Smaug

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  • Location Frankfurt am Main
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  1. Laws for deaf individuals?

    I am particially deaf myself but don't use sign language interpreters, although I take the opportunity to attend interpreted tours of museums and galleries when they are available.    I do have friends that use German Sign Language interpreters for doctors' appointments and such and sometimes they have a hard time finding one that's available. I live in the Frankfurt area and from what I am told it is easier to get interpreters to accept appointments in the economically depressed areas of the country than it in the wealthy areas of the country.   Although, as @El Jeffo says, your friend won't be entitled to having the Integrationsamt pick up the tab for interpreting services, she can still register for subsidized telephone interpreting here: https://www.tess-relay-dienste.de/  . It's not free, but the cost is very low when used for private purposes. Right now, Tess Relay Dienste operates from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM, but there are plans for it to become a 24-7 service. Anyone can sign up for Tess; there's no requirement to be a permanent resident. You just need to pay 5 euros a month and 28 cents a minute for sign language calls or 14 cents for text calls.   Tess Relay Dienste is a video interpreting service for German spoken language and German Sign Language of course. However, many German Sign Language interpreters know some ASL or at the very least International Sign. I would advice your friend, however, to learn DGS (Deutsche Gebärdensprache) as soon as possible. She'll also need to learn some spoken German, as DGS partially relies on mouthing of German words. The good news is that DGS and ASL are not terribly different. They use the same finger alphabet and there's quite a bit of vocabulary overlap, as DGS has borrowed many signs from ASL over the years.    If your friend is in the Frankfurt area and needs some help, she's welcome to get in touch with me. Send me a PM. I'm not fluent in ASL but I can carry a conversation and I am always happy to meet other deaf people.
  2. Cheddar cheese from Lidl and elsewhere

    @Elfenstar My local Aldi-Süd always stocks cheddar in various strengths. Have you checked yours?
  3. Catalonia: Game of Polls

      Yes, there is. This is what would appease many nationalists that desire independence:   1. Total control of their tax receipts (so they don't have to share them with the rest of the country)   2. Catalan as sole official language.   3. Catalan nationality. Many Catalans hate having a Spanish ID, passport and drivers license. They also hate being called "Spanish".   Most Spaniards (and many Catalans) are opposed to all three.     
  4. Catalonia: Game of Polls

      What greater autonomy of language do you think they need? Catalan and Spanish are official languages but education from elementary school to university is imparted in Catalan. Residents theorically have the right to have Spanish language education but the regional government systematically denies this right to parents who wish their children to learn Spanish in school. Local TV is also in Catalan, so is a lot of the local press, and official regional communications and street signage are also in the local language.    
  5. Catalonia: Game of Polls

      Is this "upgrade" you are talking about the long-standing wish of the Catalonian government not to participate in the federal distribution of tax revenues, a system that involves a net flow of funds from the richest regions to the poorest? Rich regions, like Madrid in Catalonia pay more into the system than they get back, while poor regions, like Extremadura, get more than they pay into.
  6. Catalonia: Game of Polls

    I still don't get how any of this shows that "the military control Spain". In the example MikeMelga gives the military just did what the government told them to do.
  7. Catalonia: Game of Polls

      I am surprised you think that. Please elaborate on this.
  8. Brexit: The fallout

      I don't think such a thing exists. However, if the current situation of little to no immigration control within the EU continues, you would, de facto, be in possession of something that would kind of work like that because it'd be almost impossible for any country to determine that you are living anywhere that's not Poland (unless you tell them yourself).  
  9. That's a good point but it doesn't look so black and white to me. Here's what the paragraph says:     My translation of the text is that the obligation to pay ends at the end of the month in which the occupation of the property ends but not before the cessation of the occupation is reported to the GEZtapo.   I know the the authorities report anmeldungen and ummeldungen to the TV license people. I would assume they also report abmeldungen, in which case the second condition would be satisfied automatically if one deregisters.   In any case, I would do as your post suggest. Deregister both from the Wohnanmeldeamt and the TV license people to be on the safe side. After all, even if the authorities passed on the information you've moved out, how can you prove that's happened. Better do it yourself.
  10. Professional co-writer - Novel

      I suspect the OP would be the copy writer / editor, there to make sure that grammar, spelling and style are impeccable.
  11. Professional co-writer - Novel

    I have discovered that if I Google translate this post into Corsican and then Google translate that text back into English, the resulting text is actually better than the original post. I think I am onto something here! This is the result:      
  12. Catalonia: Game of Polls

      I suspect @cb6dba is referring to the EU referendum in the UK.
  13.   All rice is gluten-free. Only certain grass-like cereals contain gluten, e.g. wheat, rye and barley. Other grains, e.g. rice, maize or buckwheat (the last is not even a cereal) are naturally gluten-free.
  14. @snowingagain Yes, sugar, salt and vinegar are additives of sushi, but I'd consider the amount of added sugar to be negligible.   Additionally, even if the rice were cooked without added sugar, the starch in rice starts becoming sugar as soon as it's chewed, as human saliva contains amylase, an enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of starch into sugar. There's further conversion of starch into sugar in the intestine.   I am presuming the OP is avoiding sugar because she is a diabetic. If I am correct what she should look into is the glycemic index of the food she consumes, which roughly translates into how fast does the food cause blood sugar to rise. Rice, although very low in sugar, has a relatively high glycemic index because digestion can turn this starch-rich food into sugar very quickly. However, because sushi is generally consumed in small quantities, the overall effect on sugar levels might be small.   Maybe the OP could elaborate on why she cannot consume sugar?