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