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The first big difference I notice entering a foreign country is the language Eventually I compare the way I was brought up and whats familiar to me with the new things I encounter In my opinion you keep comparing for a long time to be aware of the effects I still catch myself liken Americans and Germans Inevitable the language has a huge effect I had English since 5th grade which was very helpful of course but nevertheless it is totally different than the actual spoken American-English Back in the 80s Germany was oriented on Great Britain so I learned countless British expressions and idioms like trousers lay the table or bloke These words werent hindrances but rather involved me in conversations with people I coincided When I write an essay I exercise the unpractical approach of first thinking in German and then trying to find a way to translate or to describe it in English Living in a foreign country also has an impact on my native language it gets less used As a consequence it is harder to recall the daily used vocabulary as quickly when talking to my relatives and friends back home Even the grammar and the spelling get out of hand With a sister who is very fond of German more than familiar with its proper usage and the correct orthography the gradual decay of my mother tongue is thankfully and sometimes unasked impeded Introducing German words into the English vocabulary is very useful at times It is not essential but makes things less complicated Ohrwurm for instance which translates as earworm refers to those songs that you hear once and they stay lodged in your brain all day Vice versa there are also expressions and idioms in the English language usage where we Germans do not have a word for It can come in handy because you can play with it and prevent annoying incidents The phrase to
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