RickD.

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  1. dc,

     

    Thanks for the HR suggestion, I will look into it. Some of the other factors in making the decision included quality of life, raising a future family, etc. While she speaks fluent English, were she to move to the States we'd get the typical 2 weeks of vacation a year, which means once a year we'd return to Germany so she could visit family. Entirely understandable but not ideal. With me in Germany we'd be able to do 1-2 trips a year to the US and one trip of our own. Plus it would take her longer to get a visa in the US which means no possibility of income, versus me going there and getting a work permit immediately (we're getting married before I move). She has a decent job and can support me while I'm learning more German, looking for work, etc. And I have money set aside dedicated to this transition period as well.

     

    And yes, she is worth it :)

     

    Rick

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  2. Thanks for all that information, it is helpful (if a bit discouraging). I'm moving to Berlin, and I'm not locked into using my legal training for a career. However, like you I'm saddled with a ridiculous amount of debt so living a Bohemian lifestyle won't do for long. I'll be moving in July/August to be with my soon to be wife. I know it will take time to gain a useful knowledge of German and hopefully I'll be able to find something that provides a decent income. Even with the hurdles we will face we still believe it is better for me to move to Germany than for her to come to the US.

     

    Good luck with your search, I'll be keeping an eye on this thread.

     

    Rick

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    I find myself going back to teaching legal and business English where there is a demand

     

    DCgirlinnrw, I'm a US trained attorney as well who will be moving to Berlin this summer. I haven't practiced in a while and have no illusions of wanting to practice in Germany immediately due to my lack of German language skills (for now). I'm very interested in learning more about your teaching legal and business English. Where do you teach? Do you freelance? Are you certified at all?

     

    Thank you!

     

    Rick

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  4. Hi all,

     

    I'm new to this forum as well as TT. I'm interested in attending tomorrow night and will keep my eye on this post for a location and time. In a nutshell, I'm in Berlin from Chicago for six weeks to hopefully decide whether I want to move here. I'm staying with my girlfriend in Tempelhof and will be taking a German language class starting next week. Oh, and at 41 I may be too young for this meetup :) (please note the use of the sarcasm font). Hope to see some of you tomorrow!

     

    Rick

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  5. On several occasions when I'm trying to speak German unsuccessfully I've had English speaking bystanders step in and help out. It's more frustrating to me than embarrassing. I'm starting a language class next week but haven't had too many issues going about my day with the little I currently know.

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  6. @PinkElephant_25, thanks for the recommendation. I looked at the link and tried the sample lesson on articles. I must admit I'm a bit of a grammar snob and found several errors with the English sentences given. I know this is supposed to teach me German but if they can't get English right I'm a bit skeptical. Besides, I've already signed up for the other class and won't have time for another just yet. If everything goes as planned I'll be taking additional classes this summer/fall, no idea with whom I'll take additional classes.

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  7. I'm coming to visit Berlin for six weeks the end of January, I've enrolled in a four week course with Deutsch Akademie Berlin. The reviews on this site were favorable, the price was right, and it works with my travel schedule. My goal is to move to Berlin in 2013 to be with my fiancee, so I'm vested in learning the language quickly and thoroughly. Obviously I have no idea right now how the class is, but I will update with my experiences.

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