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I’m going to let you in on a little secret — at the end of October I traveled to Washington D.C., where the American Translators Association was holding their annual conference, not to attend the conference but to take the … Continue reading
The next estate dissolution in which we took part involved the sale of a rather large piece of land in the middle of Munich. A rich textile-industry dynasty family had a villa there with a spacious guest house, and basement … Continue reading
I just finished and submitted my first “real”, “paid” professional translation job. It consisted of approximately 200 words and paid a whopping six dollars, but, hey, we all have to start somewhere. I have always wanted to break into German-to-English … Continue reading
A half-day hike above Stans to the Maria Tax Chapel. Taxen is an old regional word for Tannen, or fir tree. Legend has it that the Virgin Mary made an appearance here in 1616, leaving behind her handprint on a … Continue reading
I took the website back down for a very good reason — we want the blessing of our lawyer first, and he hasn’t looked at it yet. In Germany there is the possibility that someone can send you an Abmahnung, … Continue reading
Continuing in the looking-up-one-thing-and-finding-the-tip-of-the-iceberg vein, I recently began looking into an assumption I had made a while back — that the name Tirol was derived from the Roman fortress Teriolis (from which the village of Zirl takes its name). It … Continue reading
Installment 4 of “Top Ten of the Top Five” comes from Carly, an Australian in Vienna (and who, incidentally, loves Tirol).
KC Blau shares with us a few of her favorite (Austrian) things.
A few months ago, a Vienna site called The Local put out a list of their Top 5 Expat* Blogs in Austria, and The Practice Room was included. One of the other bloggers, writer K.C. Blau of “Vienna Muses”, decided … Continue reading
An old Bavarian joke: A tourist in Bavaria approaches two workmen and asks for directions. He’s met with blank stares, so he tries to determine their language. “Sprechen Sie deutch?” No reply. “Do you speak English?” Nothing. “Parlez-vous français? Parla … Continue reading