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Friday, September 6, 2013

Everyone Thinks I Am a Man

Whenever I send an email to a German person that I have not met yet, they always think I am a man. I guess this is what you get when you move to a country where your name doesn't exist #expatproblems

For example, I got an email this morning that started:

Sehr geehrter Herr Courtney,

This basically translates to "Dear Mr. Courtney," which I find pretty hilarious. Basically, people assume that because my last name is a common male first name, then Courtney must be my last name.

But what do I do when I email these people back? Should I correct them? How would I even go about doing that?

Ah, just another day in the life of an American living in Germany.


  1. I GET THIS ALL THE TIME! The name Jordan seriously throws people off! And they can never pronounce it or spell it because of the "J" sound hahaha

  2. That sounds pretty annoying, but at least they know that Wagner is your last name and Jordan is your first name! Everyone at my doctor's office, for example, thinks my last name is Courtney and my first name is Martin, so they call me "Frau Courtney."

    It's been going on too long now to correct them...


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