Learning about yourself through language

All good things must come to an end – this is our last Clew edition. We will end the Clew story with some encouragement along your expat way. Sorana encourages you to learn about yourself through learning and speaking different languages: If you are an expat, chances are you might also be bilingual or trilingual or […]

Leaving the linguistic smorgasbord

It dawned on me soon after arriving in Estonia this month. We’re not in Luxembourg anymore. No siree, Sigefroid. Unlike the Grand Duchy, there’s no linguistic smorgasbord or palette of patois to choose from. Therefore, kiss good-bye any signs like this:

Typical Luxembourgish

Typical Luxembourgish – at least for an expat… Vakanz Luxembourgers value their holidays highly. As luck has it, Luxembourg is blessed with quite a few weeks of annual holiday, so once one holiday is over, it’s time to plan for the next! The planning often centres on a certain level of comfort – key word Fënnef […]

Komm, mir léiere Lëtzebuergesch!

“I just get by so well without it, everybody speaks French, German and/or English, it’s amazing!” “I just can’t face learning yet another language” (often combined with first statement) “There’s no way I’ll need it when I move on” (often combined with first statement) “No time!” “It’s such a funny little language” (“funny” either as in […]

How to get yourself to speak a foreign language

Hélène Rybol is the woman behind the Culture Shock Toolbox, a website for expats and international students – or future ones – and travelers, filled with musings, checklists and mantras. She’s also author of the ebook “Culture Shock – A Practical Guide”. CLEW is happy to feature her musings on how to get yourself to speak a […]

Living in another language

Hélène Rybol is the woman behind the Culture Shock Toolbox, a website for expats and international students – or future ones – and travelers, filled with musings, checklists and mantras. CLEW is happy to feature her musings on living in another language. So I’ve been thinking about what happened when I started living in another language. […]

Don’t stop reading to your child

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” – Dr. Seuss The importance of reading to children at an early age is unquestionable. Considering that it is at the heart of all formal education, reading to children at a very early age increases their chances […]

I say soccer and you say football

The World Cup is fast upon us, and while I thought I spoke a suitable (albeit “inferior” some might say) form of English, I’ve come to realize that British English and American English veer in incredibly opposite directions when it comes to sports. Thus, following are explanations of common soccer terms to get you ready […]

After all the boxes have been unpacked

It’s Printemps des Poètes in Luxembourg this weekend – Spring of Poets. CLEW is proud to have a poet of our own, and equally proud to present his poetry, that you… as expats, on the move… might recognise yourselves in.  After all the boxes have been unpacked and most of the “WhoWhatWhen Where do I, How can […]

A penny for your thoughts

Sometimes I wonder if my brain follows the outside temperature, for example when it hits freezing point. Now, in my situation – you know, the expat wife situation – I can allow my brain to come to full stop on days like these. Not at all indicating that expat wife brains stop more easily, I am […]