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Old 28.08.2016, 21:39
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I definitely have that when I go back home...plus, my sentence structures started taking a different form when I learned German, and the words I use to talk in English here: do you have a plaster? vs. Band Aid in the US - sounds funny if I speak to an American!

I just hope they don't think I'm trying to sound pretentious.

And amen to the reverse culture shock...first 3 days back home, I'm hating life! But then I get back in the groove and face the 7 day shock when I come back here
It's true - I can't seem to get my head around the sentence structures anymore. My English might sound OK, but UK people look at me a bit strangely when I say things like "I think I now need to go to the bathroom".
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Old 28.08.2016, 22:01
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Some ask me if I am from Denmark, apparently I speak German with a North German accent (spitzen Steinen), they tell me I speak French "comme une vache espagnol....." and my English accent took all the worst parts from any language I speak
Apparently I talk 'posh' according to my family back home but have a string Yorkshire accent according to huuby's family who live down south. It doesn't take long to slip back into 'proper' Yorkshire once I've been there a few hours.

I've often been asked if I'm Dutch or Belgian when speaking French.
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Re: Sometimes not being able to leave your CH heart behind

When bumping in someone in my country I'll surely automatically utter "pardon" ; it is a bit like shifting gears in a car, happens without consciousness engaged.
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Re: Sometimes not being able to leave your CH heart behind

While I enjoy going in a country I understand the language, after a few days, I find it extremely annoying to understand every single conversations around me. It annoys me to not understand people here but in the same time, I feel like I'm more in a bubble of blistness for exactly that reason..
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Re: Sometimes not being able to leave your CH heart behind

While I dislike understanding the local language, sometimes there is no choice, but it's strange when we get to the parts of Slovenia or Croatia where they don't speak Italian, and I'm OK because they speak English, but my wife doesn't!

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P.S. After 50 years òf summer vacation in Trieste, she probably understands far more Slovenian than I.
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