pappnase

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  1. For Cinema you want the cinemaxX kino 4.

    http://www.cinemaxx.de/Programm/AktuellesProgramm/?tr=t0937

     

    Haven't found anywhere specific for Brit food yet, but Lestra in Horn is a nice supermarket with a wide range of good ingredients (Not the cheapest place in town though).

     

    Haven't been out for a Curry yet but google seems to find this place

    http://www.bombay-restaurant.de/

    Post if it's any good.

     

    Google also shows this rugby club http://www.rugby-bremen.de/

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  2. kabeldeutschland.de resolves to 83.169.190.70 and after that traceroute is working with IP addresses not names. Using www. in front won't make any difference at all since it resolves to the same address.

     

    Of course the fact that you can still browse the website means that the routing is working just fine too. I suspect that the traceroute (and ping for that matter) results are because they are blocking ICMP packets inside the network at various points which is not that uncommon.

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  3. Following up on that idea of Skype from dangermouse,

     

    If you have skype at home then you could even look at something like this...

    http://threestore.three.co.uk/PAYG/dealsummary.aspx?offercode=DSL0PP030&id=1404

     

    Skype to skype calls free from the mobile (so they can call you), normal PAYG mobile so that they can use the phone and pay their own call charges for calling mates etc.

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  4. Each extra connection in the power chain will reduce the quality of the signal a bit.

    The ones I brought over from the UK worked more or less when I used a travel adapter, but they had a separate cable.

    They worked a bit faster when I changed the plugs over and put German ones on.

     

    In the end though I found with the crap wiring in my flat the network was just too slow and so I ran some network cable.

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  5. Responsibility for German education system lies primarily with the Bundesländer (states) , so it really will depend on where you live, but if you live in Bremen then it probably won't be as formal as a 'test'.

    Nathan went to visit the school and had a long chat with the head-teacher. Then he joined a class for a lesson to see how it went. While he was in class my wife sat and talked to the head-teacher some more about his grades in his old school and about what we wanted for him, about how we would help etc.

    After they had all talked she made a decision that she was comfortable to admit him, it was that simple.

    We discussed options and had a choice. In the UK he was in 6th grade because we start at 5 there. However 6th grade in Germany is full of kids 1 year older than Nathan.

    We were given the choice to start in year 5 or in year 6 and to see how things went. The original plan was that he would try both classes during his first year and see how things went.

    In the end he got on well in the grade 6 class and asked if he could stay there. His class teachers supported him staying there and so he has. Now at the end of the school year we are all planning on having another meeting to discuss his grades and decide if he needs to drop a year.

    It's really been very informal and cooperative with a clear intent to make sure that Nathan fits in and gets the most out of things.

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  6. I'm not sure how it works outside Bremen, but Bremen school district has a large immigrant population and so they offer specific three month German courses for foreign students which can be taken before joining your regular class.

    We moved from the UK at the end of last year and neither of our kids (6 and 11 ) spoke any German. Both understood a little as my wife is German.

     

    Emily (the six year old) took the course as a separate class and her German is now near fluent, by the time she starts school in August I think she will do fine.

     

    Nathan didn't take the course at the recommendation of his head-teacher and had a few problems with language in the first few months.

    Because he was finding it tough we asked about the course again and one of his class teachers who is trained in teaching German as a foreign language agreed to do some extra work with him. My wife also spends about 2 hours a day after school is done working through the lessons that he has had and the homework for the next day.

    He is now getting much better grades and by next year I think it will be fine and he will be getting much the same grades as he was in the UK.

     

    You know your daughter better than anyone else, if you think she will make friends and put in the effort to catch up then at least in my experience the Bremen school system will support you and work with you to make it work.

     

    One thing I would say though is go visit the schools you are considering and be flexible in your approach to it all.

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