Why I chose to write in English!


Now that I have made my website and blog more public and shared it on Facebook as well, I have been asked several times why I write in English. I have lived for 22 years in Germany and for 17 years in the U.K. I have studied here. I have a BA in Language studies, an MA in Education and an MA in English Literature. I speak English every day and I dream in English. English comes more natural to me now. I have of course not forgotten my mother tongue, but I feel I have more words in English in the forefront of my mind.

To be honest I have always preferred English. In secondary school I got better marks in English than in German. I also find German a very harsh sounding language. English is not a very romantic language either 😉 but there are so many more words to describe something I find. I am not sure Goethe or Schiller would agree with me on this 😉

I know I still make spelling or grammar mistakes when I write in English, but to be honest, who doesn’t? I would also make a lot of mistakes if I was to write in German. Sometimes when people read my stuff they think they can recognise a German style in it. I am not sure if that is true. All our assignments at University were marked anonymously, and I never had feedback regarding my writing style. But maybe it is true because they say: You can take the girl out of Germany, but you can’t take Germany out of the girl 😉 x

4 thoughts on “Why I chose to write in English!

  1. English, like every other language, is changing daily. I was debating today with someone about the Gaelic language. A reporter wrote an op/ed piece about Gaelic being dead and someone on FB complained about how people who did speak Gaelic were using English phrases, too. But that’s how language develops, through common usage and only then, because of the need to communicate. If you think English has so many more words to express meaning, check out Gaelic. And thank you for liking my 50 word story today.

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