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About kaffeemitmilch

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  • Location Frankfurt am Main
  • Nationality USA
  • Gender Male
  • Year of birth 1983
  1. How to get German Citizenship and retain (dual) US Citizenship

    Yes I hope a fee hike is due, though not sure when. The fear, though, is that Trump, who is pro business, whatever that means, might be pressured into getting rid of the fee, as those who tend to renounce voluntarily are mostly the wealthy trying to avoid taxes - that's right up his alley. So, I want to get this done ASAP.
  2. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    RF is talking about noun gender, not cases (right?). Cases I guess are fine.  Noun gender is puke.
  3. No more online check-in for flights to the US?

    I think I once arrived 45 minutes before a flight from SF to Chicago (with two suitcases) and barely made it. These aren't fun times...
  4. Babysitter wanted

    Hi. No, we've found one, but it's always good to have more options. I'll PM you.
  5. No more online check-in for flights to the US?

    I'm not sure, but there have been times that even I, as a US citizen, haven't been able to check-in for a US flight. It's also the case when one has a lap child. I think it depends on the airline, and here in Frankfurt, non-Star Alliance airlines (i.e. non-United, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, etc.) are more likely to require document checks.   Plus, one hour before a flight to the US is not always advisable!
  6. Option list on new laptop driving me crazy!

    Yup, I agree with the security updates, especially for the general user who may not be fully aware of how to mitigate the risk of infection (fake news sites, anyone?). I did like Windows 7, but I tend to update as soon as soon as stuff is available, and am a Windows Insider as well. There are often problems, but if you have a backup system and know what you're doing, it's fun to be a tester.   Plus, Windows 10, as the final version of Windows, is constantly updated and upgraded, and so far, it's been pretty good.
  7. I need friends!

    Why is everyone moving to Wiesbaden/Mainz, and not Frankfurt?   Anyway, we are always happy to meet new people, so PM me if you'd like to meet. We have an 18-month old kid, so we can't really come to Wiesbaden or Mainz these days, unfortunately :(
  8. Option list on new laptop driving me crazy!

    I've been looking at the Yoga, too. Let me know what you think if you end up buying it!
  9. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    I think you'll feel something when you pick up the certificate and hold your ID card... congratulations.
  10. How to get German Citizenship and retain (dual) US Citizenship

      Really? I really doubt it! Why would they want to go through all of this instead of just letting me take the simpler route of keeping my US citizenship? And, having to jump through all these stupid hoops that could pop up could constitute undue hardship, I would think.   Suffice it to say I will not be naturalising if they refuse me dual citizenship. By the way, is it right that they tell you whether or not they will accept the reason for dual citizenship before you submit the documents and pay the fee (essentially pre-approving the application)?
  11. How to get German Citizenship and retain (dual) US Citizenship

    I emailed them for the requirements, but was asked to come in person to get them (though they did tell me to take the tests). I didn't mention the dual citizenship because I didn't want them to try to raise the bar from the get go to avoid dealing with a dual citizenship request, but I'll mention it at the meeting.
  12. How to get German Citizenship and retain (dual) US Citizenship

    Hah, nice. Hope it works.   Has nobody done this in Frankfurt? I'd really like to know what they're like with dual citizenship with Americans! HELP ME!!!
  13. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    I'll practice the oral and written parts with my partner before the test. Thanks for the other tips.
  14. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    Yes, this was a big part of why I learned Dutch a lot faster, as I watched English TV but was constantly reading the Dutch subtitles. It was great! here, I have to watch Tatort while reading the really badly done German subtitles, so I'm concentrating on listening and reading a foreign language at the same time.   I'm talking my B1 test on the 25th, and the Leben in Deutschland one two months later. Studying is going slowly... am a bit scared, but I bought the TELC book, and am sort of using this interesting blog: https://yourdailygerman.com/. I also got Teach Yourself German. Good series - it's how I learned Dutch.
  15. Great, and then I would add the particular issue, like Eine unfassbare Verzichtgebuehr ? It's good that there's no particular fee, because my gross income is higher, but netto is lower. I really hope they find this too high in Frankfurt :/