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  1. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    Back in 2005 when I applied for German citizenship there was no Einbürgerungstest, just the fees for the application and the Einbürgerungsurkunde, which cost € 255.  I was asked to provide proof of my knowledge of the German language, but I already had a certificate for that.     The friendly Beamter at the Landratsamt (Tübingen) said he would not need translations of any     documents - and four weeks later I was informed that I could pick up my Urkunde.    Oh yes, I did have to provide a one page hand written CV.  After that I went to the Technisches Rathaus and applied for my passport and ID card,   which cost something around € 80 - I don't remember how much now exactly.    
  2. C2 Language Exam Tips?

    There were questions on grammar based on a short text and some more on the "multiple guess" section, if I  remember correctly. The most difficult part of the exam was the essay. I was given a choice out of 5 or 6 topics and had three hours time to write an essay on one of them. I spent the first ten minutes or so to make on outline  of an introduction, a main body of argumentation and a conclusion on a scrap piece of paper. I think I wrote about  20 pages - my hand was aching by the time I was finished, about ten minutes before the time was up. I noticed that  some of the other people in the exam room couldn't think of anything to write. I received the results about two months later.  The essay topics given were very general so that everybody could find something to write about. You may wish  to practice writing essays and expect to be asked to explain the grammar used in a passage of text. Hope that helps!
  3. C2 Language Exam Tips?

    Hi lotsofballons, I did the C2 Goethe "Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom" ages ago, back in 1995, so my information probably will not help you much. At the time I had been in Germany for 12 years. I went to a prep course at the Volkshochschule twice a week for several  months, although my German was already very good. As I remember, we read and discussed Goethe's "Iphigenie auf Tauris",  Christoph Meckel "Suchbild. Über meinen Vater", Fritz Zorn "Mars" and Schiller's "Die Räuber" and several other books, but I can't  remember now which ones those were. We also discussed topics such as German politics, the Verfassung and Grundgesetz, etc. From a linguistic perspective, I would not have needed to do the course, but there were a number of questions on the exam  pertaining to the literature we had read. I was well prepared and had a bit of luck - I passed both the written and oral exams with a "sehr gut". 
  4. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    I feel very fortunate to have applied for (and been granted) German  citizenship back in 2005. At the time I was not really sure it was  worth all the bother, but the process seems to have been much less  complicated and quicker then. There was no citizenship test and I  was not required to translate any documents ("kein Problem, wir können Englisch lesen"). They did ask for proof of my German, but I had  a C2 certificate (Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom) from 1992, which  was accepted without question. Within four weeks of submitting my  application I was notified that I could pick up my certificate of  citizenship. The otherwise rather dry Beamter at the Landratsamt even did  his very best to make a small ceremony out of the the procedure before  handing over the Einbürgerungsurkunde - he rang up two of his colleagues  in neighboring offices and asked them to come over - then all three of them congratulated me with a proper German handshake. Since then I have extended both my British and German passports without any problems. Although I think (and hope) it highly unlikely that long term British  residents will be required to leave Germany at the conclusion of the  Brexit negotiations in 2019, the situation in the UK seems to be rather  chaotic at the moment. It has given me a tremendous peace of mind to know that I don't need to worry about the outcome. I can only recommend that  anyone who qualifies should apply for dual citizenship.
  5. Regrets on making a permanent move to Germany

    When I first came to Germany in 1983 I was in my early 20s and had the  specific intention of learning as much about the German langugage, culture and life as I could and as quickly as possible, but never  thought I would spend the next 30+ years here. The original plan was to finish my university degree and move on after about 5 years to see something else and get to know another country.  At the beginning it was a bit rough, as I had no previous knowledge  of German, but I managed and was able to speak the language resonably  well after about two years - and then everything else just seemed to fall into place. Now I am fluent in German and feel very comfortable  here. Many of my friends are German and some are Brits who have also  been here for years, I work for a German company and I have a wonderful German wife. All in all it has been a remarkable and rewarding experience  and I have been witness to many changes in German society and culture. I think Germany is a much more open, friendly and tolerant place to  live than it was 30 years ago. I cannot imagine returning to the UK  now, especially in light of the recent developments there. I think that if you are open to cultural differences without immediately  judging them to be good or bad and are willing to put a good effort  into learning the language, Germany can be a very nice place to live. To sum it up: I have no regrets moving to Germany.