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  1. I'm off sick from work with a chest infection. I ask my german boyfriend what that roughly translates to.

    "er, um, Lungenenzündung"


    I believe him and call work, telling them I have a "Lungenentzündung" to which my boss says "oh my goodness... you looked ok the other day!"


    confused, I finish the conversation and hang up. Still confused I decided to Google Lungenentzündung = Pneumonia!! Oh my goodness - I'm not THAT ill!


    I was going to call work back and let them know... but hey ho.


    (I can name all flowers in German, illnesses are the next on my list of things to learn.)


  2. I've been working full time for the last 2.5 years. If I were to get pregnant and subsequently leave my job I would get Elterngeld (67% of my monthly earnings). Elterngeld is paid by the Government, not by my employer. I would get that money for 1 year - then I would go back to work.


    Am I understanding this right?




  3. I'm a native english speaker in a german kindergarten. All I can say is - it works! 11 new kids (2&3 yr olds) started 1 month ago and they are already grasping the basic concepts of English. It's insane. Don't worry about kids not understanding. It's something they work out for themselves. I also have a few great "translator" kids in my group. Even they are only 4 and 5 years old.


    The best thing I heard was that a little boy in my group (age 6) went on holiday to Greece where most people speak English. He went to a kids clb everyday and made friens with a lil English boy. He could understand what his new friend was saying and could sort of make himself understood.


    Kids are more intelligent than you think.


    Edit. What I mean to say is, that it works both ways German English / English German. :) :)


  4. I now stand INFRONT of my trolley in the line. Now that confuses people, because they then wonder who the trolley belongs to.


    What I also like are the people who have to stand next to their produce on the conveyor belt as it is moving along. It's not like anyone is going to steal your Bretzels or Knödelmix. Hilarious. Even my German partner is annoyed by people, but I think he has that from me. :)



    I recently told my in-laws what sounds animals make in English. Tell them that a rooster says cock-a-doodle-doo, and that a frog says ribbit and you will have them rolling in laughter. I think this is an interesting topic in any language.


    Try doing that in a Kindergarten. The kids think you've lost the plot completley!



    Try telling a German that slapping someone on the back when they are choking is the worst thing you can do for them, that this might cause the food to lodge in their throat. While you are at it, ask them if they know how to do the Heimlich manuever. Have yet to find a German who knows what this is, even though the Red Cross in America has been teaching it in the US since at least 35 years. Posters that show how to do this are hanging in every restaurant, and even little kids know how to do this just from watching shows like Barney. Why does this very well known way to save lives flabbergast a whole country?


    That's why it's called the "Heimlich" manuever... it's a secret!



    Come on Punchbear, at least he did not say "standing up" out of my bed. Be thankful for small mercies, is all I can say!!!

    Oh, this reminds me of when my boyfriend used to write me emails (before we weren't together)


    "I find it hard to stand up in the morning"


    Oh my, the thoughts that went through my head.


  7. First of all, try your luck and apply to different jobs. Even if you don't think they'll take you. They might look at you funny with a teaching qualification for a Kindergarten, but you might just need to explain what you have done to get it. They might accept your qualification, they might not. An Ausbuilding as Erzieherin might be a good thing to have, though.


    I'm not an Erzieherin, but I work in a Kindergarten as a "Sprachassistentin". I got it through my experience (a very uncommon "qualifcation" in Germany) and my mother tongue. All depends what your looking for.




  8. Jaywalking isn't illegal in Germany


    "In Germany and the Netherlands, the onus is more on the motorist. Not stopping for pedestrians on crossings is an offence, and a driver can be issued with a ticket even if they are waiting on the kerb (again, the expectation is that pedestrians should cross safely)."


    But anywho, people should be careful where and how they do it. Remeber the Green Cross Code kiddies.