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  • Location Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin
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  1. New free slots! - By the way, I have a recently made Facebook page where I post interesting, informative and funny things about grammar, learning, German culture, etc. Ask me for the link!
  2. Pregnant without legal status in Germany

    All this is a real pain, not only the situation but also the discussion. And where is the OP now? Hasn´t appeared on the last pages. There is still information lacking. I dearly hope the pregnant woman gets to read this, or has access to information. If the OP wants to help especially his affair and himself to be relieved of at least one burden, and to save his marriage if he´s so lucky his wife doesn't find out, he and she should consider an abortion, which is safe and legal within the first 3 months of pregnancy, and safely done in the Pro Familia centres or other places, given that the pregnancy is only 3 or 4 weeks old. The earlier, the better. You don't die from it and you can have other children afterwards. It's a small operation, and nothing compared to a birth. If the woman had an insurance, it would pay for some of the cost but not all, but as she doesn't seem to have any, the OP, so you, MUMA, should just put that money on the table and pay the abortion and other necessary post-operation treatment, examinations, remedies etc. It's the minimum you can do for her as you (both) didn't use proper or effective contraception. The poor future baby can be spared an existence as an unwanted product of an extramarital affair and being sent back most likely with its mother to her home country, which we ignore, but which quite likely could be much less friendly with extramarital affair offspring and unmarried mothers than German society. And please, don't come up with religious or moral objections. First, the pregnant woman must receive a neuter consultation about pregnancy, birth, abortion, etc. This consultation is obligatory by law. You are neither talked into an abortion nor into having the baby. Then, minimum 4 days must elapse before an abortion can be done, if desired (by another doctor than the one who did the consultation). Quoting: "When may you have an abortion carried out? Abortion according to the consultation rule Approximately 96.4 percent of abortions in Germany take place according to this regulation, the rest with regulation of indication. The following requirements must be met for an abortion according to the regulation of consultation: • No more than twelve weeks must have elapsed since fertilisation. • You have received the legally prescribed consultation and the corresponding consultation certificate. • The abortion takes place at the earliest on the fourth day after the end of the consultation.. • The abortion is carried out by a doctor. For the legally prescribed counselling, you have to contact a pregnancy conflict consultation, for example a pro familia counselling centre in your area."   Cost: There are conditions established to relieve the pregnant woman, if she has little income, of some of the cost, but all this only applies to persons who are legally here and who have a health insurance. The Pro Familia website states no case how it is done with women being here illegally. I guess, private billing for the costs would be possible though. You, MUMA, should find out and ask them, which I'm sure can be done anonymously by phone. I'm not sure but I think if the costs are covered, they are probably not obliged to reveal the woman's identity to an authority. I assume they should be under "ärztliche Schweigepflicht"/doctor-patient confidentiality. But again, not sure, check that. Or you just go to a centre personally with the woman and you ask for counselling on the whole issue. Ask them whether they can recommend a doctor / an institution for the obligatory consultation and whether the centre can carry out the abortion, if you just pay cash. Quote: " The costs for the actual abortion are not covered by the health insurance. The costs to be borne by you amount to approximately 200 to 570 € depending on the practice, method and insurance. If you are admitted to hospital, you have to pay the daily rate yourself. " So if no insurance pays part of the whole cost, it might be somewhat more that the above figures.   Here, you can download abortion (in German: Schwangerschaftsabruch) information in different languages.  
  3. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    And don't underestimate you need "ausreichende Deutschkenntnisse" i. e. sufficient German knowledge (B1) for which you have to pass a test successfully. B1 is much more than ordering a beer. Be aware that you cannot get so easily from A1 to B1 in just a few weeks (meaning without reducing your normal workload and daily errands) unless you do nothing but studying and having German input the whole day, I mean, really doing an effort! - I'm there for you if anyone needs classes! - I heard that for the two-nationality-option, you need a least to sit the test before 29th of March (or whatever is the exact date), even if you don't actually pass it. Psychologically, it's much better for you if you go somewhat prepared. If you're already A2 and try really hard, you may even be lucky and pass. You can also repeat the test later ... but at some point you must present a passed B1 test, which is only fair, as the citizenship allows you to vote; and personally, I would very much like new citizens to understand what the politicians they're going to vote for are actually saying and meaning and to understand what's going on, given that there are enough people here allowed to vote who don't bother for politics or just follow populist streams.
  4. Nothing to do between Christmas and NYE? Brush up your German with me for a couple of hours. Get a 3-day intensive on whatever subjects you like and need.   NEW YEAR, NEW COURSE: I'm starting a zero beginner course on Saturdays in January at noon or in the early afternoon. Small group, 2 to 4 or max. 5 persons. We'll do the basic grammar from scratch, focus on understanding the system, how German works, and work on basic conversational skills as well. I'll make sure you get the crucial subjects right, like cases, conjugation endings and word order in sentences. The course is meant to continue after January, though not always on Saturdays then, also on weekday evenings. If you're interested, write me a mail to for further details.
  5. "Very cold country" - Expats don't feel welcome in Germany

    Exactly, and what always puts me out is that you cannot ask a person anymore "Where do you come from?" without very often being suspected racist and xenophobic, as if when a German dares to ask this question, he/she is of course being racist, but if a Turkish, Arab, Spaniard asks this, they're not. Last time I traveled (Portugal), pretty much the first question after meeting me was "Where do you come from?" and I wouldn't have considered this racist. Not mentioning how often I heard in different European countries, once it came out I was German, that indeed I have a very German face. ??? Imagine I said to an Arab here, you're face is very Arabic, or to a Chinese, indeed, you're looking typically Chinese.
  6. Parallely, I'm opening a small group for total beginners. So you can join with zero knowledge or also with a tiny bit of knowledge, but we will begin at zero and explain everything.   Just to mention it, classes are also possible in the mornings, around noon or in the afternoon, not only in the evening. Evening slots are booked out quickly.
  7. I'm looking for 2 students of ~ level A2 to form a small group of three with another student.The goal is to prepare a B1 level test. Before actually beginning to work with official test preparation material, we will assess and fill grammar gaps and answer your open grammar questions, clear up things you didn't really comprehend. If you're interested, please write a mail asap to the above mentioned mail, as we would like to begin soon and get some work done before Christmas.
  8. You need or want to learn German and don't know where to begin? You've already started learning German but you have no clue, no idea of the grammar or you are totally confused? You've already been attending classes, but you don't understand the explanations and can't follow, or you are shy and afraid to speak, or you feel lost in a big group? You have no idea of (English) grammar anyway and feel a slight dizziness when someone talks about "verbs", "subordinated clauses" or "conjugation"? You want to apply for German citizenship and have to present a positive B1 test result? Or you have to take a test for enrolling studies at university or for another purpose and want to prepare it more efficiently? You've heard weird and intimidating things about the "awful"* German language (* Mark Twain) - endless numbers of articles, cases, monster words and you are scared? Or you're already quite advanced but you want to get rid of that annoying accent or these little mistakes, once and for all? Don't worry. There are answers to all this - there's light at the end of the tunnel. Sure, nobody says that German is particularly easy or that you can learn it within 3 days. You have to be patient and put some effort, indeed. But there are no hopeless cases. Especially for anglophone natives or proficient speakers of English, German will appear very close and related, especially regarding vocabulary and tense structure, therefore it's the most logic thing to learn German. German is structured, logic, analytic, consists of many bits you can put together like a puzzle, sometimes surprising, funny, precise, poetic . . . GERMAN IS LEARNABLE!!! I'm using a special method, a macro-micro-structural approach in order to achieve that students understand grammar easier, quicker and more thoroughly. Most of the time I'm giving one to one lessons, but also small group lessons for up to 3 students are possible if you have the same language level. Lessons are given at my place in Prenzlauer Berg. I can teach in ENGLISH, FRENCH, SPANISH and PORTUGUESE. You're coming to Berlin for a limited time - alone, as a couple, two or three friends - and want to not just do sight-seeing but also learn basic communication and get a "cultural coaching" at the same time? I can tailor a small crash course or "workshop" for you. Also, I offer intensive "Taster Courses" of 7 to 12 lessons that should be taken within a period of 14 days in order to give you an idea of how I teach while at the same time giving you a basic overview of German grammar and some basic conversational skills. If you're interested and want to know my website, details about my method, the prices, the open time slots or when to have a trial lesson, please send me a mail to (please no personal message here, I sometimes don't get notified)