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  1. The English Teacher's Corner

    I’m a retired SLP (Speech & Language Pathologist).  In our world we must make the distinction between oral and verbal communication/language/expression/skills, …  Some people can verbalize their thoughts but can not orally communicate them, and vice versa.  My task was often to help bring these two skills into alignment.
  2. 9€ Transit Ticket: where are you going?

    To take photos of something you might want to think about buying in the future or event posters seen along the way.  To translate something.  To look up relevant information about a possible purchase or a price comparison.  To text hubby about a purchase or list items.  This 60+ gal finds it enormously useful.
  3. 9€ Transit Ticket: where are you going?

    Is it invalid?  Or is it just that it’s needed in conjunction with your passport to go in/out of DE?  We use ours as ID without problems.
  4. 9€ Transit Ticket: where are you going?

    I’ve had to replace my bank card twice and it was super easy.  Wouldn’t be the case with my IDs.  
  5. 9€ Transit Ticket: where are you going?

    It’s accepted down here as legit ID.  My husband set up a Telekom acct with it, sans US passport, 2 days ago, with no problems.  Ours say Pass (Ersatz).  They don’t say “only valid with passport”.
  6. 3G in Restaurants?

    Documentation of your vaccine, or of the vaccine’s longevity?  My smallpox tattoo is on my inner left ankle.  😂
  7. 9€ Transit Ticket: where are you going?

    But there’s the “law”, and then, there’s the “practice of the law”.  I’ve had both the Sparkasse and Schnelltest stations here accept a photocopy of my eAT.  And my SBB picture ID card with DOB has been accepted everywhere, not just in Swiss trains.  I don’t carry my eAT or passport on me except when traveling overnight for fear of loss.  I continue to suspect enforcement differs btwn regions.   An aside:  Was recently on a local train and Schwarzfahrer (foreign accent too) refused to show his ID.  Was quite a loud scene and he simply popped off at the next stop laughing, a short stretch.  Clearly some people really know how to play that game.  I suspect personnel have their hands full and little time to badger someone who looks legit but has a photocopy eAT or Passport on their person, at least down here in the boonies.  😃
  8. 9€ Transit Ticket: where are you going?

    Our German friends don’t seem to like public transport as much as we do.  😂
  9. 9€ Transit Ticket: where are you going?

    Is it the same price for kids 6+ and dogs, as they are normally 1/2 price here?  Bodensee region is sure to be very full too.
  10. Driving permit as opposed to driving licence

    That varies by state.  I got my learner’s permit when I was 14, as is still the rule in many places.  Got my license at 15.  
  11. Driving permit as opposed to driving licence

    In the US we use the terms “suspension” and “revocation” to discuss these matters.  I have no idea what they use in Canada, Australia, … because the English language is not “one size fits all”.
  12. Why are you happy today?

    My Armenian-Germerican granddtr and I recently watched Mary Poppins together.  Now she can’t stop singing “just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.”  😃  She loves learning English through singing, a delight to see and hear.
  13. What are you listening to right now?

    Looks like that was 2010.  We saw Paul live in SF, outdoors, in July of 2010.  😊  It was FANTASTIC.  Singing “Imagine” with him and thousands of others was really moving.  I think of that experience a lot these days.
  14. The War in Ukraine

    IMO there are differing views on this point.  For example, people of Armenian descent all over the world will often refer to Armenia as their motherland.  But they will refer to the place they live, such as the US or Canada or France, … as their homeland.  This often happens I believe when the diaspora is spread out and/or even larger than the inhabitants of the “motherland”.  In Yerevan atop a hill there is a beautiful statue of a female signifying Mother Armenia.
  15. Frugal Meals - Recipes and Cost

    A combination cooking lesson and SNL skit.  Soup looks delicious.  She’s fantastic.  Can’t top it.  😊 🙏 
  16. Beer bottles with flip tops (or swing tops)

    I was just at my Fristo in Paradies (Konstanz) and saw plenty of beer in those bottles.  Worth driving here for those though?  
  17. Why are you happy today?

    Several days ago, rather last minute, I asked my son and DIL if I could take my 5 yo granddtr from Yerevan back with me to Konstanz to surprise Opa.  They thought it was a lovely idea.  I rebooked, did my homework on what was needed, and worked with everyone to keep the secret.  🤪  We made it through our brief interview at border control in Vienna without an issue, and we surprised the heck out of Opa upon exiting the train in Konstanz.  Everyone's over the moon!  And now we know how to repeat this operation.  New adventures await.  😄
  18. 3G in Restaurants?

    I flew on Austrian Air today from Yerevan to Vienna and then on to Zurich.  On each flight they said FFP masks were required, but they let people wear the surgical masks anyway.  So much for rules.  50% or more had masks below their noses.  Lotta good that does.  And during transit in Vienna they stuffed us all together like sardines while announcing over the PA that we should socially distance. 🤪  Rules within each airport varied.  It was all kind of a surreal joke.  BTW, I followed the rules correctly, but it seems to me that we're each on our own now.
  19. The ones in my neighborhood aren’t on salary.  They’re self employed.  
  20. Or, to put it another way, my hairdresser and my dog groomer aren’t commanding an hourly wage very far off from that of my Hausarzt, who has far more overhead and liability costs.
  21. The War in Ukraine

    Many people are actually donating to the Ukrainian military online. And here’s crowdfunding for military jets. So it’s not just governments.  Kinda shocked me to learn about it, but …  
  22. It’s been PCP since I moved back to CA from West Berlin in 1988.  But, we do have regional differences.  😂
  23. Also, there are good and bad doctors.  We’ve been quite unimpressed where we are, as have Germans friends who’ve transplanted here.  But our talent likes to hop over to 🇨🇭and earn higher wages.
  24. Calls from Strange Numbers - Telephone Scams

    When I’ve gotten such a scam call (on my smartphone) the person identified as being with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Using the term “the Feds” is not how an individual from the FBI would make an introduction.  And the person would show up at the door.  It’s almost laughable, except that it’s not.