onemark

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About onemark

  • Birthday 02/09/1953

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  • Location Darmstadt
  • Nationality New Zealander, British, Irish
  • Hometown Auckland, New Zealand
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  1. Just call it "standard English". But be careful about calling Plattdeutsch/Low German a dialect. German linguists cannot to this day agree as to whether Low German ist a dialect of High German or whether the one is merely a variation of the other (I suspect it's probably the latter). There is a similar debate concerning English and Scots. And then there's Ulster Scots, but I digress...
  2. Asked to step down after passing probezeit for CULTURE FIT

    Summing up: 1. Tie the boss/Supervisor down a lot more specifically on what he /she means by "culture fit". 2. See your works council representative immediately! 3. Get legal insurance immediately if you don't already have it! 4. Whether you have legal insurance or not, get a specialist lawyer for employment law immediately! Good luck.
  3. Schadenfreude

    "Schadenfreude" is quite simply deriving personal pleasure at someone else's misfortune/s.
  4. Do Police sign forms in Germany

    I'd say it depends on who is "allowed" to sign, i.e. police, bank manager, doctor, accountant or similar people/organisations of public standing. But this may also depend on what sort of a document it is. For my Irish passport, only the people/organisations I have named above were allowed to sign, not my local "Bürgeramt" and certainly not any private sector HR manager.
  5. Do Police sign forms in Germany

    In your place I'd call ahead first and see what they say.
  6. brexit and dual nationality

    Have you tried asking your local Foreign Nationals' Authority?
  7. Could anyone tell me whether it is safe to use cheaper recycled toner and drums for printers and fax machines these days? When I first got into telecoms back in 1995-2001, I tried using a recycled toner container but it was a disaster. So I learned my lesson and have stuck to manufacturer's new products (in my case Brother). Ever since then I have never had any problems. FTR, I am currently running a Brother HL 5450DN laser printer and a Brother 8360p fax machine. Advice & comments welcome. Thanks. onemark
  8. Translation software for freelancers

    If any document I am suposed to translate contains sensitive information, I read the document throught first and delete the sensitive information first before I translate it.
  9. Translation software for freelancers

    Speaking as a professional translator for German-English, I can say that DeepL is very good, It is still quite new, so the accuracy-level ist somewhere between 95% and 99%. It still makes mistakes but you should find these when you correct the translated text. I suggest you get into the habit of correcting the translation twice as a matter of course. I have been doing this for years and find that it pays off.
  10. Where can I purchase LMU PhD robes?

    Don't forget to ask whether they have a hood as well as a cap and gown. Very important! Congratulations and good luck! 
  11. New words or sayings

    "goals": Americans feel they have to be purposeful (rather than aimless). One manifestation of this phenomenon is having aims/goals. Probably a downstream effect of the Protestant work ethic. My $NZ0.02.
  12. I have back problems, exacerbated not least by an overly hard mattress. FYI, I do 2 hours' sport (Tues) and 1 hour's swimming gymnastics (Fri) once a week but it's not enough. I need a decent mattress. As it's difficult to assess a mattress in the shop, I was wondering whether any other TT-ers have the same problem and could recommend a decent mattress. Price range: up to approx. €1,000. Thanks.