English people in Munster/Dortmund

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Hi all,

 

so i'm starting to wonder if any English people (or english speaking) actually live anywhere near me.

I actually live in munster, looking to go out to some nice bars and clubs and meet new people.

Have been living here a month now and have not met a single english person...

would really enjoy a few drinks and talking english...

must be on a weekend, but apart from that i'm easy with time/place...

 

hope to hear from some of you soon...

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Hi ruben, I lived in Muenster for 10 years, and hardly bumped in to an english person either. The military presence had been steadily cut back over the years. It used to be a hugh garrison town (I had to regularly (in the late seventies) go to Muenster British Military Hospital, so thats how I know), and when I arrived in 1999, I was pretty stunned as to how little military presence there was. Anyway try the ECI - English Club International in Münster - see this link http://www.muenster.org/eci/?page_id=5 Hope you meet some nice people there, won't necessarily be native english speakers, but that shouldn't prevent you meeting up on a personal footing as this club only meets once a month. Good luck!

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ah nice one, appreciate it buddy :)

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Hi ruben, it's true there are not many English people in muenster. I've been here 18 months, and asides from military people (you can often find them in the pubs and bars, usually loud enough to notice, or in the supermarkets in gievenbeck), I never met another english person in 18 months. There are however lots of americans, so if it's just native english that you're looking for you will find people.

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thanks Muffintop

much appreciated :) yeah native english or any english speaking people is cool with me, i just wanna socialise really and enjoy my new life in munster,

 

think i will go ....Monday 17th September Sitzungssaal Schloss 7.30 p.m.

‘HISTORY OF BOLLYWOOD’ (http://www.muenster.org/eci/?page_id=5 ) as kindly recommended by "enview"

 

what do you do here? maybe meet for a coffee? invite others along etc

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People in Münster are generally well educated and speak good English, so my humble advice is get out there and meet the locals - you are in Germany, not England!! I have lived in Essen (which is also not exactly stuffed with Brits, Americans or Australians) for almost a year now and most of my friends are German but all speak English and are happy to do so (which annoys the hell out of me as it is not helping me learn German). Your overall experince of living here will be much more fulfilling if you can have a circle of local friends. It takes a bit of effort to do, but it is worth it and you will be surprised how Anglophile some Germans can be.

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Hi Ruben!

I live in Munster, though I am an American haha. If you ever want to meet up or hangout I'd definitely would be able to do that. I just moved here as well and haven't really met anyone/made friends yet. Hope you are enjoying your time here!

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Hi. We lived in Munster for some years attached to the British Military. I agree totally about getting to meet the locals, but in between, if you think that you may enjoy teaching the odd few hours of English, which would allow you to meet other teachers of English as a Foreign Language; English, Irish, American and Australian, you can always drop by the Inlingua Schule who often seek temporary help.

 

If you do not have a TEFAL course, they may just take you on for the odd conversation class. In that way, you meet both German and English speaking people for a balanced mix. Many of the German students would be delighted to have extra English conversation and would gladly meet up with you for that purpose. Once the English practice is over, you can then revert to German and improve your own skills at the language, learn what Munster has to offer and make more friends.

 

This suggestion may not appeal to you at all, but I guess there is no harm in mentioning it.

 

I wish you great times in lovely Munster and from what I remember, there is always something going on socially to please all tastes.

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thanks everyone for being very helpful and providing useful information,

 

if anyone wants to meet for a coffee etc... my german number is 017671959662

 

just drop me a text

 

Ruben :)

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There is a fairly active group on Facebook of Native English speakers mostly concentrated in Münster. The current issue with the Facebook group is that the core that made it are so close now that we don't really post there but just contact each other directly. I suggest joining the group and inviting people out to events to get to know them and be brought into the fold.

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/EnglishNRW/

 

There are also some Sundays where we head to a local coffee shop called Teilchen & Beschleuniger near the HBF that has amazing bagels. Recently that has tailed off but I have been meaning to get that back on track. We are normally there between 11 and 1. So join the group and suggest a T&B meetup will quickly get you introduced!

 

Good luck!

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Hi guys...new to this forum:)

 

I was wondering if anybody here could provide me with some advice and information about moving to Münster...?...(very desperate to move there from Scotland)...

can anyone advise me about the best places for cheap accommodation ..for say a few weeks duration?...I did notice there is a hostel in the centre..

http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/Sleep-Station/Muenster/7870?sc_sau=sfab&sc_pos=1

 

I was wondering if there are any other alternatives apart from the obvious B&B's / hotels...?...

 

the reason i am asking?...well!...there is a lady there i want to join with...but she is currently unable to accommodate me..and she is begging me to come to Munster to meet her and we could then find more permanent accommodation if we can build on our relationship successfully...

 

secondly...I am not a German-speaker...desperately trying to learn...is there a group of brits living in Münster who could maybe advise me on how I should go about this move?

Maybe advise me on what problems I may encounter?...and were to look for casual employment?...and anyone who has tried TEFL?...

 

please help me if you can....i am madly in love this amazing German lady...and I have got to see her...to find out if we can make it work...just have to go...

 

vielen danke

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Muenster is one of those marmitey-type places in that some people love it and some hate it. In general I think it is very tough if you are over-30, not part of the student crowd, and don't have lots of support from local people to help you settle in. I only say this so you are prepared that it is not going to be a walk in the park to move here. It has its advantages in that it is very safe and clean, you can cycle everywhere, etc. However, the local people are very conservative in their attitudes, and difficult to become friends with because they expect you to make all the effort as a newcomer and can get very judgemental if you don't speak fluent german. Also, people in shops and services do not speak good english (on average), compared with the big cities in germany. There are not many british people here either (outside of the army base, and that will be closing down shortly). Spending all day every day amongst people speaking a different language and with a radically different attitude to life can be very exhausting. Of course that would improve if you were speaking good german but in the beginning it can be much harder than you imagine. One of the hardest things for me to adapt to when I moved here is that people weren't making jokes at work like I was used to in england, so the mood was much more rigid and serious, and I found the rules restrictive, e.g. not being allowed to cross the road on a red man.

 

For languages, you can learn german cheaply at the volkshochschule (VHS) (~100 euros per month for a course which lasts 3 hours per day, 5 days per week), but they go very slowly so if you already know some other european languages you might find that frustrating. If you're rich, I heard very good things about Kapito language school, but there you would be looking to pay ~2000 euros for a decent course.

 

Moving to germany for love and becoming an english teacher has been covered many times on this forum in other sections (not specifically for muenster) so if you type something relevant into the search box in the top right of the page I think you will find a wealth of useful information. Or if you scroll through the "life in germany" or "newcomer" subforums I think you will see relevant threads.

 

I'm not really in a position to judge, but based on what you wrote about your new girlfriend, it seems she is expecting you to make massive sacrifices on your part without any effort on her part. If you do decide to go through with moving, I would advise you to keep all doors open back in the UK in case you need to return quickly.

 

I hope this post doesn't come across as too negative, I just think you should be equipped with the right information before you move and be prepared for the difficulties you might face!

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thank you so much for your advice Muffintop, and taking the time to respond to my message here...really appreciate it, especially you frankness and openness!,

 

very interesting how you have described Munster as well...I was beginning to get a feeling about the city similar to what you have described. (without yet actually even being there yet)...

 

I will definitely pursue language school.thanks for the info, there and I will of course have a look at similar threads relating to this subject that you have kindly pointed me to. Vielen danke...many many thanks now, plenty for me to think hard about..:)

 

Dave

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Well I've been working in Münster for the last 3 years (although I've lived in Germany for over 23 years now), soon to be a fourth coming up and ind it rather a nice place to be. My work colleagues, all from this area, are all quite friendly and quite boisterous compared to other places I've worked in Germany. Admittedly I don't go into the town too much even though I stay about 5 minutes walk from the centre but when I do I have found most of the people quite outgoing and easy to communicate with and have never had any problems. I do know that it is getting more and more difficult to get living accommodation here as they're going to close a couple of the student living blocks down for renovations which means they'll all be moving into other places. Having visited a lot of the pubs, restaurants, clubs, etc. here I actually find it a pretty damn good place, if a little touristy.

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Hi guys!

I was just wondering if there any English speaking people in Muenster?

I'm from Ireland and have been living here in Muenster for a little over two years with my girlfriend(who is German)!

I'm just looking to get in contact with some new people as I find it a little hard to make friends here because of the language.

I have a few German friends, but I miss having a conversation in English and the English sense of humour!

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I´m going to move to Münster next July, to live with my girlfriend (she is german)

 

English is not my mother tongue but I want to meet to talk and play football with someone.

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There is a lovely group on Facebook, Native English Speakers & Friends Living in NRW, that is filled with Münsterites and others. There are frequent meet-ups for coffee on Sundays, and other events here and there. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EnglishNRW/

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I'm wondering why there's been no mention of Dortmund in this thread? I'm really starting to feel like we (my wife and I) are literally the only Anglophones in this city. Anyways, if you read this and you're in to the idea of meeting, or organising a meet up, PM me or write here.

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Would like to bump this thread, recently moved to Münster and struggling to find anyone who has similar interests, which is basically football and beer to put it bluntly, anybody out there?

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I'm sure you can find someone, join the FB group "Native English Speakers & Friends living in NRW" - lots of us from Münster there. :)

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