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About peterLP

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  1. Motorbiking in summer

    Hi craig...small point, but your locator says Berlin. Anyway, I ride bikes and will be in Munich before summer starts, so put me on your list. I have a work colleague who is a local and also he knows a bit about the roads too...should be helpful. It will be my first full season in looking forward to some riding in summer. where you from? Peter
  2. English speaking lawyers for Employment issue

    Hi Freeboy,   I don't have a direct line for you, but my experience as a lawyer in Australia means that I think you should be able to approach legal aid centres to ask if they have any recommendations for you. In addition to working as a corporate lawyer, I volunteered in legal advice centres after-hours, and we were always willing to assist people find the right legal help if we weren't able to provide it ourselves. The lawyers should be the same here...(although they may not be volunteers here...Germany is much wealthier). Either way, 1 minute of their time shouldn't hurt anyone.   If you come up with nothing else, it might be worth trying as a short cut:   Also of course, you can try to contact a German government representative through here, as source of information:   hope this helps and yes, good luck.   ...would be good if you could share what you learn eventually...  
  3. @jalapeno: hiya, are you still getting together on a Friday night for some basketball...?
  4. HI Serrated Edge,   I don't have a direct answer for your questions - but I didn't want to leave your query hanging. I have been in a similar situation to you. Learning German while working pretty hard at something else. It is tiring for sure, and a test of patience, perseverance and sanity. I did not do classes myself - cos I tried that back in Oz and the pace was too slow. Instead, I established where I was at (thru online placement test) and then set up my own connections/systems. In my case, i needed to get from a self-taught A2 to a pass on B1 as quickly as possible. So I found a number of books (millions out there) but very importantly, a book specifically focussed on training for the Goethe B1. I then hooked up with a good language teacher and explained what  i was trying to do, and went from there. Being on skype is not ideal, but it does work.   Along the way, due to my workload and work activities, I extended the original target timeline a LOT, and found myself too tired for many conversation planning lessons to minimise postponements was a big part of my life   For me, it worked (passed the B1). Unfortunately, I run an english language project, so I do not have the benefit of being forced to speak German everyday, in the way daughters have been at school.. (they are totally up to speed in German...lucky them!)   I can provide the B1 practice book name if you like and can recommend an exceptional German teacher in italki. she is awesome!   ...hope this helps with your learning decisions. Peter
  5. yes, I have 2 daughters in Grundschule and it is an absolute breeze. They are spending their time learning German and variously being bored or slightly challenged by Maths. Otherwise, the other childrens' behaviour is a worry too...lots of bullying and lack of respect. Both girls looking forward to a change of pace - back to active, challenging learning. 
  6. Tap dancing in Munich

    Hi Larissa3, It will be a couple of months before we are in Munich (currently we live a little further north), but I have 2 daughters who would be interested in trying tap (ages 7 and 9). They currently do Modern/Jazz or something similar...with a less than great teacher. that's 2 to keep in mind..  
  7. Withdraw from gym membership within the first 7 or 14 days, I just mentioned (by inference sure, but...) gym contracts in Australia do not allow for the unilaterally beneficial terms that we see here in Germany...which is why I put my hand up on this is about a gym membership. And I wasn't commenting on the basis of "me thinking a certain way"...I was commenting on the topic based on my experience of contract and consumer law around the world...having been a lawyer who worked in that field...including in policy development where efforts have been made to "lift" certain jurisdictions to meet the advancements made by others.   Perhaps I should put this next bit in the "I love Germany, but..." thread, cos I sure do miss this. It's a summary of the basics of the relevant consumer law in Australia...imagine this being in play here...heaven!! :) Basically, the law says that one cannot have “unfair contract terms” in consumer contracts, and some examples of these are: terms that enable one party (but not another) to avoid or limit their obligations under the contract terms that enable one party (but not another) to terminate the contract terms that penalise one party (but not another) for breaching or terminating the contract terms that enable one party (but not another) to vary the terms of the contract. ..sound familiar...?   ...anyway...@Alex Nastas: I feel your pain! @El Jeffo: you're right, the joys of being an immigrant in a new country are endless.    
  8. Withdraw from gym membership within the first 7 or 14 days

    Yes, it has some fundamentals that accord with other advanced nations - not denying has to, otherwise the system would fail miserably. Predictability and security of basic rights is the foundation of a functioning capitalist democracy....   but it is still prehistoric in terms of where it falls behind other advanced nations...such as, most importantly, acknowledging the imbalance of bargaining power between the consumer and most businesses; and the fact that circumstances change between the time of signing the contract and the time that it is ostensibly to end.   In other words, consumer law here fails to provide a reasonable semblence of standard contract law principles...which other wealthy capitalist democratic nations do... all things being equal..."all parties being equal" would only sign a contract where one agrees to all the terms of the contract...having thought through what is important, necessary and beneficial. When time or convenience do not allow for that, the law can provide for a "parting of the ways" on terms that can be considered fair to both parties...this more advanced form of consumer law exists, for example, in Australia...and in other countries.   so my comments stand true from my perspective...the consumer law protections you mention can be considered consumer law basics in the 21st Century...there are higher levels to be attained, no doubt about it.
  9. Withdraw from gym membership within the first 7 or 14 days

    yes, consumer law here is prehistoric. :(
  10. I love living in Germany, but...

    Without turning this into a quasi-legal discussion, @cammiede you have indeed made a lot of assumptions. And, one of them in particular does not support your premise that the withdrawal of my kids from classes would unfairly disadvantage the provider (turning away other students): there would now be 2 free spaces for "others who missed out" if flexibility existed here. @Auswanderer was accurate in the intention of my comments - to raise the issue that consumer law is relatively basic here. The point being that consumer law in other countries provides for the fact that circumstances change for people. It also provides for the fact that when many consumer 'contracts' are made, one party often has more power than the other. The world is not black & white. Anyway, chatting to a Polish work colleague yesterday, she also laughed about the fact that I had no business expecting any other outcome when I seek to act outside the defined band of predictable/acceptable behaviour that is required here... ...I love it...gotta laugh! gotta laugh!
  11. I love living in Germany, but...

    well, this thread started with a consumer law related subject, and now I have another one to add...consumer law really is quite rudimentary in many respects in this place.   ..where I come from it is illegal to force a person to pay for a good or service that they don't want...this is in place in a number of countries... but it does not seem to be in place here.   case in point, I attempted to cancel music lessons with the local music school and they said (as most German institutions and customer service representatives so often do) " Oh no, this is not possible!". I was told to wait until end of whether my children attend lessons or not, I have to pay for!!...v frustrating...
  12. Jamal Khashogghi

    please...only agree with a moron like Trump if he says something like "I'm an idiot". :)
  13. old/er guy needs job-hunting tips

    At the highest level, I agree with ZA1234 that you should consider what the market is for your skills and experience. Germany is a strong economy, in need of many hundreds of thousands of skilled workers, and China is cooling now. Whether you hit the corporate or the education sector, will also be up to you...hey, they are pretty blurred lines nowadays anyway...    As for your age, it is definitely a factor in Germany. It is outdated of the Germans to have this problem with older, experienced people, but it exists. Partly, it is due to the belief that there is a percentage of the population who will find a niche somewhere, a cosy little corner, when they hit 50 or so, and will sit back and relax until retirement. Due to the nature of labour laws here, and the relative generosity of the social welfare system, this is true to some extent. These people exist - I have worked with them.   However, all is not lost, my fellow UniMelb Gen X-er   Apart from needing to align your CV with EACH job application (as well as formatting German style - complete with daggy corporate smily pic) there is a technique I picked up from a recruiter which is tip top. As a line manager back in Oz, I would definitely have responded positively when hiring peeps if they had done this with me. And by the way, before landing my current role, I used this technique with German companies - contacting them from Australia - to great effect.   Anyway, it is simple. You contact the hiring manager, or deal with HR is you have to, and ask "What is the problem that this role is solving? or What is the main challenge that needs to be overcome in this role?" You then write your cover letter (after actually thinking about this) to show how your experience and skills will allow you to overcome that challenge or solve that problem. This gives you a much better than average chance of getting past the dreaded missverständnis pile which comes from you not fitting the mould. You see, while Germany is changing - and quickly - it is still stuck with some old gems. One of them being that if you are not of the standard fit, then you will be avoided. To get past this, you need to demonstrate value in German eyes -not risk. Again, I used this technique from Australia and found great responses...but it takes some confidence and practice.   ...anyway, that's my two bobs' worth...hope it helps somehow...  
  14. I love living in Germany, but...

    oh yeah,this one gets me too..if I hear another "Mahlzeit" i don't know what I'll do!...they crank out insincere and ritualistic greetings and hails like some form of robotic "followship" my office, it is as though they are trying to outdo each other in how loudly they can say the same thing....something I seem to recall was a problem in another place and time - can't remember the details... and then, for the sake of karmic balance perhaps, one is frequently subject to blatant queue jumping...and only occasionally is it when I am alone, without my daughters (which is preferred, cos then I can raise the issue with the offender - always fun) and how about when people try to push you along the supermarket counter towards the register. hahaha!!....and on the subject of supermarket queues -  I DON'T CARE ABOUT THE FLIPPIN' SEPARATOR - I DON'T WANT TO BUY YOUR GROCERIES!!! there is some serious OCD on the separator issue...I laugh at people out loud sometimes - when they huff and puff about the fact that I did not place a separator on the belt.  ., that feels better. thank you. Great country though...