Ever get the feeling you’ve forgotten where you are? Sometimes I’m around so much English (including a lot of native speakers) that I forget that I’m in Germany. Random things help me remember what continent I’m on, and ambulance sirens seem to be particularly helpful in orientating myself. (Yes, orientating, not orienting…British English is slowly taking over my mind).
Take, for instance, a good old American ambulance siren…
Now compare it with what I hear on a daily basis.
Voilà: a handy, albeit peculiar and obnoxious reminder that I am, in fact, in Europe.