Caitlin Ahern

English communication in Graz, Austria

Event Invitation: Childcare and Primary School in Graz

On Tuesday, December 1st at 6 pm I will be speaking with Club International about the process of finding and registering for day care, kindergarten and primary school in Graz, … Continue reading

November 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

All About Pregnancy & Childbirth in Graz

Last Thursday, March 26, I spoke at an event organized by CINT – Club International on pregnancy and childbirth in Graz. The evening was geared towards people new to Graz … Continue reading

March 31, 2015 · 1 Comment

All About Pregnancy and Childbirth in Styria

Next week, I will be speaking at an informational evening on pregnancy and childbirth, targeted to foreigners living in Styria. The bureaucracy can be overwhelming, but I will explain step-by-step … Continue reading

October 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

The atmosphere is just so… “gemütlich”

Gemütlichkeit. Unterwegs. Mahlzeit! These words have been creeping into my English since moving to Austria. Before, if someone were to ask “How was your lunch with so-and-so?” I could reply, … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

More Fun with Homonyms

I am always in awe of how well some non-native English speakers have mastered my language, especially the pronunciation. For every pronunciation “rule” there seem to be dozens of exceptions. … Continue reading

May 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

False Friends

After more than six years in Austria, I, too, am guilty of using “beamer” when I mean projector, and not a BMW! Though some of these, like “showmaster,” I’ve never … Continue reading

May 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

When a “Facebook” Was an Actual Book

Don’t forget “the face book”! When I arrived at the gates of my college in 2003, each incoming student received a “face book” including pictures and names of all of … Continue reading

May 2, 2014 · Leave a comment