anne k

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About anne k

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  • Location Dresden
  • Nationality British
  • Hometown Chelmsford
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  • Year of birth 1969
  1. Translation software for freelancers

    What do you mean by "translation software"? Translation memory software such as Trados or Wordfast, MemoQ or Across? I have used all 4, and currently focus on Trados. If you want information about those, maybe go to or another translating website?
  2. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    I had one of these, also from the 1990s. This is a photo from Google - didn't realise they would actually take it away from me at the naturalisation ceremony or I would have taken a photo of mine!
  3. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    I didn't say they would; quite the opposite, I said that single-nationality Brits will need one after Brexit as they won't be EU citizens.   Until now I had an "unbefristete" permit for EU citizens, which will indeed no longer be valid, despite the name. You have a permit for non-EU citizens.
  4. Difference when you dress up and down

    Oh, sounds like my boyfriend. He's a sexy beast, though.
  5. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    Acton, you know best what's in your passport Sounds as if you got it recently enough for it to be a post-Brexit vote version or something. Hope it works out well for you.
  6. New words or sayings

    Oh no, it's happening already   Thats just how everyone used to say it, before people started saying "not that big of a deal".   It's a big deal. / Its a big cat. How big a deal is it? / How big a cat is it? It's that big a deal! /It's that big a cat! It isn't that big a deal./It isn't that big a cat.   The "of" just appeared in the UK in the last few years so I assume it's been around longer in the US.   Here's a blog article on the topic.
  7. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    Oh, don't worry, I always follow the motto "don't wrestle with a pig" (present company excepted obviously). And I'm too old to get angry!
  8. New words or sayings

    "It's not that big of a deal", mainly as I can't bring myself to say it and will eventually have people correcting me when I say something is "not that big a deal".
  9. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    Everyone I know has congratulated me on becoming German, hugged me and welcomed me into the club... Whenever people made any stupid comments about foreigners not integrating or not speaking German with their children etc. I always used to point out that I was a foreigner too, and didn't fit in with their prejudices - but even then, when I was just British, they always used to shake their heads and say that I didn't count. Now I can't even tell them I'm a foreigner any more! So basically my problem is that I wish people would accept me less as a German
  10. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    Like most other people who've gone for German citizenship, I too had an Aufenthaltstitel unbefristet, having lived here since 1992. But it was the one for EU citizens and won't count if and when the UK is no longer in the EU. Obviously, if you don't want to have German and thus EU citizenship, then you can still stay on in Germany the same as any other non-EU citizen - but you'll have to apply for a new permit.
  11. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    Well, having looked into my ancestry I am only British because almost all of my ancestors were so poor and desperate that they moved to the UK to live in semi-poverty and try to get a better life for their families. Which they achieved. That's something to be proud of.   I'm not proud of having some imaginary British or German traits. But I am proud of having filled in all those bloody forms and managing to get dual citizenship on time And I just got my voting letter for the Saxon parliament; it is somehow very pleasing to be a full, voting citizen.   Acton, if you do just have a permit for EU residents then I believe you will have until the end of 2020 to apply for the one for non-EU residents. I'd check with or attend one of the British Embassy's information evenings.
  12. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    Im proud to be German and British. Acton, what kind of (truly) permanent residency do you have? Not the one for EU citizens, presumably?
  13. Not sure if slammer's post above is clever satire that I am too stupid to understand or if he was just totally off his head when he wrote it   I guess I've been here long enough that I enjoy not being eyed up constantly, and have mastered the fine art of saying "Guten Tag!" and getting served. I'm also far too old to find anything like that scary. I save that word for stories like john g's.
  14. Namu, maybe you are confusing politeness, which is a cultural thing, with niceness, which is a human thing?   (Which is basically the whole problem here)
  15. My impression is that people might say something pretty rude, but even then they don't get as seriously worked up as you might do in the UK. Yesterday I was at the tram stop, walking towards a tram, and a guy was walking in the opposite direction. We met in the middle and did that thing where you both try to move out of the way at the same time, but both move the same way. He then said in a rude, loud voice "Na wo willst du denn HIN" as if I was the only one getting in anyone's way, so I replied "Idiot", and we both continued on our way. People around us laughed in amusement. He wasn't actually that bothered, I wasn't either.   Back in the UK, my mother told me how she was queueing to buy something. When it was her turn, the assistant asked "Are you OK there?" so my mother replied "Yes", to make a passive aggressive point about how "Are you OK there?" does not mean "Can I help you?" The shop assistant missed this clever wordplay and went on to the next customer. My mother was still furious when she told me this story months later.   I would say that even when you're super polite, that doesn't make it all Friede Freude Eierkuchen.