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  1. Anyone living near ...?

    Sorry I'm not in Berlin. I'd certainly do it, if I could. Maybe someone else will see this and be able to check out the phone. 
  2. I guess it will be good for me to know the rules before I intend to get insurance in Germany again. I always tried to make myself informed, so I could tell the Ausländerbehörde what they needed to give me. I'll make sure to know the necessary rules before I get insurance again. Fortunately, I never have had any problems with German insurance.  As far as things changing, my dad always said, the only things that are constant are change and God! 
  3. Hi John, Thanks for the informative answers-to Smaug's and my questions. This confirms what I thought if I came back to work in Germany-that I would have to come again before I turn 55, otherwise it might be difficult. 
  4. I agree with Smaug. There are many scenarios. I was thinking about what if a person comes from outside the EU, is over 55 and wants to be publicly insured in Germany. Would public insurance be an option? What if they have already been publicly insured in Germany before the age of 55? Would that make any difference?
  5. Questions to ask aging parents

    Personally I'd try to get some stories out of him-specific stories. If my dad were here, I'd maybe say something like, "Remember the time when - or tell me again about such and such... ." Maybe you could ask him what was/is a favorite food, favorite dance, favorite sport or sport team, etc. I don't know how talkative your dad is about the past, but maybe there is something that you and he can enjoy about the past. Does your dad like jokes? If so, perhaps you can come up with a few. Does he like to give advice? Maybe you can ask for his advice on something. Would he like to hear more about your life? I don't suppose it wouldn't matter too much if you repeated things, if he doesn't always remember what you said. I don't know if you've thought of these ideas already, but that is what I can think of that you could ask.
  6. What made you laugh today?

      Well, a German/English one I could do, but my Russian isn't quite good enough to set up something like the French and English one.
  7. How to keep my Tax ID after leaving Germany?

    The social security number stays the same, too. I used that number when I came back to Germany after a few years of being away. With health insurance you'll need to make sure you cancel it when you leave the country. 
  8. What made you laugh today?

      That was fun! Does that mean I am a language nerd? Is there a German-English one? Or one with Russian?
  9. Sprachrassismus at Work

      I'd have to disagree with you. I can't say I love the English language. It is just a language I speak-my native language. I do love to speak German, although it is my second language. 
  10. The English Teacher's Corner

      Yes, that bugged me, too. Who's means to me who is, so it wouldn't make sense to say, "...who is mother tongue it is... ."  That is how I would know what word to use.   By the way, I didn't know that prospective and perspective are interchangeable! I wouldn't use them that way.
  11. Bürgerbüro in the US? What's it called?

    In my area of the U.S. we were forced to have a recycling container for our house, whether we recycle or not. We do, of course. These containers (garbage cans) are paid for by each home owner. In my sister's area-an hour away-, there is no recycling. The containers come from the trash services and not the municipality, city government, etc. 
  12. Bürgerbüro in the US? What's it called?

      If you read the first post, you'll see that she was looking for an American equivalent. 
  13. Bürgerbüro in the US? What's it called?

    Bürgerbüro  to me sounds like something dealing with city hall, something governmental. I definitely know the term Customer Service Center, but I have always used it or seen it with businesses that sell something, so I don't know if it would be a Bürgerbüro. I also don't know in what context this word is found, but these are my thoughts as an American, currently living again in the U.S., so maybe this helps a bit.
  14. Moving to Hamburg with young children

    Maybe your oldest can be in kindergarten for 2 years, if necessary. A German guy I know started school when he was 7. He then went on to successfully complete university and has a job and family. It's not uncommon for children to be different ages in the same grade (class). I'm sure others have mentioned this on Toytown.
  15. Moving to Hamburg with young children

    I noticed that your profile says you are Italian. Do your children speak English and Italian? If so, then the children learning a third language could be even easier for them than someone who is monolingual. I would see that as an advantage.   There are other threads on having a Tagesmutter (daycare in a private home), if you can't get placement in April. I am sure there are other options, too.