Everything posted by Tammodar
This has been an ongoing thing since I've been in Germany, 36 years now. I think a lot has changed over the years. Germans are not as rude as they were back in the 80s. Shopkeepers have found that a bit of helpful kindness to customers sells more goods. I have changed too, now I speak fluent German and am more self confident. If need be, I can dish it out back to them when they are rude to me - in no uncertain terms. I've probably also become more tolerant of behaviour and words that a newcomer from the UK or US would find rude. Somehow it's part of the culture in Germany to be "up front" and viciously honest. There have been countless discussions with friends and acquaintances from the UK on this topic over the years and I can only say: try not to take it personally - but also stand your ground and command respect!
I had one of those too, exactly as in the picture. I had to give it back when they gave me the certificate of citizenship (Einbürgerungsurkunde). I've been in Germany since 1983 and had the "unbefristete Aufenthaltserlaubnis" since about 1989.
OK, this was ages ago, I had to look in my files. I submitted all the documents and my application on the 14th of March 2005 and my dual citizenship was granted on the 8th of April 2005, so it took just over three weeks. Back then there was no citizenship test, but everything else was much the same as today. That was in Tübingen (Baden-Württemberg), where I lived at the time. By the way: I have been self-employed since the early 90s. They accepted a letter of confirmation for my private health insurance, no further questions asked.