peterLP

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  1. Even after all these years, I still...

    ..I was never living in the UK but, even after "all" these years (2), I am still wondering why German children in the street will break away from what they are doing and ride a bike/scooter/rollerblades along the street right next to you and your daughters and NOT SAY A WORD...even when you say "hallo"....weird man, weird...and has happened 3 times in two Länder....  whaaaaa...? (PLEASE NOTE: Not a complaint, but a serious question about curious behaviour...)
  2. Even after all these years, I still...

    ..I was never living in the UK but, even after "all" these years (2), I am still wondering why German children in the street will break away from what they are doing and ride a bike/scooter/rollerblades along the street right next to you and your daughters and NOT SAY A WORD...even when you say "hallo"....weird man, weird...and has happened 3 times in two Länder....  whaaaaa...? (PLEASE NOTE: Not a complaint, but a serious question about curious behaviour...)
  3. yes, stick it out. concentrate on the end game. I hear you on the traits that some germans exhibit...annoying, to say the least. But there plenty of great people here too of course...just sounds like you have a sucky cohort.
  4. What has disappointed you lately?

    .."something horrible"...? sound like music to my ears.... :)
  5. Move to South Bavaria???

      ...i reckon you should probably have a think about the long term picture you have for your family's future - want you want long term for your kids....and then you can more easily put short term issues into perspective. Briefly, I moved from Melbourne to Bavaria (via Dortmund) cos I wanted something different(better) for my girls than I could provide in Oz. And to do so, I took stock of the long term goal and the various short to medium term issues that I could identify...there have been millions of surprises about living here in Germany, but none of these threaten the long term goal - so all is good. In any event, the decision "to jump" is always gonna be one with unknowns...and being able to deal with that is one of the things that separates us from those who stay in their home town or thereabouts their whole lives...good luck with your decision!
  6. Has the internet made us dumber and nastier?

    I wasn't pointing any fingers...and a wind up is usually pretty easy to see.  
  7. Has the internet made us dumber and nastier?

    the most annoying aspect of the internet for me is the lack of accountability in inter-personal communication....people using the relative anonymity afforded by chats/forums/etc (like this one (Toytown), for example) to speak to other people (who they don't know - or hardly know) in a way that is highly unlikely should they be standing face to face with that person. Whether its a random or calculated trolling, or an impulsive, emotional reaction, it is cowardice at least and plainly disrespectful and lazy at best... ...and it means that a high percentage of threads here, for example, descend into personal tit-for-tat nonsense...it seems amazing what a great moderating influence it is to have a person standing in front of you, oder... :)
  8. Move to South Bavaria???

    My two cents worth: there's a heap of building going on...and foreign workers on the sites...in my area (Starnberg)...so the prospects of continued work just might be good. I hear a constant stream of hochdeutsch, bayerisch and serbo-croatian...but no English. Your kids will learn German super fast - just pop them into a Grundschule and kinder. Penzberg (south of Starners) has a sizeable pharma concern....so perhaps think of looking at southern Bavaria as a whole, rather than just Chiemsee area...unless the outlaws can provide housing, of course. Otherwise, same as everywhere else, you just gotta travel a bit for work. With a German wife, I imagine pretty much all the admin stuff will be as simple as it can be here in Germany...
  9. Language acquisition for 5/6 year old

    my girls, from Australia with no German language, went straight into Grundschule grades 2 and 3. They were conversing with everyone at 6 months and as fluent as german kids within one year. If you have a challenge ("IF"), it might be the issue that MikeMelga alluded to: there is a bit of a problem with the German school system...structurally and methodologically. It needs some serious reform. But at kindergarten, I think you just have to keep an eye on what behaviours are acceptable for the kids - and how the staff approach various issues with children. Overall, my experience says that you do not have to worry about whether your boy picks up the language.   the word "hate" is being used in this thread far too frequently. It is quite apparent, I'm sorry to say, that there at least one advocate for the German school system in this thread who is being far too emotional about other people's opinions and/or experiences. Ordinarily, I stay out of this malarkey, but I have provided a negative response - and a caution - about my experiences (and disappointments) with the German school system in this thread and there is not a shred of "hate" in anything I have said. So to those who are reading  this thread, and might need to learn something from it, please take heed of the fact that one or two of us who are disappointed with the Grundschule system in particular (me) are not feeling any "hate" and would be more than happy to provide more constructive commentary if you think it might help. BTW, my family's experiences cover both the Ruhr (southern Dortmund) and Bavaria (Starnberg)...so too quite different places on the spectrum of German socio-economic circumstances...not a completely useless sample...perhaps.
  10. Language acquisition for 5/6 year old

    my girls, from Australia with no German language, went straight into Grundschule grades 2 and 3. They were conversing with everyone at 6 months and as fluent as german kids within one year. If you have a challenge ("IF"), it might be the issue that MikeMelga alluded to: there is a bit of a problem with the German school system...structurally and methodologically. It needs some serious reform. But at kindergarten, I think you just have to keep an eye on what behaviours are acceptable for the kids - and how the staff approach various issues with children. Overall, my experience says that you do not have to worry about whether your boy picks up the language.
  11. State Grundschule around Frankfurt

    Hi Firat, I was going to post a much longer, fuller post, but decided that it might be better to just offer the following. Firstly, the choice is not really about finding a "good" grundschule, but more about finding one that isn't "bad". Compared to the country I left, and those of many of my expat friends, the German Grundschule is an outstanding disappointment and an unwanted surprise about life in this fine land. It is characterised, comparatively, by a limited and unimaginative curriculum that is delivered by unfocused, poorly trained, unimaginative and uncommitted teachers. So you need to just find a nice neighbourhood (meaning one that is not populated by one-eyed, bigoted a***holes) and then pay close attention to the teachers and daily school life. And be prepared to engage with teachers who can't be bothered actually earning the moniker "educator" or understanding that belligerent, bullying behaviour is actually not acceptable. As for afternoon classes, you likely know already that this is usually the "Ganztagschule" aspect. The name "all day" is often a misnomer as it usually ends well before the end of the working day. But just ask the school to confirm that there is a place for your child. You may also find other options - which you have to pay for - which suit your circumstances.   Hope this helps...although it is only one opinion so far....and generally speaking, the westerly side of Frankfurt is the nicer part.... good luck with everything... Peter