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  • Location Brandenburg
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  1. Bahn.de won't accept passport as ID...

    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.
  2. 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!)
  3. Elbphilharmonie Opening

    Am watching the opening concert on TV just now. Wonderful! Hope to get there in person some day.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. To lose one's sense of direction

    If I actually knew what my act is, I would have my sense of direction ... I think!  (I still don't know what I want to do when I grow up, and retirement is only two years away!)   Good health and happiness to all in 2017, though lord knows what direction our world is heading in ...
  10. To lose one's sense of direction

    Hmm, john, it's not a specific sentence. I have music lessons in a couple of instruments as a happy amateur and want to clarify my goals for the next year, having felt that I've got into a rut and lacking a sense of where I'm going. (It won't be the Albert Hall any time soon!!) The long suffering teacher usually grasps what I'm on about but I try not to confuse him too much by using totally off-beam vocabulary!
  11. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    I don't think it means perm. residence of the EU as a whole, but permanent residency of the country in which you are living, which is an automatic right for EU citizens who have lived continuously in the country for > 5 years. e.g. the Niederlassungserlaubnis here.   Hmm, I never thought about that. Googling brought me to this EU document on the law: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=celex:32003L0109   See article 14; it seems to provide a lot of rights, to what extent equivalent to full EU rights, not sure.   Maybe our non-EU forum members who have German permanent residency can enlighten us?
  12. To lose one's sense of direction

    Thank you for your quick helpful replies!
  13. Is Berlin Cyclist Friendly?

    Yes, mostly marked out on the pavements by reddish paving. (Spot unwitting foreign pedestrians doing startled sideways jumps out of harm's way ... )
  14. To lose one's sense of direction

    Literally: der Orientierungssinn. Would one use this word figuratively in German as in English, e.g. to lose one's sense of direction in life?    
  15. The point about watching these kinds of programmes is that you get masses of repetition. The commentators assume an IQ and memory level of a three year old. They tell you what has happened and what is happening over and over, in case you didn't cop on the first time, or forgot the plot when you made tea or drank a couple of beers during the endless commercial breaks. When you can't stomach more of the above fare, you can graduate to Raus aus den Schulden to improve your financial vocab. (An extremely patient gentlemanly chap does his best to guide unlucky or plain feckless types out of the horrendous debts they've built up.) Wer wird Millionär is quite respectable to admit watching. You've got time to digest the questions and look up the vocab while Gunther Jauch and the contestant engage in a bit of verbal parrying. ((You know your German is really improving when you can answer the "simple" questions at the beginning as they're usually wordplays.) Don't know what ein Estrich is yet? You should be watching house building/renovation programmes. Zuhause im Glück, Unser Traum vom Haus, Das Schnäppchenhaus.