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  • Location Hannover
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  1. Language acquisition for 5/6 year old

        This one I hear too, and it makes me laugh out loud.   Recently, due to the drawdown of troops up here in the old British Sector, the English schools have all closed bar one tiny one, and certainly there is no more secondary schooling to be had, so some of the teachers who were keen to stay have taken their chances with the German school system.   Without exception they cannot believe how few hours constitute a 'full time job', how little planning/marking is required, how little anyone needs to take home, how you can turn up 3 seconds before the bell and that's OK, how there is no concept of health and safety evaluation for activities, hardly any policy documentation....   Those have gone into Gymnasiums, mostly in Sek1, one in Sek2. The others are finding classroom behaviour tough, and I don't know anyone who has become a Grundschule teacher.   Systems are hard to compare successfully, but the 'sky god' mentality of Gymnasium teachers here does have me rolling my eyes - they have no idea.    In contrast I always found the Hauptschule teachers friendly and helpful.  
  2. Language acquisition for 5/6 year old

      Well, we are a completely English speaking household and so our kids have only learned German out of the house.They have all acquired German sufficient for a successful education and social life. The oldest and most academic got a 1,1 Abitur and a degree from Oxford, so has been successful in both the German system and the English. Kid#2 has serious learning difficulties and has gone through what most people are horrified by - the Hauptschule - and then went on to Berufsschule and got a Fachabitur. Also great success.   Who knows with the last two - you get out what you put in which would currently be a 'grudging attendance' certificate, but we will see. Their German is good enough, for certain. They have been in the German system from the start of Kindy. The youngest has always been in extra German, but that's because he gets crap marks because he doesn't speak in class if he can help it, not because his German is not fit for purpose in itself.   Your Kindy sounds ideal, and as though your kid stands every chance of picking up the language. I still would do extra activities just in case.
  3. Language acquisition for 5/6 year old

    I think the issue with the assumption that Kindy will be enough is that this is only really true if both the caregivers and a critical number of kids are fluent German speakers. This was true for most Kindys until relatively recently. Nowadays not so much.   Depending on which Kindy in Köln the OP is going to take the kid to, more effort may be required. .
  4. Language acquisition for 5/6 year old

      All of this. We also used song cds in the car, with classic German kid songs, and also fairytales.   Our local library took part in a thing called 'lesen macht spaß' where older people read books to age-sorted groups of kids. It was a great activity, replicating what you would have done at home if you could. I think in these days of smart phones which make recordings easily, that it would not be hard to get a German to record reading books for a kid, and then you can indeed sit together, pointing to the words whilst listening to the recording.    The kiga also had a programme for the kids in their last year before school, where they had 45 minutes German with a teacher 4 days a week, which was a brilliant thing. All kids with a foreign parent had to join in. Mine got on very well with it. Yours may have something similar.
  5. Why are you unhappy today?

    We use Sanabelle kidney for for our old man,  and we just put a little bit with the usual food, well mixed, and changed the proportions each day a little bit more and within 2 weeks the change had been made.   We have wondered about a fountain for water - apparently it does help them drink more.
  6. Recommendations for a 3-6 month stay in Germany

      Oh brilliant    We used to be here until Paps did his Masters thesis based on aspects of it, after which the magic was somewhat dulled.
  7. Recommendations for a 3-6 month stay in Germany

    Oh, our Panda. You ain't seen nothing yet. Look at her tax advice threads (not all of them, that would take a while...)   She is an actual super-hero.
  8. Vegan coming for dinner

      Wow. Did they mistreat their stock, keep their animals in horrible conditions, or have you misunderstood what animal welfare is about when it comes to animals for consumption?
  9. What made you smile today?   Lovely gentleman showing how linen was processed for centuries in Co. Donegal.   Now feel inspired to grow a patch of flax next year, while we still have slaves at home to bash and crush it.   Also lovely comments underneath from people like me who unexpectedly happened upon the film and smiled too!
  10. New words or sayings

      Is this an American thing?    If someone says to me that they are 'trying' to do something I always assume there is some level of challenge involved. So they may indeed be 'trying' to meet up, and that suggests several attempts to find a mutually convenient time, perhaps a failed attempt where they mistook time/place or whatever - you get my drift. To just use it instead of 'will' is quite bizarre.   I am waiting for the next time I hear it now...    
  11. Difference when you dress up and down

      This is a strange Western thing, I think. Lots of cultures have robes for men which must be way nicer to wear in summer, yet, as you say, definitely frowned upon here.   
  12. Why are you unhappy today?

      This is what is happening to you SP, have a beer to celebrate, and tell everyone in the pub - a story that definitely should be re-told.   Good on you. Saving someone's life (probably) is not something which happens for most of us every day.
  13. New words or sayings

    Ha! Kid#1 came back from Oxford with a penchant for greeting Dad jokes with , 'Oh, the Archbishop of Banterbury strikes again...'
  14. Some people go back to the UK and then come back and start again from 0, as it were, but if you have been registered since November, I don't think doing that will help you at all.