About Sherbet and Sparkles

Hello. My name is Charlotte. I live in Frankfurt and I work as a Japanese translator.

I studied Japanese and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at Liverpool John Moores University. Don’t listen to what they say about ex-polytechnic  universities, LJMU is awesome and I do just as well in the career market as those who went to “real” universities.

During the academic year starting in 2007, I studied as an exchange student at Kinjo Gakuin University in Nagoya.

Once I graduated university, I was on the JET Programme as an ALT in Mie prefecture in Japan. I was in Japan during the tsunami. I am not radioactive.

After being a JET for 2 years I decided it was time to move on, and came to Germany, which is where I am now.

If you have any questions about how I came to be where I am now, or about any part of what I have done, please feel free to contact me. I will say one thing, though. It does not matter where you studied, or how you did in high school – if you want to do something and make something of yourself then you will be able to do that. I was told I was not academic enough for university, not bright enough to be able to learn a language. Look at me now. If you want to achieve something, then go grab it with both hands and don’t listen to any negative thoughts or comments.

And about the name Sherbet and Sparkles… Sherbet was my beloved cat while I was in Japan. I named her Sherbet because “Sherbet” sounds a lot like “Charlotte” in Japanese, so it was a massive troll on the Japanese people around me. She now lives with a lovely Japanese family back in Mie.


83 thoughts on “About Sherbet and Sparkles

  1. Hi Charlotte–
    If you haven’t yet, you should check out the film Kirschblüten. Don’t watch the trailer! It gives away all the secrets. However, it’s a lovely trek from Germany to Japan. I wept, but I’ve got a soft spot for older people. 🙂
    All the best–

  2. We share an interest in Japanese and German. I am glad that I found your blog. I look forward to reading more from you in the future.

  3. Hi Charlotte. I found your blog while searching for posts themed on Germany. I’m a big Germanophile.. I love many things German including the language itself which I’m learning currently, their football team who I’ve been following since 1990 and just reading up about the rich culture there in cities like Berlin and Munich. My wife is self-studying to be a Japanese translator. So I figured that we have more than one thing in common. 😉 Looking forward to going through your blog more.

      • Well, I’m sure you know much more than me.. since you live there and all. 😉 Actually, I do not blog much about Germany.. at least not yet. But I absolutely love the language especially and the culture. Still learning though.

  4. Hi Charlotte. I came here after seeing a response from you on “Wie sagt man…”. I just HAD to click on you because I loved the name “Sherbert and Sparkles” so much.
    I also studied at an ex-polytechnic (Nottingham Trent) and it’s done me no harm. And I am also a translator living in Germany… but sadly not for anything as cool as Nintendo.

  5. hi charlotte, i am currently new to german and i read your blog for about two months ago.i am searching in your blog about your email to get in contact with you but i did not find it.i have some questions to tell you. where i could send you an e- mail?

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  7. Hello! I just you just recently started following my blog so I came to say hello! I do have to ask.. where are you from originally? Just curious 🙂 I also just moved to Germany and I find it so interesting that there are SO many other expats here!

    • It depends what you want it for. Do you want to go to Korea/Taiwan/Japan and teach? If so, it might not be worth the time and money because you being Western is enough. If you want to teach in a country that takes qualifications seriously, then of course it would be wise. I loved doing mine and would recommend it to anyone who is serious about being a teacher.

  8. Hi Charlotte, I’ve just finished reading all your archived posts (with the exception of the beauty and cosmetic tips of course 😉 Sometimes I read quite negative comments about Frankfurt on expat forums saying things like it’s boring blah blah but I’m really glad there’s people like yourself who’ve moved here from another country and are really making a go of things. It’s evident from your posts that your trying to embrace German culture and learn the language. Good for you! I thought some of your observations were most amusing especially the one about the train to Moscow. Keep up the good work and I look forward to reading more in the future.

  9. hello my name is Sevi and i come from Greece. I come in Franfurt next week for working there as a nurse i learn German language in 3months it’s little difficult but i am a winner i take b1 degree!
    your blog it’s so beautiful i will be definitely a new follower! keep writting so well!

  10. Hello Charlotte!
    I have really enjoyed reading through your blog. You have very interesting and informative posts about Germany here among other things as well as some very nice photographs. I think I could help to get you new readers if you are interested?
    I am looking for passionate writers to join our community of bloggers – glipho.com
    Please check us out and drop me a line at hubert@glipho.com
    Best, Hubert

  11. Hi Charlotte,
    I also live in Frankfurt. Nice light blog you’ve got. Do you know a reading/writing club around here?
    Gruß, Aka.

  12. Hi, I couldn’t find a contact button so I’ll leave a message here. I’ll be in Frankfurt for a day on 5/29 and then I’ll be in Berlin from 6/21-6/27. I live in NYC and was researching Frankfurt when I found your blog. I really found it helpful, and I especially like the frankness when you write about dating and meeting people in other countries.


  13. I’ve worked briefly as a translator and interpreter before (English/Portuguese/Vietnamese). I look forward to reading more about your experience in the field. 🙂

  14. Hey Charlotte,
    first of all, I love your blog! expecially about your passion in asian culture! I’m Asian who also has the same passion as yours and have just moved near Frankfurt. Would you mind me asking for your mail address?

  15. Hello,
    I recently found your blog and it is really a lovely one – I enjoy reading it a lot 🙂 Keep up the good work, Charlotte!
    I would love to send an invitation to an event I am organizing, but I can’t find your E-Mail or contact form. Do you mind contacting me?
    Warm wishes and I hope to hear from you soon,

  16. New Follower: I gotta follow, Ive also wanted to do my TEFL or TESOl and so your stories are sooo interesting to me 🙂 also food porn scores are very high!

  17. Hi there, I came across your blog while researching how to teach English abroad. I find your blog so helpful. I look forward to continue reading!

  18. Dear Charlotte, I am Juliette and just opened up a tea room in Bad Vilbel. When researching places in Frankfurt to have scones and clotted cream, I happened upon one of your articles :-). Hope you might want to pop up and try some of my homemade scones! I have an ausome oven so can cook them fresh to order..yum. I Just have an FB page for now as we get going, but maybe you will come up and visit. Got PG tips and Barry’s as well as some strong black teas to put “hairs on your chest” – so to speak!!! Still hairless but happy, Juliette

      • COOL! Its called “Tea Time” at Weinliebe. Its really a wine bar but I convinced the owner to run it as a tea room during the day… So when you finish the scones you can move straight into a cheeky Chardy! Its in Bad Vilbel – Marktplatz 6. Opposite the old Rathaus. Bus 30 from Frankfurt (eg. Konstablerwache) stops outside the front door. Takes about 20 min from downtown. Check out “https://www.facebook.com/teatimeatweinliebe” as I will post whats on offer in terms of other cakes etc. We are closed Easter Friday and Saturday but open again the following weekend. Love to see you there 🙂

  19. Hello – I just wanted to tell you that I love your blog! I’m moving to Frankfurt from Australia in May and it’s been lovely to read your posts. I’m looking forward to trying out the places you mentioned in your brunch post – helps me feel a little less nervous about the move! 🙂

  20. Hi there, I’m a friendly lurker who really enjoys your blog. I just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated your blog for a Versatile Blogger Award. To find out more see here http://theerlangenexpat.wordpress.com/2014/05/05/versatile-blogger-award/. This award is a way for bloggers to show appreciation to other bloggers, and it’s a personal kick up the bum to me to make sure I show my personal appreciation for you and your blog. Congratulations!

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