When you are learning a new language, you will make very funny mistakes without realizing it. If you’re lucky, the mistakes are just *cute*; they will earn you a patronizing pat on the head and nothing more. Sometimes, the mistakes are really embarrassing (like many of my peers in high school Spanish who thought ‘Estoy … Continue reading When Czech Language is Accidentally Sexual
As I have learned in the last few years, Central/East Europeans and Americans have completely different ways of expressing their enthusiasm. Here’s a helpful chart! It’s obviously exaggerating, but stereotypes can be true in a general sense. I’ve witnessed the “enthusiasm disparity” personally to some degree about Czechs, Germans, Poles, Slovaks, Hungarians, Croats and Ukrainians, … Continue reading Are You Sure It’s Only OK? (+Fizzy wine season in CZ!)
We often use rhetorical questions to be sarcastic in English; for example, if you ask a stupid question, you might be asked in return, Is rain wet? Do pigs fly? Is hell hot? Or: Here are some cultural (pinky in the air) rhetorical questions from CZ. 1. You are asked by your host: Do you want slippers? Just … Continue reading Rhetorical Questions You Will Be Asked While Living in Czechia
This is a post I wrote THREE YEARS AGO! I found it hiding in my drafts section. A lot of these things I’ve now gotten used to completely (and have written about in other places – for example, language, food, drinking, slippers, and living in a small town, plus Czech-merican cultural differences 1 and 2) – … Continue reading Time Travel Wednesday: Culture Shock?
When I was in middle school, the Blue Collar Comedy Tour was a really popular comedy troupe among my friends. BCCT was a group of four Southern comedians, the most famous of which is probably Jeff Foxworthy (in both these pictures), who started the infamous series of jokes that always ended, “…you might be a … Continue reading You’ve Lived Abroad Too Long When…
I was very proud recently when the principal of my school declared me a “polovina cizinec,” which means “half-foreigner” – this is meant in my favor, in that I have managed to be half as foreign as other foreigners. In Czech Republic, that is a HUGE accomplishment. (Sidenote: I’m pretty sure “polovina cizinec” is the only phrase … Continue reading My Foreigner Problems
Muzejní noc is an open museum night in Brno that happened two Saturday evenings ago from 18:00-24:00. Museum entry was either free or very cheap, and I took the opportunity to go to the Moravské Zemské Muzeum at Palác Šlechtičen and Moravská Galerie v Brně. The first has exhibits about Moravian history and culture, while the second … Continue reading A Big Pink Tank & a Yellow Countryside