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  1. Brexit: The fallout

    Yes, so South African oranges are cheaper. So why do you complain about EU customs?
  2. Brexit: The fallout

    Is that so? Have you noticed a substantial price difference between Spanish and South American oranges? 
  3. Brexit: The fallout

    You are aware that Spain is right next to the UK and California isn't? You have to shipped those oranges from CA around the world. I can't really see that that makes them cheaper than Spanish oranges. Especially not if you also consider sustainability.
  4. stolz sein = proud??

    I think you can use Stolz with your children. But only when addressing them directly and to tell them that " ich bin stolz auf dich". However, it doesn't seem to be appropriate if you use it to address adults or your own actions. To say to an adult " ich bin stolz auf dich" seems to be condescending. And to use it to describe your own achievements it would come across as boasting. So I guess I mostly agree with your wife😚
  5. Problem landlords and rental deposit returns

    You can make it clear in the letter that you didn't cause any damage. And you can point out that any possible claims are invalid because they are verjährt. Just need to use the right language.
  6.   I don't think there is a law that mandates that you have to put a name on the door. But I can imagine that the delivery company will be in trouble when they can't verify who lives in a building and simply hand over the mail.   We had problems too with the mailman when we had no name on the door. So yes there certainly are legal problems with mail delivery if you don't put your name on the door.
  7. Brexit: The fallout

    Why only shops? Why not offices as well?
  8. I think OP knows about the option. She needs someone who has real life experience with it and entered Germany recently under that option so that she can get some idea about the involved risk. 
  9.   That's so sad. A great woman, eminent lawyer with a brilliant mind.
  10. Coronavirus

    Here a result of the lock downs ( not of wearing masks or washing hands mind you):   Additional 150 million children are poor now.
  11. Coronavirus

      Now take the next step. Next time when you drive a car, fly, heat etc. think about all the people that die because of air pollution. We need to tackle this deadly problem too.
  12. I am always surprised how capitalism seems to make us less individual and turns us into a homogeneous mass. Nowadays we all watch the same movies, hear the same music, wear similar clothes, eat junk food, and our kids HAVE to be successful. They HAVE to go to gymnasium. They HAVE to get the Abitur. There are not many Germans left that are comfortable with their child"only"  finishing Realschule. I mean Realschule is not on the top so gymnasium MUST be better.   It's a shame that people cannot let their kids develop into what they are. Not everyone is academically minded. That doesn't make kids less worthy. I have a friend who surprised everyone because she didn't push her kid into gymnasium. She accepted his decision to go to Realschule and start a Ausbildung as carpenter afterwards. He is happy.      
  13. Landlady not replying to termination

    I think the termination period is three months. If the period starts 1.7 it will end 30.9.   I don't think it is legal to have more than three months termination period in your contract. But this would be something to ask the Mieterverein or lawyer.    AFAIK the three working days means that your termination letter must be received at the latest within the first three working days of the month of July ( in your case). For example if the landlord receives the termination letter on the fourth working day of July the termination period starts a month later on 1.8.
  14.   I am not failing to see where he was impolite. In fact by my German standards he was rude.
  15. Sprachrassismus at Work

    I am not sure why people are surprised that a low level of German leads to a classification as less educated, less intelligent or whatever. There are academic studies that say that not being a native puts you at a disadvantage because you simply cannot be as eloquent in a foreign language. Whatever you say will sound "dumb", less elegant, less precise compared to native speakers who have a similar educational background as you . Period. People will instantly judge you because of that and you will have to work against that. I used to live in the US (NYC) and I got told " I think because of your limited English you are not able to make clear statements" - bamm, no raise for you. But I never thought that Americans are racist because of that. I think that's odd conclusion to arrive at.