I wildly fell in love in eigth grade. She was beautiful, endlessly expressive and deep in her simplicity. I got obsessed with her. I started devouring books, TV shows and lessons. I spent years and years learning about her, never quite getting enough. Not even the tedious library work of a University degree or a strange Yorkshire accent made me fall out of love with her. Obviously, I’m talking about the English language. I’ve heard it, lived it, breathed it for ten years and, frankly, it is the only logical step for me to finally start writing my blog in English, as well.
I admit: It is a harsh change of course at a very early stage of this new project. I also admit that I am terribly afraid of losing some of my oldest and most faithful readers to today’s decision. But I feel that I need to switch to English if I want to do this right – and as with all gut feelings, it is usually advisable to follow them.
You probably think I’m bonkers for deciding today and not… um, three days ago, before the blog went online? Fair point. I actually did think about English vs. German for quite a while. I decided – sensibly, because I am German – for my native language, for years of experience and therefore the safer path. Except that it didn’t feel right when those first blog posts were published. There are several more reasons that reach far beyond my feelings, from not wanting to lose my English to future aspirations that would demand an international portfolio.
English is the world language. Our generation is more open and more mobile than any other before it and writing in English opens doors to a world where we are all able to communicate, no matter where or who we are. I can finally share my blog with friends I met abroad, or foreign bloggers that have inspired me. I didn’t make this decision on a whim; it just came a tad late. I also won’t guarantee not to throw in a few German words every now and then. After all, writing in English is as much an experiment as everything else on A HUNGRY MIND.
It might be harder for some of you to read me in English. It is definitely going to be more of a challenge for me. But isn’t that what this blog is all about?
Feel free to comment in both English and German though!
Ich reiße das Ruder von A HUNGRY MIND zu einem sehr frühen Zeitpunkt noch einmal komplett herum. Ich werde ab jetzt auf Englisch schreiben. Die Gründe sind mannigfaltig und gehen von einem Bauchgefühl über ein Übungsziel bis hin zu meinen Plänen und Träumen für die Zukunft. Ich hoffe sehr, dass ich niemanden von euch dadurch verliere – ich weiß, dass die englische Sprache nicht jedem so viel Spaß macht wie mir. Aber ich glaube, dass jeder aus unserer Generation, der offen und neugierig ist, damit klarkommen wird. Ich will euch auf der anderen Seite zu nichts drängen: Jeder, der weiterhin auf Deutsch kommentieren möchte, darf das gerne tun!