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WORLD OF WORDS: When words fail you: i.e., you have a throbbing toothache in a foreign country

Columnist Marianne Bohr traveled to Corsica last summer to do the GR20 two-week hike across the island, said to be the most grueling long-distance trail in Europe. (She was also, btw, collecting material for Book #2!) When she told me this, I remember thinking: she’s chosen such a curious location! As some readers may recall […]

WORLD OF WORDS: The travail of travel abroad with a group of middle schoolers (2/2)

What is it like to tour France with a bunch of American middle schoolers? It involves travel, for sure, but also no small amount of travail, as Marianne Bohr, who besides being a writer is a teacher of middle-school French, discovered this past spring break. This month we present Part Two of her lively travel/travail-ogue; […]

WORLD OF WORDS: The travail of travel abroad with a group of middle schoolers (1/2)

What is it like to tour France with a bunch of American middle schoolers? It involves travel, for sure, but also no small amount of travail, as Marianne Bohr, who besides being a writer is a teacher of middle-school French, discovered this past spring break. This month we present Part One of her lively travel/travail-ogue; […]

WORLD OF WORDS: Oh, those faux pas! Those you commit, and others that are committed upon you, during your travels abroad

Columnist Marianne Bohr’s first book, Gap Year Girl, about an adult gap year she took with her husband, came out last September with She Writes Press. Here she recounts some amusing faux pas from their travels, and owns up to one of her own (from her first time in France). In the world of words, […]

WORLD OF WORDS: At least know the meaning of “gauche” before you travel abroad

Columnist Marianne Bohr, whose first book, Gap Year Girl, came out in September with She Writes Press, recounts some of the bad elements she and her husband encountered during their travels. When living in or even just briefly visiting a country not your own, bad behavior often involves words. Or sometimes, the lack of them. […]

WORLD OF WORDS: She spoke in Italian to me, I spoke in English to her, and we had a perfect conversation

Columnist Marianne Bohr, whose first book, Gap Year Girl, came out in September with She Writes Press, has a story for us about one of the pleasanter linguistic surprises that occurred during year-long travels. Naturally, it happened on an Italian train! Sometimes the basics of another language are all you need. For this month’s post, […]

WORLD OF WORDS: There’s a word for that homesickness that grips expats and overseas travelers, and it’s French!

Columnist Marianne Bohr, whose first book, Gap Year Girl, came out at the start of this month with She Writes Press, recounts a time during her travels in France when she and her husband felt suddenly out of place and full of longing for home. Ironically, however, the most apt expression she could think of […]

WORLD OF WORDS: How a mysterious passion for learning French has shaped the life of writer Marianne Bohr

New columnist Marianne Bohr, whose first book, Gap Year Girl, is about to come out with She Writes Press, is here with her second post attesting to how a passion for learning languages can engender a passion for travel. I decided long ago that I was born in the wrong country. There must have been […]

WORLD OF WORDS: For writer Marianne Bohr, travel is a way to indulge a craving for language

Today we welcome new columnist Marianne Bohr, whose first book, Gap Year Girl, is about to come out. Marianne contributes a post showing how her love of languages intersects with her love of travel. At age 55, my husband and I took a “senior year abroad.” We quit our jobs, sold the house, the car […]

Soccer players for sure, but shouldn’t Germany also be loaning us words? With cherries! say British expat comedy writing duo (huh?)

Like other U.S.-based World Cup fans, I’ve been thinking a lot about Germany lately. The nation certainly has been generous in loaning the U.S. national team all kinds of soccer coaching and playing talent. Coach Jürgen Klinsmann is a German soccer legend, and five players on the U.S. squad spent most of their lives in […]