Ich Bin Dankbur … American Thanksgiving auf Deutsch!

by Rebecca A. Watson on November 27, 2014

in expat, Germany, holidays, Thanksgiving, vlogs

Happy happy happy Thanksgiving y’all! This is easily one of my favorite days of the year — the BEST American holiday if you ask me.

Our first Thanksgiving :)

Our first Thanksgiving πŸ™‚

Although we’ve got a big party planned for Saturday (20 people-ish?), I am missing the four-day weekend and the warmth of pecan pie, coffee and turkey leftovers. So I decided to make a little vlog about what I’m thankful for.

But guess what guys? It’s in German! Ha! Now, although English is a Germanic language, it is by no means easy for native English folks. Ask Mark Twain. But, I figured, why not put a little twist on my expat holiday video?

I didn’t use Google Translate to make this perfect. I tried really hard to only use words I already know and just go with it. As a result it’s fairly simple dialogue, if you speak German.

If not, I put the basics below the video. I thought about subtitles but that’s just too much work. I mean c’mon! I already practiced German today. I gotta save some of my energy to brine a turkey!

Hello! Today is an American party called Thanksgiving. But I live in Germany so I thought, “I will say in German what I’m thankful for.”

Of course I’ve practiced, but I didn’t translate so please accept my excuses. Our party is on Saturday but I must celebrate today so here is my blog.

1. Sante, my husband. My hubby is my sweetie and I love him. We live here together and it’s going well.

2. Internet. Clearly. I can talk and see my friends with Facebook, Skype, email. Of course my blog. It is amazing. I think the world is smaller now.

3. Friends! I have lovely friends from the whole world. All of them are special. I say “Hello!”

4. The Earth/ The World. It’s blue. It’s beautiful.Β  I think we are lucky, yes?

5. Clean water and Other First World Things. Heating, security, grocery stores! Life is good for us.

Thank you for listening. My German isn’t perfect, but I am trying! I love American Thanksgiving and I love Germany! Bye!

What are you thankful for? Leave a little note in the comments in whatever language you like πŸ™‚ I hope you have a wonderful day filled with gratitude wherever you are. And happy Thanksgiving America!

Wondering what I sound like in English? Here are a few of my vlogs.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

MTM November 28, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Toll! Ich hab deine vblog wirklich genossen πŸ™‚ Ich bin dankbar das ich noch ein bisschen deutsch verstehen kann!! xx


Rebecca A. Watson December 2, 2014 at 11:08 am

Wundershon! Verstehen deutsch ist ein gut dinge πŸ™‚


Monica November 28, 2014 at 8:43 pm

You cutie pies, you! I love your post. I just posted something SLIGHTLY more cynical LMAO! I’m thankful for my hubby, dogs, friends and all the wonderful things I am discovering about my life. We’re stronger than we think. Love.


Rebecca A. Watson December 2, 2014 at 11:07 am

πŸ™‚ You’re sweet. And you’re right. We are stronger than we think. i need this reminder. HUGS!


CH November 29, 2014 at 7:20 am

Gut gemacht!


Rebecca A. Watson December 2, 2014 at 11:07 am

Danke πŸ™‚


patty November 29, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Gut gemacht!

I have been living here for 19 years and have no idea what I sound like.
I describe my German skills as being “communicative”.
Weiter machen!



Rebecca A. Watson December 2, 2014 at 11:06 am

Danke! 19 years is a long time πŸ™‚ You must like it. I know I do. it is weird to hear yourself speaking a different language. Watching the vid for me was kind of a trip. Not sure what Communicative means, but I’d like to strive for something like that, where I can understand and also trust myself to speak a bit more. Thanks for the comment Patty!


SueW November 30, 2014 at 12:12 am

I’m thankful for my husband, my daughter & son-in-law, my family & friends – especially my grandson Geno, my sobriety and for you my dear Rebecca!


Rebecca A. Watson December 2, 2014 at 11:05 am

You are super sweet πŸ™‚ Happy belated Thanksgiving! I’m thankful you’re in my life too!


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