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I go on Facebook, says hi to my friends, and note how rotten the weather is in New England again. Then I walk down to Lac Leman, order a renverse and enjoy another gorgeous day in CH.
but obviously not in the last week or so.
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Start going to FC Basel games...
Oh God noooooooo! Save yourself, get out now... just think of the children!!!
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Old 20.07.2011, 13:15
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Start going to FC Basel games...
Alternatively, come down to Wankdorf to watch Young Boys keep clean sheets
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So what do you do when living abroad temporarily?
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Oh God noooooooo! Save yourself, get out now... just think of the children!!!
As my father in law runs the Fanshop it is difficult to escape...junior horse has lots of FCB bits already, he is not quite a year. He has no chance...
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Old 20.07.2011, 13:40
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Re: Weird things expats do

1. Keeping track of currency exchange rate.
2. Blonds doesn't look attractive anymore.
3. Started feeling stressed for no reason.
4. If hear someone making noise at public place, start swearing.
5. Beer taste better then whiskey.
6. Reaching in meetings 5 minute before time.
7. Going to Gym and doing real workout instead of chit chat.
8. Meeting expats and feeling happy about it.
9. Calling home and talking about how depressing weather is.
10. Thinking about buying a red trouser and a scooter
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Old 20.07.2011, 13:46
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English Forum -> Reddit -> Facebook.

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Re: Weird things expats do

Not really a weird thing, but I've found myself mixing with people whom I would never have had the opportunity to meet had I stayed in England, both socially and professionally.

That's a direct consequence of living abroad, and not an entirely unwelcome one.
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Old 20.07.2011, 15:41
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How did it go about bears and defecating...

I think it is the most exciting thing about déplacement as they call it in French, meeting folks we wouldn't otherwise meet and hanging out with them, openminded since we are less likely to stereotype them. It's grand.
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Well I guess it does get a little boring... when you are in new surroundings and you cant stop thinking of home... Also you have to be weary cos like they say an idle mind is the devils wok shop...
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Old 20.07.2011, 16:33
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Re: Weird things expats do

Watch 5 minutes of crappy Australian soap that the English seem to love... and feel nostalgic about home.

Watch Grand designs Australia and long to go back and build 'our house' but then think about where we are and decide to put it off for another 'couple of years'

Chat with anyone! Being an expat pushes you out of your comfort zone. Friends are made quickly whilst also acknowledging that they (or we) may be here fleetingly. To not living in each-others pockets, but appreciate the times we have together (this goes for family too).

Meet people from all walks of life, and by doing so discover just what we have in common and what makes us individuals. It's also helped me refine what is important to me (although this is constantly evolving) and what I'm happy to compromise on.

I'm discovering I love being an expat
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I think expats develop a weird way of speaking. Many expats I know who have lived here for many years have started picking up "foreigner" English.

I've started doing it myself since years...

Or worse (and it drives me bonkers) are expats that refer to things in random German.

"I'm selling my schrank."
"We're having a new dusche put in the bathroom."

Do people really forget the English words for every day objects?
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Being an Auländer now, I think about how hard it was for my 'foreign' mates in Australia to fit in.

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Cold weather, no sun, and rain for days, doesn't bother me anymore.

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Stinky Cheese (especially the stuff that smells like toe jam under somebody elses foot)
...... Wow, who would have thought I'd like to eat that?

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I impress my Aussie mates when I speak German
I embarrass myself infront of my German mates.
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Re: Weird things expats do

Its funny when you are at home you complain about the heat and humidity and the fact that you are sweating... and then you move to a place where non of that exists (except occasionally or so i have heard) and then you miss all those things and you cant stop thinking about it... I guess the grass is greener on the other side...
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Old 20.07.2011, 17:08
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Re: Weird things expats do

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I think expats develop a weird way of speaking. Many expats I know who have lived here for many years have started picking up "foreigner" English.

I've started doing it myself since years...

Or worse (and it drives me bonkers) are expats that refer to things in random German.

"I'm selling my schrank."
"We're having a new dusche put in the bathroom."

Do people really forget the English words for every day objects?
Yes - even when I've been back in England I've gone to say something only to realise that I know the German word, but can't for the life of me remember the English word.
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To be fair, we Yanks complain about BBQ and Mexican food.
You mean, standing in front of the paltry Mexican selection in the local grocery store, and dreaming of decent Margaritas?

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What's worse is that I am used to speaking about certain topics with our consultants only in German. And then they brought in a Londoner and an American, neither of whom speaks German. At least once a day I'll accidentally say something to them in German.
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Old 21.07.2011, 15:25
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Re: Weird things expats do

People do forget their words, for sure..It's more about moving words from active to passive register, which makes you pick the active one, by accident or due to laziness, from amother language. And sometimes, the foreign one will fit the thing/concept a lot better. I doubt that real travellers or people who live abroad actually do it on purpose, being pretentious, or so. I have heard people do it in their home place a lot more, to differentiate themselves from the regular crowds, it's tacky.

Some French words are so much more accurate than the English ones, and then, it could be worse, I could insert Czech words, too, which when it happens and it's not supposed to, is quite embarrassing. It sounds like complete nonsense, like me clearing throat or something, people give me the look they give to people with Tourette. Kurnik.

But, say schrank or armoire is nicer than a wardrobe...Mixing languages doesn't phase me, I think it's the region, too, which is uber melanged here..
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English Forum -> Reddit -> Facebook.

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The Narwhal bacons at midnight! (translation: I am addicted to reddit as well)

One of the most bizarre things I've seen: my wife do is take an interest in politics, I mean REALLY taking an interest, watching debates online, reading online newspapers, interviews. Funny thing is SHE is the one with the red passport and little white cross.
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Old 21.07.2011, 15:38
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All the time. Especially as I work in German and English and speak French with my neighbours. Which is a little embarassing as I was hired partly due to my English speaking and writing skills.
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Re: Weird things expats do

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I think expats develop a weird way of speaking. Many expats I know who have lived here for many years have started picking up "foreigner" English.

I've started doing it myself since years...

Or worse (and it drives me bonkers) are expats that refer to things in random German.

"I'm selling my schrank."
"We're having a new dusche put in the bathroom."

Do people really forget the English words for every day objects?


I think it also depends on the kind of learner a person is. For example, if they're an intense acoustic-learner and they constantly hear certain German words on the street, they'll pick them up subconsciously and before they know it, these german words keep coming out when they speak!

So I don't think people necessarily forget, but are just very accustomed to hearing and speaking some words over and over again...
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