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My youngest, who was on the cusp of three, spent several months with a Tagesmutter. With her he picked up enough German that when he started at Kindergarten several months later, he wasn't daunted by…
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Last night the New York Times reported Mick Mulvaney, who simultaneously holds two top positions in the Trump administration, admitted to a group of bankers that, as a Congressman, he sold access to…
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The wars in Libya and Syria were pre-planned many years before they broke out. The Libyan war broke out in Feb. 2011, Syrian War in March 2011. The video below was first published in 2007.
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Concerning the East of Germany. I got a report that there was a Kenyan working as an au pair in a village somewhere between Gera and Zwickau who was feeling depressed. So one weekend I decided to go…
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At a visit to a friend (Kenyan married to a German) I noticed her washing machine was quite visibly damaged, yet there was a note informing that it was außer Betrieb. She noticed my confusion /…
2,518 posts, 23:59 yesterday
I thought we were going for untrue facts. Unlike most of Playboy’s readers in the 1970s, one select group was definitely reading it for the articles: the magazine’s blind subscribers. And though…
2 posts, 22:17 yesterday
Dear all, I was working to set up a charity but due to difference of opinion I parted ways with the people with whom I was working. Now they want me to sign an undertaking (Verpflichtungserklärun...
378 posts, 22:05 yesterday
Thank you for your reply. I will get in touch with TK to know the exact steps I have to give. Right now I am going to deliver the Elternzeit letter to my boss stating that I will take one month…
17 posts, 21:56 yesterday
yes that is the mieterverein I belong to. On the up side, they offer "open hours" at various locations all around the city every weekday/night. In the past this is all I've ever needed, and it's…
6 posts, 20:53 yesterday
Wow - your timing is as impeccable as your wit (the show was last week). I'll let you know when the club is doing boring knob open mic, so you can get your due. Maybe you can get your whole fan club…
16 posts, 20:46 yesterday
Once you arrive to Germany and get a residency permit you would be an ordinarily resident and would be disqualified from arguably the nicer civilian jobs. Why not apply now from the US? If you get…
41 posts, 20:31 yesterday
Thanks, but there must be more text and we still don't know what the actual fine is. It is not 199€. It is X + fees. Anyway, what's the title of that 'letter? Is it a "Bußgeldbescheid"? If it is,…
16 posts, 19:20 yesterday
For a Vodafone line you need the Zugangsdaten, so you'd need the cooperation of the former tenant. It's not always that way. My cable connection works without user names or password.
13 posts, 19:11 yesterday
The answer for the first month of the Sperrzeit depends: Have you been publicly insured? If yes, voluntarily or by law? The Agentur für Arbeit will start paying for health insurance from the second…
5 posts, 17:57 yesterday
Thanks so much for the feedback! I forgot to mention that this is our second and I have a medical background, so for these reasons I would feel fairly confident and comfortable with forgoing such…
9 posts, 17:22 yesterday
You never had a problem because you were a foreign citizen. Now you're a German citizen. The signature should be readable and you should be able to recognize at least partly your last name from…
4 posts, 17:00 yesterday
Hello As told you this school are very much flexible so I share with you about my info that I have passed my driving test two days before. so finally I highly recommended this school and about my…
37 posts, 16:04 yesterday
I get your point completely however, our challenge is that both kids have been following the curriculum that these 2 schools follow. Our daughter will be entering the final and critical last 2 years…
44 posts, 15:53 yesterday
My friend is writing letter to TK, and trying to write a nother formal letter to inform the PIG (1) He collected full payment from TK without finishing full work. (2) Sent me invoice through…
1 posts, 15:41 yesterday
Hello, Any English speakers around Mönchengladbach who would be interested in catching up on a regular basis? I'm a bit tired of making that 20-minute train ride to Düsseldorf to meet up with…
32 posts, 14:37 yesterday
Suppose your name is John. I would like to see your face when the German driving license authority writes your name as Dschön. Because it makes sense, John is pronounced as "yon" and doesn't make…
13 posts, 12:49 yesterday
There isn't really a best time to prune roots, except perhaps in late fall to the dead of winter. In late winter, they are already actively growing, preparing the tree for flushing out in the…
9 posts, 10:26 yesterday
You should have called the Police about this incident! Then, you would have a really firm complaint against him which the owners could not ignore. But, as you are taking legal advise then this is…
1,012 posts, 09:23 yesterday
Unfortunately, too few people have signed up so we have to CANCEL for this month. I don't understand the lack of interest. Is there some holiday that day I'm not aware of? We'll try again in…
31 posts, 09:19 yesterday
It depends on how selfish your point of view is. I mean as long as they are killing "those other people" then who cares right? The U.S. can kill 500,000 Iraqis but meh it's not a basket case because…
48 posts, 09:12 yesterday
The legal right is there, Engelchen but, what about if the person doesn´t have a visa anyway because they haven´t got health insurance sorted out!?? Catch 22 Added to the fact: there is no…
10 posts, 08:42 yesterday
Have you already been working in Germany for more than 2 years? If not, you'll also need a new permit for your new job. It is actually required by law and you might not be able to get around it.
9 posts, 08:30 yesterday
Hello! I am looking for someone who is available to look after my two 4,5+5,5 year old kids on Thursday’s from 14:30-17:30 or 18:00. We live in Lehel. Please send me an email if you are interested!
4 posts, 08:00 yesterday
I asked the installer if they transmitted the readings and he said no, not these meters. Yes, we had received a letter a long time ago but forgot all about it then we received the letter telling us…
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