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  1. Got attacked by two Croatians in Unterhaching

    In my experience as an au-pair in France (10 years ago), kids associate specific person with specific language. I was taking care of two (English) boys and would speak nothing but English with them, while they would speak French at school and with friends. One day I was picking up the younger one from school and started chatting with his teacher in French and tried to involve him in the conversation. He just turned to me and with the most serious face ever said : "Speak English, not French!", I laughted it off and tried again, he went nuts insisting I speak only English with him. When I discussed this with his mum ( I wasn't complaining, it was quite comical situation for me ), she said he reacts the same way if she tries to speak French with him as well...He just associated me with English and that was that. Kids are fascinating! Probably the kid heard one of the staff telling off your kid for not speaking German (as you've wrote) and decided to feel on a higher moral ground (you know they like to please autority figures). You handled the situation well. I wonder if the reverse situation happens in schools in the UK or any English language country (it is a long time since I've studied) and someone get told off for not speaking English.
  2. Got attacked by two Croatians in Unterhaching

    In my experience as an au-pair in France (10 years ago), kids associate specific person with specific language. I was taking care of two (English) boys and would speak nothing but English with them, while they would speak French at school and with friends. One day I was picking up the younger one from school and started chatting with his teacher in French and tried to involve him in the conversation. He just turned to me and with the most serious face ever said : "Speak English, not French!", I laughted it off and tried again, he went nuts insisting I speak only English with him. When I discussed this with his mum ( I wasn't complaining, it was quite comical situation for me ), she said he reacts the same way if she tries to speak French with him as well...He just associated me with English and that was that. Kids are fascinating! Probably the kid heard one of the staff telling off your kid for not speaking German (as you've wrote) and decided to feel on a higher moral ground (you know they like to please autority figures). You handled the situation well. I wonder if the reverse situation happens in schools in the UK or any English language country (it is a long time since I've studied) and someone get told off for not speaking English.
  3. Got attacked by two Croatians in Unterhaching

    Try Paco De Lucia (you probably know him, but still) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oyhlad64-s
  4. Got attacked by two Croatians in Unterhaching

    It was a bit scary because it happened under a bridge. I had the sense to go up a staircase leading to some flat buildings instead of using the one (stairase) leading directly towards the station (a very narrow and long path, usually no people around,  you can literally kill someone, no one will know for days), and hide behind an enormous bush, I could still hear them , but they couldn't see me, so it was then when I called the police. I was thinking of calling while he was still yelling, but was affraid he may grab the phone out of my hands. Next time will cross the street, turn back or not go in a remote area ( I do not take this path anyway, it was due to a circumstance ). I wanted to ignore, but sometimes can't practice self meditation, maybe working a bit more...ah wait! Will have my headphones on, Fleetwood Mac album of course, if they call me names, won't hear, won't get angry, won't respond. Problem solved!
  5. Got attacked by two Croatians in Unterhaching

    Hmmm, really? Haven't been to Berlin, but will keep this in mind when we visit!
  6. Got attacked by two Croatians in Unterhaching

    Ah, one of my fav! Cheers!
  7. Got attacked by two Croatians in Unterhaching

    I agree with you.
  8. Got attacked by two Croatians in Unterhaching

    Thank you very much for sharing!
  9. Got attacked by two Croatians in Unterhaching

     
  10. Got attacked by two Croatians in Unterhaching

    They spoke three languages - Croatian, English (with eastern accent), German (again with an accent, but my ear is not trained as to point exactly what kind of). I know they spoke Croatian because as I've explained in my first post, my current neighbours are from Croatia. They are not quiet people and now, after a year living next to them, I can recognize the language. They were swearing primarily in Croation with simple German swears, also the english "english whore". The line "you are in Germany, you should speak German" was said in German. I think they were switching between languages so I can't understand and be confussed by most of the things they've said, but I knew they were swearing when yelling in Croation because I know the word "kurwa" from Polish friends, also the tone, you can always say when someone is swearing at you. I didn't start this post to bash people, don't get me wrong. It was really as a self-therapy. One of my husband's colleagues is from Croatia and he is the sweetest person ever. Also I wanted to know if anyone else had a similar experience. Aggressive behaviour for nothing. Again, I did not yell first, I did not say anything disrespectful to anyone, I just said "sorry" and tried to overtake them, so I can catch my train. They one making the threats thought I am German, because he said something like "you should say something in advance" in German, followed by the word "kurwa". Since I know what that word means, I could not let it go.This behaviour means that if I was a German woman he would have reacted the same way, which is rediculous since he is a foreigner here and should respect the host country and the host people. I know it is bad in Croydon, that is why my husband and I decided to move to Germany. A guy got stabbed in the face/head in front of me, midday, next to Barclays Bank, Wellesley Road, around 60 other witnesses. That is why I am not easily shocked, but this did shock me because it is Unterhaching, Germany. Never have had a bad experience in the German suburbs before. Again, thank you all for your comments.
  11. Got attacked by two Croatians in Unterhaching

    Thank you very much for all of your responses!!! I decided to write here mostly to get it out my chest! I do think that it had more with the fact that I am a woman ( and physycally much smaller than them, that is why I felt so intimidated ). While they were swearing in German ( I am studying at the moment, but am a beginner, so I can' t understand everything ), the main aggressor said something like " blabla, that is why I hate all women, blabla". 
  12. Rant: I am from Croydon, London. That said, absolutely nothing can shock me...untill 20 min. ago.... Walking on the pavement in Unterhaching I got called "English whore, fucking bitch, something bad is gonna happen to you, fuck you, etc ".  Why? Because I was trying to go around an obese man amd his friend, taking up all of the space and walking on zigzag. At the end  I just said "sorry" and manage to squize on the side. What followed was shouting behind my back in Croation ( I know exactly how it sounds due to my neighbours ) with the occasional German slur. I turned and said " sorry, were you talking to me" and he proceeded to tell me how he does not have eyes on his back and I should have said something ( which I did, I said "sorry"), I argured that they should not take all of the pavement , considering it is quite busy at the moment, to which he said it is a free country, I am noone to tell him where to walk, again I did not say where he should be walking, I've made a remark about the fact they were taking up all the space, which by the way was more for the obese man to be honest. I would have leave it at there if he didn't start making personal threats. The "English whore" and "English fucking whore" was thrown around at least 8 times, "Fuck you", " I will rape you", "Somethint bad is going to happen to you" at this point I already started walking away, but the insults didn't stop, they continued in both German and Croation, whith them shouting "This is Germany, you should speak German, you fucking whore", I managed to go up some stairs , quite shaken and turned to see if they are still following me, just to see some old guy, obviously walking behind us, just staring at me, while the Croations continued swearing , but at this point were out of side. I called the police right there and then, because was shaking like a leaf...They took all the details, but of course said chances if finding them are slim...I  utterly shocked...Is it because of Brexit, because I wasn't call just whore, they emphasized on the word "English" quite a lot....Anyone else got verbally attacked for something so small as to ask people (normally, I had absolutely no aggression in my words of "sorry") to move aside. I expect the "This is Germany, you should speak German" from Germans to be honest, not from immigrants....Whatever... p.s. typing from phone, sorry for misspellings....
  13. Change of tax class online

    Hello, I have a question about the form. My husband and I got married back home (Croydon) in May 2018. He moved to Munich in August 2018, did all the formalities and papers, started his job in September. Due to the fact that I "officially" moved in and registered in December 2018, he was paying class tax 1. As I've said, I moved in in December 2018, sorted out all the documents, but do not yet work and have no taxable income. We thought that the tax revenue services are going to put us in the appropriate  tax classes automatically (very naive thinking :)). I am currently filling out the changing form (like to be prepared) and we are going to file it together in person.  Now, the question is what should I mark for numbers 19-20? He was taxed class 4 for January 2019 and class 1 for the months September-December 2018. I know we will probably not be able to take any tax return for the months I wasn't here "officially", even though I had no income in the UK. If I fill out "rückwirkend - grds. nur im laufenden Kalenderjahr - ab dem Monat der Heirat gelten", are they gonna calculate it themselves  and give us taxes back for January 2019 or are they gonna say "well, you got married in the UK, where you were both residents for tax purposes at the time, and then only one of you came here". Or should I just not bother at all and put "ab dem Folgemonat der Antragstellung gelten" and if we are entitled on some tax return they will do it automatically...HELP....Very confused...Hard drive overheating.... System reboot...Pfffffffff