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Colourful tiles, fountains and fruit trees adorn the garden courtyard. - by SL Wong

What’s Oriental

Was ist Orientalisch

To Germans, 'oriental' seems to have a very specific meaning. Whilst visiting one of my first parks, the Gardens of the World, a signpost for the Orientalische Garten caught my eye.

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Was adapting to a new city going to require little care? - by S.L. Wong



Of all the German words that I encountered when I first moved to Germany, it was 'pflegeleicht' that struck me. I first saw it on the washing machine. Then stamped…

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Apartment for Rent - by SL Wong

Apartment for Rent

Wohnung Mieten

Google Translate was indispensable when we were house-hunting using German language-only Berlin property websites. However, in 2008, the software wasn't always very accurate and threw up some gems. The best…

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Looks the same, feels the same, but it's not - language is a tricky thing. - by SL Wong

Hell is Bright

Falsche Freunde

Hell is bright and Gift is poison while a Taste is a keyboard key and Klang is not my husband's hometown but sound. In German, that is. Charming for the…

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Where can one find the German equivalent of Oxford English? Does it matter? - by SL Wong

Real German

Echt Deutsch

It started with a reaction to Romy saying she wanted to spend time in the UK to learn to speak Oxford English. Romy was not alone in holding up Oxford…

Read more about the article Contemplating the Washing Machine
Initially, I did not even know what the German for 'on' and 'off' was (see bottom left), what more the rest of the manual. - by SL Wong

Contemplating the Washing Machine

Betrachtung der Waschmaschine

I shall contemplate the washing machine. Dictionary firmly in hand, I sit before the machine,..

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Not curry laksa, but close enough - my curry kapitan.

Dream Interpretations


On my first night in Berlin, I dreamt of an aluminium wall overflowing with Curry Laksa gravy. Taupok, green beans and all.