When I was living in Germany, I made fun of Germans who were living in the U.S. and came back to their homeland to visit and then spoke broken German. Their sentence structure was English and English words were mixed into their speech. I thought that these expatriates put on a show on how special and worldly they were. I always thought that this was their way to feel important. And now, the same thing is happening to me.
I came to the U.S. in 1988. Since then I have visited Germany frequently and also speak German every day. (more…)