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  • Location Brandenburg
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  1. Troublemaker Makler - Work around possible?

      Renting and buying are different. Landlords now have to pay the Makler fee, but that doesn't apply to house purchase: the buyer still pays (unless there's some agreement to split the commission between buyer and seller, not likely in hot markets) Most of the properties for sale von Privat or that look cheap have sitting tenants. There's generally no advantage to the seller to not use a  Makler it would seem.
  2. A level requirement

    German Abi students have to do 2 foreign languages plus German! 
  3. A level requirement

    Sorry, I have no personal experience but I'm pretty sure I remember seeing Wolsey hall, Oxford, for example, even years ago. Just google distance learning A Levels and check how long the providers have been around.   You asked    14 hours ago,  engelchen said:  No, you can't use the Proficiency Exam. Oh, that's a shame. Why not, though   Where did you find that CPE=A Level? My guess is that it is a misconception, because it appears as a Level 3 qualification, as do A and AS levels, on the Ofqual site, which is a comparison and rating of different qualification levels. This does not mean that universities have to accept any level 3 qual. as A Level equivalent. For example, practical music exams at Grade 6,7 and 8 are also level 3 but even Grade 8 certainly does not count as A Level music (otherwise I'd suddenly have an extra A Level!) though it may add points in the admissions scoring system. Just my theorising though.    
  4. A level requirement

    You could do a language A or AS level by distance learning. There seem to be several well-established providers. Shouldn't take too long to get an AS level if you're a focussed worker.
  5. Just wanted to say well done to both you and that kid. He will manage because he wants to, that's the big lesson I learned after the worries of the teenage years of my own. From my experience, not supplanting the others' more dtetailed advice: The FA is definitely a very good qualification to have, the courses are more  technically/ vocationally orientated than the general Abi, and can lead to degree courses in technical universities, (Fachhochschulen), or of course to a wide variety of apprenticeships. I think people from the Anglo systems tend to misguidedly think of apprenticeships as  grubby tradesman things, they are definitely not and are very well regarded. And decent apprenticeships are paid and BaFög grants apply to those qualifying, which it sounds like he would. Make sure he gets his English up to a good level, it's really invaluable, and his IT skills of course. Even after doing an apprenticeship without the FA qualification, there are alternative routes into university technical studies after a couple of years of working, or to do further high-level non-degree Meister courses in your field. One of my sons, who completely bolloxed up his FA due to teenage issues, has followed this route and has a wide choice of extremely in-demand qualifications to choose from, e.g. in automation or communications or alternative energy technology.   (You asked what other types of schools offer FA; my son was doing his at an Oberstufezentrum and the staff were very willing to explain all the options.)
  6. Post inaguration fall-out

    Cor ... first Ronald and Maggie, now Donald and Maggie ... There's a song waiting to be born ... 
  7. Blue-Collar Workforce

    Maybe it's different here in the former DDR but I don't encounter this academic degree snobbism either from the working class folk or my acquaintances, who are mostly graduate professionals. One of my first (halting!) conversations was with a neighbour whose 19 year old was just starting a design course. Being British I inquired at which uni and he asked, looking baffled, why should you need a degree to do that!? Both my kids chose to go the Ausbildung route despite my inbred concerns about not having a degree and seem to be doing fine both socially and jobwise. I have friends in the UK who practically bankrupted themselves putting their offspring through private schools and doing "woolly" degrees, and who in their late twenties/early thirties are still scrambling round from one low paid job or internship to another. 
  8. I suppose this doesn't apply so often, but if you want to buy your ticket on a train using an EC card, be aware you need some ID with your address. ( My local station doesn't have a ticket machine.) The conductor explained apologetically that it's because it's a Lastschriftsverfahrung. Not having a Personalausweis I was lucky that I carry my Meldebescheinigung.
  9. Laws on clearing snow and liability

    My house is in a small village, also on a path going nowhere but we got "done" last year! OH argued the illogicality of it all, including putting himself in danger shovelling snow in pitch-dark, icy conditions etc. but it didn't wash! I think he also tried getting them to provide a legal definition of how much snow is snow, but I admit he lost me there. ( He engineer, likes numbers!)
  10. Elbphilharmonie Opening

    Am watching the opening concert on TV just now. Wonderful! Hope to get there in person some day.
  11. Buying apartment directly from owner

    A private seller, that's a rare breed here! Lucky you! Thought - Just make sure the flat is not tenanted if you want it for your personal use straight away.
  12. Is Saarbrucken nice?

      I agree with the spirit of what you say, otherwise I would not be here. But we're not talking "a person" here, OP is thinking about a huge move for a family.
  13. Is Saarbrucken nice?

    I really, really, really think your wife should reconnoitre with you. You will have your job, instant contacts, busy-ness. If she's staying at home, she will be the one coping with the local environment, the day to day hassles, the lack of a support network. All 10X harder when you don't have a good hold on the language. It's hard enough relocating within one's own country - I've always found it takes a couple of years to settle in to a new area. Moving country/language is very hard, even when you are naturally adaptable and the circumstances good. (Don't mean to talk down to you but the true difficulties are so often brushed aside in the optimism and excitement of the opportunity.) I don't know Saarbrücken but the surrounding region is wonderful scenically and historically and with wonderful places like Trier, Heidelburg not far and easy access to France etc. (Maybe the south end of Trier might be an option, and about 1 hour's drive if you don't mind that) I did a it of German opinion googling and came up with the usual bag of  mixed opinions. Here is a blog by someone who is very critical, but if you look through the responses there is a lot of disagreement. You could run it through a translator to get a rough idea and use it for angles to look at when you are here. http://savethepony.de/2013/10/18/die-wahrheit-uber-saarbrucken/ Good luck with your decision; my family and I have lived happily in a provincial area here in the former DDR, not somewhere I would ever have imagined living. Life is strange!
  14. Health insurance Germany question

    It'd surely be a good idea to say straight away what the insurance company is and the name of the policy so that the people who know can give a sensible answer!
  15. Since no expert has yet replied; The first one; Ersterteilung, application for a first (German) licence. The others refer to extending/altering previously existing German licenses, or getting licences to carry passengers etc.