing, I found out quickly, require a very different vocabulary than telling a joke.

The culture thing was and is more subtle.  The differences aren’t vast but they are just big enough to throw you off and in some case to make you look foolish, be insulting, be considered very poorly behaved or bad mannered or just plain odd.

In this blog I hope to explain some of the mysteries of American culture, American idioms, proverbs, slang and idiosyncrasies.  Since the last 11 of my 13 years in this country were spent in California I have to warn you that there is a definite West Coast bias to my posts.

For the less fabulous part of living in California check out my other blog “California Bubbleboy at  http://pallatini.wordpress.com

3 Comments to “About”

  1. very interesting history

  2. Hi! I teach ESL and love to teach about culture – especially the invisible, intangible elements of American culture and cultural misadventures. I also like to teach how culture, grammar, and pronunciation collide. Your blog is very funny and spot on! I am beginning to use it in my classes. Do you have an index other than the months? An index of topics perhaps?

    Keep up the good work!

    • Lauren:
      thanks for your kind words. I haven’t written anything in a while but now I feel more inspired again. Right now I don’t have another index but I’ll see what I can find on wordpress. HAve fun teaching!

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