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11 posts, 09:28 today
Vegan coming for a dinner - Any main course ideas?
14 posts, 09:20 today
Dusting off on balcony - Is it allowed?
Sehr geehrter <neighbor's name> - ich bewohne die Wohnung unter Ihnen. Aus gegebenem Anlass darf ich Sie darauf hinweisen, dass gemäß der Hausordnung Teppiche, Decken und dergleichen nicht am Fenster oder auf Balkon ausgeklopft werden dürfen. Bitte unterlassen Sie künftig derartige Arbeiten auf Ihrem Balkon. Vielen…
39 posts, 09:18 today
Random and unannounced police home visit
The world distrusts the police these days, until you are in need of one. Sadly, the bad ones are often recorded and then Youtubed. No one ever hears about the other 99%, which do a good job and are polite. For 25 years, I was a federal investigator. First, I am sorry the OP had a bad experience. But it's seldom a…
4 posts, 09:02 today
Divorce being delayed after Trennungsjahr
55 posts, 08:31 today
The 'Gewerbeschein' business license
Getting a Gewerbeschein is always easy, presuming you are a resident in Germany, and an EU citizen or non-EU with a permit to be self employed. What is more difficult is the consequences of having one - sorting out tax liabilities, bookkeeping, IHK membership, application of VAT (if applicable) and Berufsgenossenschaft…
6 posts, 08:30 today
IT Sys Admin positions in Stuttgart
5 posts, 01:11 today
Resident in Germany working in Romania
No, your months in Romania wouldn't count in Germany. You would get some sort of unemployment benefit (ajutor de somaj) in Romania, which is about 150 euros a month (675 RON, i.e. 75% of the minimum gross wage). I'm not sure you would even get it, as I take it you've been working there for less than a year. Word…
24 posts, 23:20 yesterday
German car insurance - Who is covered exactly?
26 posts, 22:16 yesterday
Options for unpaid leave with German companies
11 posts, 22:10 yesterday
Parental authorization for travel with baby
47 posts, 22:03 yesterday
Getting a mortgage in Germany - How difficult is it?
20 posts, 21:31 yesterday
Value of Military Experience and Certifications
64 posts, 21:17 yesterday
Formula One 2014 season - F1 Motor Racing
6 posts, 18:04 yesterday
Short-term rental with deposit but no contract
15 posts, 16:30 yesterday
Layoff compensation if you are an Intl. Transfer
93 posts, 15:36 yesterday
Paraplegic sprinter Oscar Pistorius
My gut tells me he did kill her knowingly and immediately regreted it... that is it; he commited a big mistake in a rush of anger and now is trying to get away with murder. No hollywood writer could come up with something as gripping as this, the olympic amputee, the killed beauty and the relentless prosecuting lawyer...…
1035 posts, 15:15 yesterday
New TV license fee, €17.98 a month from 01/2013
Posted image That it just says "Zahlung" made me a bit suspicious**. Just out of curiosity, was the bill addressed to you or your husband, or to something like "Alle Haushälte im Beitragsgebiet"? This for example is a known scam attempt: http://www.computerbetru... **Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't believe…
7 posts, 13:34 yesterday
Complicated TESA issues
8 posts, 13:18 yesterday
Living on savings - taxation liability question
5 posts, 12:41 yesterday
Switching radiators off properly
29 posts, 11:00 yesterday
Schwyzerdytsch, Swiss German - Different language
24 posts, 09:52 yesterday
Poetic translation of a poem - Does this sound okay
Posted image @sarabyrd: Wow. Awesome! As for the literal meaning, I agree entirely with friederike. Edit: I think the part about the rose-colored threads might be an allusion to the threads of fate spun by mythical creatures such as the Norns or the Moirai. The speaker imagines the threads to be rose-colored, i.e. hopes that…
6 posts, 08:14 yesterday
Opening a German Bank account - Sorry more to it!
17 posts, 07:07 yesterday
How to translate "medical condition"
4 posts, 05:02 yesterday
Betriebsrat allegedly stopping my promotion
8 posts, 22.Apr.2014
Porsche having a bad PR day on social media
7 posts, 22.Apr.2014
What is that song? Heard it in a club
25 posts, 22.Apr.2014
Tax class changed without notice
Let me guess, you are not an engineer? Not one of the hard sciences either? Does it say anywhere in there that you should re-send a letter? No. It says submit the correct form. This is Germany, we have a correct form for everything. I even went to the lengths of telling you what to fill into it. Yes. Which you would…
25 posts, 22.Apr.2014
Punography - Favourite Puns - Best and wurst puns
Let me tell you the sauce of my troubles I was in love with Rosemary And relished the chance of proving myself to her father, the Colonel And so one chilli November morning on the battlefront I foolishly ignored the sage advice of my sargeant (pride being a cinnamon everywhere) And trying to curry the favour of…
84 posts, 22.Apr.2014
Game of Thrones (TV series)
I was so pissed when I read this part of the book. I've read literally thousands of books and have never felt so betrayed by an author in my life. At one point, I threw the book across the room. And I'm even more pissed that George R. R. Martin is spending his time writing coffee table books rather than working…
7 posts, 22.Apr.2014
Alleinerziehende (single father)
4 posts, 22.Apr.2014
Dr. Holbeck's Kniegelenk Bandagen
Posted image I bought this in a shop a long time ago and want to get another one, but for the life of me I can't remember where it was. I tried a few shops today (my most likely candidates) and came home with nothing. It's a long shot but if anyone's bought one recently (OFFLINE, not online) I'm interested in knowing…
48 posts, 22.Apr.2014
Some thief bought bitcoin from my bank account
I don't think there's necessarily a link between the fraudulent transaction and last week's incident with the open apartment door. After all, if someone did get in, he wouldn't necessarily have spotted the TAN sheet, which was not in plain view, and even if he did, he would not know the password for getting…
95 posts, 22.Apr.2014
Fake British Accents - why, why, why?
I worked for Berlitz in Vienna a few years ago. They had a very important Japanese client who demanded to be taught only by someone of the British persuasion. One day he turns up for a lesson and their is none to be found. The center director begged me to put on a phoney accent and teach him. So...I dropped consonants,…
22 posts, 22.Apr.2014
The meaning of "Inlandgespräche" in legal…
Inlandsgesprach means calls inside Germany. Inlandsfestnetzgesprach would mean only calls to landlines in Germany. Clearly a flat Tariff would exclude mobiles, and premium 019x numbers and it was naivety on the part of your landlord. The way forward I'd say is tell him clearly it was his mistake, and from now you…
5 posts, 22.Apr.2014
British Consulate fees for certifying documents
7 posts, 22.Apr.2014
Capital Gains tax on old profits
7 posts, 22.Apr.2014
Looking for woodburner back boiler
11 posts, 22.Apr.2014
Korean ship sinking - Another Schettino?
5 posts, 22.Apr.2014
Employment-related legal insurance
18 posts, 22.Apr.2014
Cancelling a shared apartment/WG room
and it is possible that someone was trying to help you avoid a pitfall that you were possibly not aware of when you posted. If you were this rude to your roommate, I am surprised she didn't spray that stuff up your nose. Sara was trying to help you and you are out of line. You can't ask for free advice, then…
34 posts, 22.Apr.2014
Can't stream the Daily Show or the Colbert Report
I just did the following and it works perfectly...If you are using Firefox, install the following addon. http://addons.mozill...r... Then: 1) In Firefox, Go to tools->modify headers. 2) From the drop down box on the left select add. 3) Then enter: "X-Forwarded-For&qu... in the first input box without the quotation…
6 posts, 22.Apr.2014
Refund of credit card online purchase - how to
52 posts, 21.Apr.2014
German windows with no screens
The other solution of course being to fix "fliegen gitter" to each windo that you are likely to want to have open all night long - you can buy them at the local DIY store, such as OBI, and they are really easy to put up. I have them on every window that I ever open, and have no problem in the house with nasty…
12 posts, 21.Apr.2014
Voting by post in the UK from Germany
9 posts, 21.Apr.2014
Peaches Geldof has died
Yes, I really feel for her family. My cousin died at 30 in a sudden and unexplained manner (Sudden Adult Death Syndrome, in his case) and it's just hideous for those left to wonder what happened, and try to come to terms with the abrupt loss. I wish the media was being a bit more respectful. All kinds of speculation…
35 posts, 21.Apr.2014
Taking care of elderly parents in Germany
The situation regarding UK pensioners who wish to live in Germany is as follows (I know because I am one!). If your parents move to Germany and do not take up official residence here then they are covered for health for a year by their European Health Card (issued before they come). The National Health Service then…
58 posts, 21.Apr.2014
Space rocket launches and ISS docking news
SpaceX is about to launch it's Falcon9 rocket with the Dragon capsule in about an hour (14:03 GMT). The Dragon capsule is supposed to make two Earth orbits before returning to Earth (splash down Apollo-style, with parachutes, near Californian coast). If successful, it will be the first time a private corporation manages…
66 posts, 21.Apr.2014
Advice on reaching Fluent German - German Language
Relax. It needs lots of time to sink in and apart from working steadily on the intellectual side of it, you have to hang up your pride and be prepared to sound like an idiot for quite a while. You haven't been learning for long at all. Alternatively, die. To paraphrase Mark Twain, German is such a fiendish language…
12 posts, 21.Apr.2014
Problem with hospital payment
EU citizens wanting to take advantage of their right to Freedom of Movement are required to comply with local residence requirements. All German residents are required to have German (or BaFin-approved foreign) health insurance. Based on the info you've provided, you should have had German health insurance and your…
87 posts, 21.Apr.2014
Deportation of EU citizens without a job
He is talking about leaving a country where health insurance is compulsory to get "illegal" treatment in a country in which he is not entitled to it. It hardly seems disgracefully capitalistic to suggest that he should simply stay here and pay for the insurance. In any case he is, I think Pflichtversichert, and…
65 posts, 20.Apr.2014
Possible fraud buying a car online - What to do?
Ok.. So, Today I went to the car dealership... Clipboard in hand, black Puffa Jacket and Black trousers!! Wandered around the "lot" clocking what was there etc... The vehicle in question was nowhere to be seen.. Sales rep came over and started talking... I showed him what I was looking for.. We…
54 posts, 20.Apr.2014
Post tracking with Deutsche Post
91 posts, 20.Apr.2014
Untranslatable concepts German or English
Here's something that might fit what you're looking for. My German wife like to use this as an example of cultural difference via language between Americans and Germans. She is pretty much native-speaker level in English (and speaks French, Spanish and some Italian and Portuguese to boot, veeery frustrating, but…
76 posts, 20.Apr.2014
Effectively warding off sexual advances
Posted image 1 - Print this pic and keep it with you 2 - When someone makes unwanted sexual advances, explain that you only have 3-way sex with sister included...you're freaky that way 3 - Show pic of 'sister' to person making unwanted sexual advances 4 - Watch person go away quickly…
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